Taneytown dentist returns from mission in Morocco


April 08, 1999|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WELCOME HOME TO Dr. Robert Scott, a Taneytown resident and orthodontist who recently spent 12 days in Morocco as part of "Operation Smile," a medical mission of mercy made up of physicians, nurses, and Scott, the dentist.

Scott, who has participated in similar goodwill medical missions in Costa Rica and Ecuador, donated his time and skill to help hundreds of individuals in need of dental care and surgery in Casablanca. He learned about the opportunity through his former classmate at the University of Maryland Dental School, Bill McGee, a physician practicing in Norfolk, Va.

"Bill took his first trip to the Philippines 15 years ago and saw an amazing need," said Scott. "He's been going overseas ever since."

McGee, Scott and a team of plastic surgeons, pediatricians and nurse anesthetists treated nearly 200 people a day, mostly youth in need of correction of cleft lips and palates. Scott also helped with the medical exams, removed bad teeth and assisted with reconstruction surgery.

"It was pretty intense. Everyone was pretty high-energy," he said.

The goal of this nine-week mission of Operation Smile is to treat 5,000 cleft palates covering patients in 15 countries.

Asked what draws him to the medical mission year after year, the dentist says, "It's a real rush. You really do get a different perspective and are required to get immediately into another culture, whether you want to or not. It's a way to learn about a new culture and help people in need at the same time. It's an unbelievable experience, and always quite special. It helps me get my perspective reordered.

"The people in Casablanca were so appreciative. And we were told by other medical staff there, `If you've done nothing else here, you raised the level of caring for people in health care.' "

Scott, whose hobbies include photography, took numerous pictures of Morocco, including Casablanca and the market at Marrakech. He says he's willing to share this slide series with any interested community group.

Information: 410-848-6700.

Get ready for kindergarten

Find out how you can prepare your little one for entry into kindergarten next year. At 7 o'clock tonight, Taneytown Elementary School hosts a kindergarten awareness meeting for interested parents.

Teachers will recommend skills you can help your child develop to help prepare for entry into the classroom. Refreshments will be served.

Information: 410-751-3260.

Basket bingo for softball

Bingo players, get ready for another round of basket bingo, the amazingly popular way to raise money for a good cause and win those coveted baskets.

The next basket bingo begins at 7 p.m. April 16 at the Taneytown Fireman's Activities Building. Proceeds benefit the Wrecking Crew Men's Softball Team (formerly the Cutters), which has suddenly found itself without a sponsor.

The team is determined to play ball, so members are raising money for uniforms, league fees, tournament fees and umpires' salaries. Players on the Wrecking Crew come from northern Carroll and southern Pennsylvania.

Team member Tony Bitzel is putting the bingo together. Caller for the evening is Mike Glass, a Taneytown volunteer firefighter.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with refreshments prepared and sold by members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company. Tickets cost $10 for 20 games. There will also be small games of chance and a raffle for additional baskets.

Information: 410-751-1133.

Dance for the band

If your spring fever is getting the better of you, head over to the Francis Scott Key High School cafeteria Saturday for a swing dance sponsored by the FSK Instrumental Music Boosters.

The dance will be held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students; you can purchase tickets at the door or in advance at Coffey Music in Westminster.

Information: Paula Sandridge, 410-751-1279.

Spring clean for Lions

The Taneytown Lions' annual yard sale is around the corner, and will be held this year on the morning of May 22 in the parking lot opposite the Plumbery on Baltimore Street.

Sounds like a good opportunity to clean the attic. Call Lion Leonard Wantz to arrange your donation.

Information: 410-751-1200.

Pub Date: 4/08/99

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