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April 06, 2006

LPN students at HCC to hold health fair

LPN students at Hagers-town Community College will hold a two-day health education event for older adults at Homewood at Williamsport on Tuesday, April 25, and Wednesday, April 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Community Exercise Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Activities include exercise promoting health for older adults, prevention of slips and slides presentation, free blood pressure clinic, discussion on the Internet and health, plus information on medication safety and diet.

For information, call Homewood wellness coordinator Shelby Vaughn at 301-582-1750.

Residents can learn about government

The City of Hagerstown's Community Development Department has extended the deadline for applications for the Hagerstown Neighborhood College, which will begin May 1.

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The Neighborhood College is a program for citizens to learn about city government and its operations and to become more involved in the community, according to a city press release

During 10 sessions, participants receive information enabling them to fill neighborhood leadership roles, the press release stated.

Space in each session of Hagerstown Neighborhood College is limited to 18 participants. Applications received by April 24 will be given priority consideration; applications received after that date will be accepted as space is available.

To enroll, call the Community Development Office at 301-739-8577, ext. 136, or download an application at www.hagerstownmd.org/Housing/neighborhoodCollege.asp.

Park issues open-air burn ban

THURMONT, Md. - Catoctin Mountain Park has issued an open-air burn ban for all areas of the park. All campfires and charcoal grilling fires are banned, but the use of propane stoves will be permitted, according to a press release from the park.

The park is experiencing high fire danger due to extremely dry conditions, with high winds and low humidity. Below normal precipitation for the next 8 to 14 days is expected to add to the fire danger, according to the press release.

The ban will be in effect until National Park officials determine there has been enough precipitation to reduce the threat of wildfires.

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