The Historical Society of Carroll County is undertaking a research project to document the service of Carroll countians in the Vietnam conflict.

A planning committee that includes several county Vietnam veterans has been compiling a biography of local newspaper articles about the war and service personnel.

The committee also is compiling a roster of Carroll County veterans who served in the Vietnam theater of operations.

The project's goal is to publish a book that will include the biographies, roster, biographies of the 17 countians killed in action and one still listedas missing in action, and selected newspaper articles from local papers.

The source book is planned for publication on Nov. 11, 1991, Veterans Day.

The planning committee consists of veterans Gary D. Jestes, Richard F. Will Sr., Jerry Barnes and Ed Drabic. Historical Society curator Jay Graybeal will coordinate the research and serve aseditor of the publication.

The committee also would like to publish a second volume of personal reminiscences, letters, diaries and oral histories of county Vietnam veterans. The committee would be interested in receiving copies of any of these materials.

Veterans are asked to call the Historical Society at 848-6494 for information or to make sure their names are on the roster.

The public can help in this project by supplying the names of Vietnam veterans from Carroll County, volunteering to help with research and making contributions to the cost of publication.


What is your image of a "beautiful parent"?

Carroll County' health officer, Dr. Janet Neslen, coordinator of "Maryland's Most Beautiful Parents" project, urges residents to find people who, in caring for children, reproduce these shining qualities.

"We are looking for people who have valuable and outstanding skills in parenting whether as biological, adoptive, or foster parents, grandparents, relatives, or older siblings," said Neslen. "Perhaps you know a neighbor, friend, or relative who personifies the ultimate in parenting. We want to give them the kind of recognition they so richly deserve."

The search for Maryland's most beautiful parents will recognize and celebrate outstanding parents or adults responsible for caring for children. The project is co-sponsored by Gov. William Donald Schaefer's "Maryland, You Are Beautiful" program, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Children, Youth,and Families, and WBFF-TV.

Its three goals are to recognize, honor, and celebrate outstanding parents; to showcase effective parenting skills and healthy, nurturing environments; and to enhance awareness of statewide resources available to children, youth and families.

To qualify for selection, nominees:

* Must be 18 years old.

* Must be a Carroll County resident.

* Must be acting asa primary care-giver to a child ages 6 months to 18 years.

* Mustdemonstrate thoughtful attention, energy, and resourcefulness in theparenting role.

Nominations can be made by writing a 300-word or less narrative about a candidate for "Maryland's Most Beautiful Parents" by July 1. Self-nominations are prohibited. Forms are available at the Health Department, Public Library and the information desk of the County Office Building.

Send the completed form and essay to: Dr. Janet Neslen, health officer, Carroll County Health Dept., P.O. Box 845, Westminster, Md. 21157.

The winner will be honored and all qualifying nominees given a certificate of recognition during a localceremony in August. Grand winners from all 24 jurisdictions receive a special gift.

Information: 876-4966 or 857-6250.



WESTMINSTER -- Foreign exchange students in the United States are learning how teens here celebrate the end of school.

"Spring time is the most exciting time of the program year for these students," said Wayne Cogswell, regional coordinatorfor the Academic Year in America high school exchange program. "Theylove the prom, yearbooks and class rings."

Such customs are novelties to teens from abroad.

Cogswell is interviewing for host families for the 1991-1992 academic year. The AYA is a cross-cultural learning program that places teen-agers from Europe, Asia and Latin America with U.S. families for a semester or school year.

The host families also have a chance to learn about a foreign culture by taking the students into their homes.

"It's like a trip abroad without everleaving home," Cogswell said.

The foreign students are scheduled to arrive in the United States in August. They all speak English, arecovered by full medical insurance and have their own spending money.

Host families receive a travel scholarship worth up to $800 off the cost of an American Institute for Foreign Study program abroad.

Information: 751-1342 or 1-800-322-4678.

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