Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007

Shrine celebrates saint’s birthday

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Hanna Poffenbarger, 18, of Walkersville, gives a Power Point presentation about Al Gore’s ‘‘An Inconvenient Truth” during a pot luck dinner at Thorpewood near Thurmont on Sunday.
The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton will celebrate the 233rd birthday of America’s first native-born saint on Sunday.

In an annual event, all girls and women named ‘‘Elizabeth” or ‘‘Elizabeth Ann” will be honored in a procession and mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

‘‘They walk in together and carry a banner,” said Sally Grandstaff, public relations for the shrine. ‘‘Two are chosen to carry two vases [of flowers] over” to Seton’s shrine in the Basilica, where the saint is interred.

Seton founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s in Emmitsburg in 1809. In 1975, the Vatican declared her a saint.

Seton, born in New York City, founded the first religious community for women in the United States in Emmitsburg. She also pioneered Catholic education for the poor.

Seton died in 1821 at the age of 46.

At 1:30 p.m., Sunday, the Rev. Michael Kennedy will lead a special mass in honor of Seton, and recognize the Elizabeths in the pews.

According to Grandstaff, last year saw 20 Elizebeths and Elizabeth Anns walk into the Basilica, which seats 800-850 people. About 300 people attended the service last year, Grandstaff said.

Shrine sites will be open to visitors until 4 p.m. A day of birthday cake, ice cream, clown entertainment, face-painting and balloons will follow the mass in the courtyard.

The shrine is located at 333 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg. The event and parking are free.

‘‘It’s a very nice event,” Grandstaff said. ‘‘We encourage people to come.”

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Motorcyclists to ride for canine cancer research

The fifth annual Kate Coogler Canine Cancer Ride, a fund-raiser for canine bone cancer research, is scheduled for Sept. 8, according to a press release.

At 11 a.m., motorcyclists participating in the fund-raiser will ride from the Cozy in Thurmont to the Pen Mar Park near Cascade, Washington County, where there will be live entertainment and lunch.

Motorcyclists must register for $35 and are encouraged to ask for pledges. All motorcyclists will receive ‘‘Kate Ride” T-shirts. The top three fundraisers will receive prizes.

The money raised will go to the Kate Koogler Canine Cancer Fund, which supports research into canine bone cancer.

Teresa and Robin Koogler, of Thurmont started the fund in memory of their pet Rottweiler, Kate. The dog died of bone cancer in 2002, at age 11.

The four previous fund-raiser events have raised a total of $35,000 for the fund, the press release said.

The motorcycle ride will take place regardless of weather conditions. Non-motorcyclists can participate by meeting at the Pen Mar Park at 1 p.m.

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Walkersville mangraduates college

William Pearl, of Walkersville received a bachelor’s degree in history, and graduated summa cum laude from Salisbury University last spring, according to a press release.

Pearl was one of 1,255 graduates to receive diplomas from the Eastern Shore university.

Walkersville womanwins scholarship

Jessica Etchison of Walkersville received a $1,000-scholarship from Chick-fil-A, her employer, through the restaurant chain’s Leadership Scholarship program, according to a press release.

Etchison plans to use the scholarship to study nursing at Towson University.

Local studentsreceive diplomas

* Nine students from Frederick recently received degrees from McDaniel College in Westminster.

Those receiving bachelor’s degrees were: Ashley Fried (business administration), Timothy O’Toole (psychology and sociology), and Chelsea Phillips (history and political science).

The six master’s degree recipients were: Ashley Armstrong (curriculum and instruction), Jaime Connelly (human resources development), Kristine Goad (liberal arts), Trudy Griebenow (school library media), Michelle McDivitt (exercise science and physical education), and Kathryn Scaletti (elementary education).

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