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Tri-State Civitan Club hosts picnic

July 31, 2010
  • Shown in the foreground is Faye and Clifford Metger with their grandson Steven Metger.
Submitted photo,

The Tri-State Civitan Club hosted its third annual picnic for individuals with disabilities and their families at the Red Men Club in Williamsport.

More than 150 people attended the event and ate hamburgers and hot dogs, etc., before enjoying ice cream served by Antietam Dairy.

Face painting and temporary tattoos by Kathy Lant and Ivy Sunderland were a big hit as well as the balloon creations of Shelly Schwartz. DJ Bobby Hayes supplied the music throughout the day.

At the picnic, Steven Metger, 16, of Hagerstown, had an unusual request for face painting.

He is an avid fan of "anime" and wanted something to do with that subculture. Metger, who is deaf, with the help of his grandparents, decided on the word "Japan" on his arm and the flag on his cheek.

Metger took up a hobby of World War II battles since his Dad was a pilot and his grandfather was a pilot in World War II, which led to his interest and fascination of Japanese animation on computers and TV. He attends the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, Md., and when a group from Japan visited the school he showed them around with the delight of having his name written in Japanese.

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Metger is a Special Olympian swimmer who recently won a medal at the Maryland State Special Olympics.

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