Healthy Communities summit offered

April 21, 1999

Healthy Communities summit set

Healthy Communities 2000 Summit will be held on Wednesday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Four Points Hotel on Hagerstown's Dual Highway.

The summit is sponsored by the Coalition for a Healthier Washington County, which is chaired by Dr. Robert Parker and Tom Jimerfield. It is comprised of health, education, business and community agency representatives.

The goals of the summit are to review progress and promote current and new actions to meet the county's health needs.


Guest speaker will be Georges C. Benjamin, M.D., Maryland deputy secretary for Public Health Services.

For information and registration forms, call Betty Shank at 301-791-3232.

11 educators to receive awards

Eleven Washington County educators will receive this year's Awards of Excellence in Education, a business partnership program sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Washington County Board of Education.

The awards will be presented at a recognition banquet on Tuesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Howard Johnson's Plaza.

Five of the award winners are finalists in the Washington County Teacher of the Year for 1999 to be named at the banquet. They are:

* Georgiana Keller of Bester Elementary School.

* Elizabeth Stempien, Bester Elementary School.

* Laura Unruh, Pangborn Elementary School.

* Ty Tolerton, Northern Middle School.

* Evelyn Williams, South High School.

The other excellence awards winners are:

* Patricia Stepler of Pangborn Elementary School.

* Nina Widmann of Maugansville Elementary School.

* Margaret Horioka of South Hagerstown High School.

* Paula Moore of Williamsport High School.

* Karen Teach of Clear Spring High School.

* Joseph Millward, guidance supervisor.

Forestry board, DNR to hold field day

The Washington County Forestry Board, in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Forest, Wildlife, and Heritage Division, will hold a spring field day on Saturday, May 8.

The event will consist of a series of tours in the Clear Spring area. Participants will visit an arboretum and a newly established wetland site at the Fairview Outdoor Education Center.

The group will then walk the recently refurbished Roland F. Shank Nature Trail on the Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area.

Participants are asked to meet at the Fairview Outdoor Education Center, 12808 Draper Road, at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments. There is no fee, but participants should bring a brown bag lunch. The forestry board will provide cold drinks.

For information, call the Maryland Forest Service at 301-791-4733.

Blood pressure screenings offered

The Veterans Mobile Health Van will enroll veterans for VA health care and provide blood pressure screenings on Wednesday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Advance Auto Parts, Main Street, in Romney, W.Va.

Veterans not receiving care from the VA may make an appointment to meet with VA staff to get more information on VA health benefits.

The health van visit is sponsored by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

For information, or to make an appointment for the van's visit, call 1-800-817-3807.

Visitors bureau unveils '99 visitor guide

The Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has unveiled its 1999 Visitor Guide.

The 52-page full-color guide has information about accommodations, restaurants, attractions, museums and recreational opportunities.

Copies of the guide can be obtained by stopping by the Visitor Center at 16 Public Square in Hagerstown. Those wishing to display the Visitor Guide may call 301-791-3246.

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