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Community briefs

September 24, 2010

Fair geared toward veterans

The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) will host a free information fair for veterans benefits between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday, Sept. 25, hosted by the AMVETS Post 10, at 770 Frederick St., Hagerstown.

Veterans and their families may stop in to collect information on the benefits and services offered to Maryland veterans by federal, state, local and nonprofit organizations.

The MDVA will have a veterans benefit specialist available to assist with filing claims for disability and compensation.

For information, call 410-260-3838, e-mail cconroy@mdva.state.md.us or go to http://www.mdva.state.md.us .

Composting workshop deadline Monday

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Renfrew Institute is teaming up with Penn State Cooperative Extension to offer a backyard composting workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Renfrew Museum and Park's visitor center, 1010 E. Main St.

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George Hurd, Franklin County Extension educator will lead the workshop. Instructions will be given out on how to construct your own composting bin.

The workshop fee is $12 per person for nonmembers; $10 per person for members of Renfrew Institute and seating is limited and registration is required.

Deadline is Monday, Oct. 4. To register, send the workshop fee (payable to Renfrew Institute) along with name and contact information to: Renfrew Institute, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA 17268.

Registration is not confirmed until payment is received. Call 717-762-0373 or e-mail renfrewinst@innernet.net. Parking is available behind the visitors center or in the lower parking lot off Welty Road.

Discussion group to begin next week

BOONSBORO - A discussion group, based on the book "A Call to Power: the Grandmothers Speak" by Sharon Erlane, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 6 through Nov. 24, at Boonsboro Wellness Center, 27 S. Main St. The book chronicles the author's spiritual journey, as she meets the spirits of the grandmothers, wise souls who wish to bring feminine power back into balance. Prior reading of the book is not necessary. For information, call Sandy Boyer 304-279-6854 or e-mail unityhagerstown@live.com.

Hawk-watching trip set for Oct.7

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a hawk-watching trip to Cape May, N.J., Oct. 7 through 10.

The trip will use the resources of the New Jersey Audubon Society and the Cape May Bird Observatory, which offer morning and afternoon bird walks and a special hawk-watching platform where one can comfortably watch the migration. Naturalists from the observatory will be present to help identify incoming hawks.

Anyone with an interest is welcome. The trip is free. Participants will be expected to furnish their own transportation and make their own hotel or motel reservations.

For information, call trip leader Sandy Sagalkin at 301-432-6847 or e-mail monsansagalkin@myactv.net .

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