Heather M. Ross

Home for the Holidays: Family Fun in Frederick

Whether you want to show visiting family the charm of Frederick or rediscover it for yourself, the arts are alive and well this holiday season. Stay out of the cold and keep the season merry and bright with these holiday hangouts! Nov. 29-Dec. 30 The Holiday Art Competition Inspire your little artist and see original artwork created by local Frederick …

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Parent You Should Know: Zorina Thomas

By Heather M. Ross The bond between a mother and her son is one of the strongest there is, but this Frederick mother is closer to her son than most—they’re sharing one set of kidneys. When Zorina Thomas’ son, Lavon, was 11-months-old, she donated her kidney to him. Lavon was born with Prune Belly Syndrome, which meant that his kidneys …

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Adopting Black Cats — And Keeping Them Safe On Halloween

‘Tis the season for spider webs, ghosts, sweets and, of course, black cats. That’s right, it’s time to talk about Halloween’s mascot, the house panther. But it’s tough to be an icon. There are lots of rumors and superstitions surrounding black cats, so we’ve set out to clear up a few misconceptions. Do black cats really have a lower adoption …

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Why You Should Take a Closer Look at Your Kids’ Snacks

Cut fruits and peanut butter on crackers

If the options at your child’s school cafeteria are lacking, it may be time to take matters into your own hands. According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC), making sure kids eat right is critical for brain development, growth, bone growth, skin, teeth, eyes, the digestive system and immune health. Many snacks marketed toward children are unhealthy—loaded with added sugars …

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Don’t Miss These Frederick Festivals

A family stands together in a field of sunflowers.

Check out these celebrations of community and culture! Sunflower Festival Aug. 19, 20, 26 & 27; Sept. 2,3,4,9 & 10 (10 a.m.) Summers Farm | 7503 Hollow Road Middletown, MD 21769 Details: 8-acre sunflower field; thousands of sunflowers in bloom, wagon rides and games $19.50 online, $32.50 gate; free for age 2 and younger summersfarm.com Black Frederick Festival Aug. 26, …

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Have You Celebrated National Ice Cream Month?

Girl eating a vanilla ice cream cone

Sweltering heat, record temperatures and …ice cream? There’s still time for you and your family to celebrate National Ice Cream Month and beat the heat at the same time. With temperatures reaching the upper eighties and nineties this weekend, there’s no better way to cool off. 3 Ice Cream Fun Facts: July was first established as National Ice Cream Month …

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Postpartum: The Perfect Storm

Researchers from University of Virginia(UVA) Health, John Hopkins Medicine and Weill Cornell Medicine discovered a potential contributor to postpartum depression (PPD). When autophagy (according to the National Cancer Institute, the process cells use to break down old, damaged or abnormal proteins and other substances within cells) is reduced, there is a direct ink to PPD. Exploring this link between autophagy …

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Reconnecting with Your LGBTQ+ Child: A Q&A with Advocate Kollyn Conrad

Kollyn Conrad grew up in Maryville, a suburb of Knoxville, Tennessee. When Conrad came out as gay, he says his mother was confused and afraid—afraid of what that would mean for him in this country, Conrad says. At 18, Conrad moved across the country to L.A., and eventually launched his nonprofit, Publicly Private, in June of 2021. Publicly Private’s mission …

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Essential Tips: How to Baby-Proof Your Home

Baby-proofing is an important step in every parent’s journey. As children grow, so does their curiosity. The goal is to make your home a safe place for them to play and explore without risking injuries. To create our baby-proofing guide, we reached out to two pediatricians — Jonathan Miller, who practices at a Nemours Hospital clinic in Wilmington, Delaware, and …

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