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Linden-Linthicum UM lays out ham-oyster spread [Clarksville]

It's time for the annual ham and oyster supper at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church across from the Freestate station on Route 108. Enjoy all you can eat on Saturday. Nov. 1, 3-7 p.m.

Shop the book sale and bake sale. Carry-out meals are available. Tickets at the door are $19 for adults and $5 for children. To learn more, call 410-531-5653.

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Show your "Green spirit" by joining neighbors at the 14th annual Family Volunteer Day, Nov. 1.  For information or to register for a work-site location, call 410-313-4704 or email sberry@howardcountymd.gov. Remember to bring a canned good or paper product for the Howard County Food Bank.

Order fresh Florida citrus and pecans in time for Thanksgiving from Atholton High School Music Boosters. Go to http://www.atholtonmusic.org and click on the fundraiser to see order forms or pay via PayPal on the site. Orders are due by Nov. 7. For answers to questions contact ahsmusicfruitsales@gmail.com or call 301-490-8598.

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Did you know River Hill High School has an equestrian team? Not only do they have a team, but the team is doing extremely well.

Congratulations to the varsity equestrian team on bringing home the Reserve Champion School Award at their first Inner School Horse Show Association competition. Senior Tess Janson won the championship for her individual division.  Junior Brianna Mentle won the prestigious Surrey Equitation Medal Class.

Clarksville dentist Rashmi Parmar was among more than 400 volunteers — about half of them dentists, hygienists, oral surgeons and others in the dental field — who provided more than $750,000 worth of care in two days at the University of Maryland. The event, held in the basketball court, was sponsored by the university, Catholic Charities, the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland State Dental Association and corporate partners. There were 100 dental chairs.

Some 2,000 people camped overnight in line to get hoped-for dental care. Not all were able to be served. The Affordable Care Act covers dental care for children and pregnant women. Many adults do not have dental coverage and even with insurance the expense to the patient is too high for many. An estimated 20 percent of Maryland residents have not visited a dentist in the past five years.

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One thing I've noticed is that people without dental care will often say that they brush long and hard trying to prevent cavities. This is not a good idea. Use a soft brush to gently remove food particles and floss. Brushing long and hard will actually damage tooth enamel and gum tissue.

Thanks for doing your part to help less fortinate Marylanders. Keep up the good work, Rashmi.

Have you considered enriching your family's life with the addition of an exchange student. The student comes with health insurance and spending money. The school year has started, but there are still students needing homes. You do not need to have children in your family to participate.

To learn more about this opportunity, contact AFS intercultural Programs at 410-997-7087 or send email to ckmcgarvey@yahoo.com.

If you have an exchange student in your home, send me an e-mail to introduce your student to the community.

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