Around Jonathan Street

November 27, 2009|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Peace and blessings

I hope all of you had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving and did not overindulge in the Thanksgiving feast. Although my mom is in sub acute care, I am thankful the family was able to spend the day with her and looking forward to her having better days. How about you? I hope you were able to spend it with friends and family and look forward to a wonderful end of the year. Peace and blessings to all of you.

C-SAFE Thanksgiving

The C-SAFE after-school program students from Bester, Eastern, Fountaindale and Winter Street elementary schools enjoyed an early Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 18 at Bob Evans Restaurant on Railway Lane.

More than 100 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students attended the dinner, along with program staff and other special guests. The turkey dinner also included a sundae for dessert.

Carolyn Brooks, C-Safe director, said, "Thanks to Bob Evans for hosting the Thanksgiving dinner for the C-SAFE after-school programs and many thanks to the manager, Jo Ann Najewicz, and her staff for a wonderful dining experience."


"In addition to the meal, the students had the opportunity to learn restaurant etiquette and proper behavior in a public place. This activity was an example of many learning opportunities and experiences that the C-SAFE initiative provides for youth."

Rec Center director opens home
to children for Thanksgiving meal

The students and staff of Memorial Recreation Center's after-school program enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner at the home of Executive Director Loretta Wright.

The youth were in their best dress and dined at an exquisite table decorated with china plates, crystal glasses, lined with a linen table cloth and included many of the Thanksgiving dinner fixings such as roasted chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans, etc.

"They ate, and ate and ate all of their plates were clean," Wright said.

She said next year they will have to leave the center earlier as they didn't have enough time to enjoy each other's company.

Proud Dad

With the holidays here, proud dad John Brooks loves both of his sons and would like to give one of his sons props for a job well done.

His son, Aaron Brooks, has been named to the 2009 World All-Star Team by USA Wrestling Magazine. Aaron finished the year ranked No. 1 in the country at 70 pounds for those 8 and younger. Aaron will face a new challenge next year as he will be going to a new competing group - the 10 and older age group - and all eyes will be on him to repeat the same feat.

Aaron will be wrestling at Saint James School on Saturday, Dec. 5, in a tournament organized by the Williamsport Mat Club. He also recently competed in Tulsa, Okla., on Nov. 19 and 20 in the Cliff Keen Kick-Off Classic. The tournament is the first in a series of national tournaments.

Holiday concerts

John Wesley United Methodist Church, 129 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown, will host a series of noon-time holiday concerts for Advent.

o On Thursday, Dec. 3, The Ambassadors from Broadfording Christian Academy, Pam Smith, director, will play, "And It Came to Pass," "Mary, Did You Know?" by Mark Lowery and Buddy Greene; "Carol of the Bells," traditional "Ukrainian Carol;" "Child of Bethlehem" by Wayne Watson; "Twelve Songs of Christmas;" followed by several solos, sung by members of the ensemble.

o On Thursday, Dec. 10, the concert will feature Friends of John Wesley Church singing "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" by Paul Bartholomew, played by Ken Stoops; "Angels We Have Heard on High" by Everett Amos, played by Ken Stoops; "Comfort Ye" and "Every Valley" from "The Messiah" by G. F. Handel, sung by Allen Loser; "A Christmas Medley" played by Debbie Stotelmyer and solos by Carol Jones of Otterbein United Methodist.

o The final concert will be Thursday, Dec. 17, and will feature Greencastle-Antrim's High School Chamber Choir, Martha Fuchs, director. The concert will include "Rejoice in the Lord Always" by J. Redford, "O Lux" by A. Snyder, "Let Carols Ring" by Linda Spevacek, "Good Christian Men," "Rejoice" by Alice Parker/Robert Shaw, "The Friendly Beasts" arranged by Alice Parker, "Snow" from the Movie "White Christmas" and "We Need a Little Christmas" from the Broadway musical "Mame"

A free lunch will follow all three of the half-hour concerts.

Santa arrives

Santa Claus will make a visit Dec. 9 at Memorial Recreation Center, 109 W. North Ave. in Hagerstown.


Celebrate Jesus with the Mighty Clouds of Joy, a national recording group from Hagerstown, on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at Westview Baptist Church, 301 S. Louisiana Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va.

This event will also feature psalmist Albert Epps of Martinsburg and another local Hagerstown group, the Heavenly Voices.

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