Around North Hagerstown

October 11, 2009|By ELLEN ROWLAND / 240-217-5051

Spaghetti dinner

The Hub Grub Club of Venture Crew 2012 will hold an Italian Festival Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the North Hagerstown High School cafeteria.

The menu will include spaghetti, salad, bread and tea. Desserts and sodas will also be available for purchase.

Tickets cost $8, and $5 for those ages 10 and younger. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Money bonanza

The Ladies of the Elks and Associates will host a money bonanza Sunday at the Elks Lodge on Robinwood Drive. Use door No. 6. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and dinner will be served at 1 p.m. Free drinks will be available all day. There will be 31 cash prizes and a grand prize of $3,000. There also will be tip jars and a 50/50 drawing. The event is for members and guests only.

TOPS 446

September was a successful weight-loss month for TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 446 and October is off to a good start.


Hats off to Darlene, the "Thinner Winner" of the week. Carol P. was welcomed back with a good loss after an extended recuperation following surgery. Beverly was also welcomed back.

Elise recapped the highlights of Joe Piscatella's presentation at Robinwood Medical Center on "Healthy Living in a Double World."

The next meeting will be the monthly awards day, followed by a discussion time.

On Oct. 3, 15 chapter members attended the TOPS Fall Rally in Union Bridge, Md. It was a day of awards for recent accomplishments and challenges toward future achievements.

The chapter meets Wednesdays at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road in Hagerstown. Weigh-in is from 8:45 to 9:20 a.m. and the meeting is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call Mary or Tom at 301-797-2547, or Judy at 301-739-9279.

St. Mary Catholic School

Today is Uno's Restaurant Night for St. Mary Catholic School. Eat at Uno's and the Home School Association will receive a portion of the proceeds.

On Tuesday, the students will begin wearing their winter uniforms to school.

Holiday bazaar set for Oct. 24

The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary will hold a holiday bazaar Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 20340 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown.

A portion of the proceeds will go to local food banks.

For food and bake sale information and baked goods donations, call Dora Busch at 301-791-3684 or Dorothy Smith at 301-745-6355. For vendor information, call Andrea at 301-790-2324.

Commission on Aging seeking centenarians

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Washington County Commission on Aging will host its annual centenarian luncheon in honor of all individuals in the county who are or will be 100 years of age or older this year.

If you know someone who has or will reach this milestone by the end of the year, please notify Hannah Cramer, deputy director, at 301-790-0275, ext. 209. Anyone reaching this landmark, whether living independently, with family or who are in assisted or long-term care facilities are being sought to receive this recognition. Even if the individual would be unable to attend the luncheon, the agency would still like to honor his or her achievement.

Restaurant proceeds to benefit church

Hempen Hill BBQ Bar & Catering, at 13208 Fountainhead Plaza, Hagerstown, will hold a benefit for Salem Reformed Church from Monday, Oct. 19, to Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The restaurant will donate 15 percent of all food sales to the church. Reservations are recommended for parties of five or more. Tell your server you read about this in the newspaper.

For more information, call 301-797-4455.

TOPS 0077

Twelve members from TOPS 0077 attended the state rally in Union Bridge, Md. State awards were given for the months of June, July and August. Elsie Horst and Pat Horning each had a net loss for each month. Cindy Ryder, KOPS, was at or below goal. Perfect attendance awards went to Donna Blackowitz, Elsie Horst, Louise Cline, Mary Lou Edmands and Kathy Freese. The chapter angel was Edmands. The best loser in the state for the summer was Horst, with a 20-pound loss.

At the last meeting, a program on "Motivation and Reality of Managing a Healthy Weight" was presented by Sharon Twigg.

The chapter welcomed a new member, Carol MacDougall.

The top losers were Jim Doyle with a 10 1/2-pound loss and Emma Jean Robertson with a 6-pound loss.

The group had a weigh-in with a net loss of 33 pounds - a very good week.

FSU students plan pet project

Frostburg State University students will be at PetCo near Valley Mall on Saturday, Oct. 31, from noon to 2 p.m. in an effort to help the homeless animals at the Humane Society of Washington County.

They will be taking donations of items on the shelter's wish list. As part of a Leadership and Human Behavior class project, FSU students Carla Lind, Justin Artz and Marc Nicolosi created "Fill the Pumpkin," a project they hope will provide items for the shelter, raise awareness of the needs of homeless pets and promote adoption of shelter pets.

The idea for the project came from a love of animals.

"As a requirement for the class, we are asked to organize and facilitate a community project with two other students," Lind said.

"I am a great animal lover, so to undertake a project that would provide homeless animals with much needed items while promoting their adoption and the humane treatment of all animals seemed natural," Lind said.

PetCo shoppers who stop by the "Fill the Pumpkin" table will receive a treat for themselves and their pet and will be asked to pull a wish list ticket from the cauldron, purchase that item in the store and donate it at the table.

All items collected that day will be taken to the shelter that afternoon.

The Humane Society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2060 or go to for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

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