Local briefs for Wednesday

October 08, 2003|by

Seminar set for those with disabilities

People with disabilities who receive public benefits, but who want to work, can attend an employment seminar Thursday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Noland Community Center in Hagerstown. Through workshops and a guest speaker, employment barriers will be explored, as well as community resources and incentives to help people move from public benefits to earning a paycheck.

The event is sponsored by Service Access, a federal grant-funded program that is administered through the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). Door prizes, child care and lunch will be provided to all participants. Following the event, there will be free transportation to the Maryland Job Service Job Fair.

For information and to reserve child care, contact Jim Wilhide, supervisor of the DORS Hagerstown office at 1-800-801-4297.

Interfaith dialogue forum scheduled

The Interfaith Coalition of Washington County will host a forum on interfaith dialogue Thursday, Oct. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kepler Theater on the Hagerstown Community College campus, 11400 Robinwood Drive.


The topic will be "Women and Faith."

Women usually are seen as the "keepers of tradition." It is in the home that women teach the customs, courtesies and traditions that are central to a person's faith identity. The three presenters are interested in dispelling some of the myths that surround various faith traditions.

The panel will include leaders from Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities in the area.

For information, contact Pastor Ed Poling at 301-733-3565 or Dr. Shahab Siddiqui at 301-791-2510.

White Cane Safety Day requested

The Appalachian Trail Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland will ask the Washington County Commissioners to issue a proclamation recognizing Wednesday, Oct. 15, as White Cane Safety Day.

"White Cane Safety Day is not intended as a day to remind the sighted public to take pity on the helpless blind, but rather as a day to promote public awareness of the blind as equal and productive members of society," said Allen McGinley, president of the Appalachian Trail Chapter.

The newly formed Appalachian Trail Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland holds its meetings on the fourth Saturdays of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church on North Cleveland Avenue in Hagerstown. Meetings are open to persons who are blind, visually impaired or interested in promoting opportunities for full integration of the blind into all aspects of community life.

For information, call McGinley at 301-797-9284.

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