Company helps elderly with house, yard chores

NEIGHBORS

April 24, 1995|By LYN BACKE

For many years, Donald Mulvanity of Annapolis was a school administrator in Fairfax County, Va. He and his wife retired to Maine and ran an herb farm until kidney failure changed Donald's life. He had a kidney transplant, and in the recovery process discovered new restrictions in his life. He couldn't do household chores and yard maintenance anymore.

Because contractors weren't interested in such small jobs, Mr. Mulvanity had a hard time finding reliable, affordable help.

He soon realized that thousands of other seniors had the same problem.

After Mr. Mulvanity and his wife moved to Annapolis for the climate and to be near their son, a home repair contractor, father and son formed Blarney's Co. The home-yard maintenance company caters to seniors, the disabled and single people who don't have the time or the skills for home maintenance.

"Lots of people have to sell their homes because they can't keep up with the little repairs and maintenance before they turn into big repairs," said Donald Mulvanity. "We hope to help people stay in their homes."

For more information on the company's services for senior citizens, call 263-5385. The company is based in the Homewood section of Annapolis, but will go wherever it's needed.

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The Republican Women of Anne Arundel County are sponsoring a bus trip to Washington on May 10. Registration is due by May 3. The group will leave Parole Plaza at 10 a.m., tour the National Arboretum at its peak of beauty, lunch and shop at Union Station and meet with Maryland Reps. Wayne Gilchrist and Robert Ehrlich. The bus will return to Annapolis at 4 p.m.

Transportation costs $10; lunch is left to the individual. Reservations may be made through Ann Ruble at 280-2539, or 263-5252.

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There are few who would argue that most kids don't get enough exercise these days. And to be honest, most of us adults don't either.

Annapolis Striders has issued a call to all of us to do something about it by participating in the Junior Striders practice sessions three times a week at the track at Bates Middle School behind Maryland Hall in Annapolis.

The sessions are designed to make exercise enjoyable and reinforce running as a healthy activity.

Runners are coached through a speed workout at 4:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Sessions at 4:15 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Saturday focus on endurance and distance training, with runs as long as 3 miles.

The distance is adjusted for ability.

There is no cost for the sessions, but donations are welcome for Junior Strider uniforms.

Workouts continue throughout the year, with summer sessions sponsored by Anne Arundel Medical Center.

For more information call program director Scott Eden at 263-5117.

The Striders also are sponsoring a beginning running program Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. at the Bates track. Participants should check with their doctor and be capable of a brisk, 20-minute walk. They will be coached to run a 5K (3.1-mile) race.

The program is free to Striders and costs $15 for nonmembers. Call the Strider Hotline at 268-1165.

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The members of the Robert Burns Society of Annapolis Ltd. have put together a dinner-dance that includes a three-course meal, dancing, entertainment, door prizes and a raffle for two round-trip tickets to London, all for just $21 per person.

The Spring Fling dinner-dance will be held May 6 at the Fort Meade Officers Club, with music provided by the Highlanders.

For reservations or additional information, call 544-7884.

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London Town Publik House & Garden is holding its annual spring plant sale for the next four Saturdays.

Thousands of woody and perennial plants and bulbs will be available for sale. Members of the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks and the London Town Foundation garden volunteers will advise on plant selection and care.

Admission to the plant sale is free. Admission to the Publik House will be reduced to $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children during the sale, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the remaining three Saturdays.

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