Program to discuss challenge of dealing with problem vision

NEIGHBORS

April 12, 1994|By MAUREEN RICE

Sights and sounds of spring are everywhere.

Robins do battle with mighty worms to gain their morning feast, while mockingbirds do battle with every other bird they can see for their nesting spots.

Lawn mowers are creakily rolling out from their winter hiding places and new trees are springing up everywhere as people take advantage of the warm weather that eluded us so long this year.

In my house, we know it's spring before most people, because as soon as the maples bloom, allergies surface.

Yes, we know spring by the sounds of sneezing.

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Do you know someone who would have difficulty reading this column because of vision problems?

Vision problems can limit a person's ability to do many things most of us take for granted.

"Vision problems can create serious safety problems as well as making life difficult for a person, especially an elderly person," said Christina Peach, director of Eldersburg Care.

"Double vision, which some people suffer from, can prevent a person from correctly ascertaining how many pills they've got in their hands before they swallow them. Or poor vision can prevent a person from seeing things like if a stove is turned off before they put their hand on the burner -- so many things that we simply take for granted are virtually impossible for some people because of their vision problems."

How does a person who can't see well enough to do these things cope -- especially if he has spent most of his life with good vision?

On April 19, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. you can hear Donna E. Reihl of the Hoover Low Vision Center of Greater Baltimore Medical Center speak on this topic.

The agenda includes a slide presentation, display of nonoptical aids and devices, discussion of available resources, a question and answer period. Free copies of the handbook "Sighted Guide" will be available.

The free program is sponsored by Eldersburg Care, at 1912 Liberty Road in Eldersburg. Registration is required.

For more information or to register, call 795-4686.

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Where in the world is that $10,000 crappie?

In the lake at Piney Run Park, of course.

It's that time of year again, and the Maryland Parks and Recreation Department has tagged all the fish for its annual $20,000 Fishing Tournament.

Perhaps you'll be the lucky angler who will snag the crappie. But if not, you'll have a chance at a $1,000 catfish or the $1,000 bluegill.

"There really is a fish in there worth $10,000 to a lucky fisherman," said JoAnne Hunter, park director. "But there are a lot of fish, and he may not get caught this year."

Most of the anglers come back year after year to try their luck in this contest, and each year some of them win hundreds of dollars for their efforts, because in addition to the tagged fish there are prizes totaling $2,050 for just the first-, second- and third-largest fish for shore or boat anglers (these categories apply to both types of fishermen), as well as prizes for the largest perch, crappie, trout, bluegill or striped bass.

Believe it or not, some fish tagged in previous years are still swimming around the lake, and they're worth money in the tournament, too.

The cost is $30 for a shore angler, and if you want to enjoy pontoon taxi service to far areas of the lake, add $2. Boat anglers can enter for $35 per person.

Call Maryland Parks and Recreation at (410) 536-4482 for registration information.

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The writer should live in the Sykesville-Eldersburg area and be knowledgeable about the community. First consideration will be given to individuals who have a home computer and a modem.

Submit a resume and examples of writing to Peggy Cunningham, The Sun for Carroll County, 15 E. Main St., Westminster 21157.

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