Just as a purse can pull together an outfit, Her Mind Magazine used the perfect purse as a way to bring together a community. For the second year, Power of the Purse collected quality pre-owned handbags and high-end auction purses toting gift cards and goodies.The event is focused on the handbags, but the funds go to those who give a hand to women in need. Two charities are on the receiving end: Blossoms of Hope in support of the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resources Center at Howard County General Hospital, and Business Women’s Network of Howard County. “We raised about $12,000 for the event this year,” said Pamela Moss, Community Relations Manager for Custom Media Options, LLC. “I am exhausted. I am excited and real happy that it was such a well-received event. Everyone had a glow and happiness about them.”View Post
Mike Ellis is a self-professed history geek.
“I have always been interested in history,” said Mike, a social studies teacher at Notre Dame Preparatory School. “Instead of going to the beach, my parents took me to historical sights. It’s in my blood!”
Roots and his community are important to John Maranto, who grew up in Towson, and lives with his family just down the street from his childhood home.
“Home is where you come from,” the Maryland man said. “It’s who you are. It’s where you describe things by landmarks not street names – it’s kind of funny.”
Today, John sells real estate for Re Max Preferred in Baltimore and helps local families find their “digs” and where they want to invest.View Post
Tom and Carolyn Lulay retired, but found it difficult to slow down. The Sublimity couple uses their free time to mentor students in the Regis High School Aspire Program as well as volunteering for other community projects. “We are proud of being involved in our church and community here in Stayton and Sublimity,” said Carolyn, [...]View Post
For the past 14 years, Lori Holcomb has granted wishes for Make-A-Wish®, the Portland-based chapter of the national foundation that makes dreams come true for children battling life-threatening illnesses and disabilities. Lori was a wish granter for Jessica, who was 15 at the time and suffered from leukemia. Jessica’s wish was to go on a Disney [...]View Post
Seven deputies and sergeants have collectively served with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for more than 200 years, beginning their careers in the 1970s. MCSO bids farewell to these retirees, who “retained the personal touch needed to build cooperative relationships and establish themselves in the community” throughout their careers, officials said. [...]View Post
Two local men have a servant’s heart when it comes to helping those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. Danial Ficek and Rick Bratton come from very different backgrounds, but both serve others at Union Gospel Mission in Salem. Danial, 37, is married with four children. He spent six years in the Marine Corps, and struggled [...]View Post
Dr. Debbie Eisenhut spent months handing out food, providing medical care, and helping flood victims in Pakistan, a far cry from practicing medicine in Oregon. “Women and children needed a doctor there,” said Debbie, a surgeon who lives in Aumsville when she isn’t traveling to help others. “We had a busy clinic.” When Debbie left [...]View Post
This GOOD story comes from Steve Mucha of Word of Mouth Bistro. Thanks, Steve! We have the best customers. Becky and I are back in the kitchen, so we don’t get to see all the things that go on, but we get to hear about some of them. We hear when young servicemen come in [...]View Post
Phil and Patty Lane can’t turn a blind eye on a cat with one.The Lanes open their hearts and their home to cats that have gone feral, getting them fixed and helping them to find a forever home.
“People here in Marion know that we are feeding them and providing cat houses, so we get called a lot,” Patty said. “Recently, we rescued one from this freezing cold and had it here for about three days. We took him in to get fixed, shots and a chip, but he tested positive for feline HIV. They had to put him down because he couldn’t be around other cats. I was very emotional about it for days as he was so loving, so friendly and healthy looking.