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Motivational speaker will appear at meeting of Hearing Loss Association

Now hear this, all you with hearing loss or family and friends of same. The Frederick Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (which includes Howard County) will meet June 2 in the Community Room of the Manor House at Edenton Retirement Village, 5800 Genesis Lane, Frederick.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. Current reigning Maryland Mill Amazing, Candace Whiting, will be the guest speaker.

Candace is a motivational speaker and recipient of many awards, including Special Olympics World Games and National Games. Her goal is to be a role model and voice for those who do not have a strong voice.

You are urged to come hear what Whiting has to say. Members and friends of the Hearing Loss Association learn from each other and advocate for better hearing.

All are welcome. For more information, contact

As an independent research student at Pointers Run Elementary, Zach Plotkin spent the year looking into the engineering aspects of the tragedy of the Twin Towers.

He felt the need to give back to those who lost so much and founded Tuesday's Children, an organization designed to give financial aid to families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 tragedy.

The aid could be anything from family counseling to college tuition. Zach is coordinating a fundraiser at the Maple Lawn Chick-fil-A on June 4. Just mention the fundraiser when you order and 20 percent will be donated to Tuesday's Children.

There are other civic-minded students at Pointers Run. Girl Scout Troop 3364, 5th graders, recently encouraged all students to bring an extra pre-packaged snack for a homeless child staying at Grassroots Shelter. More than 740 snacks were donated.

The people at Grassroots were thrilled. Even in affluent Howard County, there are children in need and the difference is painfully clear at times.

Good idea, girls. Thanks for thinking of others.

You are invited to join Catholic Daughters of the Americas for the sixth annual Vera Bradley and Longaberger Basket Charity Bingo on June 8 in the St. Louis Parish Social Hall.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The first game starts at 7 p.m. This is a no-alcohol event for ages 10 and older. Food and drinks will be available for sale.

Tickets paid in advance are $20. They will be $25 at the door. Call 410-750-6370 to reserve your ticket.

The entire community is invited to share a free, fun-filled celebration of cancer survivorship and to raise money for the American Cancer Society at Relay for Life of Western Howard County on June 8 at the Western Regional Park. Opening ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m.

Immediately prior to the opening ceremonies, there is a Survivors' Reception at 5 p.m. This reception is only for cancer survivors and their caregivers. Registration is requested. Go to .

Have you never participated in Relay for Life? Now's your opportunity. There will be fun and free entertainment.

Teams raise money before and during the event with stands offering activities, food, drink and all kinds of things for sale. The lighting of lumineria remembering those who have lost the battle to cancer is always impressive.

Teams camp out and take turns walking all through the night trying to keep at least one team member on the track at all times because cancer never sleeps.

Last year, Western Howard County Relay raised more than $100,000. Help top that this year. For more information, call 410-781-4316, e-mail or go to .

It's time to bid farewell to those retiring on the staff at River Hill High. Chemistry teacher Barbara Jewett is one of the originals. Mrs. Jewett has been at River Hill since it opened in 1996. She was recently recognized by students, parents and peer as Teacher of the Year 2011.

Annette Jackson, guidance counselor, has been at River Hill since 1997 and has implemented countless programs for students. She has 36 years with county schools and more than a quarter century as a counselor.

Mike Jackson, para-educator in the special education department, has been with the school 10 years. He has consistently assisted with the SOAR program. Mr. Jackson was in private industry before working in education and has the distinction of being a Vietnam Veteran.

All the retirees will be missed, but are wished well in this next step in life's journey. Why not take a few minutes to let them know how influential they have been in your life or that of your child. We all like a little appreciation.

Congratulations to Alicyn DelZoppo, of Creig Northrup Team at Long and Foster. Everyone in the office is so proud of Alicyn for being named in the 12th anniversary listing of "30 Under 30" rising stars in Realtor magazine.

Ours is a small state, but it is interesting to note that three of the 30 are in Maryland. Even in hard times, some agents work diligently and thrive.

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