Around Clear Spring

July 06, 2010|By CHERYL WEAVER / 301-842-0087
  • Members of the Clear Spring High School graduating class of 1952 gathered at Western Sizzlin' on June 1 for their 58th reunion. Back row, from left, are Glen Miles, Don Shirk, George Eksteins, John Blair, Chick Chaney, Norman Small, Earl Small, Donnie Tederick and instructor Mr. Whishner. In the second row, from left, are: Margaret Kershner Cornett, Jean Holbert Bruchey, Beverly Kelly Richards, Bill Suffecool, Ruth Shank Mills, Ollie Higgins Lamasters and Andre Boyd; front row, from left, are Joyce Kline Deneen, Glendora Hart Murray, Janice Middlekauff Lambert, Rosie Flanagan Starliper, Regina Mills Myers, Betty Moore Kratz and Jane Kratz Everett. Ronald McAllister is kneeling.
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Guided bike ride

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service will host a guided bike ride on the Western Maryland Rail Trail on Saturday, July 17. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the C&O Bicycle shop in Hancock.

The public is invited to join Fort Frederick State Park naturalist Charles Sullivan for a guided bike ride on the historic Western Maryland Rail Trail. Participants will take a leisurely ride on the paved trail, pausing to explore the natural wonders along the way, hearing bird songs and getting frequent views of the Potomac River. Some of the flowering plants and birds will be examined, and the geology and ecology of the area will be discussed.

The event is free to the public. Disabled access is available. However, the ride might cover as much as 25 miles round trip. Accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. Seven days' advance notice are requested. Please dress for inclement weather or hot, sunny days and carry plenty of water.


Bicycle rentals are available at the bicycle shop, which is along the Rail Trail and the C&O Canal National Historic Park in Hancock. Refreshments are also available at the bicycle shop and elsewhere in Hancock.

The ride will last about four hours. C & O Bicycle is off Interstate 70 at exit 3, and exit 1 from 522. The shop is at 9 S. Pennsylvania Ave.

For more information about the bike tour or other Fort Frederick activities, call the park at 301-842-2155 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lions Club officer installation

The Clear Spring Lions Club held its installation of officers for Lions Year 2010-11 at the Clear Spring American Legion pavilion on June 21.

Past District Governor Marion Carmack from the New Market Lions Club and his guest, Francis, were guests at the annual strawberry picnic. Carmack performed the installation ceremonies and installed the following officers:

President - James McKee; Immediate Past President - Douglas Mullendore; 1st Vice President - Teresa Sales; 2nd Vice President - Cheryl Young; 3rd Vice President - Eric Knode; Secretary - Norris Belt; Treasurer - Betsy Mellott; Safety Officer- James McKee; Lion Tamer - Steve Greathead; Tail Twister - Larry Smith; Directors 1-year - Esther Whitley; and William Robertson; Directors 2-year - David Vance and Donald Mellott; Membership Committee 1-year -Thomas Knode, 2-year - Harry Bryan; 3-year - Martin Van Evans; 4-year - James Elliott; and 5-year - Burma Miles.

Mullendore and Smith attended the Clear Spring High School graduation ceremonies and presented five $1,000 scholarships to the following graduates: Hannah House, Bradley Jordan, Kelsey Capezuto, Amanda Fawley and Lindsey Lacy. All five met all the standards required by the Lions Scholarship Committee.

Mt. Tabor anniversary events

On July 10 and 11, Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church on Fairview Road is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the completion of its church building.

On Saturday, there will be an old-fashioned ice cream social from 3 to 7 p.m. There will be food, ice cream and music.

On Sunday, there will be a special worship service at 10:30 a.m., followed by a catered meal. The community is invited to attend.

Clear Spring class of 1952 reunion

Members of the Clear Spring High School graduating class of 1952 gathered at Western Sizzlin' on June 1 for their 58th reunion.

There were 23 class members and one classroom instructor present. Ruth Mills acted as the master of ceremonies and memories.

Class members traveled from Florida, Virginia and different parts of Maryland to attend. Next year's gathering will be June 7.

Did You Know?

Did you know that organ grinders were among the many characters that traveled along the Old National Pike?

Around the time of the Hagerstown Fair, an organ grinder would pass through Clear Spring, play an organ by turning the handle and a monkey would dance around. Groups of children and passers-by would watch and the monkey would pass around his hat for pennies.

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