Students to attend symposium on preventing substance abuse


Two keynote speakers, two student groups, two Maryland state troopers, 600 teen-agers and guests will participate in South Carroll High School's fourth annual Substance Abuse Prevention Symposium on Wednesday.

Juniors and seniors will make up the audience for the daylong drug abuse awareness event that has been designed to fulfill the six-hour annual curriculum requirement for these grade levels.

The symposium will reflect program changes suggested by students in evaluations of past events, explained symposium planning committee member Margi Petrella. Students asked for more student-led events and speakers with personal experiences.

FoolProof, a Carroll County high school students' anti-drug acting troupe, will perform improvised skits and lead student discussions at the symposium. From parent-child relationships to teen suicide, the scenes will deal with topics related to alcohol or drug abuse, Mrs. Petrella said.

Students also will announce and discuss statistics on substance abuse at South Carroll High that were developed from a survey conducted by eight students at the school.

Keynote speaker Kim Boyce-Talbert will share her experience as the victim of an alcohol-related accident. She was the guest speaker at a similar symposium last year at Liberty High School.

Blues singer K. J. James, the other keynote speaker, will give a musical performance with an anti-drug message. All students who participate in the symposium will hear both keynote speakers, Mrs. Petrella said.

Other guests include Peter Tabatsko, Juvenile Court master for Carroll County; Jerry F. Barnes, Carroll state's attorney; JoAnn Hayes, coordinator of Carroll County's Drug-Free Schools; Mike Maskofyak, of Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital; and Pete McDowell, Carroll County's director of secondary schools.

Alcohol abuse and boating will be discussed by Department of Natural Resources representatives, and Army personnel will urge students to stay off drugs and stay in school.

A drug-free workplace session has been planned for seniors. From drug screening to involuntary termination, representatives from Westinghouse will discuss the corporation's drug and alcohol policy. This is aimed at seniors so "they will understand what is expected of them in the workplace and the severe economic consequences of substance abuse," Mrs. Petrella said.

Planning for the symposium began in October, and included coordinating programs, topics, guest speakers and schedules with a curriculum that was developed in the summer of 1990 and revised in 1991 and 1992. Mrs. Petrella and Peter Olson, who helped develop the original curriculum, worked on the committee with Al Skierski, Diane Grocki, Muriel Sabo, and Janice Byrd. All are volunteers who teach or work at South Carroll High School.

"It's really a year's worth of work," Mrs. Petrella said.

Contributions from community groups will help defray symposium expenses. Mrs. Petrella thanked Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club, Mount Airy Lions Club, South Carroll Key Club, South Carroll Student Government Association, the school's chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving and South Carroll's athletic department for their support.

The school's new PTSA will provide lunch for guest speakers and participating faculty members.

Students will begin the symposium at 8:05 a.m. in their homerooms, where they will receive a folder, note paper and a schedule for the day. By the conclusion of the event at 2:40 p.m., they will have attended five lessons and either completed an evaluation or an assessment.

Mrs. Petrella said this will be the first time for the assessment, which will measure how well students retain information.

"It's a real intense kind of thing," she stressed.


A library display, a few press releases and a mountain of accumulated good deeds quietly performed near and far commemorate the ninth anniversary of Mount Airy Rotary Club this month.

Formal celebration of the club's "birthday" will be delayed until the annual Charter Night in June, when new officers will be installed for their one-year terms, said president Frank Dertzbaugh.

The local club's anniversary coincides with the 90th anniversary of Rotary Club International.

The organization was founded in 1895 in Chicago by Paul Harris during a business lunch with friends.

"His purpose was to be able to talk shop, deal with business problems, and find out how they could better serve the community," Mr. Dertzbaugh said.

Mount Airy's club was founded through club extension efforts of Damascus Rotary Club, under the direction of Charles Beaver.

Charter member Paul Burkett, a local dentist, said the nucleus of the Mount Airy club included the 24 people required for a charter. "The first Charter Night was a big affair," Dr. Burkett said.

Although membership has fluctuated through the years, the current roster features 31 men and women from Carroll and Frederick counties, including the five remaining charter members, who carry on the mission of Paul Harris.

"We work and live in the community," said Mr. Dertzbaugh, a building and home remodeling contractor. "It's nice to be able to give back."

"Service Above Self" is the Rotary theme, he said. "He profits most who serves best."

Mount Airy Rotary Club has served the community by supporting reading programs at local schools, purchasing new computers for Mount Airy Middle and Elementary schools, sponsoring sports teams for the Mount Airy and Linganore Youth Athletic associations; sponsoring Flag Day celebrations in Mount Airy and at Twin Ridge Elementary School; and awarding several college scholarships to high schools, which can now be renewed for up to four years.

Several years ago, the club also helped initiate a community fund-raising effort for the late Susan Hornick, a local cancer victim.

The brick, lighted signs in front of Mount Airy Elementary and Twin Ridge Elementary were gifts to the schools from local Rotarians.

The Mount Airy club, in cooperation with other local Rotary Clubs, also pioneered an anti-drug program in Carroll County and provided playground equipment in Westminster for children with handicaps.

Mount Airy Rotarians have helped the Rotary International's Polio Plus, a continuing project to fight polio in Third World countries. Other support has been given to a missionary working with Mother Teresa in India, and to a dental treatment missionary program to benefit impoverished people in South America.

Word of mouth also brings Rotary attention to local projects to help needy families in conjunction with Christmas in April. Last year, the Rotary club put a new porch on a home for a local family.

"This year, we're going to help a woman with severe MS by building a handicap ramp into the house," Mr. Dertzbaugh said. "It's going to be a big project."

Funds for the Rotary's many service projects come from several annual events, including golf tournaments, Super Bowl parties, a bridal show, and food booths at the Mount Airy Fall Festival and Firemen's Carnival.

An auction April 8 and a Draw Down Casino Night on April 29 at the Mount Airy Firemen's Activities Building will add dollars to Rotary coffers.

"Membership is by invitation only, but if you have an expressed interest, we'll be glad to consider you," Mr. Dertzbaugh said.

Draw Down tickets are still available for $25, which includes dinner. For information or tickets, call (301) 865-3658.


People with arthritis and other physical limitations are invited to take a life-saving seminar at Mount Airy Senior Center on April 28.

A cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid training class provided by the American Red Cross will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at the center, 703 Ridge Ave., Mount Airy. The training is designed for people with special needs or limitations.

Participants will not be certified and no tests will be administered.

The fee for the training is $7 per person, and the class includes a one-hour lunch break. Marge Libertini is training coordinator. Registration is required by Thursday. To register, call the center at (410) 795-1018 or (301) 829-2407.


The Allen Brown and Wishing Well Reunion Dance is set for April 28 at American Legion Post 191 in Mount Airy.

The country dance will be held from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the post, 801 Prospect Road. Participants must be 21 or older and wear proper attire. Tickets are being sold in advance for $7 per person.

The dance will be preceded by a dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the post. It will feature roast beef for $5.75 per person or fried chicken for $6 per person.

L For dance ticket or dinner information, call (301) 829-9161.


Plates will be heaped with pancakes, eggs, hominy, pudding, sausage, sausage gravy and homemade biscuits at the Country Sunday Breakfast on April 30 at Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department.

The all-you-can-eat fund-raiser will be from 7 a.m. to noon. The morning feast will cost $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12.

Winfield's firehouse is at 1320 W. Old Liberty Road (Route 26), adjacent to South Carroll High School. Information: (410) 875-4107.

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