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36 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 31 - November 6, 1997 "Enabling Garden" adapted for people with disabilities Brick walkway, elevated beds, pyramid planters make Camp Fairlee garden more accessible Zeneca, Inc., a Wilmington- based bioscience company, and PUSH America (the service com- ponent of the Pi Kappa Phi frater- nity) are making a truly accessible garden for children and adults with disabilities at Easter Seals' Fairlee Manor Recreation and Ed- ucation Center in Chestertown, Md. Zeneca, through its BioGrant employee environmental pro- gram, will contribute $4,300. Along with the 40 volunteers who will build the garden as part of the fraternity's region-wide Give-A- Push weekend, Oct. 17-19, PUSH America is donating $5,000. Called the Enabling Garden, the project will enlarge a small but cherished garden that was created by campers with cognitive and physical disabilities at Fairlee Manor in the summer of 1993. Unique adaptations will make this lush haven a place for people of all abilities to relax, experience and enjoy. People who use a wheelchair for mobility can ex- plore the garden even on rainy days by navigating on a new brick walkway or plant flowers and veg- etables in conveniently elevated annual inspections over the past six years. Beebe passes inspection with perfect score Beebe Medical Center recently received notice from the Office of Health Facilities Licensure and Certification that the result of Beebe's annual inspection result- ed in a perfect score. The annual inspection includes Beebe's campus in Lewes, and its five health centers which are lo- cated in Millsboro, Rehoboth Beach, Milton, Georgetown and Millville. Beebe Medical Center has re- ceived perfect scores during four Delmarva health plan earns top marks Delmarva Health Plan (DHP), a health maintenance organization serving Maryland's Eastern Shore and Delaware, was the top-rated HMO in Maryland's first-ever HMO report cards. Delmarva scored "above aver- age" in 17 of 20 measured cate- gories, including customer satis- faction, approval for medical care, choice of doctors, ease of getting an appointment, access to special- ists and a number of other mea- sures of quality and service, ac- cording to the report cards issued by the Maryland Health Care Ac- cess and Cost Commission. beds. Within the enlarged 5,000- square foot garden, raised beds, pyramid planters and trellises, sowing and reaping is now within everyone's grasp. "We're delight- ed to help support this most worthwhile project, we're espe- cially gratified that the Zeneca Bi- oGrant was initiated by our em- ployee and Easter Seal volunteer Sallyann Morgan," added Irene Prince, manager of corporate rela- tions for Zeneca. One of the most exciting features of the Enabling Garden is designated as a "senso- ry area." There, aromatic herbs and flowers will provide sensory feedback to those who are blind. Since gardening depends on help from the birds and bees, bird houses and bird baths to attract feathered visitors will be installed. Benches will provide a spot to come to, relax and soak up the surroundings. Beyond its aesthetic value, the Enabling Garden will also intro- duce a wide variety of comple- mentary activities like gardening, cooking, birding and crafts. These activities are built into the garden visits to provide real life skills that can be continued by children and adults with disabilities once they return home. "Program participants will be doing the plantings and upkeep once the garden beds and walk- way are completed as well as en- joying other activities," said Mike Damoth, camp director. "This is the first part of Easter Seals' mis- sion to increase people's indepen- dence by providing skills that are both enjoyable and useful in daily life." "We hope other corporations and area businesses will help with financial contributions or volun- teer time. Community backing is invaluable to Easter Seals," said Damoth. "Without support like this, we would not be able to meet the camping and recreational needs of 1,013 people with dis- abilities annually." Since 1954, Fairlee Manor Recreation and Education Center has been providing youth through- out Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore with outstanding year-round day and recreational • PERMS • STYLES • COLOR • CUTS • MANICURES • MASSAGE • PEDICURES • FACIAL • REFLEXOLOGY ialo/2. 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