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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - May 22, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Les Aspin dies after suffering stroke A2 OVERPOWERED Yankees' 'Hitchcock Factor' shuts out 5-0 B2 Eric Smith is just not ready to be action hero Bl I TOMORROW WARM DETAILS PAGE All MONDAY MAY MD 35C Year-round school is put on hold Governor cools to county to keep up study County school officials continue to study the idea of year- round schools to ease classroom but Gov. Parris N. Glendening has placed the issue on the back burner. education is not but it may tw in said Eileen middle and high school learning specialist in the state Department of Education. many other it is an idea whose time has not yet Anne Arundel County received a state grant in education is not but it may be in hibernation. Like many other it is an idea whose time has not yet Eileen Education Department said Jane r__________ school spokesman. February 1994 under former governor William Donald Schaefer to study the pro- posal as a cheaper alterna- tive to school construction. Students typically attend nine weeks of classes with three-week breaks on the year-round schedule. With staggered schedules for a 180-day school the change could allow a 600-seat school to educate 800 students. A task force is expected to report on the options to the Board of Education in I expect there will be a lot of Ms Adams said still in the study Almost schools nationwide operate on some form of a year-round schedule. Most are in sun belt states where student numbers are growing faster than new schools can be built. In where the public school system is expected to grow by students in the next six at least four counties have studied and rejected year-round education in the past 12 months. Studies in Frederick and Montgomery counties have been and none has proposed major changes to the traditional calendar. Anne Arundel and Howard counties are expected to release their state-funded reports this but neither has shown much interest in such a radical change. With Mr. Schaefer out of state pressure on counties to consider changing calendars has been relieved. A Page DANCING FOR THE HALL By David W Trozzo The Capital At last for the fundraiser at Maryland Hall for the Creative Latoya of dances solo for spectators and other members of the Kuumba Dance Program. The which demonstrated African was among several groups that performed. Proceeds from the event will be used for The Capital Improvements to Maryland Including air conditioning of the auditorium. also seems to be a lack of compassion. No one seems to care about State volunteer corps dwindles Nonprofit groups finding it harder to attract help ByMARYP.FELTER Community News Editor The volunteer corps at Fairfield Nursing Center in Crownsville dis- banded this spring after 25 years. can't get anyone to do any- thing said former presi- dent Anne Holmes of Annapolis. Lamenting that it is a different world from what it used to Mrs. Holmes said the volunteers took what was left of their treasury and bought art for the nursing home walls. The group went out of business when it couldn't get enough people to field a slate for its board of a situation that is becoming the norm for many volunteer groups. Many reasons are gh m for the lack of volunteers working cou- changing the decline of the nuclear the anonymity of suburban living and even a lack of compassion. Peter executive director of the Maryland Association of Non- profit Organizations in said there appears to be a drop in 'volunteering. don't have specific data for but national data indi- cates there has been a he said. By J. Hanson The Capital Meals on Wheels client Efeateth of who Is chats wKh volunteer deliverer Francis M. also of as he unloads a meal for her. Such short-term tasks are seen as a way to get more people to volunteer. Recent survey results indicate that _s mtr.y as 47 percent of Maryland residents volunteer. That compares to Sl'percent on a national he said. Nonprofit groups are trying to overcome the decline with innovative listening to what volun- teers adjusting to their needs and trying to raise money to cover the loss of personnel. we had our performing arts volunteers came out of the said Terri spokesman for Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. because they could see a free concert if they helped at it. the less-sexy like ministrative stuff like collating and stuffing it's very to find Mrs. Strobel said. Many she volunteers are not available when Maryland Hall is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week. aren't will- ing to take off work during the day unless they are very she said. According to a 1994 Gallup survey on volunteering in the 89 mil- lion Americans donated a total of billion hours in 1993 at an estimated value of billion. The figures were based on an estimate of per hour as the value of volunteer time. But this is still down from pre- vious and portends another problem as people stop volunteer- they also decrease financial con- Mr. Bernes said. With the recession from 1990 to employees began working long- er hours and had less time for volunteer said Dave Mingis of the Maryland Governor's Office on Volunteerism. who once formed the backbone of volunteer have entered the workforce in greater numbers in the past 20 years .to support their families or supplement incomes. seems there are no more young women said Mrs. Holmes of the nursing home corps. the older women say they've already done this and are ready to step also seems to be a lack of said Rose Flory of An- who volunteered at Fairfield. think there is not so much cohe- siveness in society. No one seems to care about One-day volunteers Organizations are adopting new strategies to get volunteers back. been successful are the one-day or short-term where people can see the start and finish. Page Drug abuse programs in danger Federal grants reduced by revised House bill By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer Almost a dozen drug abuse and violence-prevention programs that serve students countywide could be axed next year under proposed cuts iri federal grant funding Programs including the Parent In- volvement Peer Con- flict Resolution and a program that screens at-risk students would lose funding this year under a new House of Representatives bill that reduces fund- ing for Safe and Drug-Free Schools programs by million. are just mirroring what society is said Sherry substance abuse prevention specialist for the county schools. the incidence of violence we read about every day It definitely needs to be addressed Substance abuse is so tied to Anne Arundel County would lose an estimated part of the million Maryland would ac- cording to state education officials. The House bill is a revision to an original billion bill that took back million fiscal 1995 funds that have already been appropriated in an effort to move toward a balanced budget. The new version restores million to Drug Free Schools which cuts the funding in half The House of Representatives ap- proved the new version Thursday by a vote of sending it to the Senate for consideration this week or next. President Bill Clinton is expected to veto the bill if it passes both houses. The following programs in Anne Arundel County are in danger of Maryland Student Assistance Pro- gram Serving about 800 students each trained adminis- trators and teachers learn how to screen students at-risk for substance abuse. Parent Involvement Centers Four centers scattered across the county offer working parents support groups and workshops on family com- helping children with discipline and other topics. Peer Helper Program and Confer- ences Trains about 30 students in each county high school how to offer advice to peers on substance teen pregnancy and other problems. Conflict Media- tion Program Trains about 30 stu- dents in each county high school how to help others resolve disputes. Safe Homes Program Helps reduce the number of unsupervised high school parties where minors drink. The group of parents sign a pledge promising they won't serve alcohol to minors or leave children unsupervised and set up a phone net- work to inform one another about parties K-12 Instructional Programs Educates children grades kindergarten through 12 on the dangers on drugs and alcohol in their classes. Three grant-funded Drug-Free Schools positions are also at-risk for funding cuts. They include a parent Page T London Town's director resigns By MICHAEL CODY South County Staff Writer Proud of her accomplishments but homesick for New the London Town Foundation's first executive di- rector has effective July 14. A nationwide search may end with the choice of Ellen K. Roth- man's replace- ment this said Susan Gear- president of the 370-member foundation. really is leaving a Mrs. Gearing said. ROTHMAN think she opened our eyes at London Town to the The foundation is steward of the 235-year-old London Town House and Gardens on the South River in Edge- water The organization was caught in political crossfire earlier this year when County Executive John G. Gary Jr. refused to match a state grant for repairs. But at the urging of local Gov. Parris Glendening provided from the Maryland Historic Trust. Mr. Gary then added enough to accomplish the foundation's most urgent projects Until Mr. Gary directors of the foundation had considered dissolv- ing their partnership with the county. And it was who made public their concerns. Ms. Rothman told the board in Janu- ary long before the funding contro- versy of her intention to depart. The Baltimore native plans to return to New where she spent most of her career. wanted to go back that just turns out to be where my professional personal ties are she said. Ms. who holds a doctorate in history from Brandeis worked in museum education at Old Stiirbndge an outdoor history museum in Mass. Before coming to she was chief of interpretive services for the Massachusetts state park system. Under her a push toward research-based interpretation and capi- Page INSIDE 2 26 81 lottery Arundel Report Broadneck Calendar Classified Comics Crossword Death Notices Editorials A5 Monday s Child A6 Movies B7 Obituaries AS Police Beat A6 Sports A6 Television AID Tides A4 A9 A7 All All B2-6 A7 All Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................2684800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments..268-5000 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable   

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