Did you happen to catch Oak Forest resident Juanita Mohler in the television commercial for Union Memorial Hospital?

The commercial features Juanita speaking about her surgery and Dr. Michael Fiocco, chief of open heart surgery, sharing information about his unit.

In January, Juanita went to the doctor complaining of shortness of breath. She learned she had a leaking heart valve and needed surgery.

The operation went well and a few days later, Dr. Fiocco and Debbra Schindler, the hospital's media relations manager, stopped in to see her in her room walked in and brought balloons. She was the 15,000th open-heart surgery patient at the hospital.


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"I was looking for a check or a prize," said the longtime Catonsville resident who's been married for 43 years to husband Jimmy.

They asked if she would be willing to be in a commercial and she said yes!

"The staff at Union Memorial was wonderful," said Mohler, who is feeling great and participating in cardiac rehabilitation at St. Agnes.

To see the 2:31 commercial which was shown as a special health report on WJZ-TV, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyRuXBfVr7c.

So the bands played on

Catonsville High School sophomore Lizzy Gruber deserves a ton of credit for her hard work producing the recent Battle of the Bands competition.

"Lizzy was very motivated and excited to take a big role in this event. She showed a level of maturity and organization that is not common among sophomores," said Carolyn Ruppel, a teacher at the school and the sophomore class sponsor.

Lizzy coordinated the bands, ran the meetings with the bands, approved band applications and song lyrics, created the practice schedule, created the program for the event, and with her awesome committee, ran the backstage during the event.

The Battle of the Bands Committee members were Fiona Cavanagh, Kaylyn Clark, Kaylin Fields, Caroline Gillman, Riley Goodman, Alyssa James, Chloe Lins, Lynsay Maltese, Nigel Minter, Casey Radner, Kevin Ward, Garrett Boone and Tori Sneden.

Faculty members who served as judges were qualified and enthusiastic. Thanks to social studies teacher Doug Albright, science assistant Terisa Carpenter, English teachers Rich Hambor and Jo-Ellen O'Dell and math teacher Diane Wack.

Well done!

Support Comets' athletic programs

Catonsville Comet Alumni. Dust off your lacrosse gear and show off your stickwork on the Catonsville High School turf field Saturday, April 7.

Men's game starts at 4 p.m. Women's game starts at 6 p.m.

Those still in college or out of school for years are invited to play and help a good cause.

Entry fee is $15 for those in college and $35 for others.