Victoria Williams, an eighth-grader at Ridgely Middle School, was recently honored as Student of the Month by the Timonium Optimists Club.

Her school counselor says Victoria is an excellent student, giving much of her own time and self to others. She also has the highest number of service hours in her grade.

She has participated in Jump Rope for Heart, gave tours of the school to new students, was involved with the Student Government and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society.

In addition, Victoria plays tennis and steels drums, and was a participant in the school's Quiz Bowl.


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She is a member of Havenwood Presbyterian Church where she sings with the youth choir.

But that's not all — she also participates in Lutherville Timonium Recreation Council sports, does a lot of outside volunteering and has achieved the Girl Scouts of America Silver Award.

Congratulations, Victoria!

The 20th annual Cat Fanciers' Association All-Breed Cat Show will be held in the State Fairgrounds' Exhibition Hall, Sept. 24-25, in Timonium.

The show will feature 450 cats representing 41 breeds, including household pets. Rescue cats and kittens will be available for adoption and purebred kittens will be available for purchase.

Also, a mobile veterinary clinic will be on site for low cost spaying or neutering for cats and kittens, by appointment only. Call 433-867-2601.

Admission is $7 for adults; $6 for seniors and children under 12; and free for children under 2. The cost is $20 for a family of four. Go to freestatecatfanciers.tripod.com for a $1 off coupon.

Celebrating September birthdays in our community are Ed Mentlik, Shirley Lentz, Madeline Bryant, Lew Nash, Shirley Nueslein, Dylan Wheeler and Jeanette Spedden. Special congratulations goes to Harry Belt, who celebrated 90 years on Sept. 3.

The 35th annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, featuring 250 artisans, comes to the State Fairgrounds in Timonium from Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2. The show includes crafts, pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, wood, accessories, photography and art.

The festival will feature gourmet foods and seasonal favorites, candies, chocolates, soups, breads and olive oils.

Also live demonstrations of iron forging, papermaking, copper spinning, stone sculpture and more. Family entertainment will include interactive dress-up theater and live music by jazz and contemporary performers. Admission is $7 online and $9 at the door. Children under 12 are free. For more information, visit http://www.sugarloafcrafts.com or call 800-210-9900.

Hopefully, by the time you are reading this, everyone's power has been restored.

Irene, the unwelcome visitor, spared us in some ways, but still had a powerful impact on our communities.

Evening hours found us doing everything by candlelight, flashlight or oil lamp — no TV, no Internet, no phones, (except for cells). Charging cell phones in vehicles was a regular ritual.

Unless you had a vintage wind-up alarm clock, finding out the time was a challenge. Once again, the cell phone came in handy for that.

Scouting up and down York Road for ice, a precious commodity, was also a new routine.

We took showers at our offices or at the homes at family members who had water (some even warm water!) and ate dinner with kind friends who could cook and invited us to a "lighted" dinner indoors.

We learned to carry flashlights in our cars so that when we came home after dark, we could manage to get our keys into our doors and reenter our homes. We learned all the roundabout ways we could travel our streets without running into the jams caused by outed traffic lights.

Those of us who had some camping experience were a bit more comfortable and creative. We saw bonfires in back yards with friends and family gathered around. My husband, and outdoorsman and former Scout, cooked eggs and made chicken soup on the outdoor grill.

Let's hope we've had enough "hurricane" adjustment in our lives for now — although the season is far from over.