Around North Hagerstown

August 24, 2009|By ELLEN ROWLAND

Retirement reception to be held at church

A retirement reception for the Rev. Fred Harris, longtime senior minister of First Christian Church, will be Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

The reception will be held in the church's fellowship hall and will pay tribute to his 35-year ministry at churches in Kentucky, Ohio and Hagerstown.

The church is at 1345 Potomac Ave.

Anyone who has been associated with Rev. Fred in his long tenure in Hagerstown is invited to attend.

For more information, call the church office at 301-733-0144 during regular office hours or go to

Worship service resumes at church

Haven Lutheran Church will return to its regular worship service Sunday, Sept. 6.

The traditional communion service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Fellowship and coffee will follow the service.

On Sunday, Sept. 13, Sunday school for preschoolers to adults will kick off with Rally Day at 11 a.m. Classes start Sunday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m.


The church is at 1035 Haven Road in Hagerstown.

For more information, call 301-733-5056 or e-mail

Legion auxiliary elects new officers

Morris Frock Auxiliary Unit 42, the American Legion, recently elected and installed officers for the 2009-10 administrative year.

The officers are:

Marilyn Hembrock, president; Evelyn Meany, vice president; Betty DeLauter, treasurer; Audrey Spencer, secretary; Dot Smith, chaplain; Margie Smith, sergeant-at-arms; and Betty Getz, Donna Conway, Pauline Baker, and Linda Caudell, executive committee.

Members are reminded that dues are due. A $20 check payable to ALA Unit 42 can be mailed to Morris Frock Unit 42, P.O. Box 1992, Hagerstown, MD 21742, or dropped off at the post in an envelope clearly marked for the auxiliary.

Terri DeWeerd, unit membership chair, can be reached at 301-491-8077.

The unit will hold its first meeting of the administrative year Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the post home at 7 p.m. A potluck dinner, with members bringing their favorite dishes, will start at 6:15 p.m.

Discussion will include plans for the year.

Sara Toscano, representing Honor Flights, will be the guest speaker. Honor Flights is an organization that provides World War II veterans an opportunity to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Members are asked to bring school supplies to be donated to area schools, which will distribute them to students who otherwise would not be properly prepared for their school work. Suggested items are No. 2 pencils, pencil pouches, crayons, colored pencils, glue sticks and 70-page spiral binders.

The unit meets the first Tuesday of the month from September to June at Post 42 at 405 Northern Ave. in Hagerstown.

TOPS 446

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 446 recorded a loss for the week with 14 members on hand.

Mary, the group leader, presented a program on trying new things to help members meet their goal. She challenged the group to try one new thing this week.

The group welcomed a new member, Gary.

The annual picnic will be Wednesday.

The group meets Wednesdays at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road in Hagerstown. Weigh-in begins at 8:45 a.m. and the meeting is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Tom or Mary at 301-797-2547, or call Judy at 301-739-9279.


On Aug. 17, Dina Norris led the program on "Supercharging Your Metabolism." She offered some tips on mistakes members make when trying to exercise and eat healthy. She also gave the group a list of "super" foods that will help to boost metabolism. The group then discussed "What Works for My Weight Loss." Several members had tips on things that help them and problems they might have with losing.

Patsy Martin and Janice Frye won the "Get-R-Done" contest. Each had a 1 1/4-pound loss. This week, the play money auction will be held.

The chapter meets Mondays at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown. Weigh-in is from 7 to 9:15 a.m., exercise is at 8:30 a.m., and the meeting is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Donna at 301-223-8143 or Patsy at 301-582-2292.

North High Hub Band

The North Hagerstown High School Marching Band needs volunteers to help in the concession stand at athletic events when the band isn't performing. The concession stand is open at all sporting events in the new stadium.

The Band Boosters also need a new sign for the concession stand to post items that are for sale. The group is looking for a local company that would be willing to donate one to the school.

For more information, call Nancy Barnhart at 240-217-8532.

Exercise classes planned at Pangborn Elementary

The Washington County Recreation Department will offers exercise classes at Pangborn Elementary School's community recreation center this fall.

Zumba will be held Wednesdays with instructor Diana Reyes from Sept. 9 to Nov. 18 from 5 to 5:45 p.m.

Classes will also be Saturdays from Sept. 12 to Nov. 21 from 8 to 8:45 a.m. with instructor Liz Martz.

Classes cost $20 for county residents and $25 for nonresidents.

For registration information, call 240-313-2805, or go to and click on "Fall Recreation Programs."

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