James H. MacDonald of Annapolis recently joined Anne Arundel Medical Center's staff and its affiliated Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center. MacDonald, an orthopedic surgeon, completed a fellowship in arthroplasty at New York City's Hospital for Special Surgery. He earned a medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1998 and completed a residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Linda Ferris of Owings Mills was recently appointed executive director of Anne Arundel Medical Center's Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute. Before joining the medical center's staff, Ferris served as executive director of Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center in Waterbury, Conn. Ferris earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, a master's degree in psychology from Oakland University in Michigan and a doctorate degree in organizational and educational psychology from the University of Michigan.

Harbor City Music Company, winner of the 2003 Region 19 Sweet Adelines choral competition, will represent the region (which includes Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey) in the International Sweet Adelines competition to be held Tuesday through next Thursday in Indianapolis. The Brooklyn Park-based all-female chorus will compete in the semifinals next Thursday. The competition will include choral groups from around the world. Groups will be judged on sound, music, expression and theatrical ability. The top 10 semifinalists will compete in the finals Oct. 30. The competition will be broadcast live on the Web at www.sweetadelineintl.org.

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

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