Around North Hagerstown

December 07, 2009|By ELLEN ROWLAND

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Total weight loss for the chapter this week was 23 pounds. Patsy Martin and Barb Trumpower were the best TOPS losers, while Bonnie Henry and Mary Reid showed the best KOPS losses. Jean Hart presented a program on Exercise.

An open discussion was held on Thanksgiving Day eating results; successes and pitfalls were shared by the members. The Honor Society Christmas Party for KOPS will be held this week. Today is a "No Gain Monday." This is also the last day for shoe box collections for mittens, gloves, hats and scarves. A final count will be reported by Dorothy Smith. Dorothy, Louise Cline and Donna Blackowitz will distribute them to Lincolnshire Elementary School.

Annual holiday bazaar

The Arc of Washington County Florida Avenue Vocational Day Center, will hold its annual holiday bazaar and craft fair on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Day Center, 840 Florida Ave., Hagerstown.


In addition to homemade crafts and baked goods, there will be jar mixes.

Raffle tickets for a chance to win a boxed Christmas dinner will be sold. Raffle tickets cost $1 each. The winning tickets will be drawn at the end of the bazaar. You do not need to be present to win. All proceeds from the holiday bazaar and raffle will go to providing activities, outings and programs for the individuals the ARC serves. For more information, contact Marie Ebersole at 301-797-0052 or at

Holiday raffle to benefit homeless animals

The Humane Society of Washington County is holding a holiday raffle with prizes for cat and dog owners. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the Humane Society.

The winner of the dog package will receive a large kennel, treats, food, bowls, toys, T-shirt, a training DVD by Pat Miller of Peaceable Paws Dog and Puppy Training, and a pillow for their pet. The winner of the cat package will receive a custom-made cat tree.

Raffle tickets cost $2 for a single ticket, $5 for an arm's length and $10 for a body length. The drawing will be Saturday, Dec. 19, and the winners will be notified by phone.

The Humane Society of Washington County is at 13011 Maugansville Road north of Hagerstown.

St. Mary Catholic School news

The following events are scheduled at St. Mary School:

o Grades two through five will present their Christmas show at 7 p.m. Thursday.

o The first grade will present a Christmas play at 1:45 p.m. Friday.

o Kindergarten will present a play at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14.

o Preschool story/craft time will be in the school cafeteria from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. For more information, call Mary T. Milsom at 301-733-1184.

o The St. Mary Chorus will perform at The Maryland Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.

Western Maryland Hospital benefit

Hempen Hill and Silpada Jewelry have teamed up to support the patients of the Western Maryland Hospital Center. Fifteen percent of Hempen Hill's food sales will be donated to the hospital from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. Also, Silpada Jewelry will display its merchandise. Silpada will donate 25 percent of sales to the hospital. Jewelry sales are guaranteed for delivery by Christmas.

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The Thanksgiving celebration took its toll on some of the chapter members, but Darlene led the way again this week as the "Thinner Winner." What a great victory in the midst of all the "fattening festivities."

Throughout the month of December a "fiber contest" challenges each person to include 25 grams of fiber daily. This encourages the contestants to seek the feeling of "fulfillment" from healthy sources rather than overdosing on holiday sweets.

The chapter's annual Christmas celebration is Wednesday. Chapter Members belonging to the area KOPS Honor Society enjoyed a Christmas dinner on Nov. 30, in Waynesboro, Pa. Meetings are held each Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with weigh-in at 8:45 a.m., at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road, Hagerstown. For more information, call Mary or Tom at 301-797-2547.

Young at Heart

The Young at Heart group will meet Thursday at noon at Dimensions, 132 Old National Pike, Hagerstown. This group is for men and women. No reservations are required. For more information, call Virginia Bentz at 301-739-8990.

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