Couple treks 106 miles over Appalachian trail CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

NEIGHBORS

November 09, 1992|By CINDY PARR

Go take a hike! That's what Betty and Bob Fowler of Westminster did for 10 days in October when they covered 106 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

The Fowlers, who love to walk and keep in shape by mall walking and playing golf, have covered the trail in Maryland and hope to hike the entire Maine-to-Georgia path.

They would like to camp the trail someday. Now they're day walkers, returning to a motel or even home after a day on foot. "Your feet are just about dead after 10 miles of walking, and a hot tub at night is great," Mr. Fowler said.

The Fowlers' next long hike will be in the spring, when they head for the Great Smokies.

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Thinking about a career as an operating room nurse? Be sure not to miss Operating Room Nurses' Day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Carroll County General Hospital.

This day is set aside during O. R. Nurses' Week to bring attention to specialties in nursing.

Operating room nurses will answer questions and discuss career opportunities in nursing and health care in general.

Videotapes of surgeries, operating rooms and implants used in vascular surgery will be shown.

"This is the fifth year for O. R. Nurses' Day. Last year we had over 300 people attend," said Gill Chamblin, CCGH public relations director. "It's a nice opportunity for people who might be planning a future surgery or have a family member who is planning a future surgery to come and see the operating room. It also helps make people feel comfortable with their local hospital."

Refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded. Information: 857-6979.

The 19th Annual Mistletoe Mart will open Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ascension Episcopal Church on North Court Street in

Westminster. Information: 848-3251.

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Last week, I found out firsthand how fortunate Carroll countians are in their community hospital.

My 6-year-old daughter, Erin, spent Election Day as an outpatient at Carroll County General Hospital. Much to her dismay, she was having her tonsils and adenoids removed.

My husband and I split shifts that day so we could share in Erin's first surgical experience, and we both came away with the same impression of the hospital and its staff.

From the early morning check-in to the evening discharge, we found the doctors, nurses and volunteers to be friendly, helpful and comforting.

Even Erin, who was extremely leery about her operation at first, was impressed.

Upon her return from the recovery room, she was showered with gifts from the nurses in pediatrics. Most important, she was showered with attention and tender loving care from her nurses.

On the way home that evening, Erin asked, "Mommy, will my tonsils and adenoids grow back?"

When I assured her there would be no return, she seemed thoughtful.

"What about other things, are there other things that I should have removed, because if there are we can go back to that hospital. I liked it there. They were really nice and they took good care of me," she concluded.

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