Program seeks applicants for Ms. Wheelchair Maryland


July 22, 1996|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SOMEHOW in its fiber-optic trip from my home to The Sun computer last week, a minivan that had been an idea in my living room became a fact in my driveway, and I was fielding calls all week from friends who wanted to try it out.

No such luck.

Rather, the idea of the minivan has become the probability of a three-door hatchback, or even just trading vehicles with my husband, to give him better mileage on a long daily commute. I sure did like that minivan, though maybe I can drive it in my dreams.

Ms. Wheelchair Maryland

I spoke last week with Doris Olds-Eck of Annapolis, president of the Ms. Wheelchair Maryland program, about the October 1996 gala.

The program is inviting women age 21 or older who use a wheelchair to apply for the position of spokeswoman for the program and for people with disabilities in general.

The current Ms. Wheelchair Maryland is Benita Hope Gold of Frederick, who teaches music at Urbana High School and writes and performs songs. She was a superb choice for spokeswoman in 1995.

Job responsibilities include conducting public education tours to schools, churches and civic and business organizations on disability issues, equal opportunity in employment, and accessibility.

Since the program is looking for women who are actively involved in jobs and/or their communities who happen to use a wheelchair, the position of Ms. Wheelchair Maryland is not a full-time commitment.

The deadline for entries is Aug. 15.

For more information on the program and its benefits, call Olds-Eck at 721-0936.

Drink and be merry

Maryland vintners as well as wineries from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina will display their wares at the Mid-Atlantic Wine Festival at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds.

Maryland foods, arts, crafts and live entertainment will be on hand.

The festival opens at 3 p.m. Aug. 9 and goes to 8 p.m. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 10 and noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 11.

Tickets are $16, which includes a commemorative wine glass and wine tasting.

Minors ages 7 to 20 pay $5; children under age 7 are admitted free.

No one under age 21 will be admitted unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Information: Nancy Johnson, 280-3306.

Lecture on wetlands

The term "wetlands" to me conjures up vague but audible memories of slogging through grasses or rushes on Cape Cod, wishing for or being glad I was wearing rubber shoes. I imagine we were clamming, but I don't remember being successful.

The wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay may differ from those of my more northern childhood, but they play perhaps an even more vital role in the quality of life in the area.

Steve Ailstock, director of the Environmental Center at Anne Arundel Community College, will discuss that role in this month's Environmental Lecture Thursday evening at Quiet Waters Park.

Focusing his slide show on wetlands research projects around the bay, he'll give graphic proof of how our actions help or hurt the bay's water quality, and the many life forms native to it.

The free lecture is at 7: 30 p.m. in the Blue Heron Center.

A $1 donation is suggested. Advance registration is recommended.

Call Park Ranger Lisa Shore at 222-1777.

Pub Date: 7/22/96

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