Dixon's bill awaits Glendening's signature
Del. Richard N. Dixon's bill to reduce fraud by lawyers in settled liability cases is awaiting Gov. Parris N. Glendening's signature.
The bill passed the Senate Saturday by a 45-0 vote. Then members of the House of Delegates agreed with amendments suggested by the Senate and passed the bill, 135-2.
If the governor signs the bill into law, it would allow insurance companies to send letters to claimants in liability cases informing them that settlement checks have been sent to their lawyers.
Proponents said the law should deter dishonest lawyers from forging their clients' signatures and cashing the checks.
Similar legislation in other states has greatly reduced this type of fraud, proponents said.
Jim Gronaw giving fishing classes
Bear Branch Nature Center in Westminster is offering a series of fishing classes by Jim Gronaw, a free-lance photojournalist.
The next class, on "Panfishing Tips and Tricks," will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Remaining classes will be the third Wednesday of the month through July, plus a final class Saturday, Aug. 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The fee is $12 per class for nature center members and $15 for nonmembers. Registration is required.
Grooming classes offered at Leggett
Leggett of Cranberry Mall will offer its Pretty Me for Girls and Finishing Touches for Teens classes starting May 2 and continuing until a graduation fashion show June 9 in the mall.
Pretty Me is for girls 6 to 11 years old and includes etiquette, good health and fitness habits and developing a positive self-image. Classes are from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m Tuesdays for six weeks.
Finishing Touches is for teens 12 to 17 and provides tips on skin care, makeup, hair styling, poise and fashion awareness. Classes are from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays for six weeks.
The course cost is $55 plus a $12.95 textbook.
An in-store registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Leggett mall entrance.
Applications accepted for scholarships
Del. Donald B. Elliot has announced that applications are being taken for four one-year scholarships to be awarded to graduating high school seniors from District 4-B.
Scholarships will be available to high school seniors each year during his term as a District 4-B Maryland state delegate.
The scholarships can be applied to tuition and fees at any Maryland college or university, public or private.
Seniors who wish to apply for the scholarships should submit application letters, including detail on their school and civic activities, plans for the scholarships, which colleges or universities in Maryland they plan to attend, and the reasons they wish to be considered.
Also needed is an official transcript of grades for each applicant; a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or school administrator.
Applications should be sent to Audrey Bowman, District 4-B Scholarship Committee Chairman, 260 Union Bridge Road, Union Bridge 21791.
The application deadline is May 12.