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November 17, 2009|By DARYLENE MOWEN / 301-331-5683

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Art show set at HCC

The Hagerstown Community College Foundation Inc. will host a reception, show and sale of paintings by R. Benjamin Jones on Friday and Saturday at Kepler Theater. Event times are 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Jones is an accomplished painter who enjoys creating still-life, landscape and portrait images of everyday life from his native Maryland, Lancaster County, Pa., New England and other places he has visited.

In addition to his other works, this year Jones will offer copies of master paintings by artists such as Caravaggio and Martin Johnson Heade, which he has personally painted, and for the first time, will also be selling signed, limited edition reproductions of the John Brown house, which he first drew in 1974 to benefit the Washington County Commission on African Hunger Relief. There will also be a modern day drawing of the building, as well as a painting, as this year marks the 150-year anniversary of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, W.Va.


Similarly, Jones will showcase and sell pencil drawings of local Civil War landmarks such as Burnside Bridge and Bloody Lane, as well as portraits of key Civil War figures such as Ambrose Burnside, George B. McClellan, Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee.

The event is free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds will benefit HCC and its students. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $20 each for a chance to win an original R. Benjamin Jones painting. The winner, whose name will be drawn at the Saturday show, does not need to be present to win. A variety of note cards featuring paintings by the artist will also be sold.

For more information, call Lieba Cohen at 301-790-2800, ext. 213, or e-mail

Induction ceremony

Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society at Hagerstown Community College, recently inducted 67 new members. To be eligible for the honor, students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and must have completed 12 credit hours of college-level work at HCC as a full-time student or 24 credit hours of college-level work at HCC as a part-time student.

Cascade Elementary

Cascade Elementary School is celebrating American Education Week this week. The staff has scheduled a visitation day on Thursday. If you would like to reserve a lunch that day, call Vicky Stouffer.

Grade three and four - The classes will have a special music program Thursday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the school.

Senior site

Smithsburg senior site calendar:

Today - Dominoes, 10 a.m.

Thursday - Birthday luncheon, 11:30 a.m.

Friday - Light exercise.

Monday - Mind games, 10 a.m.

Tuesday - UNO, 10 a.m.

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