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October 07, 2009|By PAULA GREEN SHUPP / 301-302-3878

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WWII Weekend

This weekend, the Town of Williamsport will honor all veterans and active military service members. The Springfield Barn and Town Museum is hosting the activities.

The WWII Weekend begins Friday at 7 p.m. with the classic movie "Casablanca," a 1942 newsreel, cartoons and a Three Stooges short. Tickets cost fifty cents, available at the door. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

On Saturday, from 7 to 9 a.m., chow down on a pancake breakfast in the "mess kitchen" tent. Sandwiches and beverages will be served at noon.


At 11 a.m. on Saturday, all the church bells in town will chime simultaneously to announce the "Salute to Soldiers" parade, with the entire parade route lined in yellow ribbons. A reviewing stand will be set up in front of Town Hall for disabled soldiers and active service members home on leave.

At 2:30 p.m. a recognition ceremony honoring all military members will be held in the barn. Then enjoy a light reception, share stories and sign the Wall of Honor.

Other Saturday activities include WWII re-enactors and equipment displays, a Fairchild aircraft flyover, veteran displays and speakers. Enjoy a patriotic concert by the Blue & Gray Men's Chorus at 1:30 p.m.

The USO Dance is at 7 p.m., with the band, Jump Alley, and the Hub City Lindy Hop Dancers. Tickets cost $5 and will be available at door or in advance by calling 301-223-5002 or 301-223-7229.

On Sunday at 10:30 a.m., is a WWII morning worship service. Veteran and equipment displays are scheduled, along with a WWII model airplane contest.

The Williamsport Community Band with special hometown soldier, Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Dell, will present a patriotic concert, at 2 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to hang yellow ribbons. If you would like to help, come to Town Hall on Friday at noon. For more information on the event, please call 301-223-7229. 

Running for a cause

Patrick Hammond, a 2008 graduate of Williamsport High School attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, will be running in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25.

The run raises money for the Friends 4 Michael Foundation.

Chili Cookoff, Cruise-In

American Legion Auxiliary, Potomac Unit 202, is holding it's First Annual Chili Cookoff and Cruise-In on Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon to 2 p.m. It is open to members and their guests.

Registration deadline for the chili cookoff is Monday, Oct. 12.  Registration fee is $5 and sampling fee is $3. Rules and registration form can be picked up at the Legion Post or by calling 301-331-3942. 

Owners of classic cars are invited to the cruise-in, being held in conjunction with the chili cookoff. 

Money raised will be used to fund organization programs.

Pancake breakfast

Calvary Temple, 147 S. Conococheague St., will be serving an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Saturday from 7 to 10:30 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, waffles, home fries, sausage and chipped beef gravies, eggs, drinks and a serving of sausage and bacon.

Cost is $6 for adults, $3.50 for those 3 to 12 years, and under 3 eat free. Extra meat servings will be available. You may eat in or carry out.

The breakfast benefits the church's Royal Rangers and Missionettes.

Angel Food ordering

Rehoboth United Methodist Church is a host site for Angel Food Ministries, which provides grocery relief with a food co-op purchasing system. Anyone can take advantage of these savings. There are no income restrictions, applications, qualifications or minimums.

Angel Food orders will be taken Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. in Rehoboth's Fellowship Hall at 30 E. Salisbury Street. Orders placed this week will be picked up next week.

Payment is made at the time of ordering by cash, money order or food stamps. You can order and pay online with a debit or credit card. Go to and follow the Angel Food links or call 301-582-3454 for more information. There is a $1 fee added for paying online.

Park in the Pink

During the week of Oct. 12 to 19, when you drive through downtown Williamsport, expect to see pink ribbons tied on parking meters and trees.

The ribbons are to raise awareness of breast cancer and are sponsored by Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley.

Rehoboth hosts flu clinic

Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 30 East Salisbury Street, will host a 'Seasonal' Flu Shot Clinic on Wednesday, October 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 301-223-9554 for an appointment. Drop-ins are also welcome. Medicare will cover cost for Medicare recipients.

Have news to share?

If you have news of events, activities, or announcements for Williamsport and the surrounding area, contact Paula Green Shupp at 301-302-3878 or email We will share it in this column.

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