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September 23, 2009|By PAULA GREEN SHUPP

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    Benefit ride planned

    American Legion Post 202 and the Red Men Riders Club are holding a benefit ride and fundraiser for 8-year-old David Greeley. David was struck by a car while riding his bicycle on Jordan Road.

    The ride is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 4. The ride starts and ends at American Legion Post 202. Registration is at 10 a.m. with the ride starting at 11 a.m. Cost is $10 per biker, $15 with a passenger. Guests (nonriders) are $10 per person for the After the Ride Party with lunch served by the Post 202 Auxiliary at 1 p.m. Music will be provided by Knights of the Turntable. Raffle tickets can be purchased before and after the ride.

    There will be fundraising activities during the day, including an auction. Anyone wishing to donate items for the auction can contact Gary Fraker at or 252-675-9155.


A benefit fund has been established to help provide for David's long-term care. Donations can be made at any M&T Bank. Please make checks payable to the David A. Greeley Fund.

Carnival starts Thursday

Downsville Ruritan Club's fall carnival starts Thursday in Byron Memorial Park and runs through Sunday. Food will be served starting at 5 p.m. and rides start at 6 p.m. (food and rides will be available earlier on Saturday and Sunday.)

Bingo and midway games are nightly features. The entertainment kicks off with karaoke Thursday night. On Friday, the band Crossroads has two shows at 7 and 9 p.m. On Saturday, Don & the Starlighters entertain at 7 and 9 p.m. On Sunday, The Holders will perform at 5 and 7 p.m.

The rides are by Taylor & Son Inc. of Annapolis. Ride armbands will cost $15 each for one admission to the rides all evening. Today is the last day to buy armbands in advance for $10 each at the following locations: Williamsport Town Hall, G.A. Miller Lumber Co., The Cutting Lane, Downsville General Store, P&S Equipment in Marlowe, W.Va., and C&O Tile Inc., on Governor Lane Boulevard. Armbands bought in advance can be used on any one night of your choice.

Harvest Hoedown

The Harvest Hoedown will be Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Byron Memorial Park. The annual event is sponsored by area churches to benefit the Williamsport Food Bank.

Events include pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, horse-drawn wagon rides, a silent auction, craft tables and other activities. There will be music throughout the day featuring Mary Howard, Sarayu, Jennifer Snider & Nancy Wiles, For HIS Glory, New Horizon, By Faith and Living Stones.

Admission is free, but monetary and canned food donations for the food bank will be accepted. For more information, call Theresa Doub at 240-329-2535.

Canal event Oct. 3

On Saturday, Oct. 3, from 3 to 4 p.m., there will be a canal family reunion at the Cushwa Basin. Last year, more than 70 people attended the event.

Williamsport is a classic canal town and the community is invited to enjoy memories from local residents of the canal when it operated or soon after it closed.

Stories from last year discussed the Lock 44 swimming pool, the transition of the River Bottom from a refuse to a park and the operations of the Cushwa Warehouse.

Come out again this year and hear more of the stories from the old canal and share some light refreshments.

Dinner fundraiser

The Women's Ministry at Virginia Avenue Church of God will hold a dinner fundraiser at the church Friday, Oct. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The dinner features a choice of hot roast beef or fried chicken. Sides include vegetable medley, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, bread, dessert and drink.

Cost is $8.50 for adults, $5 for those ages 6 to 12, and $2 for ages 2 to 5. You need to purchase a ticket in advance to attend. Tickets can be ordered by calling Millie Grimes at 301-223-9654.

The church is at 17306 Virginia Ave. The fundraiser benefits the needs of the church.

Fall event planned

Faith Christian Fellowship, 16726 Lappans Road, invites everyone to its annual Fall Family Fun Fest Saturday, Oct. 3, from 3 to 8 p.m.

There will be hay rides, inflatable bounces, food, pie-eating contest and live music, along with a lot of fun and fellowship.

Bring your lawn chair and a blanket and enjoy this free event. For more information, contact the church at 301-223-4803 or e-mail

Clothes of Hope available at church

Williamsport United Methodist Church has embarked on a new mission called Clothes of Hope.

The members of the church are gathering gently used, clean clothing which is made available at the church chapel on the first Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. for a nominal fee.

Clothes of Hope provides women's, misses and girls dresses, pants, sweaters, and tops; men's and boys shirts, sweaters, pants, jeans and suits; all sizes of infant and children's clothing; and shoes, purses, jackets and coats.

The church is at 25 E. Church St.

Car wash planned

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