The Boonsboro Mayor and Council and the Police and Public Safety Commission will sponsor National Night Out in Shafer Park Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
The annual event promotes community awareness and public safety with demonstrations by local police, fire and rescue departments. Food, drinks, activities and entertainment will be provided to the public thanks to the donations made by area businesses that help support the community.
I spent the past weekend in Swanton, Md., fishing in the Savage River. We sure do live in a beautiful state.
Church festival planned Saturday
New Covenant Fellowship on Breathedsville Road invites the community to a day of music and fun from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Local talent will provide music all day, complemented by a children’s area and food available by donation. The festival is free.
More free fun and interesting programming is available at the Boonsboro branch of Washington County Free Library.
On Thursday, teens can enjoy the back-to-school movie “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (rated PG-13), beginning at 5 p.m.
On Saturday, local author Scott Hipp will discuss his new book, “Old Line Divided: Maryland in the Civil War: Volume I: Antebellum to 1862,” focusing on the unit histories (regiments) in the Confederate and Union service that were raised from the Washington County area.
For more information on any events at the library, call 301-432-5723.
Girls on the Run coming to Boonsboro
Girls on the Run of Washington County is coming to Boonsboro Elementary School. The 10-week program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.
The program for third- through fifth-grade girls promotes physical, emotional and social well-being through games, discussions and activities while training for a 3.1- mile running event.
The program starts Sept. 17 and will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
The program costs $150, which includes T-shirt and water bottle. Financial aid is available. Online registration is now open at gotrwashco.org.
For more information, call 240-217-4803, send an email to email@example.com or go to http://gotrwashco.org. Space in the program is limited.
Remembrance parade salutes 9/11 victims
First Hose Co. of Boonsboro is planning now for the annual remembrance parade to be held along Main Street on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m., and offers a memorial to the fire, rescue and law enforcement personnel who lost their lives on Sept. 11.
Also honored will be men and women of the military, those serving and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Fire, rescue and ambulance companies, military and veterans units and other interested participants are invited to attend and participate. Please RSVP by Sept. 8 to Vernon Brown, parade coordinator, at 301-432-4772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycling program taking off in town
The recycling program in Boonsboro has been a great success, according to recycling task force officials in Boonsboro.
Nearly 1,200 households recycled 23.63 tons of household materials during the month of July, the first month of the town’s new curbside recycling program, they reported.
The amount of town trash going into the county landfill decreased by 7.43 tons, from 105.43 last July to 98.0 this July.
The recyclables accounted for 19 percent of the total 121.63 tons of household materials placed at curbsides for collection by the town’s contract hauler, Allied Waste.
On average, each home in Boonsboro in July recycled about nine pounds of materials while throwing out nearly 40 pounds of trash.
There were nine trash pickups and three recycling collections during July. Pickups are each Tuesday and Friday for trash and every other Monday for recyclables. Allied is the contract hauler for trash and recyclables.
Almost 95 percent of the households have indicated they are participating in the recycling program by their acceptance of the recycling totes.
Only 64 homes chose not to participate in recycling.
Recycling saves the town on tipping fees charged by the county landfill for trash and is more environmentally friendly than burying materials that otherwise could be used to make new products.
The recyclables go to a processing plant and the materials are then sold to various entities that use the materials to produce other products.
Some Boonsboro residents have exchanged the 95-gallon totes for 65-gallon containers.
Residents of a senior- citizen community have received even smaller containers for their convenience.
Community breakfast set for Saturday, Aug. 18
Benevola United Methodist Church invites the public to a community breakfast Saturday, Aug. 18, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
A full menu will be served. For more information, call Mrs. Shilling at 301-432-6126.
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