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August 26, 2002

Sign language classes offered

Deafnet Association Inc. will offer the following sign language classes

Basic I Sign Language classes for beginners are set for Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m., Sept. 9 through Nov. 25. The classes run for 12 weeks and introduce students to basic communication with the deaf. The class is $90 which includes the text book.

Basic II Sign Language classes are set for Tuesdays, Sept. 10 through Nov. 26., from 7 to 9 p.m. and continue for 12 weeks. The Basic II Sign class teach additional vocabulary and increase students' communication skills. The class is $70. No material is included. Pre-requisite is Basic I or equivalent.

Basic IV Sign Language classes are set for Wednesdays, Sept. 4 through Dec. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. and continue for 15 weeks. The class is $120. No material is included. Pre-requisite is Basic III or equivalent.


To register for the classes, call Deafnet at 301-791-9025 or 301-791-9020 TDD. Deafnet reserves the right to cancel any class due to insufficient enrollment.

Hospice training scheduled

Hospice of Washington County Inc. has scheduled two fall volunteer training programs. The courses are set for Tuesday, Sept. 24, through Thursday, Oct. 17, and are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings or evenings, either from 9 a.m. to noon or 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hospice office, 101 East Baltimore St. in Hagerstown. The first session is an overview of the Hospice concept of care and open to the public.

Hospice volunteers are key members of the family's health care team. The volunteer has personal contact with the patient and provides special comfort and care.

Hospice families come from all parts of Washington County; however, volunteers are especially needed to serve in Hancock, Cascade and southern Washington county areas. Hospice volunteers are of all ages and backgrounds.

The training program is designed to provide an understanding of the dying patient and his/her family and also to direct the trainees' attention to their own feelings toward death and loss.

Sessions cover Hospice, the family, the aging process, current concepts of cancer and AIDS, grief and bereavement, listening and communication skills. The materials are presented by various lecturers, films and demonstrations and developed in small and large group discussions. The training process is required for those wanting to work with Hospice.

Interested persons should call the Hospice office at 301-791-6360 by Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Learn to drive safely

Keys for Safe Driving, free traffic safety educational training for licensed drivers ages 55 and older is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Four Points Sheraton, 1910 Dual Highway, Hagerstown.

Brunch buffet is provided free.

The training is sponsored by Washington County Community Traffic Safety Program, State Highway Administration Highway Safety Office and the Washington County Health Department.

To register, call Bonnie Beachley at Washington County Health Department at 240-313-3360. The last day to register is Friday, Aug. 30. Seating is limited to 200.

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