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October 30, 2009|By MADGE MILES

New senior housing complex to be named for Brooks, grandfather

The Hagerstown Housing Authority has announced that the name of the 60-unit elderly housing complex planned to be built within the next two years will be named the C.W. Brooks Building.

The authority was recently awarded a $9.88 million federal grant to build the complex at the former H. L. Mills Station site on Baltimore Street in Hagerstown.

The authority is naming the complex in honor of Carolyn Brooks and her grandfather, T. Andrew Williams. Brooks has served on the housing authority board for more than 20 years and has been chairman of the board since 1992.

Her grandfather served on the board from December 1975 to November 1989.

Ted Shankle, authority executive director, said recognition of Brooks and her grandfather was overdue. The authority has consistently been evaluated as a "high performer" by HUD and has won numerous national awards over the years, he said. Brooks has been instrumental in the success of the authority through her stewardship and advocacy, he said.


Youth lock-in

Cutting Edge Ministries, 32 E. Ave. in Hagerstown, will host its third annual youth lock-in today, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free and all ages are invited to attend.

Pastor Tyree Sterling and Shaddai Sons will perform new music from their new CD titled "Rock Wit It." The CD will be for sale.

Then join Pastor Sterling, who will be accompanied by his youth ministry's band Consumed for the Mummers Parade on Saturday.

Soup and sandwich sale

Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Ave., will hold a soup and sandwich sale in its parking lot Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until sold out.

Homemade soups include chicken corn, vegetable, and ham and bean. Soups will be sold for $5 per quart. Sandwiches include pit beef and country ham.

Stop by for something warm prior to the annual Mummers Parade.

Be careful

Are your children planning to go to a harvest festival? Perhaps they will attend a Halloween party. They may be dressing up to go out and trick-or-treat in the neighborhood.

Whatever you plan for them to do, here are a few tips to help keep them safe:

o S - Stop only at familiar houses.

o A - Avoid walking alone, cutting through back alleys and fields and stay in well lighted areas.

o F - Flashlights are good to carry so they can see and others can see them.

o E - Eat only factory-wrapped treats and avoid eating homemade treats (take home for parent check)

And last but not least, be sure to watch the candy intake; too much can lead to stomach aches and/or indigestion.

And for the pet owners, the Humane Society of Washington County wants you to remember your pets and don't let the pet "goblins" ruin your Halloween!! Pet owners are urged to be extra cautious and provide a safe and stress-free Halloween for their pets.

Here are a few tips they suggest for your pets:

o G - Give them a quiet place during the festivities.

o O - Ouch! Watch the wires and the lights

o B - Be careful of the great pumpkin. The candle inside of a pumpkin can burn your pet.

o L - Leave the costume off your pet if they don't love it.

o I - Identification is important. Always have a collar with proper identification on your pet.

o N - No scary surprises. Never allow your pet to be frightened by visitors.

o S - Stash the candy safely away. Treats are for people, not pets. Chocolate is especially dangerous.

Remember that crinkly, shiny candy wrappers might attract your pets, but they could be dangerous if swallowed. If you suspect your pet has eaten something they shouldn't, call your veterinarian immediately or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435

Yearbooks for sale

Did you miss out on purchasing a yearbook while at South Hagerstown High School? Is your four-year collection incomplete?

There are some vintage yearbooks available for purchase.

The yearbooks would make great gifts or perhaps a specific graduating class would like to purchase additional copies to have at reunions.

A list of the years and quantities available and prices can be found on the SHHS Alumni Web site at

Contact Myra Newbraugh at to reserve a yearbook, and to make arrangements for payment and pickup.

The money raised will go to make yearbooks in the future.

Alumni meeting set for Thursday, Nov. 12

The next meeting of the South High Alumni Association will be Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in the school's media center.

Brown Bag series

Local business leader Teresa Spruill, owner of Spruill Money Management and Organization Services, will lead a workshop on how to "Gain Control of Your Finances by Using a Budget" Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 12:15 p.m. at the Central Library at 100 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown as part of the library's Brown Bag series.

To register, call 301-739-3250, ext. 136. Bring your lunch. The library will provide dessert and beverages.

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