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Vol. 8, No. 19
May 11-17, 2000
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Even Teens Love Bay Weekly’s Birthday Bash

Dear Bay Weekly:

Your big Birthday Bash was quite an experience. You had a huge turn out. The live and silent auctions were awesome, and watching my cousin, Joey Sikorski, getting soaked in the dunking booth was such a sight. The food was absolutely wonderful and very tasty.

It was also quite an experience with the free massages, acupuncture and other mind-healing and relaxation techniques. I had the acupuncture and, boy, was it ever so interesting. The needles didn’t hurt and it relaxed my whole body. I also had another healing method performed on me that was called Trager. The aromatherapy oils and massaging of this technique were very unusual but so mind relaxing.

It was a great day to get your face painted, watch the band play and of course get wet and just have fun with your friends and family.

—Heather McDonald, St. Leonard

Editor’s note: Heather received acupuncture from Deborah Cross and Trager from Mary Kent Norton. Look for them this issue in “What’s What in Wellness.”

Foster and Adoptive Mothers Deserve Special Thanks

Dear Bay Weekly:

Mother’s Day is a special day for women. The maternal instinct we share is as natural to us as breathing and laughing. You do not have to give birth to a baby to be a mother. And, of course, there are all types of mothers: grandmothers, godmothers, stepmothers, play mothers, adoptive mothers and foster mothers.

The last two fall into a special category. They are mothers willing to open their hearts and their homes to the unknown.

Foster and adoptive children sometimes get the short end of the stick. They end up homeless, abused and neglected through no fault of their own. Even though it is the adults who have failed, the children have to suffer the consequences of drug addiction, alcoholism, mental illness and physical or sexual abuse.

Today, foster and adoptive mothers are going the extra mile to provide love, security and stability for children. They accept children into their homes in the middle of the night or on weekends and holidays. They accept a child who does not have a heavy coat and shoes, even though the temperature is 30 degrees. They take a sibling group of three children four days before Christmas.

Foster and adoptive mothers parent these children like their own. They love the foster and adoptive children unconditionally. These mothers deserve a special tribute on Mother’s Day: Wherever you are, thank you for opening your heart and your home.

If you know a foster or adoptive mother, tell them how special they are.

Editor’s Note: Ann Dorsey recruits foster and adoptive parents for Anne Arundel County.

Dept. of Corrections

Bowie Community Theatre’s run of On Golden Pond was inadvertently shortened in last week’s review. The well-reviewed play continues May 12 and 13 at Bowie Playhouse: 301/805-0219.

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