Regional briefs

September 29, 2009

Student exchange representatives sought

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is looking for volunteers to serve as area representatives in their local community. ASSE provides academic year, semester and short-term exchange programs in the United States for high school-aged students from around the world. Students are 15 to 18 years old and have passed a series of academic and character requirements.

Area representatives recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad and supervise the visiting exchange students in their community. Area representatives are reimbursed for their expenses and are provided with some travel opportunities.

For information about ASSE or becoming an area representative, call 716-731-1442 or 800-677-2773.

Audubon society presentation

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a presentation about "Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitats" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the National Conservation Training Center. Admission is free.

The speaker will be Annette Ipsan, of the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service. Ipsan is a horticulture assistant and coordinates the Washington County Master Gardener Program.


The program will be in room 111 of the center's Instructional East Building.

4-H club sponsors dog walk

The Tail Waggers Dog Club, is sponsoring a "Hounds Helping Hearts" dog walk to benefit the National Marfan Foundation on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at the Washington County Ag. Education Center, south of Hagerstown. The walk begins at 10 a.m.

Registration costs $10 by Sept. 30, or $15 on the day of the walk. A canine companion is encouraged but not required.

Online registrations are accepted at, or mail registration form and payment to 1805 Harpers Ferry Road, Knoxville, MD 21758.

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