The Ebola virus plaguing several parts of Liberia has not appeared in the port city of Harper and major cities in Maryland County.Nontheless several swift and stringent measures have been instituted by the Maryland County Health Team, support partners and other concerned aid agencies in Harper, the Maryland capital.Amongst the many initiatives instituted are placement of sterilized buckets containing chlorine mixed with clean water, extensive public awareness, door to door posters, verbal warning by health personnel, city corporation’s sanitation workers and ordinary residents’ advice to one another in house-hold meetings in Harper.To date, according to medical experts there have been no suspected cases of the Ebola virus in Harper City since the outbreak of the deadly virus in northwestern Liberia’s Lofa County.Dozens of small and medium business centers have been posted with kiosk pump buckets, especially at big entertainment entities, requiring that persons entering must wash their hands and follow strict health rules issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW).However, the only side effect of the Ebola fear and spread in Harper City is the restricted the movement city dwellers, businesspeople and ordinary citizens into the various communities in Maryland County.In separate interviews with some Harper City residents, students, government officials and businesspeople in mid-last week, they sounded an urgent appeal to the Maryland County Health Team and other aid-agencies to brace for the fight against Ebola.“We will intensify our support to the medical personnel, non-governmental organizations and other major players in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Harper and other cities and towns in Maryland County,” Harper’s resident Samson Thomas assured.“I think and in my elementary understanding, the fight against the Ebola virus should indeed be everybody’s serious business and top priority in the country,” Mr. Thomas cautioned Liberians.Resident Sarah Kun Richardson noted that they were indeed grateful to God first and indebted to health workers of Maryland for their resilience, fortitude and determination to prevent the Ebola virus from spreading in the area.She also added that they were grateful to some aid-agencies and Ngos that continue to demonstrate their commitment, support and care for citizens and residents in that part of rural Liberia.She further urged all health and related institutions to be proactive in their strides and strive to combat the current plague of the Ebola virus from landing in Maryland.Madam Richardson, however, sounded an urgent appeal to the Liberian Government, support partners, foreign diplomatic missions, Liberians and business communities to extend support in order to help Liberians go through the nightmare and life threatening Ebola plague in the country.As a business person, Madam Richardson regretted that she is now experiencing very low customer attendance owing to the Ebola virus outbreak in some parts of the country.Madam Richardson recommended that major borders should be temporally closed to prevent persons, ships and vehicles and goods and services into Maryland County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LINEUPS FOR SUMMER SERIESSix to Sunset concerts6 p.m. Thursdaysat Esther Short Park, freeo July 17: The Beatnikso July 24: Curtis Salgadoo July 31: Johnny Limbo & The Lugnutso Aug. 7: 5 Guys Named Moeo Aug. 14: Vancouver Symphony OrchestraDestination Downtownnoon concertsNoon Wednesdays atEsther Short Park, freeo July 16: Lincoln’s Beardo July 23: Gravyo July 30: One of a Kind Drumlineo Aug. 6: Supadupa Marimba Brotherso Aug. 13: Britnee KelloggCountry Financial Friday Night Movies in the ParkMovies start at dusk at various locations, freeo July 11 at Haagen Park: “Up”o July 18 at Fruit Valley Park: “Back to the Future”o July 25 at Marshall Park: “The Goonies”o Aug. 1 at John Ball Park: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II”o Aug. 8 at Fisher Basin Park: “Second Hand Lions”o Aug. 15 at Esther Short Park: “Hoosiers”Downtown parkingParking is available at the Park n’ Go next to Esther Short Park, and downtown street parking is free after 6 p.m.Minutes before the band took to the pavilion stage at Esther Short Park Thursday evening, people could be seen lugging lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas and snacks. Someone even brought a carrot cake to the downtown park for the occasion.Summertime concerts on the park lawn means bringing everything you need — or don’t need — to enjoy tunes while the sun goes down.The free Six to Sunset concert series consistently brings 5,000 to 6,000 people to the park each week, said Stacey Donovan, special events manager for the city of Vancouver. Finding an open patch of grass in front of the stage was tough. Latecomers set up their lawn chairs on the edge of the sidewalk to get a view of Stone in Love, a Journey tribute band. It didn’t really matter where people sat, the music could be heard just about anywhere in the park. Dave Smith watched from a lawn chair on the side of the stage. He returned to the park for the concerts after going last year and finding it to be a “relaxing, comfortable” summertime activity. “The price is right,” he said with a laugh. “The weather’s perfect for it.” This year, the series in the park brings back bands that didn’t play last year.Blues singer Curtis Salgado is the only returning act from last year, Donovan said. The summer’s lineup consists mostly of cover bands, like Stone in Love, playing the classics. Even the sixth and closing act, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on Aug. 14, is slated to cover movie theme songs. To spread the word about the concerts, Vancouver and Riverview Community Bank are promoting the series through social media. People who post photos, videos or check in with a status update from the park using the hashtag #6tosunset on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Google+ have the chance to win a prize from local businesses.