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Hello, everyone!

The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary and the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor its 17th annual craft show on Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire department social hall. Admission and parking are free. Refreshments will also be on sale by the auxiliary. Call Leone Gatton for information at 301-373-2221.

Our area was deeply saddened recently to learn of the loss of a fine resident, Mary Ann Young Chasen, 58, of Lexington Park, who died at Hospice House of St. Mary’s after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Margaret Gibbons Young, now of Kensington, and the late Herbert Young.

She spent most of her life here in St. Mary’s County. She dedicated her life to Christmas in April, helping others in need, being dedicated to her church family and, most of all, to her own family. She was a people person and a member of many local groups and organizations where she received many awards and certificates over the years.

She played the guitar and sang folk songs during Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Lexington Park for years and was also on the fundraising committee. She also used her talents to generate financial support to construct the new church hall.

My brother, Charles, and I had the pleasure of knowing Mary Ann for many years, and she was truly a fine woman.

My deepest sympathy is extended to her mother; her devoted husband of 36 wonderful years, Steven Chasen, whom she married on Jan. 18, 1976.

Sympathy is also extended to her children, Mary Hope Golosinski (Matt) of Skokie, Ill., and Paul Daniel Chasen (Jill) of Towson; her granddaughter, Juniper Marie Golosinski; her siblings, Michael Young of Gaithersburg, Kathy Young of Kensington, Jean Musgave (Ken) of Damascus, John Young of Derwood, Tom Young (Kim) of Mount Airy and Tim Young of Silver Spring.

She will be truly missed by many people who loved her and all those whose lives she touched.

I saw Mary Ann about six months ago and even though she was very ill, she had a smile on her face and never complained. She was a true inspiration to us all.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made in her name to Christmas in April-St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 705, Hollywood, MD 20636; Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650; or American Cancer Society, 1041 Route 3, Building A, Gambrills, MD 21054.

The Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary will sponsor its annual Christmas Festival on Friday, Nov. 23, at Winegardner auto showroom on the square in Leonardtown. Activities will include decorated trees and wreaths, silent auctions, gift-filled baskets, grab bags for kids, train display and more. They will open at 9 a.m., with the silent auction set for 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. All proceeds will benefit the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Come out and help a wonderful cause. Remember they are always there for you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Donations are being accepted. Call Ricky Chesser at 240-298-5310 for information.

I would like to wish a very happy birthday to J.C. Dyson of Great Mills, who is celebrating his big day on Nov. 18. J.C., I hope you have a great day and a wonderful year ahead.

A Thanksgiving Day meal will be served at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish hall in Lexington Park on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome for this free dinner.

Leonardtown will ring in the holiday season with Santa’s arrival and the annual Christmas tree lighting on the square in Leonardtown on Friday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m., with a rain date for the lighting only on Saturday, Nov. 24.

On Nov. 23, the holiday festivities will begin at 5 p.m., with seasonal music, entertainment, horse and carriage rides, sleigh rides, train rides, hay rides, live nativity, petting zoo, face painting, children’s crafts, food, hot chocolate and other drinks, fresh kettle corn and more. A free round-trip shuttle bus service will be provided into Leonardtown from the College of Southern Maryland campus.

My brother, Charles, joins me in wishing happy birthday to a very nice gentleman, former Sheriff Joseph Lee Somerville of Loveville, who is also our former neighbor. He is celebrating his very special day on Nov. 19, and we hope it is the best birthday ever. We wish you good health and an upcoming year of happiness.

A Super Longaberger Christmas Basket Bingo will be held at the Mechanicsville firehouse on Thursday, Nov. 29. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and games begin at 7 p.m. There will be Pampered Chef items in each basket. The group leader with the most reservations will win the 2012 Christmas drum basket set. For reservations, call Joyce Downs at 301-884-8829.

My brother, Charles, and my husband, Don, join me in wishing happy birthday to two very nice gentleman who are celebrating their special day today. We hope that Sen. Roy Dyson (D-St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert) and his twin brother, Lee, have a blessed day and more birthdays in the future.

Send your signed news to Audrey Ridgell, P.O. Box 457, Leonardtown, MD 20650.