Hats off on National Volunteer WeekToday marks the...

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April 18, 1999

Hats off on National Volunteer Week

Today marks the beginning of National Volunteer Week.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of service to the community by Hospice of the Chesapeake through its mission of providing skilled, compassionate care to the terminally ill and their families of Anne Arundel County.

Volunteers have donated hundreds of thousands of hours over the past two decades and are an integral part of the hospice team.

They contribute their time and talents in direct patient care, bereavement support and spiritual care and also assist staff with clerical and administrative support.

They even run Chesapeake Treasurers, a very successful resale shop in Park Plaza, Severna Park, with all the proceeds directly benefiting patient care.

This week, we pause to thank these very special people who find joy and fulfillment in reaching out to make a difference in the lives of so many.

Our volunteers are truly the heart of Hospice.

Kathy Bourgard

Millersville

The writer is director of volunteer service for Hospice of the Chesapeake.

Support for the Learning Center

The faculty and staff of the Anne Arundel County Learning Center, an alternative school for students experiencing behavioral difficulties in their home school, wish to thank the community and special individuals for sending us their Giant, Safeway, Metro and Laurer's cash register receipts.

Without this effort and support, we would be unable to collect enough receipts to gain computer equipment and other instructional materials through these grocery store programs.

We greatly appreciate all the effort and response we have received. We look forward to an even more successful campaign next year.

James Lyons

Annapolis

The writer is principal of the Anne Arundel County Learning Center.

No turnaround for

`new look' Orioles

For those Oriole fans who were hoping for a turnaround from the "new look" Orioles, you ain't seen nothing yet.

The schedule during the next month will probably seal the fate of the 1999 Orioles and Ray Miller.

The Orioles have only one major league starter, Mike Mussina, and a second, Scott Erickson, who'll give them about 10 to 12 wins.

Beyond that, there's nothing but a bunch of has-beens or unprovens, except for Jesse Orosco. He'll give them his best every time out, but there's no one the staff can count on for consistency or capability or even being there on a regular basis.

Signing Albert Belle put an end to the old Oriole era where desire and effort were important and desired traits.

Ray Miller, as manager, will be gone by the end of May when the Orioles are 7 to 10 games under .500.

But our Washington and corporate regulars will still be filling the park. They enjoy a nice social event. You can wine and dine your friends at Camden Yards and even catch an occasional glimpse of a ballgame.

Ron Parsons

Glen Burnie

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