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Community briefs

September 28, 1997

Firefighters going door-to-door

The volunteers of the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co. Inc., will be conducting a door-to-door fund-raising campaign.

A complimentary family portrait will be offered at the station to each family who participates. All representatives will be wearing identification badges. If you have any questions, please call 301-227-9500.

Multiracial task force hearing Tuesday

The Task Force on Multiracial Designations will hold a hearing 7 p.m. Tuesday at South Hagerstown High School, 1101 S. Potomac St., to gather information from the public regarding racial classification on state government forms.

Under current protocol, most forms require persons of mixed race to choose a single racial category. The establishment of a multiracial category could have significant social and political ramifications, and the task force is seeking participation and input from communities and families likely to be affected.

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Those who would like to provide input, but are unable to attend the public hearings may forward their written comment to: Isabelle Horon, Dr. P. H., Chief Division of Health Statistics, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 W. Preston St., Baltimore, Md. 21201.

Comments may also be sent by fax at 410-333-5217, or sent through electronic mail to horoni@dhmh.md.state.us. All written comments must be received by Oct. 15.

Antietam offers land for rent

Antietam National Battlefield announces that approximately 506 acres of agricultural land will be available to the public for rental under Memorandum of Agreement.

Most of the land will be available Oct. 15. The deadline for bids is Friday, Oct. 3.

The D.R. Miller Farm (pasture 31 acres, crop 95 acres), Haines Tract (crop 55 acres), Mumma Farm (pasture 21 acres, crop 103 acres), Piper Farm (pasture 105 acres, crop 86 acres) will be available Oct. 15 for a five-year agricultural agreement.

Rental fees are: $10 per acre per year for pasture;

$25 per acre per year for cropland; and $200 per year for barns.

Rental of this land for agricultural purposes helps the National Park Service achieve its objective of maintaining Antietam Battlefield's historic landscape.

Copies of the Memorandum of Agreement are available at the Antietam National Battlefield. If you are interested in bidding on farmland following review of the agreement, you may obtain an application and a bid form at the park.

All applications and bids must be returned or mailed to the Antietam National Battlefield, P.O. Box 158, Sharpsburg, M.d. 21782 and be postmarked or delivered by Friday, Oct. 3.

Applications and bid instructions will be mailed on request to interested persons by calling 301-432-2243. You may also stop by the Natural Resources and Protection office on the second floor of the gatehouse at Antietam National Cemetery.

Counseling center opens new office

The grand opening of Catoctin Counseling Center's new Hagerstown office at 162 W. Washington St. is Friday, between noon and 4 p.m.

A presentation defining sexual addictions and offending will be conducted by Larry Stouter, MS, CPC, CCDC, the program director, between 1-2 p.m.

The new location was acquired to house the center's growing substance abuse, domestic violence (batterer) and anger management programs. The center also will offer juvenile and adult sexual offender programs that are conducted by counselors trained by the National Consortium for Training on Sexual Aggression.

The center's programs include mental health (depression/anxiety) and stress management.

For further information, call the center at 301-745-6687.

Hearings set on HealthChoice

Maryland's Medicaid Advisory Committee will host a series of public hearings throughout the state beginning Monday, Oct. 6 to hear from recipients about their experiences with HealthChoice, the state's new Medicaid Managed Care Program.

The first hearing will be held in Baltimore at the War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay St. from 6-8 p.m.

The second hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 4 at the Spauldings Branch of the Prince George's County Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Road in District Heights from 6-8 p.m.

Additional dates will be announced as they are scheduled.

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