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Seniors at Fairhaven Retirement Community in Eldersburg are using an interactive computer system, called It's Never 2 Late, for both rehabilitation and entertainment purposes. The system is specifically made for seniors in nursing homes and assisted and independent living communities. Activities are chosen based on the goals for the residents, which could include strength building or cognitive exercises. Physical therapists at Fairhaven said because of the ever-changing content, it can help those in rehab from getting bored and giving up on activities.

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Hundreds of athletes competed in the Carroll County Special Olympics Wednesday at Westminster High School. Despite rain ending the event early, participants from more than 30 area schools or programs competed in several events, and many came away with medals. The games give the athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Hundreds of fans also attended the event to cheer on the hard-working athletes.

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Chef Melissa Fordham, of Blue Bistro in Westminster, is scheduled to appear on the June 8 episode of Food Network's "Cutthroat Kitchen." Alton Brown hosts the program, in which contestants start with $25,000 and along the way are allowed to buy sabotages for fellow chefs to put themselves ahead of the competition through several elimination rounds. Despite the show's challenges, Fordham said she had the time of her life. She said her dream is to host her own cooking show, and she hopes her appearance on "Cutthroat Kitchen" pushes her a little closer to that goal.

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Children who raise pigs for the Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair will not be able to participate in the "rate-of-gain" competition this summer as fair officials take precautions against a virus that has killed millions of piglets across the U.S. Although there have been no reported cases of porcine epidemic virus in Carroll, county fair officials said they want to enact safeguards to prevent potentially infected pigs from commingling with others ahead of the fair, which will be held July 26 through Aug. 1. While it is disappointing 4-H'ers won't be able to participate in that competition, it is good that fair officials are taking a safety first approach to protect the animals.

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