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'Aunt Grace' Snively to turn 100 years old

July 26, 2013|Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street

A 100th birthday celebration for Grace Snively, more affectionately known as “Aunt Grace,” will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Elks Lodge 278, at 326 Jonathan St.

Tickets cost $15, but only a few remain.

For tickets, call 301- 739-9341.

Aunt Grace will actually turn 100 on Monday, so if you don’t get a chance to attend the celebration, call and wish her a happy birthday. 

She is a phenomenal woman, who has been a medical educator, civil rights and voter’s rights activist, as well as an outstanding volunteer whose life history includes working jointly with the Washington County Health Department and March of Dimes to administer polio vaccines. She also served as a Washington County Election Board judge, going door-to-door handing out home Pap smear kits used for early cancer detection, served on the Community Correctional Service Committee, and served on the boards of the American Red Cross and Community Action Council. 

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She also served as a United Way liaison to The Salvation Army, Boy Scouts and Day Nursery. 

In addition to her community accolades, she has served as a missionary and trustee for Ebenezer AME Church and belongs to Elks Sharon Temple 160, having served as state president, and Deborah Chapter 12 of the Eastern Star.

She has also been the recipient of many honors, including recognition in 1998 by the Easter Seals Society as one of the Top 10 Women Leaders in the Tri-State area; Governor’s Volunteer Award in 1999; and induction into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 1999.

In 1993, the NAACP honored her with a community service award for “participation in and support of civil and human rights.”

She was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame in 2006.

Coaches meeting

The Ruth Monroe Summer Basketball League will hold a meeting for coaches Monday at 6 p.m. at Robert W. Johnson Community Center (formerly Memorial Recreation Center), 109 W. North Ave. in Hagerstown.

Health presentation

Jeanne Rhodes, an author, educator and nutritionist, will talk about belly fat on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, 155 N. Jonathan St. in Hagerstown. 

Rhodes will present a program on the dangers of abdominal fat and strategies for reducing it.

There will be a freewill offering to benefit Asbury UMC.

Refreshments will be available.

Seating is limited, and reservations are recommended.

To make reservations, call Barbara Hamilton at 240-420-4991.

Heritage festival planned for Sept. 14

The Community Heritage Festival, hosted by Zion Baptist Church and Neighborhood First — Medal of Honor group, is planned for Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Anyone interested in being an exhibitor, vendor, participating in the parade or being a part of the entertainment should pick up a registration form at Robert W. Johnson Community Center.

The registration form is to be completed and returned by Aug. 15.

The registration fee costs $25 for vendors and exhibitors (craft, food, etc.). 

The parade registration and entertainment registration are free.

For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering your time to help support and make the event a success, contact Deacon Woodson at Zion Baptist Church at 301-739-5616 or call 301-790-0203.

SIS Book Club plans meeting

The SIS Book Club will meet Sunday, Aug. 18. The group will discuss the book “Mom & Me & Mom” by Maya Angelou.

For more information, call Ladetra Robinson at 240-520-5676.

Tobacco free class

The Washington County Health Department’s Tobacco Free for Life Program classes are scheduled to start Monday, Aug.  5.

The classes will meet twice per week on Mondays and Thursday on Aug. 5, Aug. 8, Aug. 12 and Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to noon and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 13114 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown.

For more information or to register for class, call Paula Ernst at 240-313-3360 (TDD/TTY 240-313-3391)

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