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May 09, 2008

Essay contest for Maryland middle schoolers

Maryland middle school students are invited to enter a statewide writing contest focusing on peace and social justice.

The contest, sponsored by Anne Arundel Peace Action, the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund and the Benjamin Peace Foundation, is open to all seventh- and eighth-grade students enrolled in public or private schools in Maryland and to home-schooled students corresponding to the same grade levels. This is the 12th consecutive year the contest has been conducted.

Four cash prizes will be awarded.

To enter, students must submit an entry of up to 1,200 words on the following topic: "Envision an imaginary assembly at your school attended by Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Desmond Tutu, Jane Addams and Sojourner Truth. Based on what you think they would say, what advice would you give to make your school a more peaceful place?"

Essays and accompanying materials must be postmarked no later than Thursday, May 15, and mailed to Fred B. Benjamin Peace Writing Contest, 310 Riverview Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403-3328.

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For information, call 410-280-0440 or 410-263-7409 or e-mail janc1000@yahoo.com or mjkeller@att.net.

'Mazing race' for families

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -Chambersburg Memorial YMCA invites children ages 7 and older, along with their families, to the "Mazing Race of Chambersburg" from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 18. The afternoon will kick off at the Y with a scavenger hunt. The hunt will provide the families with a clue that will lead them outdoors. Families will then walk to various places near the Y, following the clues they will uncover, to complete activities, puzzles and riddles together. The race will conclude at the Y with door prizes and light refreshments. The event is free and is open to YMCA members and nonmembers. All families must register at the Y before Wednesday, May 14. For information, go to www.chbgy.org or call Jen Dandy at 717-263-8508.

Program for teens about substance abuse

Deputy First Class Kevin White with the Frederick County Sheriff's Department and Marty Brown with Frederick County Health Department, will present a program dealing with healthy decisions about alcohol and drugs by teens from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at Catoctin High School.

The program will help parents develop contracts with their teen and will have other helpful suggestions.

Children ages 10 and older may attend the workshop with their parents. RSVP for dinner and/or child care for children older than 4. To register, call Families Plus! at 301-694-9002 or Debbie Wivell at 240-236-1770.

YMCA preschool registration

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -Waynesboro Area YMCA preschool advance registration for the 2008-09 school year will begin on Monday, May 12, for members and Saturday, May 24, for nonmembers. Y's Nest Preschool offers a traditional morning and afternoon three-day program. Space is limited and enrollment will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. To enroll in the 4-year-old programs children must be 4 prior to Sept. 1, 2008.

Waynesboro Area YMCA's Y's Nest preschool offers a program that promotes spiritual, emotional, social, educational and physical growth.

The Y's Nest also offers morning and afternoon two-day-per-week programs for 3 year olds. To enroll, children must be 3 prior to Sept. 1, 2008.

For information, call 717-762-6012 or e-mail Tanja@WaynesboroYMCA.org.

CPR class registration deadline nears

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -Jack Kesselring will offer a CPR class from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 17, at Pleasant Hill United Brethren Church Fellowship Building, 3664 Coseytown Road. Pastries, coffee and juice will be available from 8 to 9 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. Registration deadline is Sunday, May 11. Proceeds will benefit the church building fund.

For information, call Peggy Kershner at 301-790-3310 or the church at 717-597-3737.

Etiquette classes for young women

Blossom School of Etiquette's next season starts on Monday, May 12. Classes take place at Memorial Recreation Center, 109 W. North Ave., Hagerstown. During the class, young women will learn etiquette, writing, crafts, cooking and more. To enroll, call 301-790-0203.

The young women from the first class will have a yard sale on Saturday, May 10, at the recreation center's parking lot.

Pool to open

The City of Hagerstown will open the Claude M. Potterfield Swimming Pool, 730 Frederick St. in Hagerstown, on weekends beginning Memorial Day weekend.

Regular hours will take effect Thursday, June 5. Regular public swimming time is from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday; and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The last day of the pool season is Labor Day.

Daily pool rates are free for children ages 2 and younger; $1 for ages 3 to 4; $2.50 for ages 5 to 12; $3 for youth and adults ages 13 to 61; and $2.50 for seniors age 62 and older.

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