Holiday blood drive to be held Friday in Mount Airy...

HEALTH NOTES

November 18, 2001

Holiday blood drive to be held Friday in Mount Airy

Mount Airy Chiropractic Center will hold a holiday blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at its office at 602 Center St., Suite 109.

Those giving blood will receive a T-shirt.

Anyone who donated blood in September at the Mount Airy Carnival Grounds is eligible to donate again.

Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Appointments: 301-829-1717.

Rape crisis center plans annual poinsettia sale

Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County will hold its annual poinsettia sale Dec. 4 and 5. Orders must be placed by Nov. 26.

Available flowers include: 6-inch pot for $6.50; 7-inch pot for $11; 8-inch pot for $16; 10-inch basket for $20; and a 5-inch potted begonia for $6. Plants are available in red, white, pink, plum pudding and "jingle bells" (red with a white strip). Color combinations are available in the 8-inch pot.

Orders must be prepaid. Orders of more than $80 will be delivered by 4 p.m. Nov. 26 to offices in Carroll County only. Other orders should be picked up at the center, 224 N. Center St., Westminster, between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 4 or 5.

Information: 410-857-0900.

First-aid and CPR classes offered at senior center

The American Red Cross is offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first-aid classes around the county.

Classes are given at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

Participants must register and pay for classes in advance.

"Infant and Child CPR," which includes rescue breathing, choking-relief procedures and CPR for children up to 8 years old, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8. The cost is $33.

"Infant and Child CPR and First Aid," which includes infant and child CPR first-aid certification for parents and caregivers, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 8. The cost is $38.

"Baby Sitter's Training," for youths ages 11 to 15, will teach participants to interview for a job, react to an emergency or sudden illness, play with children of different ages (infant to primary school-age) and supervise children in all aspects of care. The class lasts 8 1/2 hours and costs $37. Call the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks at 410-386-2103 for dates and locations.

"Crime Avoidance Training" includes personal security awareness; crime-avoidance strategies; tips for staying safe while walking, driving and using ATMs; and responding to threatening situations. Instructors will travel to a group's meeting site for the class. A minimum of 10 people is required for a class. The cost is $9.95.

Information: 800-787-8002 or 410-764-4609.

Hospital foundation grants SPIRIT Awards

Carroll County General Hospital Foundation recently presented its inaugural Founders Community SPIRIT Award to Scott Bair, Charles Fisher Sr., David Scott and Atlee Wampler Jr.

A Founders Circle dinner was held at Antrim 1844 in Taneytown to honor members of the community who donated $1,000 or more this year to the hospital's foundation or contributed a sponsorship of $2,500 to the Carroll County Golf Classic.

The SPIRIT award will be given annually to community members who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of life and health of people in Carroll County and beyond.

The recipient also exemplifies the hospital's SPIRIT values -- Service, Performance, Innovation, Respect, Integrity and Teamwork.

Wampler and Bair received their awards posthumously. Wampler led the funding campaign to build the hospital and was first president of the board of directors.

Bair was equipment committee chairman. His wife, Bette, is daughter of Dr. Charles Billingslea, one of the hospital's first doctors.

Mission of Mercy raises $85,000 at gala dinner

Mission of Mercy, a mobile medical clinic that offers free medical care to the needy, recently raised $85,000 at its second annual gala dinner.

A silent auction raised more than $24,000.

Mission of Mercy, a nonprofit organization, operates in Westminster, Taneytown, Frederick, Thurmont, Brunswick, Reisterstown and Gettysburg, Pa.

Calendar

Carroll County General Hospital offers a monthly support group for those who suffer from a chronic pain condition known as Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy. The RSD and Pain Management Support Group will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Richard N. Dixon Building on Stoner Avenue. Patients, physicians, family and friends are welcome. Information: 410-751-7077 or 410-875-9977.

Carroll County Health Department has Women's Wellness programs for women between the ages of 40 and 64 who have no insurance coverage for mammograms and gynecological exams. Appointments are scheduled locally. Information: 410-876-4423.

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