Walkers Help Fight Leukemia

The Southern Maryland Light the Night Leukemia Walk on Nov. 6 raised more than $10,000 to support the work of the Leukemia Society of America to find a cure for the disease and related cancers.

The event at Annmarie Garden in Solomons was one of three walks in Maryland. The other two were in Baltimore on Sept. 25 and at Antietam National Battlefield on Oct. 2. More than 200 walkers participated in the Southern Maryland effort.

Statewide, the walks, in their first year, raised more than $70,000.

Sign-Ups Start for Utility Aid

The Maryland Energy Assistance Program has begun accepting applications for aid with utility or fuel bills during the heating season.

People interested in the program should call for an appointment, even if they have applied in the past, according to a statement from the Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee Inc., which is coordinating applications through its office in Hughesville. Residents 60 and older may schedule appointments directly with their Office on Aging.

Assistance with electric, wood, coal, propane, kerosene or other fuel bills is available to renters, homeowners, boarders and subsidized housing tenants. Eligibility is based on household income.

For appointments in Calvert County, call 410-535-1010 or 301-870-3770, Ext. 200. In Charles County, call 301-474-4474 or 301-870-3770, Ext. 200; and in St. Mary's County, call 301-475-5574, Ext. 200.

Senior citizens seeking appointments through the Office on Aging should call 410-535-4606 in Calvert, 301-934-5423 in Charles and 301-574-4444 in St. Mary's.

Library Offers Computer Classes

The Calvert County Public Library is offering free basic computer training. Two classes of up to five students each are being scheduled.

"Computer Training" will show students how to use on-line resources, how to access the library catalogue and how to locate and print articles from various periodicals.

In addition, those taking the class will learn how to access their own library record to see what items are checked out and when they are due back. This basic course is a prerequisite for the second class.

"Internet Training" is an introduction to two search engines, Yahoo and Infoseek. During the class, students will visit Web sites on genealogy, weather, health, finance and travel.

Each class is scheduled for two hours, according to an announcement from the library. Students must have a library card.

The classes are offered on an ongoing schedule. For information about signing up, contact a librarian at the branch where you would be likely to take one of the classes.

Youth Club Registers 100th Member

The Patuxent Boys & Girls Club, which meets at Appeal Elementary School, registered its 100th member at the end of October, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Calvert County announced last week.

Reaching that membership mark means that the club can gain affiliation with the national Boys & Girls Clubs organization.

Chris Giggey, president of the Calvert group, said in a statement that there is a demand at other southern Calvert schools, but enrollment has been delayed temporarily while club officials work out transportation issues.

Meanwhile, she said, the group is seeking donations and volunteers, and its leaders are hoping to find someone or a business able to donate a van to the organization.

AIDS Quilt Panels to Be Displayed

Ninety-six panels of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display Dec. 4 and 5 at Charles County Community College.

The quilt is an international memorial to those who have died after contracting AIDS. Its display here is sponsored by the Charles County Chapter of the NAACP and the Charles County Health Department.

After a ceremony at noon on Dec. 4, the display will be open until 8 p.m. in Room 113 at the Center for Business and Industry on the La Plata campus. The display will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Additional information about the display, which is being held in conjunction with National AIDS Day on Dec. 1, is available from the Health Department at 301-609-0557 or 301-475-3425.

Nominations for Women's Recognition

The Calvert County Commission is seeking nominations for its annual Women's Recognition ceremony, scheduled for March 25, 2000.

Nominees should be women residing in Calvert County who have made significant contributions to the quality of life in the county through leadership and service in the home, workplace or community.

To suggest a nominee, contact Deb Adair at 410-257-5455 or at debadair@chesapeake.net by e-mail. Nomination forms are available at local library branches.

Child Car-Safety Campaign Set

Local law enforcement agencies will be participating Nov. 22 to 28 in the America Buckles Up Children holiday safety project.

During that week in Charles County, sheriff's officers will be looking for and ticketing motorists with child passengers who are not wearing seat belts or proper safety restraints. In addition, according to a statement from the Charles County Sheriff's Office, there will be spot checks at various sites.

"Nationally, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 5 and 14," Sheriff Fred Davis said in a statement announcing the holiday effort.

Other holiday safety and enforcement projects planned over the next several weeks include anti-fraud seminars, stepped-up checks for drunk and reckless drivers, and crime prevention patrols at local shopping centers.

U.S. Plans Md. Crop Survey

The annual fall crop survey by the Maryland Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is scheduled from Nov. 29 through Dec. 14.

Representatives of the service will contact farmers to ask them about plans for the 2000 crop season in an effort to get an early indication of what next year's farm production will be in Maryland.

The data gathered are used by producers to make decisions about investment, marketing and production, according to a statement from the Maryland Agriculture Department.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Meeting

The Coast Guard has invited interested area residents to a meeting tomorrow about forming a new civilian Auxiliary Flotilla.

The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. at Holy Angels Church hall in Avenue. Additional information about the meeting or how to join the civilian arm of the Coast Guard is available by calling 301-768-2963 or 301-769-2985.