Around North Hagerstown

January 10, 2011|Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown

Senior center volunteers

The senior center is seeking greeters stationed at the registration area to meet seniors who visit the center.  

Since the new year began, the center has seen many new participants visiting the center.  The staff needs greeters Mondays and Fridays, and other afternoons during the week.

If interested in volunteering, call 301-671-2368.

The center is at is 626 Washington Ave. in Hagerstown.

St. Mary Catholic School

Tuesday is Bulls and Bears Restaurant Night for St. Mary Catholic School. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Home School Association.

Monday, Jan. 17 — No school in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

TOPS  0077

On the first weigh-in of the New Year, TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 0077 had losses of 12 1/2 pounds.


The best TOPS losers were Donna Blackowitz and Elsie Horst. The best KOPS losers were Joan Budny and Lu Marletta.  Janice Frye and Horst split the get-r-done prize. Horst won the Ha! Ha! prize. The no-no snack is potato chips.

Cheryl Bowen and Rose Shockey won the accumulated no-no prize.  The biggest loser for 2010 was Blackowitz. Peggy Robinson and Shockey won the December weight-loss challenge. Terri Hendricks gave her Pound Puppy to Patsy Martin.

The “Hang On” contest begins next week.

Sharron Twigg presented the program titled “Resolutions/Renovation.” It is reported that most New Year’s resolutions last seven days. Steps for resolution success are commitment, being specific, having coping strategies, support and tracking progress. Trudy Heather composed a poem titled “Resolution 2011.”

The group meets Mondays at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown.

For more information, call Donna at 301-560-2403 or Patsy at 301-582-2292.

Red Cross training planned Jan. 19

The Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct CPR/AED training for the professional rescuer/health care provider Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 131 Conrad Court in Hagerstown.

To enroll, go to or call 301-739-0717.

Created for those who maintain professional-level CPR/AED skills, the two-year certification is available for first responders and health care providers such as nurses, EMTs, paramedics, police, firefighters, doctors, etc.

The training combines discussions and videos with hands-on skills training. The course is based on real-life rescue scenarios and lessons that reinforce decision-making skills so participants can be confident when responding to an emergency.

The training teaches:

  • Responding to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants
  • Using an AED on adult and child victims of cardiac arrest
  • Using personal protective equipment to stop blood-borne pathogens and other diseases from spreading
  • Training on administering emergency oxygen

TOPS 0446

Fifteen members of TOPS Chapter 0446 attended the Jan. 5 meeting. C.K. was the thinner winner with a loss of 4 pounds.

Judy G. presented the program on restaurant choices. She gave tips on preparing to dine out. For example, drink a glass of water or eat a light fruit or vegetable snack before going out. She also gave suggestions for making informed choices from the restaurant menu, such as avoiding “crispy” foods. The group enjoyed the worksheet Judy provided.

At its next meeting, Cynthia will lead the monthly awards presentation.

Meetings are held on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road in Hagerstown. Weigh-in  is from 8:45 to 9:20 a.m.

For more information, call Mary or Tom at 301-797-2547, or Judy at 301-739-9279.

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