November 28, 2007
For a kid sentenced to the gloom of a cancer ward, it seems a stuffed animal wouldn't mean much. And that facing the prospect of needles and tubes and scary machines, a plastic action figure would be little consolation. Not true. One little girl from Mount Airy will tell you that a plush bear to hug, delivered unexpectedly while she was in the hospital, made quite an impression. "It didn't make me feel better," says MacKenzie Stuck, a 10-year-old who has battled a brain tumor for two years.
August 1, 2007
. Nina Woehlke, 8, of Millersville gazes at shelves full of fancy dolls. She strokes the soft fur of an antique teddy bear, made from mohair. For her and her sister, Rachel, 11, a visit to the Bearing Gifts store is a treat. "It's bribery for the children," said their mother, Nancy. "They get to pick something ... and [then] they have to be nice while we antique." Owner Kathleen Warshauer enjoys the shop almost as much as her youngest customers. "I love selling. ... Putting together displays is fun," she said.
July 23, 2007
Ruth Frank, a Phoenix resident with a collection of 351 teddy bears, died of cancer Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 78. Born Ruth Zinkhan, Mrs. Frank was one of two girls in a German family with 12 children. She was raised on a farm in Monkton, called to do chores alongside all her brothers. She met her husband, Paul J. Frank Sr., because two of her brothers had married two of his sisters. He was trained as a carpenter and later worked as a construction contractor.
October 15, 2006
David Stollery recalls arriving for dinner at the house of an acquaintance. It was supposed to be a meal for two, but Stollery noticed eight place settings. "One by one, he brought in six big, beautiful, teddy bears," Stollery said. "He introduced the bears to me by name, told me a story about each one and then sat them in a chair at the table." After dinner, Stollery beat a hasty retreat. "I remember driving home and thinking to myself that I had just met my first nut case," he said.
August 6, 2006
The Laurel College Center, a partnership of Howard and Prince George's community colleges, will hold a drop-in open house from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 205, Laurel, adjacent to the Laurel Shopping Center. A tour of the center will be offered. There will be an opportunity to talk with academic and financial aid advisers and learn how to register for credit or noncredit classes. Representatives from the Career Services Office of Howard Community College and the Laurel College Center's higher-education partners -- the College of Notre Dame, Towson University, University of Maryland, University College -- will be on hand.
July 30, 2006
The Free State Happy Wanderers Walking Club will sponsor a 9/11 memorial walk Sept. 11 at Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road, in Laurel. The 5K and 10K trails include a walk along residential sidewalks, and are suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. A commemorative button will be given to the first 200 walkers. Registration is to be held between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Walks should be finished by 7 p.m. Information or to request a brochure: 301-717-3604, or e-mail, email@example.com.