Make Senior Week Safe

Letters to the editor

June 09, 1991

From: Tina Perkins

County Prevention Coordinator

Joanne M. Hayes

Substance Abuse Prevention



As the end of the school year approaches, your child will be going through one of the most important times of his or her life.

Graduation from high school is a major milestone in the lives of our young people, but too often teens believe thisright of passage includes partying with drinking and risk-taking.

As students in Carroll County Schools, they have been taught the best choice regarding premarital sex is abstinence. This message is conveyed through required programs in Family Life and Human Development and AIDS Education.

Likewise, students have been subject to strong disciplinary policies and administrative procedures regarding the useand abuse of alcohol and drugs.

We know from past experiences, however, that without thought of consequences, alcohol and other drugs are used as a major part of the celebration that takes place during "Senior Week" at Ocean City or other graduation celebrations at home.

The use of alcohol lowers inhibitions, impairs judgment and harms coordination skills which heighten the chance of accidents, high risksexual behaviors and legal problems.

As the parent of a graduating senior this year, please be aware that your child may be exposed topotentially risky situations. Talk to your child about how he/she might appropriately handle these situations without compromising themselves or others.

If your son or daughter will be celebrating in Ocean City, check out the place where he/she will be staying by contacting the owner or landlord. Ask your child to stay in contact with you during the week and remind your son or daughter of his/her responsibility regarding the care of rental property.

Be aware of the resources that are available to your child while in Ocean City. The "Play It Safe" booklet that will be distributed to seniors throughout the state contains important emergency information as well as coupons and ideas for many fun things to do.

The Parent Network is a new program of community volunteers in Ocean City who are interested in the safety of youth while visiting the resort. You may call this network 24 hours a day at (301) 723-3700 if you have any concerns about your child or need other information.

We are interested in your child's health and safety, as you are. Help your child continue to succeed.


From: Frances Conaway


Daffodil Day

Our most grateful thanks for your support of the American CancerSociety's Daffodil Days.

The publicity you provide for these American Cancer Society events is a key ingredient in their success. Withyour help, we were able to sell 140 boxes of daffodils, which raisedover $20,000 for use in the fight against cancer.

Funds raised locally are vital to the research, patient service and public educationprograms sponsored by the American Cancer Society, and your support is very much appreciated.

Again, sincere thanks for your assistance. You have made a meaningful contribution to our search for ways to prevent and conquer cancer and to our efforts to provide assistance to cancer patients.


From: Stacey Spalt

Field consultant

American Heart Assoc.

On behalf of the American Heart Association, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the restaurants, schools, workplaces and volunteers who participated in oursalt-out program on Wednesday, May 1.

Every year, in recognition of May as High Blood Pressure Month, the American Heart Association asks local facilities that serve meals, or have a specified dinning area, to remove the salt shakers from the tables and put a salt substitute out.

The salt substitute is called Parsley Patch and was provided by McCormick.

In Carroll County, 72 facilities participated, which included Carroll County Public Schools, 13 Carroll County Bank locations, Baldwin's, Carroll County Government, Fairhaven, London Fog, Rewster's, Quail Ridge Inn, Westinghouse, Harvest Inn, Western Maryland College Dining Hall, Pub and Golf Shop, Westminster Inn, Manchester Pharmacy, Havilah, Horn and Horn, Harry's Lunch, Dresser Pump, Carroll County General Hospital, English American, Maria's, Friendly Farm, Golden Palace, Munch's Cafe, Dean's Restaurant, Bob's Big Boy, Frisco Pub and Burger King.

The goal was to reach 7,500 people through the program.

In addition, I would like to thank Sharon Forthmanfor organizing a volunteer salt-out lunch on that day. She and 15 other American Heart Association volunteers "celebrated" salt-out day by lunching at Baldwin's Restaurant in Sykesville.

The program was a great success and was all part of the American Heart Association's efforts to create a heart-healthy Carroll County.

Again, thank youto all of you in Carroll County who participated.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Rising costs, fewer state and federal dollars, and falling county revenue have pushed Carroll's deficit more than $5 million, spurring immediate cutbacks, reduced work forces and, for the first time, talk of possible layoffs. The Budget Office has directed all county agencies to cut their budgets by 1 percent for fiscal 1991, which ends June 30, and by 2 percent for fiscal 1992. For the first time in more than a decade, Carroll will experience cuts in programs. We have been asking readers where cuts should be made, whether taxes should be increased and related questions. Here are some of the replies we received:

From: Jack D. Cole


We the people cannot afford any more taxes.

The county should look to where it is putting its money and see if it is to good use.

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