The school year has ended and students and teachers alike are looking forward to a relaxing, fun-filled summer. There is special recognition, however, for two teachers at Owings Mills High School who received awards from the PTA Council of Baltimore County. Cindy Wasserman was the recipient of a Special Recognition Award, and Cathleen Russell was recognized as one of the nominees for Outstanding Educator. Congratulations to both of these remarkable teachers who have a passion for teaching, and who are advocates for OMHS. They are truly leaders and mentors at their school as they invest their time and talents to make a difference in the lives of their students.

School may be out but there are still classes to be taken. If your teenager is ready to drive, look no further than Street Smarts of Maryland, the official driving school of the Owings Mills High School PTSA. Certified MVA instructors will navigate the roads with your teen, and a portion of tuition will be returned to the school as a fundraiser. Convenient hours and no wait time for behind-the-wheel lessons make it even more appealing. Classes are forming for the summer and the first session is June 18-29 from 9 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Call 443-355-4238 for details.

The Harbour School recently held an auction to raise funds to purchase an iPad for every student. Prior to the event, the school had 167 iPads, and the auction netted another 100 devices for the school, so that now every student has one. Students at both the Annapolis and Baltimore campuses will benefit by using the iPads for math and science. Using the iPad will also help each student become a creative problem solver and allow them to tap into resources not available to them before this.

In addition, the Harbour School at Baltimore celebrated its 30th anniversary on May 25 and marked the occasion with some very special events. A 30th anniversary T-shirt was taken around the world on Air Force One by Col. Eric Bulger who is a pilot on the aircraft, and also a parent at The Harbour School at Annapolis. The shirt was signed by the crew and then presented to the school by Dr. Linda Jacobs, executive director. In return, the students presented Dr. J with a time capsule of written notes about what they liked best about their school. The festivities concluded with a pep rally and a student/staff tug-of-war.


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Congratulations to graduating senior Nicole Donovan, of Tollgate, who was awarded scholarships at a recent assembly at Franklin High School. She received a scholarship from Stevenson University and also from Timber Grove Elementary PTA. Nicole will attend Stevenson University in the fall and is planning a career in teacher education. Best wishes for a successful college experience.

Summer is officially here when the carnivals come to town. The Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its carnival from June 13-23 at the JC Penney parking lot at the mall. In years past, when the carnival was at the Metro Lot, people were afraid to go. All that changed when it was moved to the mall and fenced in. Charging admission also deterred anyone who wasn't there to enjoy the carnival. Security was present, and last year there was not one incident of any wrongdoing. My husband and I went one evening and had a lovely time among the families and children that were present. The weather even cooperated last year and fingers are crossed for fair weather again. This carnival is a major fundraiser for the fire department, and community support is vital and much appreciated.

Development in our area has been a hot topic in the community. The vacant has been scouted by and plans are in the works to bring that store here. Opponents cite traffic issues as a negative for this project, while others insist there cannot be vacant buildings left to deteriorate around town. Then there are two other developments (the mall and Foundry Row) that play into the mix and things get complicated. Many residents feel that all three areas could be developed so that they complement each other instead of competing. . It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

On a personal note, I want to publicly thank everyone who kept our family in prayer when my husband had surgery for prostate cancer. The past two months have been an emotional roller coaster but he is recovering and his prognosis is excellent. We are now anxiously awaiting the arrival of grandson No. two, who is due June 17 but may be here when this goes to print. We are definitely counting our blessings!

Happy Flag Day (today, June 14) to everyone and HappyFather's Day (June 17) to all our area dads, granddads and loving father figures.

I hope you enjoy a safe and wonderful Fourth of July. My next column appears July 12.