Robert Ballantine Jr., of Woodbine, fell critically ill with pneumonia on the last day of December in 2013. He was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit at Carroll Hospital Center, then transferred to the University of Maryland Medical Center Intensive Care Unit in Baltimore.

His family was told that he had little chance of surviving the infection. He has been in the hospital ever since. As you can imagine, the bills are piling up.


Ballantine is a self-employed contractor, and his wife, Debbie, worked with him, so their business has stopped, and they have no income. Insurance is only paying for part of the bills, and the family is desperately trying to pay the mortgage and household expenses so there is a home for Ballantine to live in when he is finally released from the hospital.

His daughter Tori Meliotis reports that after almost three months in the hospital he is starting to improve. His kidneys have healed so he no longer needs dialysis, and he is able to talk now that the ventilator has been removed. He is getting physical and occupational therapy and is increasingly able to use his hands and arms.

There will be a fundraiser to help pay the medical bills at Looney's Pub South on Maple Lawn Boulevard in Fulton on Wednesday, April 2, from 11 a.m. through Thursday, April 3, at 1 a.m. For more information, or to make a donation, contact Tori Ballantine-Meliotis at 20 Merino Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

Ballantine has lived in Woodbine for over 30 years, and all of his children attended Glenelg High School. Please do what you can to help them.

The calendar says it is spring, and that means it's time for the yard sales to start. Clean out your closets, basements and garages, and get ready for the Folly Quarter Middle School annual Indoor Yard Sale, sponsored by the Leo Club. The sale will be held Saturday, March 29 from 8 a.m. until noon. Don't get there too early, because early birds are not welcome. There will be over 70 tables full of treasures. You can rent a table for $20 to sell your items, or donate them to the school to be sold at the designated donation tables

Donations may be dropped off on Friday, March 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school cafeteria. All donations are tax deductible. To reserve a table or to get more information about donating items, call Karen Mobley at 443-506-7394.

The Glenelg United Methodist Church Community Concert Series presents Robert Jefferson with a concert entitled "A Spiritual Journey," on Sunday, Apr. 6 at 5 p.m. Dr. Jefferson will be using African-American Spiritual music, to trace the journey of African Americans from slavery to emancipation with song. Combining the use of live music with inspiring visual images, Dr. Jefferson has created a soul stirring presentation. This concert is free, and tickets are not required.

The Glenelg High School Marching Unit has been reaping awards in March. The Symphonic Band set a new state record with 38 years of "superior" ratings in the countywide High School Band Assessment. Congratulations to the hard working band under the direction of Barry Enzman. The Dance/Drill Team competed at the State Championships at the University of Maryland, placing second in High Kick, Short Pom and Prop, and third in Total Package and Hip Hop. Terry Newsome has been the director of the team since 1992. The Silks team, led by Jen Blizzard-Sisk came in sixth place in their most recent competition with a very polished and colorful routine.

A fundraiser for the Glenelg Marching Unit will be held at the newest restaurant in Glenelg, Mama Millies Deli, from Monday, March 31, through Friday, April 4. Any time during the week that you eat at Mama Millies Deli, and mention the Glenelg Marching Unit, a portion of your check will be donated to the group. Have a good meal for a good cause and check out the offerings at Mama Millies Deli.