Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

October 07, 2007

Disaster response to be discussed

Anne Arundel Medical Center will hold a breakfast Tuesday for local clergy to discuss ways faith-based communities can work together in times of a natural disaster, pandemic or terrorist attack.

Topics of discussion will include how the need for personal hygiene and infection control could affect long-standing worship practices, and how communities of faith can provide support to the elderly, the ill and those who are isolated.

The clergy also will discuss how to deal with issues such as vaccine shortages, high rates of absenteeism, illness, death, and spiritual and psychological stress.

The discussion will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Suite 250 A&B of the Sajak Pavilion at the Annapolis hospital. Speakers will be:

Anne Van Waes, AAMC's coordinator of infection control.

Dr. Kelly Sipe Russo from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health.

J. Lewis Saylor, consultant and author of Being Ready for the Unexpected: Your Church and in Your Community.

Free parking is available in the Sajak garage next to the pavilion. To make a reservation, call the AAMC clergy breakfast hot line at 443-481-4720.

County can remove nuisance signs

Anne Arundel County has obtained a permit allowing it to remove nuisance signs from state roads and highways, County Executive John R. Leopold said last week.

The state permit allows the county to extend to state roads in the county its efforts to remove advertisements from county roads.

The State Highway Administration is responsible for maintaining state roads in Anne Arundel County. The county Department of Public Works is responsible for more than 6,000 county-owned roads.

The Department of Public Works will use inmates at the Ordnance Road Correctional Center to remove the signs. Inmates are also used for the department's litter pickup program.

Raffle to raise funds for museum

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society is selling tickets for its annual $10,000 raffle.

Tickets are $10, and no more than 2,000 will be sold. The event, a major fundraiser for the society, will help fund operation of the Capt. Salem Avery House Museum.

The winning ticket will be drawn at the society's West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival on Saturday.

Local merchants selling tickets include Joanne's Touch, Wheeler's, Shady Side Market, Trim's Barber Shop and Renno's Market. Tickets are also available by phone at 410-867-4486 or by sending a check payable to the society to P.O. Box 89, Shady Side 20764.

Orioles honor Churchton fan

A Churchton man won a $3,000 Caribbean cruise and a visit to home plate at Camden Yards when he was honored last weekend as the Orioles' Most Valuable Fan.

Wayne Johnson, 56, was nominated for the honor by his wife, Jan, who wrote that her husband "lives life as Cal Ripken, daily waking to a routine" of being her caregiver.

Known in South County for 30 years of granting wishes of local children with cancer through her charity, the Sunrise Foundation, Jan Johnson uses a wheelchair after suffering two strokes and undergoing quadruple bypass surgery. Wayne Johnson, a technician at Verizon Communications for 32 years, retired in 2004 to care for her.

Jan Johnson said her husband has been an Orioles fan since childhood, has turned the family room into his Orioles memorabilia room and had the Oriole Bird at their wedding reception in 1996.

"Even though he won't leave me to go to a game, he watches every single game," she said.

About 300 nominations were submitted to the Orioles' Web site, Jan Johnson said.

Her husband was honored in a ceremony before the final home game of the season Sept. 30.

Because of her health problems, the couple will not be able to go on the cruise.

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