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June 03, 2002

Free breast care clinics offered

Washington County Hospital will offer two free breast care clinics for women aged 18 years or older during the month of June. The hospital received a grant to fund the "Make A Difference" project from the Maryland Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Each clinic will offer education on breast health and early detection of cancer, a clinical exam by a nurse, additional evaluation by an on-site physician if needed, and assistance to receive a mammogram.

For women who need a mammogram, the hospital's radiology department will provide same day mammograms. Free transportation to the hospital will be available at each clinic site. Women who do not have insurance will be connected with someone from the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program through the health department or Y-ME of Cumberland Valley.

Lisa Rhodes, outreach worker for the "Make a Difference" project, will also collaborate with the HotSpot coordinator and a Y-ME representative to provide education programs for minority and other high-risk women.


The clinic dates are:

-- Tuesday, June 11, 2002

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Boonsboro Family Practice

20311 Lappans Road

Boonsboro, Md.


-- Tuesday, June 25, 2002

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Smithsburg Family Medical Center

22911 Jefferson Boulevard

Smithsburg, Md.

Coupons for fresh veggies, fruits available

Washington County Senior Nutrition will distribute Farmers' Market coupons at seven senior sites throughout the county on Tuesday, June 4, at 9 a.m. The coupons will enable seniors to receive fresh fruits and vegetables.

Seniors ages 60 and older must show proof of age with a driver's license, birth certificate or other identification that has their name, address and date of birth.

For homebound persons, the program will allow you to designate a proxy (someone who is able to come and sign for your coupons and shop for you). The proxy must give proof of the homebound person's age, to receive coupons.

One senior per household will be eligible to receive one free book of five coupons for $3 each, for a total of $15 valid until Thursday, Oct. 31. Each senior must sign the front cover of the coupon booklet. The entire booklet must be presented to the farmer. Do not take coupons out of the booklet. No one else can shop for you.

The Farmers' Market is at Prime Outlets off Sharpsburg Pike in Hagerstown.

Seniors who do not got to any of the senior sites should call Mary Mae Raines, 301-790-0275, ext. 206 or 207, for information. Coupons will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Site locations to get coupons are:

-- Alexander House Senior Site, 9 Public Square, Hagerstown

-- Walnut Towers Senior Site, eighth floor, 12 S. Walnut St., Hagerstown

-- Potomac Towers Senior Site, 11 W. Baltimore St., Hagerstown

-- Williamsport Senior Site, 215 Otho Holland Drive, Community Building, Williamsport

-- Smithsburg Senior Site, 29 Blue Mountain Estates, Community Building, Smithsburg

-- Southeastern Senior Site, 40 Mount Vernon Drive, (old school house), Keedysville

-- Hancock Senior Site, 126-128 High St., Hancock

Dementia care program offered

FREDERICK, Md. - The next presentation of the Dementia Care Consortium, a quarterly educational program for service providers throughout Western Maryland, will be "Music Therapy and Dementia Care," presented by Megan Knepper, Tuesday, June 11, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., at Tranquility at Fredericktowne.

A certificate of attendance will be provided at the conclusion of the program.

For information, including registration fees and directions to the workshop site, call Mona Butala, Alzheimer's Association, Western Maryland Chapter, 301-791-4892. For information about Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and other services of the Alzheimer's Association, visit on the Web.

Fly on a trapeze

KNOXVILLE - Aerial dancer Therese Keegan will teach a summer session of Aerial Basics, beginning Monday, June 10. Daytime and evening classes in aerial work are available, as well as classes in modern dance. Classes are offered Mondays or Wednesdays.

The eight-week session is designed for adults and teens.

Aerial classes use low-flying trapezes to incorporate dance and yoga as a means of improving strength, flexibility, concentration, and creative expression.

Modern dance classes soothe the spirit and nurture the body with stretches, floor work, and dance combinations.

The cost of the eight-week aerial dance session is $96; modern dance is $64.

Classes are held at Keegan's studio in Knoxville. Directions will be provided upon request.

Keegan teaches throughout the region and is a performer with Air Dance Bernasconi, based in Baltimore. She has degrees in dance and early childhood administration. She is certified as a personal trainer.

For information, call 1-301-834-9291 or send e-mail to

Veterans health care enrollment set

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center Outreach Team will enroll veterans in VA health care and provide blood pressure screenings, Wednesday, June 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The screenings and enrollment will be held at American Legion Post 15, 63 E. Main St.

Those veterans who are not now receiving care from the VA may meet with VA staff and receive information on VA health benefits.

Bring a copy of your DD214 or discharge and Social Security numbers of all dependents with you.

For information, call 1-800-817-3807.

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