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November 11, 2002

Handbook describes benefits for veterans



The new 2002 edition of one of the government's most popular publications entitled "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents" is now available. The handbook describes the wide range of benefits available to all veterans and their dependents. Eligibility requirements, the important timetable for benefits, and where and how to apply for benefits are presented in an easy-to-understand manner.

The location of all VA National Cemeteries is also provided along with important information on burial, burial flags and Presidential Memorial Certificates. Other topics of interest to veterans include the review of discharge records, medals and awards, correction of military records, and the U.S. Court of Veteran's Appeal.

The new 2002 edition of the handbook provides the latest information available on benefits.

To order, send a check for $9.95 payable to Federal Reprints, P.O. Box 11783, Washington, DC 20008.




People sought to 'adopt' families



Healthy Families Washington County, a maternal/child health home visiting program sponsored by the Washington County Health Department, is seeking churches, organizations, employers, schools and/or individuals who are interested in "adopting" families during the upcoming holiday season.

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Participants are first-time parents and their young children. Healthy Families is funded by the Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families.

For information, call Healthy Families at 301-313-3270.




Health program offered Nov. 25



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Life Line Screening will offer a health program Monday, Nov. 25, at 9 a.m. at Waynesboro Church of the Brethren, South Church Street.

Life Line Screening will scan the carotid artery using Doppler ultrasound to check for plaque build up, which can lead to a stroke. Ultrasound also will be used to look for aneurysms in the aortic vessel of the abdomen. There will be bone density screening to test for osteoporosis.

The results are sent to participants. Tests are $40 each or three for $99. Registration is required. Call 1-800-643-6075 for an appointment.




Program to be given for diabetic hunters



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - "Hitting the Target: Hunters with Diabetes" will be offered Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Gander Mountain, Black Gap Road.

The speakers will be Beverly Horn, registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, Summit Health Center; and Stephen Behe, an experienced hunter with 10 years of first-hand knowledge of hunting with diabetes.

Seating is limited to 25. Call 1-717-217-6820 to register.




Alzheimer's group to hold workshop



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Caregiver's Workshop is being sponsored by the Alzheimer's Support Group, Berkeley Senior Services and City Hospital and will be held Thursday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. at Berkeley Senior Services.

The workshop is free to all caregivers. The topic: "Hands-on Home Care," is specifically targeted for the caregiver. Participants will learn effective techniques for bed making, handling bed-to-chair transfers, wheelchair and walker use, feeding, giving bed baths and how to prevent pressure ulcers in the loved ones they care for. Kathy Weaver, RNC, will provide information and demonstrations.

Complimentary adult day care will be provided by Berkeley Senior Services and will be available during the workshop. Reservations for adult day care are required by today and may be made by calling 1-304-263-1297. For information, call 1-304-264-8106.




Hospital to offer breast cancer screenings



Washington County Hospital offers free breast cancer screenings. Clinics provide breast health education, clinical exams, mammograms, and transportation for women of all ages. During November, clinics will be held:

  • Thursday, Nov. 14, noon to 4 p.m., Hancock Town Hall, 126 W. High St., Hancock.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 20, noon to 4 p.m., Sharpsburg Town Hall, 106 E. Main St., Sharpsburg.

    The clinics are funded by the Susan G. Komen Breast Care Foundation. Call 301-665-4671 for information.






Session deals with reversing heart disease



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - City Hospital is offering the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. With proven results in enabling thousands of people to reverse the effects of heart disease and avoid invasive treatments, such as bypass surgery or angioplasty, the program is available to qualifying individuals, and is covered by a number of insurance plans.

New 12-week program sessions begin quarterly.

For the next available program date or for information, call 1-304-264-1000, ext. 1814.




Boys & Girls club to host child safety forum



The Boys & Girls Club of Washington County is celebrating National Family Week by hosting a community forum on child safety. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Avenue unit, 805 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagers-

town. The Boys & Girls Club is partnering with State Farm Insurance, The Escape School, Always Catering and Staples to promote parental awareness and provide information on child safety techniques.

The Escape School is a program that works with children and parents to increase the level of safety in communities. The school's goal is to teach individuals how to think proactively instead of reactively in threatening situations.

The program is free but space is limited. Registration is required by calling the Pennsylvania Avenue Boys & Girls Club at 301-733-5422.

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