Expressing thanks to foster families is easy for two 10-year-old girls whose art and poetry will be highlighted in thank you ads in recognition of Foster Family Appreciation Week, Oct. 15-21. As part of the annual celebration, the Foster Care program hosts an art and poetry contest for children and youth in foster care. This year’s theme is Foster Families Change Lives. The selected art contest entry was created by Jessica and the author of the selected poetry submission was Searra. Their entries can be viewed on the Department of Community Services website at www.gov.ns.ca/coms/whatsnew.html. “Caring for a child who needs a home and a family is one of the most selfless acts someone can perform,” said Judy Streatch, Minister of Community Services. “Foster families bring children and youth in need into their home and provide more than food and shelter – they provide love and attention and become positive role models. They deserve our thanks” Foster Family Appreciation Week will be launched on Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Universite Sainte-Anne, Church Point, Digby Co. A family fun day will be held to celebrate the accomplishments of more than 700 foster families across the province. Certificates of recognition will be awarded to foster families for every five years that they have cared for young people. “We can all be proud of the dedication and support foster families provide to children and youth in their care,” said Jill Wilson Kingston, provincial foster care services co-ordinator. “Young people in foster care have diverse and sometimes challenging needs. Our foster parents are well-prepared and equipped with training, a team-based approach, and equally as important, caring and compassionate hearts.” All foster parents attend comprehensive training programs. Training issues cover topics like sensitivity, the developmental needs of children and non-violent crisis intervention. Experienced foster parent trainers share their knowledge and help deliver the Parent Resource: Information, Development and Education training with Community Services and the Federation of Foster Families of Nova Scotia. Foster parents also receive support to assist with the costs associated with helping the children or youth in their care. More information about foster care, including how families can take the first steps toward becoming involved, is available by calling the 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-800-565-1884.
OSU junior attacker Austin Shanks (11) during a game against Michigan on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorSenior attacker Carter Brown’s three goals on Sunday were not enough, as the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (6-8, 1-3) lost to No. 5 Maryland (11-2, 4-0) by a score 10-8 in College Park, Maryland.Brown continued his hot play of late, scoring three goals to follow up his two-goal, two-assist performance against Michigan on April 16 in the Showdown in the Shoe.The loss is part of a roller-coaster season for OSU in which the Buckeyes won five of their first six games, lost six in a row, then won in front of more than 20,000 fans against Michigan last week.Maryland started the day’s scoring when junior attacker Matt Rambo recorded his first of two goals to give the Terrapins the early lead.OSU responded when senior midfielder Jarret Hassfeld scored his first of two goals in the game and first of the season to even up the score.After a second goal by Maryland, OSU went on a 4-1 run, capped by a goal from sophomore midfielder Trevor Hodgins to take a 5-3 lead early in the second quarter.Maryland flipped the switch, though, and rattled off seven straight goals to take a 10-5 lead in the third quarter. Senior midfielder Bryan Cole and junior midfielder Colin Heacock scored two goals apiece during the run. The second goal was Heacock’s 30th on the season, a team-high for Maryland.OSU went on a 3-0 run to cut the lead to 10-8, the third being Brown’s third goal of the game with 9:14 left in the fourth quarter. However, senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr and the Maryland defense clamped down in the time remaining, sealing in the Maryland win.Bernlohr had six saves on the day, while OSU redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey had eight.The Buckeyes won 11 of 19 faceoffs in the game, but nine OSU turnovers led to a time-of-possession advantage for the Terrapins.The loss brings the Scarlet and Gray’s record to 1-3 in the Big Ten going into their final game of the season against Rutgers.Penn State also has a 1-3 record but holds the tiebreaker over the Buckeyes because of the Nittany Lions’ head-to-head win in April.With only one spot left up for grabs in the Big Ten tournament, OSU will need a win against Rutgers and Penn State to lose against Michigan on Saturday.The game against Rutgers is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Columbus.