Baltimore training youths for jobs in the water industry

Not long ago, Robert Dorsey was working a low-wage job and struggling to make ends meet. He was skinny, he said, because food often proved too expensive. He had no car. And he grew even more worried about paying the bills once he found out his girlfriend was pregnant. Then he spotted a flier that promised a career he had not considered. "Working in the water industry is something I never even imagined," Dorsey said recently at the Montebello Filtration Plant. He works there now, filtering the water used by people in Baltimore and the surrounding counties. (Balt. Sun)

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WBOC's Paul Butler hired for new school system post

Television anchor Paul Butler will take a position with Wicomico County Public Schools, Superintendent Donna C. Hanlin announced Tuesday, while revealing other school personnel moves. Butler, currently a news anchor at WBOC, has been hired as director of communications and community outreach, Hanlin announced during a Board of Education meeting. (Daily Times)

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A “swap” for teachers who spend their own money on supplies

The school year was about to be over, but at the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap — a big warehouse space brimming with binders, felt-tipped pens, stacks of copy paper and much more — the action was hot and heavy. This is the busiest time of year for the three-year-old organization, with teachers grabbing things they know they will need next year. Meanwhile, many have supplies to unload that would otherwise be stashed in a school basement or end up in the trash. (Brew)

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Students weigh in on drugs in Thurmont

The youngest people in the room shed the most light on the opioid crisis as more than 40 concerned residents gathered recently to continue talks on how to tackle addiction in Thurmont. Ed and Karen Schildt have led an ongoing community discussion of opioid use in Frederick County since losing their son, Chris, to an overdose in June 2016. The group hopes to support recovery and prevent new addictions through education. The focus of Thursday's roundtable discussion was to hear from pre-teens and teens at Thurmont Middle School and Catoctin High School to find out when and what kind of drugs students are being offered. (News-Post)

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Some camps offer extended programs with longer summer

With two weeks of extra summer vacation for school-age kids in Carroll, some county organizations are adding extra programs to fill that time. Both the Carroll County Recreation and Parks, and the Westminster City Recreation and Parks departments have expanded camps and programs to offer options for the longer summer. Becky Kishter, a program specialist for the county Recreation and Parks Department, said they had a program through the Four Seasons Sports Complex that took place this week, a week when kids are still normally in school. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Wicomico School Board applicants announced, public hearing scheduled

Three people will be chosen out of 13 applications to fill seats on the Wicomico Board of Education from June 30 until the general election in November 2018. The board's Nomination Commission will be choosing from a pool of men and women who applied for the jobs, all of whom must be county residents and registered voters. The commission will narrow the pool down to six and then will pass the candidates along to the County Council, which will appoint three.  The entire board will be up for election in November as the board switches from an appointed board to an elected one. (Daily Times)

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Health data on kids in Md. is worrisome

The 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Maryland as 16th in the nation for overall child well-being. The 28th annual report used measurements of health, education, economic well-being, and family and community from 2010 to 2015 to determine if kids have what they need to thrive. Children advocacy groups say the numbers show a need for greater investment in children’s health. (WMAR)

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June 13 // Ronald Peterson to retire from Johns Hopkins at the end of the year

The president of Johns Hopkins Health System, Ronald R. Peterson, announced Monday that he would retire at the end of the year after 44 years at the medical institution. Peterson, also executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, helped lead Johns Hopkins through many milestone moments during his time, including the building of a $1.1 billion hospital complex, an overseas expansion, the opening of a new comprehensive cancer center and the acquisition of several other hospitals. (Balt. Sun)

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