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News Post Leader, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1990, Frederick, MarylandBulk rate us. Postage paid permit no. So Frederick my the fund for ufos research keeps tabs on the heavens pages area Church news religion every saturday 1l Frederick news Post eader vol. 7 no. 12 county students Lead state in writing while All ninth graders in Maryland Are improving their performance on the state s competency writing test Frederick county students Are leading the Way. In Frederick 95.9 percent of the students passed the exam that s higher than the state average and higher than the percentage of any other county in the state according to Stephen Hess supervisor of testing for the Frederick county Board of education. Exactly 88.2 percent or of the Maryland students who took the test in january passed according to results released by the Maryland department of education this week. That percentage is up from 83 percent last year. Just three years ago Only 67.1 percent passed. Over the past five years we have gone from being 21st of 24 school districts in the state to first in the or. Hess said at a press conference held Friday. For the last three years we be been i the top i think we re number one because of the system improvement goals we have in place and because of our Public accountability or. Hess said. But this is the kind of outcome you won t see without that dedication from teachers parents county government and the Community who Are really committed to excellence in he said. I Frederick county schools 1 also give a parallel writing test in the seventh Grade to find out where its students Are headed continued on Page 4 wednesday May 16, 1990 Frederick 21701 Frederick woman writes winning essay on Maryland family fun festival staff photo by Bui Green the family fun festival featured an antique fire engine Parade activities for children demonstrations and food. In upper photo children fish along the Banks of Culler Lake As on antique fire engine sprays water into the air. Below Melissa Hobdy. Left and Vanessa Hedley react to defeat in the egg drop contest. Raw eggs were dropped from atop the Independence Hose company s ladder truck to the youngster below who attempted to catch them intact. By Julia Robb news Post staff there were nine contestants but the judges obviously could not resist giving the prize to the essayist who that during her childhood Maryland and heaven sounded synonymous Anita Deifilia Amitia Jones a former resident of Ecuador but Frederick resident for 37 years won the third annual Maryland you Are Beautiful senior citizens creative writing contest. The contest with this year s topic Maryland yesterday today and is sponsored by the Frederick county commission on aging on behalf of the governor s office. Other Maryland counties also participate with 23 winners across the state. Mrs. Jones 63, a resident of Charles Street said her childhood was filled with stories about Maryland told to her by her Mother. Her father was an ecuadoran who met her american Mother while he was studying engineering at the University of Maryland. They married and moved to Ecuador where mrs. Jones was born. Mrs. Jones Mother was not unhappy in Ecuador she wrote but As she gazed at the Beautiful Snow peaked Mountain of the Andes she would talk about the Snow and the fun of making snowballs and snowmen and when mrs. Jones and her parents moved to the United states when mrs. Jones was 16, Maryland was not a disappointment it was not heaven but it certainly was very near to she wrote in her essay. She loved the Blue Ridge mountains. Ocean City and my Summers then and now Are filled with the Beauty of ass Teague and the ponies and the smell of crabs cooking in their spicy pot and of seeing peaceful sails on the after she married mrs. Jones lived in a Frederick neighbourhood which was so Ideal it won a Hollywood contest she recalled that she and husband Irving lived in a development originally named Saratoga Village located on three streets near West Frederick Middle school. Neighbors were close in the Little she said because most of the 50 or so families were not from Frederick worked at fort Detrick and seemed to feel slightly set apart. In 1954, metro Goldwyn Mayer studio released starring Gene Kelly Van Johnson and Cyd Charisse. Its plot featured a scottish Village that Only came to life every 100 years. To publicize the movie mom sponsored a nationwide contest to find who had the most Ideal the winners were to be visited by studio representatives and Given a free trip to Washington . To see the movie. The catch was the winners also had to rename their Village Brigadoon. One of mrs. Jones neighbors wrote the studio and Saratoga Village won the contest. Representatives from Mem visited As promised with some purported scots dressed in National costume and gave a Bull the neighbors went to Washington continued on Page 3 elderly find Comfort in nursing facilities by Julia Robb news Post staff it s clean Here there Aren t any bugs the staff gets along and they never refuse to talk to John Derr said from his room at citizens nursing Home. Or. Derr a handsome Man of 81 who succeeds in looking Bulky in his wheelchair until he Points out he has no legs could pose As a poster person for National nursing Home which begins today. He lost his legs and general body mobility to rheumatoid arthritis Many years ago causing him to live in a nursing Home. And he is Happy where he is. But or. Derr has reason to be. According to people who Are knowledgeable about the Industry nursing Homes have improved in the last 15 years. The standards Are stricter they say and some of the strictest in the nation Are in Maryland. Ann Mackay president of the Maryland association of non profit Homes for the aging said Maryland requires nursing Homes to have licensed nursing care 24-hours-a-Day. Including registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. State and Federal Laws require a registered nurse on the Day shift seven Days a week. The Federal government which provides funding to 40 percent of All nursing Homes will Institute a 24-hour-a-Day licensed care policy beginning in october is. Mackay said. Maryland currently requires nurses aides and assistants to have 60 hours of training and it will require 75 hours beginning in october she said. The Federal government has no education requirements for nurse s aides and assistants in federally supported Homes she said. Nursing Homes have problems with the Over medication of patients is. Mackay said. Maryland has less problems than other states because Maryland Homes Are heavily regulated. Is Mackay said the Maryland pharmacy association has a drug program preventing nursing Home residents from being Over medicated. It monitors doctor s drug prescription patterns primarily with patients who Are in the medicaid program. Maryland has had Many regulations in place whereas the Federal government s regulations of the omnibus budget reconciliation act of 1987 amended goes into effect in october she said. That nursing Home Reform Bill affecting federally funded nursing Homes requires nurse s aide training and competency evaluation after oct. 1 and a nursing aide registry at each state s department of health. The omnibus Bill provides a residents Bill of rights is. Mackay said which already is Standard in Maryland. Some of those rights include the right to privacy the right to unopened mail and the right to use the Telephone Maryland has not closed a nursing Home in 10 years said Mike Golden a spokesman for the Maryland department of health when asked about Maryland nursing Homes. Two Homes did lose Federal funding in 1988 and three lost their funding in 1989. Or. Golden said that does not mean Maryland nursing Homes Are perfect but they Are regulated. There have been instances when the state threatened to close a nursing Home but the Home either began meeting standards or was sold he said. There Are several considerations when looking for the right Home for a resident is. Continued on Page 6 a paper

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