Neighborhood News

March 29, 1998

Overcrowding at Frederick, Md., High School will be discussed from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the high school band room.

The expanded schedule for next year, the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance and projections for future enrollment will also be discussed.

Claymont Court Environmental Studies and Sustainable Living Center in Charles Town, W.Va., is hosting an introductory workshop on building with straw bales and cobb (a mixture of clay, sand and straw) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The workshop begins with a lecture and discussion of these building techniques, then participants can try the methods on a small-scale project. Videos will be shown.

This is an adult-oriented course, but families can work together on the hands-on section of the workshop.

The cost is $19 per person or $29 per couple or family. Registration is required.

For more information, call Julie Kerby at 1-304-728-3553.

The Maryland Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children will hold its spring conference from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Rosenstock Auditorium at Hood College in Frederick, Md.


Stephanie Carter, assistant professor in the department of special education at Johns Hopkins University, will give the keynote address on the topic of data collection.

Those interested can register on-site at a cost of $35 per person. For more information, call 1-301-696-3467.

A 12-year-old author of two books will be the speaker at the Jefferson County Schools Young Writers/Language Arts Fair on Saturday at Wright Denny Elementary School in Charles Town, W.Va.

The fair, which honors student writers, begins with donuts and juice at 8 a.m. Workshops begin at 8:15 a.m. and are geared for grades kindergarten through three, four through six and seven through 12.

Speaking at 11 a.m. will be Gillian McHale, 12, of Doylestown, Pa., whose second book, "Don't Bug Me," was published last fall and was a first-place winner in the 1996 national "Written and Illustrated by ..." competition sponsored by Landmark Editions Inc.

Her first book was "The First Day."

Among the speakers will be storytellers Jim Lance and Shirley Dougherty, cartoonist Joe Mayer and book illustrator Joanna Petersen.

April 6 to 12 has been designated across the nation as Public Health Week, which honors public health professionals.

The Jefferson County Health Department, in partnership with the Jefferson County Chapter of the American Red Cross, will host a health fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Charles Town, W.Va., Wal-Mart. The fair will feature free blood pressure checks, hemoglobin screenings and information about radon testing.

In addition, an open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at the health department in the Bardane Health Services Center.

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