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Goretti to host guest speaker

November 14, 2011|Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown

St. Maria Goretti High School's International Club will welcome guest speaker Gabriel Bol Deng to meet students and share his story of survival and hope.

He will be at Goretti Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. to speak to the student body in the Gael Center.

The founder of Helping Offer Primary Education, Bol Deng survived the violent attacks on his village in South Sudan at the age of 10 and later fled to a refugee camp in Ethiopia. He came to the United States in 2001, and recently returned to Sudan, where he dedicates his time to the education of children in his former village.

Kathleen Lorenz, a professor at Gettysburg (Pa.) College and parent of three children at Goretti, attended one of Bol Deng's speaking engagements last year and thought it would be important for him to share his story with the high school.

"His story is very inspirational because of what he went through and the challenges he overcame," Lorenz said. "And, it's wonderful that now he is using his experience to make a positive difference for children in his native country."

 Bol Deng earned an associate degree from Onondaga Community College in 2004 and a bachelor's degree from Le Moyne College in 2007. 

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TOPS 0077

Losses for the week totaled 44 1/4 pounds for TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 0077.

The best TOPS losers were Kathy Roberts and Rosemary Gill. The best KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) losers were Joan Budny and Joan Gilbert. The no-no snack for the week is soda.

Kathy Freese presented the program on "Helpful Holiday Tips." She said holiday shopping, baking, stresses and family visits can challenge weight-loss goals. She said planning ahead and using simple strategies can lead to successful results.

The chapter food drive has resulted in the collection of 291 food items and $35 in cash. This month, the annual hats, scarves and gloves collection for local schoolchildren is under way. 

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

For more information, call Patsy P. at 301-582-2292 or Patsy M. at 301-842-3615.

Kris Kringle Craft Show set for this weekend

The 28th annual Kris Kringle Craft Show will be Saturday and Sunday at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.

The show will feature more than 260 crafters, more than 100 new vendors, wider aisles and larger booth spaces.

The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission costs $1, with proceeds going to Children's Village.

Parking will be free and a free shuttle will be available. There will be free gift wrapping, a package-holding area and free vendor door prizes.

Last year, the nonprofit show donated more than $10,000 to the Parent Child Center of Hagerstown.

Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items for Christmas baskets for local families and/or a new toy to be donated to The Salvation Army for children at Christmas.

New this year will be a children's shopping village in the main lobby with gifts for children to buy ranging in price from 50 cents to $6.

Volunteers are needed to work at the show. Washington County students who need student service-learning hours are encouraged to volunteer.

For more information, call Linda Williams at 301-582-1233 or 301-331-1233.

TOPS 0446

 Before Mary gave the chapter a nutrition pop quiz, chapter members discussed a number of items and welcomed Charlie, a visitor.

Carole was the thinner winner, having lost 3.2 pounds. Receiving recognition for being a 5-year KOPS was Carol S.

Meetings are held 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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