Catonsville: Patient on record, and online, in support of hospital

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.

"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

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.

Proceeds benefit renovations at Comet Park.

Thanks to GL Shacks restaurant and Mohler and Gary Realtors for sponsoring the games.

The concession stand will be open.

Thanks to the Booster Club and Catonsville's Class of 1959 for installing the three new flag poles at the south end of the turf field. The U.S. flag, the Maryland flag and the Catonsville High flag look great!

For information about the renovation project, contact Beth Reymann at

Support Catonsville High School's boys lacrosse program while getting rid of clutter from garages and basements.

Bring your old metal objects and appliances such as ceiling fans, refrigerators, office equipment, photocopiers, computers, car and boat batteries to the parking lot above the tennis courts at the school on Saturday, April 14, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Acceptable metals include cast iron, brass, aluminum, copper, gold and silver.

For information, contact Aaron Stubbs at

Fun runs to raise funds

Mount de Sales Academy hosts its first Sailors for Soldiers 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project on Saturday, April 28, at 8 a.m. in the Hilton Area of Patapsco Valley State Park.

Registration fee is $30 for runners and $20 for walkers. Note — there is a $2 park entrance fee.

Register online at

Packet pickup is April 26, 5-7 p.m., and April 27, 5-7 p.m., in the school's Constance and Samuel Pistorio Sports Complex, 700 Academy Road, or race day, 6:30-7:30 a.m.

Register by April 15 and receive a race T -shirt.

Call Eileen Clements at 410-744-8498 or 443-570-6461 or email

The Children's Home will host a 5K Community Walk for Children and Families, Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m., beginning and ending on the home's campus at 205 Bloomsbury Ave.

Pre-registration is $25 for each walker with discounts available for teams of five or more participants.

Those unable to participate can support the walk with an "I Wish I Could Be There" contribution of $50.

Proceeds benefit the residential and foster care programs at the facility.

For information, call 410-744-7310 or go to

The Samaritan Women's first 5K Run/Walk and Farm Festival is Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to noon.

The 23-acre estate boasts the largest operating urban farm in Baltimore and runners get to check out the farm, greenhouses, a berry vineyard, chickens, bees, a view of the National Cemetery, and over 17 acres of woodland.

Registration is $25 before May 1, $30 after May 1, $15 for ages 12 and under, and $60 per family (two adults, two kids)

Packet pickup is 7:30-8:30 a.m. race day. Warmup by Bloomsbury Boot Camp, 8:30 a.m.

Farm festival opens 9:15 a.m.

For information, go to or contact Sharon Runge,, 410-599-8704.

Lithuanian Festival a sign of spring

Mark your calendars to celebrate the 40th annual Lithuanian Festival, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 12 and 13, at the Catonsville Armory, 130 Mellor Ave.

A folk dance ensemble will perform in authentic Lithuanian costumes with lively traditional music.

In addition to live musical entertainment, there will be jewelry, arts and crafts of all kinds for sale, a display of Lithuanian military maps, histories, uniforms, insignias, photos, medals and 17th-century armor.

Of course, there will be plenty of delicious Lithuanian food, imported Lithuanian beer, soft drinks and viryta (Lithuanian honey liqueur).

Admission is $4 per person, with children under 12 free.

For information, call Maryte Patlaba, 410-646-0261.

Report minor crimes online

Baltimore County's Office of Information Technology and the county Police Department's Technical Services Division's system allows people to get crime reports quickly and free officers to handle more serious incidents.

Go to for the following crimes:

• Lost property

• Abandoned motor vehicles

• Hit-and-run accidents (not involving injury)

• Destruction of vehicular property

• Destruction of other property

• Theft from a motor vehicle

• Other theft

The site takes residents through a series of simple questions to determine if the circumstances allow them to file an online report, or if they need to follow the traditional reporting process.

Once the report is filed, the Police Department's Records division reviews it.

If there are no corrections, the citizen receives an email containing a case number, and can then print a copy of the report for insurance purposes, etc.

Since November, about 330 people have used the online reporting system.

Women's Giving Circle to meet

The Catonsville Women's Giving Circle invites women interested in learning more about this recently established community philanthropic organization to an open meeting, 7-9 p.m., April 11, at the Rolling Road Golf Club, 814 Hilltop Road.

The meeting is free, but women are asked to register at

The Catonsville Women's Giving Circle was founded in late 2010 with the purpose of pooling money for donations to create a force for giving that directly benefits the greater Catonsville community.

In its first funding year, the group presented six grants totaling $8,000 to local nonprofits.

Each grant supports a specific project or enables essential support within organizations whose missions range from preservation of open space to mental health services.

The Catonsville Women's Giving Circle is a fund of the Catonsville Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

For information, contact Dianne Burch, 410-788-5642 or

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