Legion essay winners named

April 30, 2012|Cheryl Weaver | Around Clear Spring

The Clear Spring Legion Auxiliary has announced the winners of its annual essay contest:

  • Seventh and eighth grades — First place, Will Malcolm; second place, Jillian Malcolm; and third place, (tie) Elizabeth Whitmore and Mathew Mills.

  • Third and fourth grades — First place, Mackenzie Mooers; second place, Paige Seibert; and third place, (tie) Noah Heines, Josh Wagner and Anna Grace Fleming. 

On Wednesday, May 23, Auxiliary Unit 222 will hold a banquet in the Legion ballroom for the essay contest winners and their guests.

At that time, the essays will be read, and certificates and prizes will be awarded. 

The essay theme this year was “How Can I Show My Patriotism in My Community?”

Mackenzie Mooers went on to win first place at the district level. Her essay will be sent to be judged at the department level.  

Chicken barbecue

Blair’s Valley First Church of God will hold its annual chicken barbecue dinner at Clopper’s Grove, 13505 Blair’s Valley Road, on Saturday, May 12, starting at 4 p.m.  The menu will consist of one-half chicken, baked potato, green beans, applesauce, roll, tea, coffee and dessert. 

The meal costs $9.

Hoover scholarship

Hempen Hill restaurant will hold a Quinn Alec Hoover Legacy Scholarship fundraiser Tuesday, May 22, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

The event will celebrate Hoover’s life with good friends, family and food.

The restaurant, in Fountainhead Plaza in Hagerstown, will donate 15 percent of the check to the Living Legacy scholarship fund set up in Hoover’s name.

If you would like to post this event to your Facebook wall, please feel free, as this is a public event. Fliers will be made and distributed soon. Take the flier to the restaurant so the wait staff can attach the check to it. 

Church to hold barbecue

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Clear Spring is sponsoring its third annual chicken barbecue Saturday, May 12, starting at 10 a.m.

It will be held at 13708 National Pike (Shady Bower) next to Mills Service Station and Valley Market.
Tickets cost $7.

The menu includes one-half chicken, baked beans, applesauce and roll. It will cost $6 for one-half chicken only.

The chicken will be barbecued by George and friends from Ernst Market.

Additional items that can be purchased include Krumpe’s doughnuts, packaged cakes, cookies, chips, sodas and bottled water.

Advance orders can be made by calling Kaye Ridenour at 301-842-2411 or by sending an email to

Proceeds will go to the church’s mission projects, which include the Clear Spring Lions Club Food Bank and St. Peter’s Second Time Around Shop.

The church invites the community to its Sunday worship services. Sunday school is at 9:15 a.m., announcements are at 10:25 a.m. and worship is at 10:30 a.m.

The church is at 30 S. Martin St. in Clear Spring.

For more information, go to

Today is May Day

The Clear Spring Garden Club asks the community to remember that Tuesday is May Day.

Years ago, neighbors made cones of sturdy paper and attached a ribbon handle, or used a small can or basket. Then they would put in flowers and/or candy, tea and a few cookies. They would deliver them to their neighbors’ porches anonymously. There is still time Tuesday to practice this tradition and surprise a neighbor or two with a May Day basket. 

Did you know?

Did you know that among the many characters who traveled along the Old National Pike were organ grinders? Around the time of the Hagerstown Fair, they would pass through Clear Spring, play an organ by turning the handle and a monkey would dance around. Groups of children and passers-by would watch and the monkey would pass around his hat for pennies.

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