Health department to hold tobacco program
Tobacco Free for Life Program classes will be held Monday, Feb. 4, Thursday, Feb. 7, Monday, Feb. 11 and Thursday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to noon at Washington County Health Department, 1302 Pennsylvania Ave., and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Western Maryland Hospital Center, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave.
For more information or to register for class, call Paula Ernst at 240-313-3360 (TDD/TTY 240-313-3391).
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As Black History Month is celebrated in February, we celebrate African-American Astronauts:
Dr. Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman in space who flew on the space shuttle Endeavour, on the STS-47 mission. She earned a doctorate in medicine degree from Cornell University and served as the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia in West Africa.
Maj. Robert Lawrence was the first African-American selected to be an astronaut in a proposed Air Force space program called the Manned Orbiting Laboratory; however he died in a plane crash during a training mission before he had an opportunity to fly into space.
Guion Bluford was the first African-American astronaut to orbit the Earth and was also a colonel in the U.S. Air Force and flew as a mission specialist on the space shuttle.
Dr. Bernard Harris Jr. was the first African-American to walk in space; on the STS-63 mission, which was carried out Feb. 2-11, 1995. Harris earned a doctorate in medicine from Texas Tech University School of Medicine.
And Ronald McNair was the second African-American astronaut to orbit the Earth who was an MIT physicist. He flew on the space shuttle Challenger in February 1984 and was later killed with six other astronauts in the Challenger disaster on Jan. 28, 1986.