Middle school parents due anti-drug message

November 13, 2003

The Western Horizon Council and the Glenwood library will present "Preparing for the Drug-Free Years," a program for parents of middle school pupils, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the library.

Selvy Eikenberg, a facilitator for HC DrugFree, is the presenter. The workshop aims to give parents and families the skills to work together and take action to prevent substance abuse. Topics include laying the groundwork for preventing drug abuse; talking with your children effectively about drugs; an overview of drugs and their effects; helpful Web sites; signs that your child may be using drugs; risk factors and protective factors; and legal consequences for parents and children regarding substance abuse.

The program is the second sponsored by the council and the library. The first, "Family Communication: Teen Friendships, Dating and Sexuality," was held in March.

"We're trying to get parents resources they can use during this oh-so-exciting, oh-so-confusing time in their middle-schoolers' lives," said Susan Stonesifer, manager of the Glenwood library. "Can you tell that I have a middle-schooler at home?"

The Western Horizon Council, which advises the Horizon Foundation about important local issues and makes recommendations, is made up of people who live or work in western Howard County communities.

Members are Lt. A.J. Bellido de Luna of the Howard County Police Department; journalist Puzz Brightwell; River Hill High School Assistant Principal Barbara Dandridge; Betty Frey, director of the Western Howard County Senior Center; community activists Mary Frances Gosnell and Don Hardesty; Lisa Bandel-Sparks of Lisbon United Methodist Church; and Stonesifer.

Admission is free. The library is at 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. To request child care: 410-461-3696.

Information: 410-313-5577.

- Fay Lande

Glenelg High holding Pops Concert on Nov. 21

Glenelg High School will hold a Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in the school auditorium.

The Concert Choir, Madrigal singers, Women's Ensemble and Men's Barbershop Quartet will perform. Solos include Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?, Man of La Mancha and Let's Hear It for the Boy.

Tickets are $5.

Information: 410-489-4925.

Session scheduled Monday for parents of new drivers

The River Hill High School PTSA will present "Welcome to the World of Teenage Drivers!!" - a program for parents of new drivers - at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the school's media center.

Representatives from the Motor Vehicle Administration and Allstate Insurance will discuss resources and offer suggestions for parents.

Information: 410-531-9990.

Volunteer firefighters plan all-you-can-eat breakfast

The 5th District Volunteer Fire Department will hold its monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 23 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. The buffet will include eggs, sausage, bacon, gravy, pancakes and scrapple.

The cost is $7; $6 for senior citizens. Children ages 4 to 10 pay $3; children to age 4 will be admitted free.

Information: 410-313-7215.

Military

Receives medal: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony M. Dasaro, a 2000 graduate of Glenelg High School, recently received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal while assigned as technician to the guided missile cruiser USS Cape St. George, based in Norfolk, Va. He was recognized for ensuring communications reliability during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and he supervised upgrades and repairs to the command's satellite communications systems.

Birth

Landon Clark: To Bret and Amy Rutley of Woodbine on Oct. 10.

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