Around Jonathan Street

October 09, 2009|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Asbury United Methodist schedules breakfast

If you haven't stopped by Asbury United Methodist Church, 155 N. Jonathan St., to enjoy one of their hearty breakfasts, stop by the church Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, bacon/sausage, biscuit and coffee or juice. Come get a scrumptious breakfast before you go to the mall or begin Saturday activities.

New recreation center director starts duties

The Memorial Recreation Center has been making some changes, and one of the changes is its new executive director, Loretta Lynn Wright. Wright said she has enjoyed her first few weeks, and that although there have been some challenges, the community has been supportive. She said, "The people have been very kind and extremely helpful, from helping me bring in items for the center to sweeping floors, etc. They have made me feel so welcomed!"

Some of those items include books for the center's library, which Wright said is "huge" due to the generous donations from the Washington County Central Library, the Williamsport Library, Fountaindale Elementary School and the personal library of her husband, Kelly Wright. She offered her personal thanks to all the donors. She said the youth are excited to have so many books to choose to read. Many of the books are bestsellers, and some of the books have been signed by the authors.   


In addition to maintaining some of the regular programs, Wright has plans to start a few new ones. The first will be a program for middle school/high school young ladies called "DIVAS," which will begin on Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. This program will be an opportunity for the young ladies to talk about what's on their mind. 

Wright is also preparing for a Fall Festival to be held Friday, Oct. 30, for the center attendees. If you or your business would like to make a donation, please contact Wright or her staff. 

In addition, plans are under way for a "Blue and White" oldies dance scheduled for Nov. 6. 

Currently, Loretta has plans to attend an event on Saturday where she will share a table at Bon Ton, Valley Mall, with Ann Martin, executive director of Children in Need, in preparation for Community Day, which will be held on Nov. 14. The center's table will sell "Community Day" books for $5. Part of the proceeds go toward funding activities at Memorial Recreation Center. 

Wright's staff includes Jessie Wigfield, her assistant, who is currently a student at Shippensburg University; Marquita Davis, program director; Tinisha Tennet, aide, who is a student at Hagerstown Community College, and Tyree Burnett, head lifeguard, who is also a counselor/teacher. 

The center's hours are 2:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 2:30 to 5 p.m. Friday. For information on how you can become a volunteer or to make a contribution, call Wright at 301-790-0203.   

Women's Day set at Asbury church

Join Asbury United Methodist Church, 155 N. Jonathan St, for its Women's Day on Sunday, Oct.18. The Rev. Lisa Brown will be coming back to her home church to be the guest speaker.

Zion Baptist Church to hold Men's Day

Zion Baptist Church, 61 Bethel St., will hold its Men's Day on Sunday, Oct. 18. The Rev. Rickey Smith of First Missionary Baptist Church, Frederick, Md., will be the speaker for the morning services.

Choir Day scheduled for Oct. 25

Second Christian Church's Annual Choir Day will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 3:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center, 131 W. North Ave. Choirs from different states and churches in the area will participate.

One Maryland One Book

The Washington County Free library, in partnership with The Maryland Humanities Council, is bringing celebrated author James McBride to Hagerstown. The public is invited to attend McBride's visit at North Hagerstown High School on Monday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m.

McBride's novel, "Song Yet Sung," has been chosen as the 2009 title for One Maryland One Book, Maryland's only statewide community reading program, which is now in its second year. McBride, an award-winning author, composer, and screenwriter, is also the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, "The Color of Water," and the novel, "Miracle at St. Anna," which was recently made into a film directed by Spike Lee.

Please call the Washington County Free Library at 301-739-3250 ext 136 to reserve a seat. Reservations are not required, but are appreciated.

Several other activities are planned in October to celebrate the One Maryland One Book Program. A "Song Yet Sung" Brown Bag Lunch Book Discussion will take place at the central library at 100 S. Potomac St. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 12:15 p.m. in the Western Maryland Room. Call 301-739-3250, ext. 136, and let us know you will be there. Bring your lunch. Dessert and drinks will be provided.

The library strives to make all programs accessible. Please inform the library of special needs two weeks prior to the program

Let's keep each other informed

If you want the community to be informed, send in your event information, congratulations or happy birthday wishes to someone celebrating a birthday. As always, I look forward to your emails, phone calls and letters. Let's continue to keep the community in and around the Jonathan Street area informed! Call me at 301-791-7647 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., mail the information to Madge Miles, c/o Herald Mail, 100 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or send an e-mail to me at

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