Happy retirement

July 13, 2012|Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street

On June 29, and after more than 35 years working for Volvo Powertrain (Mack Trucks) Russell “Babe Brother” Keyes closes one chapter of his life and starts a new one — retirement.

His brother, Reginald Keyes, looks forward to spending more time with him, if Russell can break away from his garage, working on his automobiles.

Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement. Your family wishes you happiness in the years ahead.

Gospel concert

The Zion Baptist Church Choir will sponsor a gospel concert Saturday at 6 p.m. at the church at 61 W. Bethel St. in Hagerstown.

The concert will feature the St. Matthew’s First Baptist Church Choir of Winnsboro, S.C., as special guests.

Diabetes support program

The Diabetes Support Group at Walnut Towers, 12 S Walnut St., will meet Wednesday, July 18, at 1:30 p.m. in the eighth-floor community room.  

The program is titled “Myths of Diabetes Revealed.”

John Lipscomb, from Advanced Diabetic Solutions, will be available for diabetic shoe fittings and glucometers. 


The group is open not only to the individuals who live at Walnut Towers but anyone in the community. A forum is provided for educating individuals with diabetes to help manage their disease and to gain support from others. 

For more information, call Lisa McCoy, Nutrition and Wellness Services, at 240-313-3360 (TTY 240-313-3391) at the Washington County Health Department.  

Community healing forums to get under way

Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave., invites the community to attend its community healing forums to work through grief, heal, renew faith and refocus on the future.

The forum, “What the Bible Says About Suicide” will be held Wednesday, July 18, with the Rev. David G. Oravec, interim pastor, leading the forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Free off-street parking is available in the back of the church off Randolph Ave.

Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call 301-733-2878 or send an email to

Vacation Bible school

Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, invites all children to this summer’s vacation Bible school titled “Sky — Everything Is Possible With God” from July 23 to 27.

It will include Bible-learning activities, singing, teamwork-building games and Bible stories.  

The school is for those ages 3 to fifth grade.

It will run from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. each day.

A light supper will be served at the beginning of the program.

For more information, call 301-733-5056.

‘My Dog Can Do That’

Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Peaceable Paws dog training facility in Fairplay will hold its canine games competition titled “My Dog Can Do That.”

It will be an evening of friendly competition. Ice cream treats will be available.

Competitors can earn points toward the My Dog Can Do That championship and possibly get their dog’s name on the Peaceable Paws Wall of Fame.

Supplies needed

The Humane Society of Washington County is experiencing a shortage of supplies and is asking the community for help.

Donations are needed for Pedigree Small Crunch Bites. Adult dog food, Purina Kitten Chow and Yesterday’s News cat litter.

Those items and can be dropped off at the shelter at 13011 Maugansville Road.

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