Rotary donates to Guatemala Literacy Project

March 10, 2013|Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown
  • From left, Ed Lough, Sharon Ruppenthal and Sila Alegret-Bartel.
Photo courtesy of Magnus Dahlgren

Rotary’s Guatemala Literacy Project has received a donation from the Rotary Club of Long Meadows. The funds will go toward providing school children in Guatemala with books and other materials to promote literacy in a country that has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world.
Sila Alegret-Bartel, International Service Committee chairwoman for Rotary Club of Long Meadows, accepted the funds on behalf of the international project.
Early literacy training is critical to the success of a child’s later education. Rotarians work with children, parents and educators to encourage and build reading skills at an early age.
This is a Rotary International project that the Rotary Club of Long Meadows has donated to for the past several years with a total of more than $5,000.

Hagerstown Speedway to hold swap meet
Hagerstown Speedway will host a community yard sale, flea market and a swap meet for racers Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vendor setup is free and will begin at 7 a.m.
This is an opportunity for the community to take advantage of spring cleaning, and for racers to sell excess parts and equipment. 
Restrooms and concessions will be available.
At 1 p.m., a test and tune session will be held for all classes of race cars. Admission to the grandstand for the event is free. 
The speedway is six miles west of Hagerstown on U.S. 40. 

Losses for the week totaled 37 3/4 pounds for TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 0077. 
Charlie House and Marlene Auda were the best TOPS losers. Darla Hartley and Joan Gilbert were the best losers for KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly).
Rose Shockey won the ha-ha prize. 
The no-no food this week is soda.
Election of officers results: leader — Patsy Price; co-leader — Patsy Martin; secretary — Cindy Ryder; and treasurer — Judy Purdham.  Mary Lou Edmonds and Kathy Freese will be the weight recorders.
Area Captain Paralee Barber presented the program on “Real People — Real Weight Loss.”  She said that small changes are not as exciting as large, quick losses from fad diets, but small changes are more sustainable. She said to stay realistic with achievable goals and forgive yourself for failures.
Linda Baker gave a pound puppy to Mary Jo Cunningham.
The group meets Monday mornings at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown. 
For more information, call Patsy P. at 301-582-2292 or Patsy M. at 301-842-3615.

Food drive continues
Allegany Dental Care has extended its food drive through the month of March.
It will accept donations of nonperishable food items at its three locations.
All food collected will be donated to the Maryland Food Bank — Western Maryland Branch (formerly Food Resources Inc.).
The locations are 19418 Leitersburg Pike; 22109 Jefferson Blvd.; and 17719 Virginia Ave. The offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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