HEALTH CLUB CHARGED
ANNAPOLIS - The Consumer Protection Division of the Maryland Attorney General's office has filed administrative charges against Leisure Health Club Inc. of Westminster and 21 other health clubs, weight-loss centers and self-defense schools across the state for failing to meet a Sept. 1 deadline for complying with the registration requirement of Maryland's health club law.
The health club law requires each of the charged businesses to post a bond or other security because they collect more than three month's advance payment from members, Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said.
While each of the businesses charged has provided the division with a bond or letter of credit, the state maintains they have failed to document that the amount of the security posted is adequate to pay refunds to consumers should the facility close.
Curran said consumers should check with the Consumer Protection Division to see whether the health clubs, weight-loss centers and self-defense schools they are considering joining are properly registered and bonded.
A public hearing on the charges has been set for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 13 in the first-floor courtroom of the District Court Building at Fayette and Gay streets in Baltimore.
Anyone with personal knowledge of facts concerning the charges against the businesses may appear as an interested party at the hearings. To qualify as an interested party, write the Consumer Protection Division before Dec. 13 at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202.
RECEIVER EARNS HONOR
WESTMINSTER -- Western Maryland College wide receiver Andy Steckel of Ephrata, Pa., has been selected to the GTE Academic All-America College Division District II team, said district coordinator Steve Hurlbut, assistant athletic director at the University of Pennsylvania.
The district selection, by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, enables Steckel to move on to the national balloting with the student-athletes picked from CoSIDA's seven other districts.
The College Division includes National Collegiate Athletic Association divisions II and III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Steckel, 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, is a sociology major with a 3.42 cumulative grade-point average. The Conestoga Valley High School graduate is a Dean's List student and a member of the 1990 Centennial Football Conference Academic All-Star team.
On the field, Steckel topped Western Maryland in receiving for the second consecutive year with 33 catches for 704 yards and a school single-season record eight touchdowns. The junior, who also earned a spot on the CFC All-Star team on the basis of playing ability, became the Green Terrors' career leader in receiving yards with 1,472 and touchdown catches with 16, and moved into a tie for fourth in receptions with 76.
The national Academic All-America University and College Division teams will be announced Dec. 14.
THREE RUNS SCHEDULED
The Westminster Road Runners will sponsor three events during the month of December. All events have entry fees of $1 for Road Runner members and $2 for non-members.
The 10th Annual Frozen Finger Four Mile Run will be conducted at noon, Dec. 9, beginning at the Sandymount Elementary School.
All entrants will receive a pair of runners gloves and a Pizza Hut coupon. In addition, there will be prizes for top finishers and random awards.
The Dancer Dash 10K will be conducted at noon, Dec. 23, beginning at Bare's Farm, located at the corner of Sullivan and Lemmon Roads, two miles north of the Sullivan Road light at Route 140.
The Winfield Mile will be conducted at noon, Dec. 30, at South Carroll High School.
The course is point-to-point and largely downhill.
TICKET PLANS ANNOUNCED
Adult season tickets for the winter sports season at South Carroll High are on sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. during any school day in the office of Athletic Director Fred Baker.
Tickets for boys and girls basketball are $20 and tickets for wrestling are $10. Individual admission prices are $3 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens.
All children below school age who are accompanied by an adult will be admitted free.
Junior varsity contests will start at 5:30 p.m. with the varsity event to follow.
Adult season tickets for the winter sports season at Francis Scott Key are also on sale during regular school hours in the athletic department or during the first home contest of that sport.
Tickets for boys and girls basketball are $15 and tickets for wrestling are $12. Information: 848-2422 or 775-7888.
CARROLL PLAYS HOST
Carroll countian John Buchheister will lead his Randallstown High football team against Wooten High in the 4-A state championship at 2 p.m.
Saturday at Westminster High School.