Still-active nonagenarian was nurse anesthetist in wartime [Carney]

I first got acquainted with Edith Esslinger several years ago while we were both working our way around the exercise circuit at our local Curves. She told me that she had just celebrated her 90th birthday and was planning to drive up to Ocean City to party with her family.

However, It was not until I talked to another Curves member, Linda Linzey, who is active with the Maryland Women's Heritage Center that I learned that the cheerful and energetic Edith had been an Army Nurse for 14 years during World War II and in Korea. She was one of the first nurse anesthetists to serve in the field.

Edith was one of a group of women honored by the Maryland Women's Heritage Center for service to their country who came together to share their wartime memories at a program at the center last September..

When she is not keeping fit at Curves, Edith loves to drive up to the ocean to vacation with her three children and seven grandchildren

To learn more about the Maryland Women's Heritage Center, which is located at 39 W. Lexington Street in Baltimore ,call 410-767=0675

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. The Renaissance Institute, a lifelong learning community for adults over 50, on the campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University, is now accepting applications for classes starting in September 2013. As a longtime member, I can enthusiastically recommend Renaissance . You meet such interesting people from all over the Baltimore area, including Parkville and Carney

These noncredit courses , with two 13-week semesters, are designed and led by members, You can take as many as you can fit in a semester. and audit one Notre Dame of Maryland University academic course per year. Renaissance course topics have included literature, public affairs, philosophy, history, music, art, languages, t'ai chi, science, computers and yoga.

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How did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? While I did not dine on the corned beef and cabbage or quaff green beer, I did toss out all those moldy green leftovers that were hiding in my refrigerator.

While I welcome daylight-saving time and the extended sunshine there is a downside: those dark mornings. One pitch-dark morning I crept out the front door around 6:30 a.m. to pick up the my newspaper from the driveway, I nearly collided with a tall runner, who stopped and handed it to me. Thank you again, Tall Runner, for being so kind!

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