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Frederick department of aging to host seminars

September 25, 2008

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick County Department of Aging is holding a series of seminars to provide information and resources to assist seniors who are facing record heating costs this winter.

The seminars will address ways that seniors can weatherize their homes, use alternate heat sources safely and identify financial resources to help with fuel bills.

Representatives from the Frederick County Weatherization Program, Maryland Energy Assistance Program, Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services, Partners In Care and the Department of Aging will make presentations and be on hand to complete applications for assistance.

Each participant will receive four free energy-efficient light bulbs and handouts. Participants also will be eligible to win weatherization materials and personal comfort items donated by Frederick County merchants.

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The seminars begin at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude about 2 p.m. An optional lunch is available for a small donation.

The seminars will be held on the following dates at these locations.

o Today - Emmitsburg Senior Center

o Oct. 7 - Brunswick Senior Center

o Oct. 9 - Urbana Senior Center

o Oct. 16 - Thurmont Senior Center

o Oct. 22 - Frederick Senior Center

o Oct. 30 - Feagaville Food & Friends

The following is the schedule for each of the seminars.

o 10:30 a.m. - Make and Take a Draft Guard or Microwavable Heat Pack

o 11:30 a.m. - Fire Safety with Doug Orner of the Frederick County Fire & Rescue Service

o Noon - Lunch (Optional for a donation and with a two-day advance reservation)

o 12:30 p.m. - Maryland Energy Assistance Program with Jeannine Jennings (Applications completed on site. Call 301-600-1604 or any senior center for a list of documents to bring.)

o 1 p.m. - Weatherization Tips and Techniques with Mark Colie of the Frederick County Weatherization Project

Advance reservations for the seminars can be made by calling Linda at 301-600-6350.

For information, call the Frederick County Department of Aging at 301-600-1605 or go to www.co.frederick.md.us/doa.

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