Surplus Food Available

Carroll capsule

September 22, 1991

WESTMINSTER — The Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. will distribute surplus food commodities to eligible Carroll County households from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 23-26 at the Department of Social Services building, 10 Distillery Drive, ground level.

Food to be distributed include butter, flour, applesauce, vegetarian beans, raisins, green beans and rice. No cheese is available.

To receive food, a household must register and:

* Live in Carroll County.

* Bring one of the following program identification cards: food stamps, medical assistance (not Social Security Medicare), public assistance, or energy assistance letter for 1990-1991 program.

* Meet household income guidelines and present written verification of the household's gross (before deductions) income (letter from Social Security, pay stubs).

The income eligibility guidelines for the number of household members and gross monthly income are: one member, $785; two, $1,053; three, $1,320; four, $1,588; five, $1,855; six, $2,123; seven, $2,390; eight, $2,658.

An eligible household maysend information with a representative to register and pick up food.

Information: 857-2999.

CLEAN UP ON SCHEDULE

DATELINE: UNION BRIDGE

The Town Council will schedule a fall cleanup day at its meetingat 7 p.m. Monday at Town Hall.

Members usually select a Saturday in late October. Town residents may bring large items for disposal tothe town lot at Warehime Alley and East Elger Street.

Members will also discuss the annual renewal of the loan resolution for the sewage treatment plant. The town pays $5,000 a year on the debt, and the balance is $49,000.

A public hearing on the Bowman Springs annexation will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Town Hall.

Information: 775-2711.

CLUB ENDORSES HATTERY

The Sierra Club Catoctin Group has endorsedMaryland Delegate Tom Hattery for the 6th District U.S. Congress seat.

A club spokesman said because of Hattery's excellent record on environmental legislation, the club gave him the endorsement.

RECYCLING PLAN REVIEWED

Members of the Carroll County Recycling Committeereviewed their plan regarding future requirements for county recycling at their monthly meeting on Wednesday.

The plan, which will ultimately become mandatory, will be presented to the county commissioners within the next month for their comments.

"We feel that the best route to take is a mandatory program," said Dwight Copenhaver, county recycling coordinator. "How we will establish that, we have not yet decided. We feel that we will get our best results from collecting co-mingled materials curbside. There will likely be an 18-gallon container that will hold glass, aluminum and plastic containers."

The committee also discussed whether a new collection facility will be built or an existing one be used for recyclables.

The type of facility needed for the program will also be discussed by the commissioners.

LANGUAGE BARRIERS FALL

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

Carroll County General Hospital personnel can communicate with patients and their families in more than 140 different languages, said Dr. Edward Carter, president of the CCGH medical staff.

"The first step toward helping people is being able to communicate with them," he said.

Doctors andnurses in emergency rooms, patients' rooms and even in surgery telephone interpreters of most any language spoken in the world.

CCGH'smultilingual capability is provided by AT & T Language Line (R) Services, the world's largest provider of over-the-phone interpretation.

Hospital personnel access the service by calling a special 800 number, and a Language Line Services interpreter comes on line within moments. AT & T interpreters are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

LLS interpreters also can assist during admission procedures and inform patients and their families about procedures and other important information during the hospital stay.

In addition to telephone-based interpretation services, LLS provides document translation,such as patient release forms.

Lorna Rice, CCGH director of social work, said this new service will improve the expediency with which non-English speaking patients can be treated.

Previously an interpreter from an agency in Baltimore had to drive to the hospital. In addition to the inevitable delay due to travel, these interpreters frequently could not stay throughout the patient's hospitalization.

"We don't have many non-English speaking patients here," Rice said. "But our goal is to provide quality patient care to everyone, and this exciting new service will help to ensure we meet our goal in spite of language barriers."

CHANGES ON MAIN STREET

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

The city's task force studying the East Main Street reconstruction project met Thursday to review the new proposal from the State Highway Administration.

State officials redrew the plan after citizens protested the loss of trees, parking and sidewalks in the original proposal last spring.

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