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Happy New Year!

December 29, 2011|Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway

Saturday will mark the end of 2011, and 2012 will be ushered in Sunday. Many wishes to all for a happy, prosperous and joyous New Year.

Story time event planned at mall

Mr. Jeff from Washington County Free Library will be at Valley Mall the first Thursday of each month for story time.

Mr. Jeff will be in the rear of the Food Court area from 11 to 11:45 a.m. The program introduces and develops the love of reading in preschool children.  

Athletic boosters plan bonanza Jan. 7

The Williamsport High School Athletic Boosters bonanza will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, at Williamsport Fire Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with the drawing to follow.

Tickets cost $40 per couple, and include meal, soft drinks and beer.

First drawing and every 10th ticket drawn wins $40; 100th ticket drawn wins $100. One ticket will be raffled and guaranteed in final five for a chance to win $1,200.

A 50/50 drawing will be held to benefit the Kim Piper-Yumlu Fund.

No one younger than 21 will be permitted to attend.

For tickets or more information, call Doug Levine at 301-991-8015 or Mel Gozora at 240-291-4358.

Businesses create trophy for plunge

The Polar Bear Plunge is just a few days away and as the town of Williamsport is preparing for the New Year's Day festivities two local businesses are making preparations of their own.  

Jimmy Jewells, owner of Jewells & Jewells of Williamsport, and Kathryn Meyers, owner of K&R Engraving in Hagerstown, have created a special trophy for the event called the Our Gang Did It!

Hoping to bring added attention to the Williamsport Polar Bear Plunge, a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Washington County, Jewells and Meyers created the trophy that will be awarded to the largest team of polar bears at the event.

"We wanted to help raise more money for the humane society and this seemed like a really fun incentive for people," Jewells said.

"This will be a trophy that the winners will proudly display for the year they have it," Meyers said.

The team with the largest number of individuals taking part in the event will earn the honor of having their name inscribed on a brass plaque on the trophy and will have the trophy to display for a year.  

They will return the trophy for presentation to the next year's winning team the next New Year's Day.  

Individuals interested in competing for the trophy should look for the Jewells & Jewells truck that will be at River Bottom Park on New Year's Day. Ask for Jewells.

Registration for the Polar Bear Plunge can be done online at www.hswcmd.org until Friday, or by contacting the shelter at 301-733-2060. Polar bears can also sign up at the event on New Year's Day.

Share your news

 If you have goods news to share, upcoming events, celebrations, birthday announcements or neighborhood news, please be sure to keep me posted. You may share your news at aroundhalfway@aol.com or call me at 301-331-4885 and I will be more than happy to pass along your information. I look forward to hearing from you.

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