Where were you when the ice cube-sized hail rattled down on Severna Park, dotting freshly mowed lawns with a premature shower of leaves? Or when the sky split in two with each lightning bolt during the biggest thunderstorm I've seen around here in years?
Some weather, huh? Maybe we should rename them the pit bull days of summer.
Special help for cancer patients is on its way to greater Severna Park from the West Coast.
The Wellness Community, founded in1982 by Dr. Harold H. Benjamin of Santa Monica, Calif., is a non-profit organization charged with providing free programs for the psychological, social and emotional support of adult cancer patients and their families.
The center is not a place to learn to die from canceror to adjust one's life to the disease, but a place where patients can join forces with their health care team to fight for recovery, using techniques for stress management, nutrition, pain control, relaxation and biofeedback.
In group meetings, different methods for coping with the physical and emotional problems associated with cancer will be considered.
The establishment of a new center, of course, takes money.
The initial $200,000 expense, which includes the cost of running the center for one year, was on its way to being met through a gift from Annapolis Radiology Associates. A partner in the firm, Dr. Stephen R. Brown, recently presented Benjamin with a check for $10,000, the first installment of a pledge of $50,000. The gift is being given in memory of Alexandra Adams, the 35-year-old wife of Bill Adams, a member of the firm.
Shortly before her death in April, Mrs.Adams, a child psychologist, and her husband were shown a video about the Wellness Community.
"Alex was very excited," Mr. Adams said."She said, 'I wish something like this was available to me while I was going through all this. It's something cancer patients need.' "
Organizations and individuals are being solicited for donations. Contributors of $1,000 or more will be listed on the center's Tree of Hope.
National Honoraries for the Wellness Community are Marilyn Tucker Quayle and Gene Wilder; Representative Tom McMillen is an area honorary. The local board of directors is headed by president Thomas R.Bach, vice president Brown, secretary William A. Hackney and treasurer Harry H. Yost.
For information, contact Katherine Smith, 987-9299.
You'll remember in 1988, Dr. Carl Rogge packed his implements and a set of heavy-duty long underwear and took off for Alaska to serve as official veterinarian for the Iditarod, the world-famous 1,200-mile dog sled race across the 49th state's vast wilderness.
After a world-class experience like that, what's a vet to do but go boldly into the unknown and undertake a new business venture?
For 17years, Rogge has run the Severna Park Veterinary Hospital on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. Now, with partner, Dr. Patricia Gaboury, fromFlorida, he has opened the Benfield Village Animal Hospital on Benfield Road across from the county Board of Realtors.
The doctors will share duties at both locations, with office hours Monday through Saturday.
As an added convenience, the Benfield location houses Groomingdale's Pet Salon, a full-service shop featuring custom dog and cat grooming and special care for timid clients, as well as discount pet supplies. The salon is run by Donna Feuchtenberger of Arnold.
Dr. Rogge and his wife, Brenda, have three sons, Jeff, Kyle and Chad. Dr. Gaboury lives in Crofton with her husband, Paul.
Call the hospital at 987-PETS and the salon at, what else, 987-BATH.
Word has it that developer Calvin Gray is planning to build a subdivision of 23 single detached condominiums called Severn Enclave at the cornerof Benfield Boulevard and Jumpers Hole Road.
Others have tried tobuild on this corner, and others have failed.
The proposal is under review by the county.
And while we're in the neighborhood, the county has approved a traffic light for the intersection of Lynwood Lane and Benfield. The Board of Education supports the installation, since school buses from Benfield Elementary School have so much difficulty making left turns and the corner has seen several serious accidents.
Professional magician Michael Chamberlin returns to the Severna Park branch library with a hat full of comedy magic tricks at2 and 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 16.
The magic show, one of a collection of special events in the library's Summer Reading Program, is free and open to children entering grades one through six. Registration isnot required, but since seating is limited, arrive early.
A special storytime for preschoolers will be held at the same time.
For more information, call 222-6290.
When the Panhellenic Club of Annapolis held its annual awards luncheon at the home of Karen Williams in Fair Oaks, five high school graduates were the guests of honor.
These young women received $700 scholarships: Lisa Lynn Anderson,a graduate of Severna Park High School who will attend Duke University; Kara Daniels, Glen Burnie High, who will attend Haverford College; Michelle Anne Howard, Southern High, who will attend the Universityof Delaware; Michele Lynn Morris, Broadneck High, who will attend Lehigh University, and Rebecca Neilson, Arundel High, who will attend Clemson University.
The girls were judged on academic achievement and service to home, school and community.