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Social worker Jessica Perry never thought she would take a backseat to her 3-year-old chocolate lab mix, Captain, until she started bringing him to work with her two years ago. It s become apparent that most people come to see him, not me, says Perry, who works at Oak Crest. Everyone always remembers him. Around the community I m simply known as Captain s mom!

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Ned Ward is up to his ears in peanut butter and jelly.

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Magical! That s how Martha Clasby describes her pilgrimage from Baltimore to Chartres Cathedral in France. Clasby is among the thousands who have traveled to the [caption id="attachment_13166" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Walking labyrinths has been proven to elicit what is called a relaxation response.

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Since its inaugural issue appeared in 1995, Our Village Voice the eight-page community newspaper of Oak Crest has kept the pulse of the 87-acre community in Parkville.

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There are dog people. There are cat people. Then there s Ruth Pundt a kindhearted woman with an affinity for all creatures great and small. I just love animals! says Pundt.

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Richard (Dick) Taylor loved the townhome off Joppa Rd. and Loch Raven Blvd. that he and his late wife shared for 40-some odd years.
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In 1971 when Robert (Bob) Gralley wanted to shed a few extra pounds, he decided to give running a try. This month, he will run his 50,000th mile and he has no plans of [caption id="attachment_8837" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Bob Gralley holds a number he received in the Baltimore Marathon, just 1 of the 42 marathons in which he has competed.

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[caption id="attachment_8458" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Oak Crest s Ed Sommerfeldt teaches math and computer skills to formerly homeless men at Christopher Place Employment Academy. "]

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What happens when residents of a retirement community set sail on a cruise ship visited by a 20th-century German submarine, a 19th-century British sailing vessel, and an 18th-century band of pirates?