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June 30, 2009|By KRISTY SMITH / 301-432-8615

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Recycling Task Force wins award from state

The Boonsboro Recycling Task Force has been named the state's Outstanding Environmental and Community Leadership Award winner by the Maryland Recycling Network.

Attending the June 25 ceremony at the University of Maryland, College Park, were Rosemary James, Kathy Vesely, Janeen Solberg, Laura Schnackenberg, Barbara Wetzel and Washington County Recycling Coordinator Harvey Hoch, who nominated the group. Unable to attend the conference were members Amy Jones, Jenny Sarnecki and Brigitte Schmidt.

Hoch is a member of the state organization and serves as county liaison to the task force.

The honor is given to an environmental, civic or community organization or school that exhibits outstanding leadership in recycling and/or waste reduction through advocacy, education, promotion or operations, according to the citation.


The award was one of three awarded during the two-day conference at the University of Maryland campus.

Less than two years old, the task force was honored for advocating the expansion of recycling services for Boonsboro residents, including a curbside pick- up program, promoting educational programs in local schools and community, including the inaugural Green Fest in May, and producing and distributing recycling materials and information to residents.

All members also were involved with planning and conducting the Green Fest and are involved weekly with monitoring the residential recycling Dumpster at the park-n-ride at South Main Street and Md. 67.

Vesely and Solberg have also started environmental clubs at Boonsboro High and Boonsboro Middle schools, respectively, while a club is being planned for the elementary school this fall.

Benefit show to help family

The performers of HOPE (Helping Our People Everywhere) will put on a music and arts performance titled "A Night To Remember" Thursday, July 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Kepler Theater on the campus of Hagerstown Community College.

Local performer Shannon Strong, a junior at Boonsboro High School, will dance in the show.

All proceeds from the show will go to a family whose 15-year-old son is fighting cancer.

The show is a timeline of the past decades featuring many popular songs from those eras.

Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for children. HCC students will be admitted free. Donations are also welcomed.

Chicken barbecue set for July 11

The Boonsboro Fire Co.'s next chicken barbecue will be Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. until sold out. A half chicken will cost $6.

Turn the Page

Turn the Page Bookstore and Cafe will host its 14th anniversary event Saturday, July 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the store at 18 N. Main St. in Boonsboro.

Nora Roberts will sign her new hardcover, "Black Hills," and special guest authors will include Stephanie Laurens, T. Lynn Ocean, Jeanne Adams, Linda Howard, Lavinia Kent, Tim Rowland and J.D. Robb.

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Church festival

Mount Nebo Christian Preschool will host an outreach program at Shafer Park in Boonsboro Saturday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will be a day filled with fun, games, food and music from local Christian bands. The preschool is hoping to reach people who are searching for spiritual awareness in their lives. The event is free and open to the public.

VBS starts July 20

Boonsboro Family Worship Center, at 7605 Old National Pike in Boonsboro, will host Vacation Bible school beginning Monday, July 20 and ending with a family night on Friday, July 24. Hours are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for those ages 3 through sixth grade. This year's theme is "Boomerang Express."

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