Blossom School classes to start

April 14, 2011|Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street

New classes for the Blossom School of Etiquette will start Saturday April 23, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hagerstown Presbyterian Church, 20 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown.

Classes are for girls ages 7 to 17. The classes are free. The classes teach poise, assertiveness, social skills (home and school) table manners, manners, self-confidence, self-esteem, etc.

For more information, call Ladetra Robinson at 240-520-5676 or email

Fitness program meets at Fairgrounds Park

Walking and fitness programs are held three days a week at 6:30 p.m. at Fairgrounds Park. The group meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the park, which is off Cleveland Avenue in Hagerstown.

For more information, call Linda Brooks at 301-797-4310.  

Women's Day

Ebenezer AME Church held its annual Women's Day March 20.  

The program was led by Torrance Petties and Catherine Evans. The guest speaker for the morning service was minister Mary Ingram from Central Baptist Church, Roanoke, Va., who spoke on the Theme "God Can Be Trusted."  

Women from community churches joined in the program. The call to worship was rendered by Sylvia Bell of Zion Baptist Church. Elder Tracey Brown from Greater Campher Temple rendered the morning prayer. Erma Branch from Second Christian Church gave the responsive reading and Betty Stoner from Asbury United Methodist Church said the offertory prayer.  

 The Women's Day Choir rendered several spirit-filled selections for the morning service;  "The Lord is Blessing Me," "I Almost Let Go" with soloist Tiara Thornton and "My Soul Says Yes" with soloist Deborah Simmons for the hymn of preparation.  Members included Laurie Graves, musician; Deborah Simmons, directress; Carol Austin, Carolyn Beck, Leysa Burnett, Denise Chandler, Anna Doleman, Catherine Evans, Cynthia Gaskins, JoAnne Jackson, Charlotte Mae Keyes, Janine Lucas, Juanita McFall, Torrance Petties, Priscilla Smith and Tiara Thornton.  

The guest speaker for the afternoon service was Elder Bertha Greene of Sacred Zion Full Gospel Baptist Church, Baltimore. Greene brought her choir and many members with her.  

The women would like to thank everyone for sharing in their day.    

Women in Recovery to be held May 19

The Washington County Health Department, Division of Behavioral Health Services, and the Mental Hygiene Administration, Division of Special Needs Population TAMAR program, second floor, 1302 Pennsylvania Ave., will host "An Evening with Women in Recovery" Thursday, May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event will include the premiere of "Healing Neen:  One woman's Journey Through Trauma and Recovery."

The documentary illustrates the consequences that untreated trauma has on individuals and society at-large, including mental health and addiction disorders, homelessness and incarceration.

Several speakers will share their successes.

Due to the content, the event is open to women and the men who support them, adults 18 and older.  

For more information call David Washington at 240-313-2159 or email davidwashington@dhmh.state.

Law Day

Members of the Washington County Bar Association will again celebrate Law Day on May 2 by offering free legal advice at the Washington County Courthouse in the Orphans Court, Room 213, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The group will also prepate medical powers of attorney (Advanced Directives), at no charge, from 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center at Girls Inc., 626 Washington Ave. in Hagerstown.  

Last year 36 individuals signed up for the legal service.  

To inaugurate Law Day, a panel of three volunteer lawyers will respond to questions on the air at station WJEJ, 1240 AM, on Friday, April 29, at approximately 9 a.m.

Appointments for the free consultations are encouraged.  To schedule a consultation, call Michele Ferris Hansen at 240-313-2015 or email            


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