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County briefs

October 31, 2000

County briefs



Swartz shows spooky side


Commissioner Paul L. Swartz sparked laughter Tuesday when he entered the Washington County Commissioners' meeting room wearing a mask over his face and a wig of curly green hair.

As people laughed, he asked, "What's so funny?"

He then removed the Halloween mask and attached wig and got down to business.

After school grants awarded


The Washington County Commissioners approved After School Opportunity Grant awards Tuesday.

The grant funds come from the State Department of Human Resources and the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families. No county funds are involved, said Melissa Boyer, project coordinator of the Washington County Community Partnership.

The grants are restricted to middle school-aged youths, she said.

The grants suggested by the Washington County Community Partnership, and awarded by the County are:

- Boys and Girls Club/Girls Inc., $24,340 as part of a proposal to deter drug and alcohol use for a minimum of 50 middle school students.

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- Maryland Cooperative Extension, $4,700 for a program to increase self-esteem, decision-making skills and leadership skills for at least 70 female middle school students.

- Boonsboro Middle School, $7,600 for a mediation and peer mentioning program to serve a minimum of 30 middle school youth.

- Springfield Middle School, $5,325 for a week-long program of alternatives to suspension with the goal of reducing suspensions and violent behaviors, serving at least 25 middle school students.

- Police Athletic League, $24,380 for I.C.E. Hockey Program, includes tutoring hour, social enrichment skills, sportsmanship goals, for at least 25 middle school school students.

The only applications received were from the five organizations that received grant awards, Boyer said.

About $37,000 remains and can be awarded to organizations submitting deserving applications, she said.

Anyone interested in applying for the grant money may call 301-791-3486.

- Scott Butki

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