April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day

March 28, 2012|Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown

Autism Speaks will mark World Autism Awareness Day on Monday, April 2, and is asking communities to Light It Up Blue to help shine a light on autism.

Whether it’s your front porch, City Hall, an office party or a banquet, the  world is going blue to increase awareness of autism.

Light It Up Blue, in its third year, is a global initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern of autism. Iconic landmarks around the world will also Light It Up Blue to show their support.

Approximately one in 110 American children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum — a 600 percent increase in prevalence over the past two decades. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes or pediatric AIDS combined. Autism affects an estimated 3 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide.

Unite with Autism Speaks, the autism advocacy group, and help shine a light on autism in the community.

West Hagerstown Lions

The West Hagerstown Lions Club recently held elections for 2012-13. 

The new officers are president, Jim Roby; first vice president, Mary Chaney; second vice president, Lewis Kline; secretary/treasurer, Donna Jackman; tail twister, Roxanne Rowland; tail twister, Jim Stone; lion tamer, Jim Gossard; one-year directors, Jim Gossard and Joan Heil; two-year directors, Helen Gossard and Elizabeth Stone; three-year directors, Karen McNamee and Mary Lou Koontz; and membership committee, Phyllis Bradley, Mark Smith and Frances Ruth.

In other Lions Club news:

• During its March 19 meeting, club members donated items to the REACH Cold Weather Shelter.

• The Leader Dog Banquet will be Tuesday, April 24. Tickets cost $11 per person.

• The club’s spaghetti dinner will be Saturday, April 28, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Girl’s Inc. Tickets cost $7.

• High school students who live in Hagerstown’s West End are eligible for college scholarships from the West Hagerstown Lions Club.

Applications are available in the guidance offices at North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown and Washington County Technical high schools. The deadline for submission is April 15.

Antietam Bible College

Antietam Bible College, Biblical Seminary and Graduate School, at 15 High St. in Hagerstown, is holding registration for its summer session, which begins June 4 and the fall semester, which begins Aug. 20.

To register, call 301-797-0988 or go to

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