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Were you mesmerized by watching the World Cup? Does a young person in your family wish to master the techniques of futbol? You are in luck. The Greater Laurel United Soccer Club has again scheduled the exciting mini-kickers program focusing on the development of children ages 2 to 5 years old. Soccer and child development experts have collaborated on this innovative method to introduce future soccer stars to the basic physical skills as well as including a focus on social and psychological skills. This program, conducted by the GLUSC's British coaches, combines soccer skill practice with fun games, stories, music and singing the Mini-Kickers theme song with Lenny the Lion. Two sessions of the mini-kickers classes are offered: Tuesday mornings Sept. 9 through Oct. 28, and Friday mornings Sept. 12 through Oct. 31. Sessions for ages 2 and 3 are at 10 a.m. and ages 4 and 5 are at 11 a.m. Fee is $95. To register and for more information, go to or call 301-502-6431.

As summer ends, state Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith is encouraging her constituents in District 23A to consider the issues and concerns that you would like to see the state legislature act on in the 2015 legislative session. Valentino-Smith suggests that you contact her office to inform her of priorities and projects needed in our neighborhoods. She is available to participate in homeowner meetings or to organize community meetings. In her words, the delegate "can best bring your voice to Annapolis when I fully understand your needs." She may be reached at geraldine.valentino@house.state.md.us or delegategeraldinevalentino@gmail.com. You may also call 301-858-3101 or 410-841-3101.

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September is Sepsis Awareness Month and Saturday, Sept. 13 is National Sepsis Awareness Day. As defined by the Sepsis Alliance: "Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body's response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Sepsis leads to shock, multiple organ failure and death, especially if not recognized early and treated promptly. Sepsis remains the primary cause of death from infection despite advances in modern medicine, including vaccines, antibiotics and acute care. Millions of people die of sepsis every year worldwide." Sepsis can arise from such seemingly benign incidents as a playground scrape or a nicked cuticle from the beauty parlor. In 1924, the son of then-president Calvin Coolidge developed a blister on his foot, to which he paid little attention. An infection developed, however, and Calvin Coolidge Jr. died five days later at age 16. Even today, with advanced treatment options including antibiotics, more than 250,000 fatalities occur each year in the U.S. Unfortunately, sepsis is still often overlooked and recognized too late. Rapid intervention including administration of antibiotics and intravenous fluid can increase the odds of surviving the infection. If you or a family member experience symptoms such as fever, dramatic drop in blood pressure or confusion and have had what appears to be an infected blister or cut, it may be best to seek medical attention

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