Neighborhood news

March 09, 1998

Neighborhood news

The seventh annual Frederick County Youth Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention Summit Tuesday at Hood College, Frederick, Md.

Approximately 400 students representing 21 Frederick County public and private schools, along with 75 community leaders, will explore various issues concerning substance abuse.

The theme is "'98, It's Not Too Late."

Throughout the day, students will participate in different workshops, including warning signs of substance abuse and addiction, peer pressure, violent crime, vandalism, youth activities and juvenile crime.

Bobby Petrocelli, author and motivational speaker, will be the keynote speaker.

For more information, call Lynn R. Widdowson at 1-301-694-1768 or 1-301-694-1340.

Olin Allen will present an in-depth summary of the 30-year raptor banding project at Cape May, N.J., at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Grist Mill Classroom at the National Biological Service-Leetown Science Center, Leetown, W.Va.


For more information, call Pat Toops at 1-304-263-7041 or leave a message with the Potomac Valley Audubon Society at 1-304-876-2114 or 1-800-429-0406, Ext. 578.

The Board of Trustees of Interfaith Housing will spend Saturday working with families in the Taneytown, Md., Self-help Housing project.

"Trustee Work Day" will be held at the first participant group's work site off Commerce and Reaverton Avenues in Taneytown.

From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the trustees will hammer nails along with the families from the first and second Taneytown groups.

Under the self-help program, groups of five to seven families work together to build their own and each others' homes. This investment of "sweat equity" lowers the cost of the home by eliminating the need for a down payment.

The families are provided with construction training, loan management help and on-site supervision during construction.

Four of the homes in the first group are under roof. The second group of families is in preconstruction training and plans to begin working on the homes this month.

An open house to learn more about the External Diploma Program of the Frederick County Public Schools will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Md.

The program provides a way for more than 20 percent of Frederick County adults to earn high school diplomas.

The nationally accredited program is an alternative to the General Equivalency Diploma. Graduates earn a traditional Maryland State Department of Education diploma by demonstrating mastery of practical, real-life skills.

The external diploma program is self-paced and participation is confidential. Appointments are one-on-one, with flexible day and evening hours to fit around family and work responsibilities.

For more information about the open house or to learn more about the program, call 1-301-694-1829.

The Letterkenny '98 Job-Education Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Building 5 at Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, Pa.

Representatives from businesses and educational institutions from Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia will attend as potential employers or offering instruction that may lead to a new job.

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