Meditation course offered at HCC

January 10, 2012|Darylene Mowen | Around Smithsburg & Robinwood
  • The Smithsburg High School Class of 1961 recently met to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The event, called A gathering of Friends, was held at Nicks Airport Inn. In attendance were 25 of the original 42 classmates and their spouses. Row one, from left, Carolyn Ross Detrow, Linda Bushey Custer, Gaithelene Lewis Sprodlin, Leda Ginn Reynolds and Cheryl Decker Sharpe. Row two, Carolyn Burgesser Verdier, Kathryn Kendall Starliper, Carolyn Kindle Barkdoll, Sue Anne Funkhouser Spangler and Carol Bloom Rawleigh. Row three, John Sweene, Bill Harbaugh, Arlene Schildt Montgomery, Nancy Manahan Burns, Mary Kline Cline and Dorene Kline Young. Row four, Jerry Scruggs, Bob Hahn, Robert Graybill, Frank Moore, Bob Stevenson, Bill Eccard, Brian Stoops and Don Carpenter.
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The Continuing Education and Community Services Division of Hagerstown Community College will offer a course titled, “Principles of Meditation — A Joyous, Peaceful Way of Life,” for two sessions, beginning in January.  

The first session runs on Tuesdays, Jan. 17 through Feb. 21, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The second session runs on Thursdays, Feb. 23 through March 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Both sessions will be held at the HCC Valley Mall Center.   

The course is designed for those who are new to the meditation experience or for those who wish to renew their meditation practice.

Meditation is said to be an excellent support to prevent, slow, or control cardiovascular disease, improve the ability to sustain concentration, restore balance for depression, develop constructive use of thought patterns, and ease pain associated with chronic diseases.

The course fee is $71. To register or learn more, go to or call 240-500-2236.


Smithsburg senior site

Smithsburg senior site calendar:  
• Today — Dominoes and chair exercise, 10 a.m.  
• Friday — Exercise with light weights and Uno, 10 a.m.  
• Monday, Jan. 16  — Closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Cascade Elementary  

Good Citizens of the month for November who were honored for displaying the Character Counts! trait of respect:  

Kindergarten, Clayton McCracken and Jordan Shifler; first grade, Samantha McGrady and Owen Shatzer; second grade, Amanda Collins and Adriannah McKenzie; third grade, Rachel Keller and James Sanger; fourth grade, Ethan Pennington and Katelyn Scott; and fifth grade, Sydney Pryor and Hayden Shatzer.

Smithsburg Middle

“Happy New Year. I hope you had a restful and peaceful holiday season shared with family and friends. The New Year is always a new beginning. It is a time for reflection and a time to set goals for the year. Your children have been working hard and demonstrating academic and artistic talent at SMS. The three music programs were outstanding demonstrating the skills learned in a short period of time. The honor roll achievers and the STARS recipients showed how academics are highly regarded by our children.

“As I reflect on last year and prepare for this year, I am reminded that we can never rest on our past successes. We must continue to work hard and strive for excellence. I challenge myself, staff, and students to improve our performance by working harder and seeking new knowledge and experiences. SMS has a proud tradition of academic success, success in the arts and success on the athletic fields. We should maintain this tradition and build upon it to reach the next plateau.

“My commitment to you is to work with you and your children so they can reach their fullest potential. I appreciate your continued support and look forward to serving you in 2012.”

— Stephen Tarason, principal

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