Maugansville principal retiring after long career

June 22, 2012|Cathy Grantham | Around Maugansville

Maugansville Elementary School’s principal, Archie Van Norden, will retire at the end of this month after working for 36 years in Washington County Public Schools. 

He wants Maugansville residents to know that he felt honored to be selected as the first principal of the new school and has appreciated everyone’s efforts in making the school a wonderful place for student learning. 

He said he has thoroughly enjoyed working with the students, parents, and staff members in all of the schools he has worked with over the years. 

His future plans include taking it easy, bicycling/physical fitness, traveling, spending more time with his family and friends, volunteering to help community organizations, and doing part-time work related to education.

On June 14, the PTA conducted a brief presentation, and a weeping cherry tree was planted in front of the school to honor Van Norden’s leadership as the first principal of the “new” Maugansville Elementary School.

The community thanks Van Norden for his years of dedication and continuing to be a positive role model for all in the community.

New milestone for Mike Weaver

On Saturday, Mike Weaver will reach another walking milestone. 

He will have walked at least five miles every day for 6,000 consecutive days. 

For those who know Mike, he would be the last person to congratulate himself, but many of Maugansville residents who know him believe it is a remarkable accomplishment. 

More than 16 years ago, on Jan. 20, 1996, Mike began his trek as a way to stay healthy. 

As he walks around the village of Maugansville, and along Cearfoss Pike and Reiff’s Church Road, he picks up litter and removes dead animals from the road. 

Recycling bins are gone

The recycling bins supplied by the Washington County government were removed from the Maugansville Ruritan Club parking lot earlier than the advertised date of June 30. 

The Ruritan Club noticed an increased amount of nonrecycling material and trash being dumped on the grounds last week and contacted the county requesting that it remove the bins early. 

The Ruritan Club would like to thank the county collection team and all residents who used the recycling bins in the proper manner.

Yard sale planned

The Hagerstown Business and Professional Women’s Club will hold a yard sale  Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 17815 Garden View Road in Maugansville.  Housewares, books, jewelry, clothes and miscellaneous items will be sold. 

Proceeds will benefit the BPW scholarship program and community projects. 

For more information, call Rosalie Ridenour at 301-791-1202.

Longmeadow Lions Club news

On Tuesday, June 26, Katie Dyke will be the guest speaker at the Longmeadow Lions Club meeting.

Dyke is a representative of the Social Support Department of Hagerstown Community College.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Always Ron’s restaurant on Burhans Boulevard in Hagerstown.

Guests are welcome.

To make a reservation, call the club’s secretary at 301-739-2815 by June 26.

In other club news, Clare Newcomer inducted the following Longmeadow Lion officers for the 2012-13 year at the June 14th meeting: 

Carol Alphin, president; William Staley, first vice president; Ralph Conrad, second vice president; Don Talbert, secretary; Cathy Clem, assistant secretary; Craig Daniels, treasurer; Cris Criswell and Rod Reed, directors, one year; Carol Ann Alphin and Jim Staley, directors, two years; past District Gov. Susan Timmons, membership chairwoman; Reed Hardy, Lion tamer; Cris Criswell and Ron Reeder, tail twisters.

Summer reading opportunity available

The library at Maugansville Elementary School will be open for families this summer on Wednesdays from 1 to 6 p.m., except July 4.  

Students will be able to check out books and use the computer for educational purposes only, such as learning based games, research, or to log hours for the summer reading program.  Children must be accompanied by their parents.

Music ministry

A community event will be sponsored by Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road in Hagerstown.   

Captive Free, a music ministry team sponsored by Youth Encounter, will present an evening of music, skits and puppets Saturday, July 7, at 5 p.m. 

It will be a faith-encouraging program of music and personal sharing.

This program will be held in conjunction with the Haven Lutheran Youth Mission trip and activities fundraiser. Basket raffles and a silent auction will be available. 

Seating is limited. Tickets will be sold in advance.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  For tickets, call Amy Mason at 301-393-0794. Ticket include a hot dog, bag of chips and a drink.

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