Around Smithsburg and Robinwood

December 22, 2010|By DARYLENE MOWEN |
  • Darylene Mowen, Smithsburg and Robinwood correspondent
Darylene Mowen, Smithsburg and Robinwood correspondent

SMITHSBURG — Merry Christmas to all my family and friends!

Christmas Eve service

St. Peter’s Beards Lutheran Church on Old Forge Road, Chewsville/Leitersburg, will hold a Christmas Eve service Friday at 7:30 p.m. Come and worship at the oldest Lutheran church in Washington County. A children’s program and communion will be observed and traditional carols will be sung.

Senior site

Smithsburg senior site calendar for the week:
Wednesday: “How to get a Good Night’s Sleep Without Medication” and exercise with Helen Stevens, 10:15 a.m.

Thursday: birthday luncheon and Christmas party, 10 a.m.

Friday and Monday: closed

Tuesday: part one of the movie “Secondhand Lions,” 10 a.m.

Smithsburg Middle School news

Several Smithsburg Middle School staff members were honored Nov. 17 at the Celebration of Service for their years of service to Washington County Public Schools. Marking five years was Taffey Crain; 10 years, David Herbert and Donna Rishell; 15 years, Michael Messina; 20 years, Karen Hart and Pearle Howell; 30 years, Linda Embly and Patricia Everett; 35 years, Gregory Rouse.

The following Smithsburg Middle School students completed the 2010 Summer Reading Club sponsored by the Washington County Free Library: Dominique King, Talia Seidman, Griffin Weaver, Bailey Hovermale and Cassandra Li.

Students who qualified for The Johns Hopkins Talent Search were given information to sign up for programs at Johns Hopkins, as well as information about taking the SAT in January. Any eighth-graders may take the SAT at Springfield Middle School in January if they wish. For information about signing up for the test, go to

Independent film production

Audra Haddock Martenot, an adjunct faculty member at Hagerstown Community College, teamed up with Rob Owens, an independent filmmaker and the president and owner of Eagle Rock Productions, to co-produce the independent film “One With Life.”

The film provides a look at a growing, worldwide movement that emphasizes the need for people to connect with nature, with a special emphasis on the importance of engaging and encouraging children to explore the great outdoors.

According to Martenot, the film details some of the significant efforts that have taken place since the first Dialogue on Children and Nature was held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va., in 2006, and follows the movement through June 10.

Additional footage will be added in the coming months and the final version of the film is expected to be released in the spring through the Friends of the NCTC and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

In November, a 10-minute version of the film debuted at the American Conservation Film Festival in Shepherdstown.

Martenot has been teaching at HCC since 1997, and teaches classes in art and graphic design, including photography, Adobe Photoshop and digital video.

She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications from Shippensburg (Pa.) University. For more information about the film festival, go to For more information about the Friends of NCTC, go to

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