Around Halfway

September 23, 2009|By JAMIE SHEKELS

Autumn is here

Tuesday, Sept. 22, marked the first day of the fall season. This is my absolute favorite time of the year, with the leaves changing colors, the crisp feel to the morning air and all of the fun fall events, such as football games, hoedowns, parades and festivals. Hope you are enjoying the start of the fall season. Grab a sweater and be sure to get outside and enjoy the seasonable fall temperatures while you can.

Charter Night

The Lions Club of Halfway received its charter Sept. 5, 1957. The anniversary of the charter was recently celebrated at the Plaza Hotel. The event was attended by many local Lions, including several past district governors. The club's charter was rededicated by District 22-W Vice District Gov. Richard Liebno.

Mary Mulligan, a dance student at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, performed at the event. Michael Thorsen, principal, and Dale Bannon, director of system development for Washington County Public Schools, gave a presentation about the school.


The club is planning a chicken barbecue in October at Old Orchard Shopping Center. The date will be announced later.

Haunted fundraiser

KOA Campgrounds will be haunted starting Saturday. KOA will donate 50 percent of sales of all tickets sold on opening night, Saturday, to the David Greeley fund. Tickets cost $10. Tickets go on sale at 6 p.m. and the doors open at 7:30 p.m. After Saturday, tickets will cost $14.


Parents of Washington County students, please be sure to the note the following on your calendar: Washington County schools will be closing 2 1/2 hours early Friday, Oct. 2, which will end the first marking period for students in secondary schools.

Blue Band sends thanks

The Williamsport High School Blue Band would like to thank the community for its support of its Tag Day event, which was Sept. 12.

If you would like to make a contribution, mail your donation, made payable to Williamsport High School, to the Williamsport Blue Band Boosters, P.O. Box 212, Williamsport, MD 21795.

The Blue Band will perform Saturday at Allegany High School.

Tailgate bash

South High will celebrate homecoming Friday, Oct. 2. A tailgating celebration is planned to kick off the school spirit. Alumni who are interested in tailgating before the game, can start setting up any time after 4:30 p.m. at the rear entrance of the school. Only vehicles setting up for the tailgate will be permitted inside the parking circle. Additional parking will be available at Doub's Woods Park, at the rear of the school, across from South End Shopping Center.

Access to the game and stadium will be at the rear gate as in past years.

Tickets for the football game cost $4 for adults and $2 for students.

A pep rally and bonfire is planned Thursday, Oct. 1, on the girls softball field. The time of this event will be posted on the sign board at school.

For more information, go to

Barnyard jamboree

Star Community, at 13674 Greencastle Pike, Hagerstown, will host its barnyard jamboree Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will include carnival rides, a petting farm, live music, horseback riding demonstrations, farm toys, a corn maze and wagon rides.

For more information, call 301-791-0011, ext. 113, or go to

Fairgrounds event

The annual harvest hoedown is planned at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown Saturday, Oct. 10, starting at 1 p.m.

The event will include music, hay rides, petting zoo and other family-oriented activities.

For more information, call 301-739-8577, ext. 183.

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