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Editorial: Thumbs up for bridge dedication, SimMom, new museum, TryVent

Thumbs up: The Md. 140 bridge at the Carroll-Baltimore County line over Liberty Reservoir has been named after fallen Marine Staff Sgt. James M. Malachowski, of Hampstead. Malachowski was an infantry rifleman who served three combat tours from 2004 to 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2010, Malachowski was reassigned as a platoon sergeant for 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines and was deployed to Marjah, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In March 2011, while clearing a building to establish a security control base in the village, he was killed after he stepped on an improvised explosive device. He was 25. State Sen. Justin Ready, R-District 5, attended the April 17 dedication ceremony and said he hopes the sign encourages passers-by to research Malachowski's achievements.

The sign, emblazoned with the name of fallen Marine Staff Sgt. James M. Malachowski, was erected Wednesday and dedicated by his friends and family Sunday morning.

Thumbs up: Nursing students at Carroll Community College now have a new tool to prepare for life in a real hospital. The $60,000 SimMom birthing manikin, which the students cleverly named Bertha De'Baby, was made possible by a donation to the Carroll Community College Foundation. It's crucial for nursing students to experience deliveries with a mother and newborn in a safe space, according to Nancy Perry, director of the college nursing program, but it's not always possible for every student to witness a real delivery during his or her training. The new manikin is about as close to the real thing as you can get: She can cough, she can breathe and she has a pulse. She even has optional body fluids.

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This was no ordinary birth, and no ordinary mother. This was a new birthing manikin, capable of moaning, speaking and delivering a manikin baby.

Thumbs up: Taneytown's history will be on full display today and into the future with the grand opening of the Taneytown Heritage & Museum Association Inc.'s site at 340 E. Baltimore St. The grand opening celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, April 30. The city's first history museum opened in 2004 but closed in 2012 after the lease with the city expired. In 2013, members of the Taneytown Heritage committee and the Taneytown History Museum acknowledged that they had many of the same goals and the groups merged in 2014, creating the nonprofit Taneytown Heritage & Museum Association Inc. An anonymous benefactor gifted the property to the organizations in 2013 with plans to reopen the museum.

Busily straightening displays and organizing photographs, volunteers with Taneytown Heritage & Museum Association Inc. have spent weeks preparing for their new site's grand opening on Saturday, April 30.

Thumbs up: More than 150 people age "45 and better" signed up to participate in the county's first TryVent, a wellness celebration put on by the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County last Sunday. Partnership officials said it was inspired by the Yuma, Arizona, Senior Olympics, and the inaugural outing at McDaniel College April 24 included 16 events for participants to try, hence the name TryVent. Individuals participated in a Tri-Run, table tennis, pickleball and more.

Participants were able to try three of 16 events during the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County's inaugural TryVent wellness celebration.
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