Teaspoon of tuna, beef elixir helps the pills go down

NEIGHBORS

March 07, 1994|By JEAN LESLIE

Ellicott City resident Barbara Seig's beloved Lhasa-poo Irving is 14 years old -- that's 98 in dog years, right?

The elderly Irving has congestive heart failure and needs heavy medication to control it. That's 12 pills a day given to an unwilling canine.

Barbara ran through all Irving's favorite foods in an effort to get the pills into him -- ice cream, liverwurst, sausage -- but in the end, Irving became suspicious of food in general: There might be a pill in it!

He stopped eating altogether.

When she called Dr. Lewis' animal hospital on Route 108 with Irving on her mind, Barbara talked to a new veterinarian, Dr. Anthony Kanackry.

Dr. Kanackry knew that pharmacist Charles Powell, owner of Powell's Pharmacy on Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, could help Irving.

Dr. Powell makes elixirs for pets that incorporate the medication into a mixture with flavors that tickle their taste buds.

For sick kitties, he makes a delicious tuna elixir, and for Irving, he made a beef elixir.

Barbara reports that Irving now eagerly laps up the syrup that is prolonging his life.

Because Barbara values this sweet little guy, she goes the extra mile.

She wanted other pet owners to know about this service.

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Parent boosters clubs in county high schools provide valuable services, one of which is running concession stands during after-school sporting events.

Not only do these good parent and student volunteers feed the hungry, but the profits go for extracurricular programs.

Centennial High School's Booster Club wants to thank the volunteers who helped in the concession stand this winter, selling sodas, hot dogs and other items.

Barbara Brunstetter purchased the food and set up before each game. Additional volunteers included Becky Cochran, Chris Cochran, Bob Cochran, Linda Brewer, Winnie McCulloch, Rosemary Cabanilla, Melanie Conway, Lisa Groves, John Gallagher, Debbie Coulson, Kathleen and Frank Gatto, Chris and Lin VonParis, Kathleen Mester, Kevin and Denise Donohue, Bonnie Johnson, Rick and Patti Neidig, Janet and Glen Laycock, Kay Worley, Melanie Conway, Evelyn Lloyd, Jean Moody, Judi and Jack Epstein and Pam Mertes.

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Speaking on the "Rights and Duties, Flip Sides of the Same Coin," Jenny J. Lee, a senior at Centennial High School, won the American Legion's national high school oratorical competition for the Department of Maryland's Northern Central District, which was held at Essex Community College on Feb. 26.

Ms. Lee demonstrated exceptional poise, outstanding knowledge of the U. S. Constitution and strong communication skills in winning the contest and earning the right to represent Howard County at the state finals yesterday, at the state legislative office in Annapolis.

Ms. Lee's performance was so impressive that it prompted a longtime contest judge to comment that she was the best he had seen in his 10 years with the contest.

With that endorsement and following in the footsteps of Howard County's 1991-1992 national high school oratorical champion, Kerri Ruttenberg, formerly of Hammond High, the Adams, Hanna, Moore Memorial Post 156 is confident that it has sponsored another premiere student orator.

For additional information, contact the Post 156 oratorical contest coordinator Manuel (Mark) Marquez, at 290-9078 after 6 p.m.

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March is an important month for high school seniors because colleges are sending acceptance letters and students are deciding where they'll study next year.

Call me at 461-4513 with the good news about your senior and leave your name and phone number if I'm away. I hope to publish a long list of acceptances next month.

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Wednesday, Howard High School's Guidance Department is running its fifth session of "Project Success" workshops, designed to support the school's ninth-graders through parent education.

L This session will focus on planning the 10th-grade schedule.

Guidance counselors will discuss planning the 10th-grade program, keeping in mind graduation requirements, college admission and career goals.

Time is allotted for individual meetings with counselors, and there will be a question-and-answer period.

The meeting is slated from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Howard High School's auditorium.

Call guidance at 313-2871 with questions.

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A potpourri of library programs is available this month:

For adults, tomorrow at 7 p.m., Miller Branch Library offers a discussion by Columbia resident John Gregory Brown, whose first novel "Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery" was recently published.

The novel, set in New Orleans, moves back and forth in time from the 1930s to the present, disclosing secrets of the Eagen family.

To celebrate Women's History Month, the library system joins the Howard County Commission on Women to discuss gender equity on Wednesday.

Linda Shevitz will present "Subtle, But Deadly: Equity Issues in -- Education," a lecture on how our educational system quietly places preference on responses by young boys over those of girls.

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