WESTMINSTER — Three representatives of Western Maryland College -- Marlene Clements, director of Student Health Services; Eric Chase, coordinator of residence life: alcohol and drug education; and Michal Hall, Class of '92, student activist and resident assistant -- are attending the New Jersey Collegiate Summer Institute for Health in Education at Rutgersthis week.
The theme of this year's conference, "Promoting Student Health '91," will focus on HIV prevention.
The New Jersey Summer Institute for Health in Education at the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick is a weeklong intensive education and training seminar for college and university teams of administrators, faculty, staff and students who provide health education and services,policy development and teacher preparation on their campuses.
Theinstitute's curriculum addresses critical health issues confronting college campuses in the 1990s, including HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, alcohol and other drug use.
U.S. Surgeon General Antonia Novello delivered Monday's keynote address.
COUNCIL PICKS PRESIDENT
UNION BRIDGE -- Councilman Bret D. Grossnickle was chosen president of the Union Bridge Town Council at Monday night's meeting after Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. made a tie-breaking decision between two nominees.
Councilman Scott W. Davis also was nominated for president, receiving votes from Councilwoman Bonni M. Hyde and Councilman Selby M. Black. Grossnickle voted for himself and was given a second vote from Councilman Jeffrey M. Six.
"Davis refused to vote, so I had to cast the deciding vote," Jones said. "I voted for Grossnickle because a lot of people I talked to in town said he had been councilman for four years and had been a high vote-getter in the election andthought he should have the job."
In other action, the council discussed a $10,000 matching grant that the town applied for from the state for a water study. The grant has been approved and will be used to study the town's water supply lines and mains and to make decisionson upgrading the system.
The town still is waiting to hear from the state on a grant request for approximately $70,000 to extend city water to the Bowman Springs Property, a residential community of 29 homes.
"They are existing homes with a private water supply, which is being shut down," Jones said. "We want to annex the property and install city water since the homes are on lots too small for individual wells."
The county already has approved a request for $29,000 toward the project, Jones said, adding that the town cannot annex the property until the state approves the money for the project.
COUNTY WANTS MONEY
It seems like a small enough request, but the county commissioners aren't about to come through with any kind of money for Frederick County's new animal research center until Frederick pays up on a joint library project in Mount Airy.
On Monday, the commissioners were asked in a letter to pay $9,000 -- less than the cost of an average consultant's study -- toward Frederick's new animal laboratories.
And while the lab, which would study research animals and howthey can be better taken care of on the farm, has a logical appeal for Carroll, the commissioners had a ready reply to Frederick.
"Thecommissioners have a simple philosophy," said Robert A. "Max" Bair, the county's executive assistant. "They'll pay when they see the $200,000."
That is the amount Frederick County has agreed to pay Carroll for a share of the $2.6 million library branch and senior center now under construction in Mount Airy.
ANOTHER BYRON CHALLENGER
THURMONT -- A Frederick County man is challenging longtime Democratic incumbent Beverly B. Byron for the 6th District congressional seat.
Michael Downey, 64, filed his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission July 10.
Delegate Thomas Hattery, 37, D-Carroll, Frederick,Howard, and Montgomery County businessman Anthony P. Puca, 43, also have filed to enter the March 3 primary.
"I decided it was time for a change and not to have a professional politician in office," saidDowney, a satellite engineer and consultant here.
Downey said he decided to run to try to turn around the slumping economy.
"Companies have been closing and relocating outside Western Maryland," he said. "The people of Western Maryland can no longer afford to be left behind.
"Companies are moving out and we have to find a way to keepthem."
Downey said that although he is a newcomer to the political arena, he expects to beat Byron for the seat.
He said his supporters have raised more than $5,000 for his campaign.
His spirits a little set back by a high fever, the Rev. Bert Benz said he hopes to get at least a preliminary report Friday on how well his body is accepting a bone marrow transplant from his daughter, Lauren,12.
Benz, 47, is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Hampstead. He underwent the bone marrow transplant July 19 at the University of Kentucky's Markey Cancer Center in Lexington. The transplant is his onlychance of a cure for chronic myelogenic leukemia.
The 104-degree fever he had Tuesday is a sign of infection, which doctors are treating with antibiotics, Benz said. His immune system was destroyed by radiation and chemotherapy that killed his cancerous marrow before the transplant.
However, Benz said the infection, mouth sores and other side effects are all expected results of his therapy.
"I wish I could hurry up and get this all behind me, but I feel in good spirits," he said.
Linda Benz has been staying overnight with her husbandin his isolated room. Lauren, 12, and older sister, Shannon, have gone to Florida with their grandparents.