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January 11, 2006|by LORI HALL

When should children be left home alone?

I've often had the discussion with other parents about "when" we can legally leave children home alone.

I called Social Services and was given pretty much the following information below. This information is being sent home from our school's guidance counselor:

According to Maryland State Law (Family Law Article 5-801), children under the age of 8 must be supervised at all times. A child age 8 through 12 may be left alone for brief periods with a support system of phone numbers, safety and emergency information, but may NOT be left alone to care for children under age 8. A child must be at least 13 years old to baby-sit other children, including siblings.

For children ages 8 and older, parents still need to determine whether they are ready to stay home alone. Here are the things a child should know before he/she is left alone:

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His or her full name, complete address, directions to the home and phone number.

How to lock and unlock the door to the home.

What to do and who to call in case of any emergency.

How to reach the parent(s) at work.

The name and phone number of a backup person to contact if the parent(s) is not available.

What to do or say if approached by a stranger.

What to do if the electricity goes off.

Rules for outside play.

Rules for visiting friends or having friends visit.

Parents may be investigated for neglect if:

They leave a child alone under the age of 8.

Bingo to benefit North High Boosters

Support the North Hagers-town High Band Boosters while enjoying a ga me of bingo at the Funkstown Moose!

On Sunday, Jan. 22, play 22 games of bingo and win money toward your favorite Pampered Chef products!

Doors open at noon and bingo begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. The concession stand will be open and raffles are available. For more information or to order tickets, call Pam at 301-791-5998.

Bonanza set for Feb. 18

The Williamsport Fire Hall will host the annual North High Band Boosters' Bonanza on Feb. 18. Doors will open at 5 p.m., dinner will be at 6:30 p.m., the bonanza starts at 8 p.m. and dance the night away with DJ music from 9 p.m. to midnight. This event is for adults and tickets will be sold in advance only.

Tickets are $30 and they cover two adults and their dinner. The final ticket wins $1,000! Please call Pam at 301-791-5998 to purchase your tickets.

Western Heights plans Family Night

Western Heights Middle School will have "Family Night" on Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Join the PTSA for an informative presentation by Hagerstown Police Department Detective Todd Dunkle on "Street Crimes."

While parents are in the auditorium, students may enjoy several games of bingo. Light refreshments will be served.

Meeting planned

There will be a meeting of the Maugansville Historical Society on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Ruritan Community Building. All interested area residents are invited to attend.

Indoor fishingf lea market planned

Cabin Creek Bass Masters will be holding its third annual Indoor Fishing Flea Market on Feb. 4-5. The event is open to the public and there is a $2 donation. Children under 12 are free.

New and used fishing tackle will be available, as well as a fresh and salt water guide, boat dealer, door prizes and more. Come out to the Maugansville Ruritan Club on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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