Burnett then presented a certificate of appreciation to Lloyd Simmons, who was not in attendance. It was accepted by Debbie Simmons on his behalf. The certificate was an Ebenezer AME Church's Good and Faithful Servant Commendation for his dedication to the church.
At the afternoon service, The Mighty Sounds of Joy, featuring William Woodsen, performed. There were many in attendance, including representatives from several community churches.
Stop smoking program
The Washington County Health Department's Stop Smoking for Life Program will be held from Nov. 2 to 23.
The free classes will meet twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays, for seven sessions. You can choose either the morning sessions, which will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, or the evening sessions which will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
All classes will be held at 1302 Pennsylvania Ave., second floor auditorium.
Cessation classes for teens are also available at the health department.
Also, free cessation aids are available to eligible county residents while supplies last.
For more information, call 240-420-1796.
The American Red Cross will offer baby-sitting training Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Washington County Red Cross, 1131 Conrad Court in Hagerstown.
The course is designed to provide individuals ages 11 to 15 with the information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children in the absence of parents or adult guardians. The training will include basic care and first aid.
Financial aid is available for this course.
For more information, call 301-739-0717.
The Tri-State Youth Athletic Association (junior Hubs girls basketball) will hold tryouts for girls living in the North Hagerstown High School area Thursday Nov. 5, and Monday, Nov. 10, at Northern Middle School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tryouts for sixth-graders will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and for seventh- and eighth-graders from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m.
A $60 registration fee is due at tryouts.
Games will begin in mid-November and end in March.
For more information, call Daren Hamilton at 301-991-6293 or e-mail email@example.com, or Kim Fitzgerald at 302-573-8743 or Kimberly.Fitzgerald@lifetech.com.
Memorial Recreation Center will host its third annual Oldies but Goodies Dance Friday, Nov. 6, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Center, 131 W. North Ave.
The theme is "Blue and White." Participants are asked to wear blue jeans and a white top and dance to the sounds of DJ Chris.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10. Tickets at the door will be $13. Food and beverages will be provided by Dot Bell and Clara Broadus for purchase. Proceeds will be used to help support the annual For Our Kids Sake bus trip to an amusement park.
For more information, call 301-780-0203.
A pancake breakfast will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the REACH Cold Weather Shelter, 140 W. Franklin St., Suite 300, to benefit the Washington County Homeless Coalition.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 at Community Action Council, 101 Summit Ave. Tickets will cost $7 at the door.
The coalition is also looking for volunteers for the day of the event. If you are interested in volunteering, call Cindy Hockenbury at 301-797-4161.
They are also taking donations of paper supplies such as paper plates, napkins and foam cups. Donated supplies can be dropped off at the REACH shelter.
The coalition is a group of local service providers, business and government officials, as well as concerned citizens. Funds raised will benefit the coalition and will be used for future homelessness awareness activities.
Author to speak Monday
The Washington County Free Library, in partnership with the Maryland Humanities Council, has announced that James McBride, author of this year's One Maryland One Book titled "Song Yet Sung," will be at North Hagerstown High School Monday at 10 a.m.
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.
"Song Yet Sung," set on Maryland's Eastern Shore in the 1850s, weaves an intricate and gripping tale of escaped slaves, free blacks and slavecatchers. The protagonist is an enslaved woman called The Dreamer, whose gift for visions of the future quickly reaches mythic proportions following her escape from a local plantation.
McBride will speak at North High in the auditorium. The public is invited to attend. Call 301-739-3250, ext. 136, to reserve a seat at the free event. There will be an opportunity for a question-and-answer session and a book-signing will follow the talk. A limited number of books will be available for sale or those attending can bring their own copies.