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Hansen recognized
Commander Sarge Garlitz of Synepuxent Post #166 American Legion announced Ed Hansen has been awarded the 2014 American Legion Member of the Year Award.  
He was the service officer of the Post and maintained an excellent program for the veterans. He worked hand-in-hand with the local VA offices to make veterans’ needs fulfilled.  
Comrade Hansen wore many hats this year. He was very active on the Executive Committee Board,  advisor to Squadron #166 Sons of the American Legion, co-director of Chapter #166 American Legion Riders, a member of the House Committee, a major leader for Bike Week, involved in all fundraisers, volunteered in the kitchen for Bingo and was involved in hall rentals with catering requirements.
Hansen was also on the committee for the Wounded Warrior Gala last November making it a huge success.
Fun Day
Tickets are now on sale for the MAC Inc. Fun Day at Jolly Roger Amusement Park on 30th Street in Ocean City. The Fun Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 25.
Tickets cost $25 and are on sale in advance only. The Fun Day will be held rain or shine. Tickets include unlimited Splash Mountain from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; amusement rides from 2-6 p.m. (limit two rides on the roller coaster and excluding Speedworld and Extreme Zip Line); and unlimited golf at either course from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For tickets, call 410-742-0505, ext. 113. The deadline to purchase tickets is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23.
Proceeds will be used to provide scholarships to MAC’s Richard A. Henson Wellness Center. MAC Inc., the Area Agency on Aging, is a nonprofit organization.
Duck Race chances
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines–Ocean City announces the return of the annual’s Duck Race at Frontier Town on Friday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. For $10, get three chances for duck entries in the race from any Kiwanis member or call 410-208-0479.  
First prize is $1,000, second is $300 and third is $200. All proceeds benefit the club’s College Scholarship Fund. Participants do not need to be present to win.  
W&M local students
Caitlin Whalan of Ocean City recently graduated from the College of William & Mary with a Juris Doctor law degree.  
Justin Canakis of Bishopville was recently named to the Dean’s List at the College of William & Mary for the spring 2015 semester. In order to achieve Dean’s List status, a full-time degree seeking undergraduate student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 Quality Point Average during the semester.
Founded by royal charter in 1693, William & Mary is the second oldest educational institution in the nation. William & Mary is currently ranked among the nation’s top 10 public universities and has been designated a “Public Ivy.”
Among the spring graduates of Longwood University was local student Haley Elizabeth Socha
from Berlin, who was awarded a Master of Science degree.
Longwood, a public university of more than 4,800 students, was included in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” 2013 rankings; The Princeton Review’s book, “The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition” and The Princeton Review’s “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region” survey; and Forbes magazine’s 2012 America’s Top Colleges list.
Christmas in July
Christmas in July is being celebrated at the Community Church at Ocean Pines during the entire month of July. Shoeboxes are being filled by the congregation for Operation Christmas Child, a mission outreach of Samaritan’s Purse which is a Franklin Graham Foundation.  
The shoeboxes will be filled with small toys, hygiene items, school supplies–anything a young child would enjoy. They will be shipped to impoverished countries around the world.  
Since the program originated, more than 100 million shoeboxes have been delivered. Each box contains Christian literature in the language of the country receiving them.
Last year, Community Church filled 213 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Additional information can be found at child.