Worcester approves cancer control planIn an effort to...

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August 18, 1991|By Susan Canfora

Worcester approves cancer control plan

In an effort to lower Worcester County's high cancer rate, th Worcester County Commissioners have approved a cancer control plan, which was developed by the Worcester County Health Planning Board.

"This is a step in the right direction," commissioners president Reginald T. Hancock said. "We've got it moving, and hopefully we will be able to reduce the cancer rate in Worcester County dramatically."

The health planning board, while developing the plan, learned that Worcester's mortality rate of 180.4 deaths per 100,000 people surpasses the nation's rate of 171, but is lower than Maryland's overall rate of 192.8.

Reward offered for stolen signs

The Worcester County Commissioners are offering a rewar of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who vandalizes or steals county road signs.

This week, Vic Smullen, county roads engineer, told the commissioners that in the past 30 days about 100 signs have been vandalized. It costs about $100 for each sign plus the labor to have workers replace them.

Positive messages offered by store

Vacationers seeking a positive message on T-shirts migh want to visit Stepping Stones, a new shop at 105 S. Baltimore Ave. in Ocean City.

The shop, stocked with a variety of inspiring and self-help items, opened in July and is owned by Patrick McGugan and Christy Snyder of Ocean City and Jerry Kurtinitis and Tony Brown of the Washington area.

"We wanted something supportive of a non-partying lifestyle," Mr. McGugan said. "We get people off the street who are recovering from an addiction. They are very glad to see us and to see that we have something like this here," he said. The shop also has books, cassette tapes, meditation guides and toy bears that repeat positive messages.

HIV support group holding fund-raiser

Health Support Ministries, a Salisbury-based service designe support and comfort people who are HIV positive, is holding a fund-raiser at Delmarva Downs Raceway tonight. The group hopes to raise $5,000 to provide services such as counseling, workshops and transportation to meetings and doctor's offices.

"We do whatever we can to help support [people who are HIV positive] because of the extremely trying circumstances they find themselves in. We don't charge any fees for any of our services," said Lisa Street, administrator of Health Support Ministries.

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