A time of celebration

August 05, 2011|Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street

Ebenezer AME Church’s Lucy P. Jones Missionary Society visited Grace Snively on July 29 at her home and presented her with gifts, flowers and a cake.  

It was Mrs. Grace’s (Aunt Grace to most) 98th birthday.  

Aunt Grace received many flowers, one of which was from WJEJ Radio as the “Good Neighbor of the Day,” nominated by Reginald Keyes. She also received birthday wishes from former President Bill Clinton. Former State Sen. Donald Munson called with birthday wishes, as did many family members and friends.  

Society members on hand were Toni Gaines, president, Anna Doleman, Laurie Graves and Leysa Burnett. Also, a bouquet of pink roses was placed at the altar on Sunday morning in honor of her birthday.

On July 31, Ebenezer’s pastor, the Rev. Leroy Jackson, also celebrated his birthday.  

The church prepared a surprise birthday dinner after the service and he received many cards and gifts. He was also surprised and blessed with the presence of all four of his daughters, Gail Rider, Angela Ross, Janine Lucas and Natalie Jackson and his wife, JoAnne Jackson.  

Lucas delivered a tribute to her father, which touched not only Leroy Jackson but many in the congregation. Many of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were on hand for the celebration.      

Church offering choice of dinners

Second Christian Church, at 65 W. North Ave., will have dinners for sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The food sale has a choice of three menus and you can mix or match.

The first dinner includes turkey salad, devil eggs and pickles. The second choice includes fried chicken, potato salad and collard greens. The third dinner offers fried fish, macaroni and cheese and baked beans.

All of the dinners include roll, soda and cake or pie for $8 each

To arrange delivery, call Agnes at 301-797-0407.

Blossom School classes

Blossom School of Etiquette’s “Being the Best You Can Be” classes start Saturday, Aug. 27,  from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hagerstown Presbyterian Church. 20 S. Prospect St. in Hagerstown.

The free classes are for girls ages 7 to17 and include teaching on poise, assertiveness, social skills (home and school) table manners, manners, self-confidence and self-esteem.

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

Book signing

On Saturday at 2 p.m., local author Andrea Renee Frayser, who is active in community volunteer work and health education, will be at Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc., 4 W. Franklin St. in downtown Hagerstown, for a demonstration and discussion of “The Pennywize Vegetarian.”  

Frayser is a graduate of the Herbal Healer Academy, where she studied holistic nutrition, herbal pharmacology and naturopathy (natural medicine).

Dog training

Peaceable Paws dog training center in Fairplay offers the following classes:

  • Monday, Aug. 8 — Puppy Good Manners starts; first class orientation at 7 p.m.; remaining six weeks at 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug;. 8 — Adult Good Manners starts; first class orientation at 7 p.m.; remaining six weeks at 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 10 — Intermediate Good Manners starts, 7:15 p.m.

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