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July 14, 2009|By CHERYL WEAVER / 301-824-0087

o Read more Cheryl Weaver columns at washingtoncountyliving.com

Christmas in July

St. Peter's Lutheran Church is having Christmas in July.

Everyone is welcome to come to a Christmas service Sunday, July 26, at 10:30 a.m. A light luncheon with Christmas cookies will follow.

Volunteers sought

Even though schools have closed for the summer, the Washington County Commission on Aging is recruiting residents to serve as volunteers in local elementary schools this fall.

The agency's volunteer program, known as RSVP, is recruiting those 55 and older who are willing to help children improve in basic arithmetic and reading.

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Volunteers choose the school, time of day and day of the week that they would like to serve.

Initially, new volunteers are accompanied by an RSVP staff member who paves the way to eventually assisting a child in the classroom.

During the past school year, RSVP volunteers included men and women from different backgrounds who gave a little personal time to schoolchildren. Without exception, they all said that the experience left them feeling uplifted and useful; they all want to continue in the fall.

To register, call Charlotte R. Levens, intergenerational program coordinator, at 240-313-9139 or send e-mail to crlevens@aol.com; or contact Hannah Cramer, deputy director, at 301-790-0275.

Happy birthday

Happy birthday wishes go out to Trey Weaver, who will turn 15 years old on Friday, July 17. Happy birthday, Trey!

Did You Know?

Did you know that people traveling the old National Pike would stay at numerous over-night stops along the road? These stops held many names, such as tavern, inn, hotel, hostelry and stage-stop. The over-night stops sold food and drinks and fed the horses. The travelers got "sleeping space" until all the beds were filled to capacity and then they got "floor space."

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