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Nursing home shows heart


Like many Americans, the residents of the Fox Chase Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Silver Spring are spending a lot of time in front of the TV set these days, watching news from the Persian Gulf.

Eager to show their support of U.S. troops, they've started writing letters every week to two GIs in the war zone. One letter goes to Sgt. James Brady, a certified nursing assistant at the center, who was recently called up by his Army Reserve unit to serve with an evac hospital in Saudi Arabia. The other goes to any soldier, who might be in need of a cheery letter from home. As yet they've received no replies.


Letter-writing day is Monday. Activities Director Julie Lynn talks to the 20 men and women taking part in the activity and jots down their messages and names, compiling two lengthy missives.

"Most have lived through other wars, so they've done something like this before," she says of the elderly correspondents.

With Valentine's Day approaching, residents have been making cards in their arts and crafts section and plan to send out several dozen to the men and women in the armed forces. As a further demonstration of support, residents and staff are observing a minute of silence every day at 3 p.m. If you are a fourth-grader through eighth-grader who has questions about the Persian Gulf War, we would like to hear from you this week.

With the help of SUNDIAL, the free telephone information service of The Baltimore Sun, we have set up a special "electronic mailbox" for your questions. On Thursday, Feb. 21, we'll answer some of them in "The War and You II," a sequel to our student's guide to the war.

To leave your question, call SUNDIAL between today and midnight Thursday at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 from Anne Arundel County.) This is a free call in the Baltimore area.

After you hear a greeting, you'll be asked to enter 4610 on your touch-tone phone. You'll have 60 seconds to enter your question, plus your name, age, grade, school and a phone number where you can be reached when you and a parent will be home.


*Feb. 20. "Gulf Coverage: An Analysis of Our First Prime-Time War" will be the subject of a talk by Mark Crispin Miller, Johns Hopkins writing professor and scholar of pop culture, at Baltimore Hebrew University, 5800 Park Heights Ave. The talk at 8 p.m. is free but reservations are suggested: Call 578-6900.


Send listings of events related to the Persian Gulf war to Gulf Events, Features Dept., The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278; or fax it to (301) 782-2519.