On April 29, the community is invited to a drug awareness discussion with guest speakers, a question-and-answer session and information tables sponsored by the American Legion Gold Star 191, Counties Four VFM Auxiliary and the LCPL Robert W. Deane Marine Corps League Auxiliary.
Doris Tabler Bujanowski, one of the coordinators of this event and also the committee chair of national security at the American Legion Auxiliary Gold Star Post 191, said in an email interview that this is the first time they will have hosted this event and that this is the first time that all of these organizations have come together to work for this event.
Tabler Bujanowski said she is an active member of all three of the organizations that are sponsoring the event.
She explained that when she approached the three auxiliaries, all were more than happy to be part of the initiative.
According to Tabler Bujanowski, the three organizations came together to help the community and especially, “our” veterans because some have been struggling with opioid addiction.
“I love my community and my veterans, therefore, I want to be part of the solution,” Tabler Bujanowski said.
Tabler Bujanowski also said that the drug crisis is a topic that had an impact in her life directly since her 29-year-old nephew, Brandon Allen Tabler died of a fentanyl overdose during the holiday season this past year.
Everyone is welcome, including pets, to join the “Walkie Talkies” group of the South Carroll Senior and Community Center on Wednesdays or Thursdays to enjoy a nice walk in a local park and at the same time meet new people in the community.
After the death of her nephew, she began to educate herself on this topic and throughout the process she learned about many community members that have lost a family member because of a drug overdose and they were able to open up to her and share their stories.
“I have known some of these people for years. It was never talked about until I became a member of the ‘Losing a Loved One to Drugs Club.’ A club I never wanted to be a member of … but now that I am, I want to do something to help others possibly avoid the deep hurt like our family recently experienced,” Tabler Bujanowski said. “I would like something good to come of Brandon’s death, something good to come of all the loved ones that have been addicted and possibly lost the battle. Many have died in our area and the three military auxiliaries of Mount Airy want you to be informed and maybe, just maybe prevent someone you know from losing their life to the ‘beast’ of drugs.”
Tabler Bujanowski said that her recent research has been on the opioid crisis in our town, state and nation.
Throughout the event, she said that the attendees will be able to hear from experts regarding the drug epidemic in order to help the community be become more aware of the situation.
Also, according to Tabler Bujanowski, the attendees will be able to hear from “real” people on how this crisis has touched their families. Local police will be present to give the stats on drug addition in the community, the amount of people who are dying from drug abuse that people are dying and the types of drugs people are consuming.
She also explained that the police departments will be giving important information of where and how to get help if the need arises and to inform and educate our community on how people get started on drugs and about the red flags and signs that reflect that people around you and a family member may be using drugs.
“I was so unaware of the opioid crisis in our area. It is in our town, in our neighborhood and can be in our home and we may not know it,” Tabler Bujanowski said. “If this event helps one person to seek help, or helps someone recognize the red flags and signs of drug use and realizes their loved one needs help, or if a young person hears about the horrible outcome of using drugs and decides to never even try drugs once, then this event will be a success. … Let’s join together as a community and ‘Battle Addiction Together.’ ”
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.
This event is targeted to adults, and attendees need to register to attend. The library will be providing the materials.
For more information or to register today, you may contact the library at 410-386-4488.
The library is at 705 Ridge Ave. in Mount Airy.
Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club presenting Easter egg hunt
This April 20, The Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club will be hosting its third annual Easter Egg Hunt, where kids will be able to enjoy hunting plastic eggs, filled with candy and stickers and also, they will be able to meet the Easter bunny.
The event is for kids 10 years old and younger, and it will begin at 10 a.m.