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April 19, 2006

Tai Sophia's Mills wins literary award

Simon Mills, director of the Tai Sophia Institute's herbal medicine program, has received the James A. Duke Botanical Literature Award from the American Botanical Council for his book, written with Kerry Bone, The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety.

The book, lauded by the association as a new resource and guide for health professionals and practitioners in the herb and supplement industry, provides an evidence-based approach to determining the safety of herbs and botanicals.

A graduate of Cambridge University in England, Mills completed the four-year training of the 140-year-old National Institute of Medical Herbalists.

He was recently appointed to the United Kingdom's Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee.

In addition to leading the Tai Sophia graduate program in herbal medicine, Mills is director of the Center for Complementary Health Studies at the University of Exeter in Britain.

Arc's Plantz, Topper, Costa to be honored

Matthew Plantz of Columbia, a member of the Howard County Commission on Disability Issues and the board of directors of the Arc of Howard County, is to receive the Stanley S. Sidle Memorial Citizenship Award from the Arc of Maryland for his contribution to enriching the community.

Jamie Costa, a member of board of the Arc of Howard County, is to be named one of the Arc of Maryland's Outstanding Volunteers of the Year for her work on the organization's media committee. She is credited with increasing the visibility of the Arc through the Changing Minds, Changing Lives campaign.

Bob Topper, secretary of the Arc of Howard County's board, is to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award -- Howard County for his work on funding for the Howard County Arc's residential program.

The award presentation is to be held at the Arc of Maryland convention May 11-12.

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