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March 17, 2000

Volksmarch set for March 25 in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - The Piedmont Pacers Volksmarch Club will hold a volksmarch in Middletown Saturday, March 25. It will start and finish at Christ Reformed United Church of Christ on South Church Street. Participants may start anytime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. and finish by 4 p.m.

The public is welcome. A 10-kilometer trail and a 5-kilometer trail are available through town, on sidewalks and roadsides with no significant hills. Wheelchairs may have some difficulty with curbs. There is no fee to walk. IVV credit is $2.

For information, call 1-301-371-6466 or 1-410-795-7855. Send e-mail to or


Family Support Network offers programs for parents

Family Support Network Partners for Success will hold these meetings:

* "About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" will be Thursday, April 13. Parents who have a child with OCD are welcome.

* "Tourette Syndrome" will be Wednesday, May 10. Families who have a child with Tourette Syndrome are invited to participate.


Meetings are at Marshall Street School, 1350 Marshall St. in Hagerstown from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All gatherings are informal and relaxed.

Baby-sitting is available free of charge. Registration is required. Call 301-766-8221 by Thursday, April 6, for the OCD program or by Wednesday, May 3, for the Tourette Syndrome program.

Individuals requiring special accommodations should contact Martha Roulette, Washington County Public Schools, at 301-766-2969 or use the telecommunications device for the deaf at 301-791-4104 to make arrangements no later than five working days prior to the meeting.


Rintoul to speak on early brain development

FREDERICK, Md. - Betty Rintoul, a national consultant on early brain development, will speak to teachers, child-care providers and Head Start staff Saturday, April 1, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Urbana High School auditorium. The talk is sponsored by Frederick County Public Schools' early childhood education program.

A former early childhood teacher, Rintoul will discuss how new knowledge about brain development may influence teaching. Rintoul is a research psychologist with Research Triangle Institute. She has special interests in infant/toddler development, parent-child interaction, early brain development and prevention of child maltreatment.

The morning will begin with refreshments at 8:30 a.m.

To register or for information, contact Shari Ostrow Scher, curriculum specialist for early childhood education and Title I coordinator, at 1-301-694-1347.


Cycling mentors needed to work with teenagers

Cycling mentors are needed to work with teenagers to prepare them for this summer's Cycle Across Maryland Tour Friday, July 21, to Thursday, July 27.

Volunteers help on the weekends starting in April. In addition to cycling, help is needed in transportation, bicycle repair, storage of bicycles and manning rest stops during rides. The commitment is April through July. For information, call Joyce at CAM Corp. at 1-888-226-7433.

CAM Corp. is a nonprofit organization that produces sporting events that fund innovative programs relating to sports activities. These events fund the distribution of free helmets to those in need, public education on helmet use and the CAM Teen Challenge, a cycling mentor program for teens who need an opportunity to build self-esteem beyond the classroom.

Nutrition expert to speak at Shippensburg March 29

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Debra Waterhouse, an internationally recognized nutrition expert, will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in Shippensburg University's Memorial Auditorium. Sponsored by the university's Women's Center and the Office of the President as part of the celebration of Women's History Month, the lecture is free and open to the public.

An expert in the areas of weight control, eating disorders, food cravings, fitness, heart disease, cancer and women's issues, Waterhouse champions balance and moderation. In this age of fad diets, food controversies and conflicting reports over nutritional values, her advice is to trust the message the body sends and practice common sense.

Waterhouse is the author of "Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell," "Why Women Need Chocolate" and "Like Mother, Like Daughter."

For information, call 1-717-477-1202.

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