St. Mary's County Times September 07, 2017 - Page 21

Thursday, September 7, 2017 The County Times Clements Cuties Raise $30,000 to Battle Cancer By Guy Leonard Staff Writer When a group of middle-aged local softball players learned of an 18-year- old’s battle with cancer they quickly took up the cause to help her and her family. The Clements Cuties, so named be- cause they dress up as women when they take to the softball diamond, just raised thousands to treat her disease and bring a little joy into their lives as they fi ght the disease. Richard Ryce, the lead organizer for the Cuties during the recent ball game and fundraiser last month, said he plans on presenting the family with a $12,000 check for patient treatment and another $8,000 for an all-expenses-paid trip to Disney World for her and her family. “It’s 21 to 25 guys and we go out and get $500 or more each in sponsorships,” Ryce told The County Times. “At the games we ask people for donations in- stead of selling tickets and we get a great response that way.” The remainder of the money goes to the Nolan Scully Memorial Scholarship the group has set up to honor the little 4-year-old boy who died earlier this year from a rare form of cancer; Scully cap- tured the hearts of the entire region and the fi re service, which he loved. Ryce said the Cuties appreciate the strong community spirit that has sup- ported their fundraising efforts, even if their approach is a little novel. “Most of us are so ugly, maybe the name helps,” Ryce said. In Our Community 21 Cats of the Week THELMA & LOUISE These two girls are 8 weeks old and ready to fi nd their new home. Feral Cat Rescue plans to adopt them out as a pair. They will keep eachother company while you are at work. They are very playful and Thelma in particular has a huge purr motor. They usually can be found at the Petco in California on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 to 3. Please come meet the pair as well as our other adoptable cats and kittens. You can also fi ll out an application at www.feralcatrescuemd.org and email it to diane@feralcatrescuemd. org They are combo tested for aids and feline leukemia, spayed, dewormed, microchippedand have had their fi rst distemper vaccine. Feral Cat Rescue will provide the next two distemper vaccines at ages 12 weeks and 16 weeks. The pair cost $275 They can’t wait to be in your arms! guyleonard@countytimes.net Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop Invites 2nd Year Anniversary Celebration Barbara and Chip Whipkey, owners of Wild Birds Unlimited of St. Mary’s County opened their Wild Birds Un- limited store in August of 2015. Since that time, they have been actively sharing the joy of backyard birdfeed- ing with the community and have re- ceived a lot of support from the com- munity in this endeavor. The Whipkey’s would like to thank the community for their patronage during these fi rst two years. To show their appreciation, they have several special events to celebrate, including door prize drawings and give-aways. On Saturday, September 9th from 10 AM – 2 PM, they have invited Rap- tor’s Eye to the store. Raptor’s Eye will be bringing their birds, which have been rehabilitated, but are not able to be released into the wild. They will have owls, hawks and falcons in attendance. Wild Birds Unlimited, located in Lexington Park, Maryland is a back- yard bird feeding and nature specialty store specializing in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, expert advice and educational events such as this. Visit our Web site, and shop online at www. wbu.com/stmaryscounty. Attention High School and College Students... Looking for something to do this summer? The County Times team is looking for Apply NOW for Immediate Consideration Interns! Send a resume to jen@countytimes.net and let’s discuss the possibilities. 301.247.7611 | www.countytimes.net Pet of the Week MEET BRUNO Hi there, my name is Bruno and I’m a WON- DERFUL 9 month old Husky/Shepherd mix. I’ve been passed from house to house in my short life. I get so excited with people that I become a bouncing ball and jump all over. But I’m SMART and willing to learn and I al- ready knows some basic commands. I’d be a great jogging or biking partner and I’d be perfect for an active household. I’m a FRIENDLY BOY who needs stability and a routine to be my best! I just need someone like YOU to show me how to be the gentleman I was meant to be. PLEASE CHOOSE ME!! And remember, if there is room in the heart, there is room in the house! To meet me, please visit the won- derful gang at Tri-County Animal Shelter (6707 Animal Shelter Road, Hughesville) or call 301-932-1713 for more information. To meet more of my amazing friends available for adop- tion, “like” us on Facebook @ Tri- County Animal Shelter Southern MD.