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A day of pride

September 08, 2011|Cathy Grantham | Around Maugansville

Ten years ago, our nation was attacked for the second time on our own soil.


I remember that tragic day when so many lost their lives, but I also remember how families and neighbors pulled together to help each other.

People forgot their differences and showed their patriotism and love of our country.

When my family and I walked through the crowd during Maugansville Pride Day Saturday, I felt the warmth and pride our community shares.

People still care enough to work together to make our community a better place. Pride day began as an idea almost 35 years ago after the Bicentennial celebration in 1976, but actually began during the Labor Day weekend of 1980.

All facets of the community were asked to participate by the Ruritan Club. Businesses, craft vendors and groups like the fire department, the PTA, churches and the Scouts were asked to participate.

Originally, pride day was to be like a big picnic, and then it grew to become a fundraiser.

The ladies auxiliary, the Ruritanettes, operated the kitchen.

Now many others pitch in to cook and serve food.

About 3,500 people attended last Saturday's event and approximately $4,000 was raised.

Pride day was and still is a great success, thanks to the Ruritan, and to all the other friends and neighbors who continue to show their pride for Maugansville.

Back to church Sunday  

Maugansville Bible Brethren Church, at 17904 Binkley Ave. in Maugansville, is participating in Back to Church Sunday, a national movement of churches to encourage people to rediscover church and try it again. The church is joining with thousands of churches to help change those statistics by inviting everyone to attend church Sunday.

The service starts at 10:40 a.m.

For more information, call Pastor Sean Coffey at 301-791-8101 or send an email to scoffey@mbbchurch.org.

Reunion luncheon planned

There will be a Ward Leonard, Angstrohm, Vishay semiannual luncheon for all former employees Thursday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 808 Railroad Junction Restaurant off Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown.

Open house set

The Middleburg/Mason-Dixon Line Historical Society will meet Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at the State Line Ruritan building off U.S. 11 north in the State Line Community Park. The evening is an open house to meet members and friends, and to welcome community neighbors.

The program will be "Show and Tell: Treasures of the Historical Society."

There will be pictures, books, articles and artifacts from the society's collection. Stories and anecdotes about the history, homes, businesses, and townspeople will be shared. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Susan Alsip-Lawson at 301-739-0357.

Spaghetti dinner set

Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship, at 14010 Greencastle Pike, Hagerstown, will hold a spaghetti dinner Saturday, Sept. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The menu includes spaghetti, salad, bread and beverage. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $3 for those younger than 8. Dessert will be available for a donation. Proceeds benefit the church's community ministry center debt reduction. For more information, call 301-791-5432.

BCA accepting students

Broadfording Christian Academy is still accepting students for the 2011-12 school year. There are openings in all grades, especially kindergarten, second grade and fifth grade. For a free informal tour of the school, contact Debra Hunt at 301-790-1052.

Milestones

Congratulations to Julie and Mark Gilbert who will celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary Sept. 10. Congratulations also to Katie Reeder who will celebrate her ninth birthday on Sept. 12, and to Bruce Martin who will celebrate his birthday on Sept. 13.

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