October 07, 2009

C-SPAN representatives to speak with teachers, students

C-SPAN representatives will be in Hagerstown today to speak with students and teachers about C-SPAN's 2010 StudentCam documentary film competition and its public affairs coverage.

The representatives will be at Washington County Technical High School, 50 W. Oak Ridge Drive, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

StudentCam is an annual documentary competition that encourages students to create a short film about issues affecting their communities and nation. This year's contest theme asks middle and high school students to address: "One of our country's greatest strengths" or "A challenge the country is facing."

A total of $50,000 will be awarded in cash prizes, which includes 75 student awards and 11 teacher awards. The grand prize winner will be awarded $5,000.

The deadline for this year's competition is Jan. 20, 2010.

Details can be found at

Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. holding open house

FUNKSTOWN -- In observance of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4 to 10, the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. is holding an open house Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Among the activities available at the 2 S. Westside Ave. station will be Community Rescue Service personnel offering car seat checks, a 911 simulator and a Maryland State Police medevac helicopter.

The Mobile Safety House will be on display to promote safety in the house. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be there with Smokey Bear, and firetruck rides will be given to kids.

Refreshments will be available.

Church to host Chili Cook-Off and Karaoke Night

St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 18313 Lappans Road near Boonsboro will host its second annual Chili Cook-off and Karaoke Night to benefit CASA on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Tickets cost $5 per person. Children younger than 5 eat free.

CASA Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization that provides professional support services to people who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse and rape.

Those wishing to submit a chili for the cookoff may e-mail Liz Brodell at or call the church office at 301-582-0417.

More information is available at

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