Ben Forrest nominated for Carson Scholarship

February 17, 2012|Cathy Grantham | Around Maugansville
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Each year, schools across Maryland are asked to choose one student from their school to apply for a Carson Scholarship.

Ben Forrest of Western Heights Middle School was selected the nominee for the award.

The Carson Scholarship fund was started in 1994 by Dr. Benjamin Carson and his wife, Candy.

The mission of the fund is to offer college scholar awards to students based on high academics, achievement and humanitarianism regardless of financial need.

Students selected are awarded $1,000 that is held in a trust fund until the student attends a four-year university.

Earlier this year, teachers at Western Heights Middle School were asked to nominate students they thought best represented high academic achievement and humanitarian effort at the school.

Nominated students were asked to supply a short biography, a list of volunteer activities and a 500-word essay on a selected topic.

Forrest was nominated by his social studies teacher, Kate Long. 

Little League bonanza to take place Saturday

The Maugansville Little League bonanza will be Saturday at Fairplay Fire Hall. 

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., the dinner buffet begins at 6 p.m., and the drawing starts at 7 p.m. Dancing will follow, beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $40 for two, which is considered a donation to the league. 

For tickets, call Penny Hilden at 301-992-0674.

Ruritan breakfast planned for Feb. 25

Maugansville Ruritan Club will hold its all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6:30 to 11 a.m. at its blue building on Maugans Avenue. 

The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, sausage gravy, juice, coffee and tea. 

Tickets cost $5.50 for adults, $3 for those ages 6 to 12, and are free for those 5 and younger. Proceeds help the Maugansville community.

Broadfording Christian Academy to hold dinner and auction

Today, Broadfording Christian Academy, at 13535 Broadfording Church Road, will host a spaghetti dinner at 4 p.m. and a silent auction at 5 p.m. There will also be a live auction at 7 p.m. and a homemade soup and bake sale. 

Tickets for the spaghetti dinner cost $8 for adults and $4 for those ages 5 and younger.

The snow date is March 2.

For more information, call 301-797-8886 or go to

Auction to be held

The PTO at Rockland Woods Elementary will hold it second annual auction Saturday, March 24, at Next Dimensions near Funkstown. 

Doors open at 4 p.m., dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 7 p.m.  A silent auction will also be offered. Tickets cost $15 per person.  Each ticket includes dinner and dessert.  

Items to be auctioned include tickets for sporting events and local attractions, theme baskets, home decor and restaurants gift cards.

Proceeds benefit the school.

For tickets, call Loretta Landis at 301-582-0658 by March 19.

Training opportunities available

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Washington County has announced an online training format, in addition to its traditional group training format, planned for persons interested in volunteering to serve as advocates for children under the court’s jurisdiction due to child abuse or neglect in Washington County.

Both programs will begin in March.

The online training program will be conducted for 10 weeks, beginning March 21 and concluding May 23.

Those enrolled in the online training program will participate in four group training.

The traditional group training format will be conducted for eight weeks, in two separate, concurrent sessions beginning Wednesday, March 21, and Saturday, March 24; concluding on Wednesday, May 9, and Saturday, May 12, respectively.  Participants will choose to participate in either the Wednesday or the Saturday session, but not both.

All training sessions will be held at the Washington County Health Department, Behavioral Health Services Division at 13114 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown.

Once completed training, certified advocates are matched, one-on-one, with children under the jurisdiction of the courts because of adjudicated cases of child abuse and neglect.

Advocates review case files, conduct interviews, and provide recommendations of care and services to the courts, which the advocate considers to be in the “best interest” of children appointed.  It is estimated advocates volunteer about 10 hours per month in child contacts and case-related efforts.

Those interested in volunteering in the program undergo a screening process, must be at least 21 years of age, free of a felony criminal record, free of any child abuse or neglect charges, and other screening procedures.

For more information, call 240-313-3383 or 240-313-3386 or TTY 240-313-3391.   

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