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Pumpkins, paper bags and painting part of Montpelier Fall Festival [South Laurel | Montpelier]

As we move more of our activities indoors, the new season of arts at Montpelier begins at the Arts Center. On Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., come celebrate at the Montpelier Fall Festival. Young artists can decorate pumpkins, create crafts with an autumn theme and have faces painted. Admission is free and for all ages. Be sure to bring your own pumpkin and a paper bag to hold all the crafts. The Arts Center also has several exhibits on display. In the Main Gallery is "Chaotic Attractions: Fractal Art of Abdi Darai." The Library Gallery is showing "Unique Visions," by Richard Paul Weiblinger. The Resident Artist Gallery presents the Montpelier Instructors Showcase, featuring works by those who have nurtured the talents of students from the local community. All three exhibits run until Nov 1. Admission is free. For information and directions, call 301-377-7800.

October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the U.S. with more than 380,000 deaths reported each year. SCA is not a heart attack, but rather occurs when the heart beats irregularly, immediately and without warning. The victim collapses and breathes irregularly and slowly. If the heart beat is not regulated within 4-6 minutes, brain death begins. Immediate aid can be provided through the administration of CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator. These efforts often result in the survival of the affected person. The Heart Rhythm Society, hrsonline.org and the Sudden Arrhythmia Deaths Syndromes, sads.org, provide information and resources for recognizing and assisting in SCA emergencies. In recent years, the state of Maryland has required AEDs in schools and at many athletic events.

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Our family experienced the death of our 19-year-old son as a result of sudden cardiac arrest. We know firsthand how important SCA Awareness Month is!

A resident of Montpelier Hills has reported a suspicious solicitor who came to the door on the afternoon of Sept. 25. The man held a single bottle of liquid dish soap and offered to do house cleaning, including one room for free. It appeared that the solicitor's true goal was to gain access to the home. When told that the neighborhood prohibits commercial soliciting, the individual became hostile and argumentative. The homeowner successfully terminated the discussion, and the individual got into a vehicle with another man and drove off. The car is described as being red and resembling a pick-up truck with an enclosed bed. We should all be alert to individuals and/or purported sales persons whom we do not know and with whom we have not scheduled an appointment.

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