Helping ailing pooch was Easy task for Crofton


September 22, 1998|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EASY IS an adorable little bichon-poodle who lives at the Crofton Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center. For months, he has wandered the halls, visiting patients, cuddling, playing and adding cheer to the days of the residents. But Easy had a problem.

When he was brought to the Center from the Anne Arundel

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, residents noticed he seemed to have difficulty walking. Anne Marie Molster, the center's director of therapeutic recreation, brought Easy to a veterinarian, who diagnosed a kneecap problem that could be treated only through surgery.

The staff and patients at the center began raising money to pay for the expensive procedure, starting with a carwash. Then the community heard about the dog's problem, and several people sent checks to help out. Then Dr. Stephen Romera, a veterinarian at the Bay Hills Animal Hospital, offered to perform the surgery free.

Easy was operated on and for a week has been recuperating. He can walk around, wag his tail and cuddle again. He'll have to take it easy for a few months, but he'll soon be roaming through the center, bringing a smile to many faces and serving as a reminder that people in the community care.

Fair scores success

Saturday, the Anne Arundel County Fair featured great weather, all kinds of animals, fascinating exhibits and lots of great people. Roxanne and Dick Powell wandered through the amusement area with their son, Zachary. But Zach was the only Powell to tackle the rides. Steve Bents was fascinated by the antique tractors and sawmill. Jesse Curtis enjoyed his first County Fair, especially the Drag Racing Skunks Show.

Many local organizations exhibited their programs at the fair. At the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Food Services booth, Phyllis Kilpatrick and Kathy Withers had fun greeting children and talking with parents about dining programs in the county schools. They are "lunch ladies" at Arundel High School, and they clearly love their job. They find the students at Arundel well-mannered and friendly, usually quick with a "please" or "thank you."

Kilpatrick and Withers are encouraging parents to consider the pre-pay program that allows parents to send a check to the school and set up an account to cover their child's meals. The child uses a code to gain access to the account. That can eliminate last-minute scrambles at home for lunch money before the bus arrives. For more information, contact the restaurant manager at your child's school.

The campaign season is in full swing, and local politicians took advantage of the opportunity to meet constituents. District 33's Republican delegate, Janet Greenip, in her trademark green jacket, greeted old friends and talked with voters about issues. Across the road at the Democratic Party booth, Gayle Powell, the Democratic candidate from District 33, also met with local voters and worked for their support.

Arts fair is Saturday

On Saturday , the Crofton Town Club will sponsor the annual Fall Arts and Crafts Fair on the village green from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 100 vendors will participate in this popular event.

Crofton Boy Scout Troop 758 will again hold its famous chicken barbecue fund-raiser at the fair. Chicken dinners can be purchased on the day of the fair for $4, or ordered in advance for $3.50 by calling the Chicken Order Line at 410-721-4055.

Church picnic Sunday

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Crofton will hold its annual picnic on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the church grounds. Tickets are available in the church office through tomorrow. Adult tickets cost $3, tickets for children 5 to 11 are $2 and children under 5 are free.

For more information, call the church office at 410-721-5770.

Pub Date: 9/22/98

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