Seniors to meet

February 22, 2011|Darylene Mowen | Around Smithsburg & Robinwood

The Cavedwellers Senior Group will meet Tuesday, March 1, at 11:30 a.m. at Christ Reformed United Church of Christ on Cavetown Church Road in Cavetown. New members are welcome. Bring a sandwich for lunch. Dessert and drink will be provided. The guest speaker will be Laurie Sexton from Meritus Medical Center.

Pancake breakfast

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be held Saturday, March 5, from 7 to 11 a.m. at Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, Cavetown Church Road in Cavetown. The menu includes sausage, eggs, orange juice and coffee. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $2.50 for those ages 6 to 12 and are free for those younger than 6. For more information, call Carolyn Smith at 301-824-2971.

Senior site

Smithsburg senior site calendar:

Today — "Winter Skin Woes and Treatments,"  and exercise with Helen Stevens, 10:15 a.m.

Thursday — Closed.

Friday, Feb.  25 — Birthday luncheon, 11:30 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 28 — Polar Bear Day; UNO, 10 a.m.

Health program

Micro-CHIP (Coronary Health Improvement Project) will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday, March 1 through March 24 at Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church, 11507 Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown.

The program is for those concerned about cancer, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis or stroke. The event includes eight meals, exercise training, handouts, two screening events, DVD presentations on how to prevent or reverse disease, and demonstrations.

For more information and to register, contact Shayne Remmers at 301-733-8867, or

5K run/walk

On Saturday March 12, the Washington County Recreation Department will host a St. Patties Day 5K Run/Walk at Martin "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway.

The run/walk will be a 3.1-mile loop course, closed to traffic from 8:50 a.m. until the end of the race.

The event starts at 9 a.m. with race-day registration/packet pickup from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m. Registration received by March 11 costs $20. Race day registration will cost $25. For registration forms, call 240-313-2805 or e-mail Marsha at

The first 200 registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt. Awards will be presented as follows: male and female champions as well as each male and female age-group winner.

The awards ceremony will be held after the event at 10:45 a.m.

Exercise certification workshop

Washington County Recreation Department and National Exercise Trainers Association will co-sponsor a Group Exercise Instructor's Certification workshop  Saturday, March 26, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the ARCC building at Hagerstown Community College.

Beginning and potential instructors will gain insight into the basics of teaching group exercise classes. No college, science or teaching background is required. Classroom review of required textbook and demonstrations in a relaxed atmosphere will take place. Workshop registration includes a full-day review of material, written exam and National Certification.

For more information,  call Dyanne Sharrar at the Recreation Department at 240-313-2805. To register or for more information about the workshops call the National Exercise Trainers Association at 1-800-237-6242 or online at

Money bonanza

Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co. will hold a money bonanza Saturday, March 26, at the fire hall, at 22 N. Main St. in Smithsburg.

The doors open at 5 p.m. and the meal will be served at 6.

Tickets cost $30 per couple. No one younger than 18 will be admitted.

The menu includes pit beef, baked beans, macaroni salad, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, dessert and drinks.

For tickets, call Danny at 301-573-9590 or Buddy at 301-991-3847

HCC CyberWatch team advances

Hagerstown Community College students in the networking technology program have advanced to the regional finals of the sixth CyberWatch Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

• "Advancing to the qualifying round of the Mid-Atlantic CCDC marks the progression of our networking technology curriculum," said Margaret Spivey, director of technology and computer studies at HCC. "Students successfully demonstrated their skills on the operational aspects of managing and protecting an existing network infrastructure. This valuable experience provides an exceptional avenue of learning for our students and gives further recognition to the quality of our program."

• HCC is one of eight schools that has been narrowed from an initial field of 23 colleges and universities within the Mid-Atlantic region. The other schools to qualify for the regional finals are Craven Community College, Capitol College, Forsyth Technical Community College, George Washington University, James Madison University, Wilmington University, and the University of Maryland. These eight schools will now move on to the regional finals to be held March 10 to 12 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. From there, one Mid-Atlantic school will be chosen to participate in the Deloitte sponsored National CCDC in San Antonio in April.

• The CCDC provides hands-on application of information assurance skills to enhance students' understanding of both theory and practice. In the competition, HCC students had to use their skills to defend their network against a cyber attack from a team from another school that was charged with conducting offensive operations. This experiential education increases the knowledge and expertise of future professionals who may be in positions to contribute to the secure design and operation of critical information and its supporting infrastructure.

• HCC is a member of CyberWatch, a consortium of more than 40 higher education institutions, businesses and government agencies. This affiliation allows HCC to share best practices, methodologies, curricula and course materials, as well as to receive training and support for its students and faculty. HCC was also recently recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency.

To learn more about the CCDC, go to For more information on HCC's cybersecurity initiatives, contact Spivey at 301-790-2800, ext. 402, or

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