Group gets early leg up in planning `Relay for Life'


January 07, 2001|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LINTHICUM's American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a bit more than five months away, but planning for the June 15-16 event at Lindale Middle School is under way, and the committee working on it invites volunteers from the community to join the effort.

The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Dr. John Gigliotti's dental office, 809 N. Hammonds Ferry Road.

Sue McDonald, project manager at the American Cancer Society's Anne Arundel County unit in Gambrills, said the overnight team event is dedicated to cancer patients and their families and friends. It raises money to fight cancer and brings the community together for a common cause.

Opening ceremonies will be at 6 p.m. June 15, with the event ending by noon the next day.

A candle-lighting ceremony will honor cancer survivors and those who have lost their battles, and survivors will be invited to take the first lap around the track. "They can walk, run or ride, whatever way they can get around," McDonald said.

The second lap will be for caregivers, then all teams will participate. Teams agree to have at least one member on the track at all times throughout the night.

"It makes it so much fun to see the teams participating. Last year there were 50 teams working, and this year we are hoping to have 70," McDonald said.

Each team can set up a campsite using tables, tents or whatever is needed to make members' stay comfortable for the night. In the past, families have brought meals or had cookouts, and some teams created themes and wore costumes.

Teams have captains, and there are several meetings to guide them with their plans. "We want them to know that they are not just alone out there. We help them every step of the way," McDonald said.

The event is also a fun way to learn about prevention and early detection, and it celebrates the strides made against cancer while giving people a feeling of community in the battle against the disease.

For information, call McDonald at 410-721-4304, Ext. 1509.

Talk on respite care

The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights will hold its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road.

Maeve Ostrowski, a board-certified gerontological nurse who holds a master's degree in health-care management, will speak on the topic: "Respite Care is a Must for the Caregiver."

Ostrowski is executive director of Heritage Harbour Health Group, a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1990 by and for the residents of Heritage Harbour in Annapolis. It provides home health care through professional and volunteer collaboration.

The health group's primary mission is to assist with the medical and nonmedical needs of its members, enabling them to remain in their homes as long as they wish and are able to do so.

There will be a potluck luncheon after the program. Each member is asked to bring a covered dish.

The art of pressed and dried flowers will be featured at the club's Arts and Crafts Committee meeting at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 22, also at the clubhouse.

Guests are welcome at both meetings.

Information: Marge Booker, president, 410-551-4903.

House tour revisited

Connie Perry, chairwoman of Linthicum's Christmas House Tour 2000, thought December's damp, chilly weather would keep people from turning out for the event. She was wrong, fortunately.

"The weather sure could have been worse, but it was not good," Perry said. "Yet more than 400 people turned out to enjoy the six lovely homes that were open."

The tour was sponsored by Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church to raise money for the Fouse Center in Glen Burnie, a transitional shelter for homeless men that is expected to open this month under the auspices of the Arundel House of Hope.

The house tour raised $3,637.

"It was a rousing success. Truly people were thrilled with the tour and were happy to support the cause," Perry said.

The church is participating in another project to help the homeless. Along with several other churches in northern Anne Arundel County, it is taking a turn to house homeless men overnight during the winter. This year, the church will take in an expected 20 to 25 men during the week beginning Jan. 22.

Volunteers from the church transport the homeless men to and from Glen Burnie, play host in two nighttime shifts and provide seven dinners and breakfasts.

Church members Dale Townsend and John Wagner coordinate the drivers and hosts for the week. Millie Townsend and Elaine Eckart are in charge of planning the meals.

Information: 410-859-0990.

Community group meeting

The Linthicum Shipley Improvement Association will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the media center at Lindale Middle School, 415 Andover Road.

The county's Northern District police commander, Capt. Ronald Bateman, will speak.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend.

Information: Mike Daniel, 410-859-8586.

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