"The Little Mermaid" cast at the Catonsville Youth Theater included, from left, Elkridge residents Brooke McDonnell, Seth Michael Vint, Travis Giordano and Kelley Harris. (Submitted photo / June 14, 2012)

Need a little extra workout this weekend? Harwood Park Community United Methodist Church is hosting its second annual 5k Run/1k Walk on Saturday, June 23, at the church, 6635 Highland Ave.

This event is open to the public; registration begins at 7 a.m. and the event kicks off at 8 a.m. Registration is $20 per person; kids younger than 15 are $10; each registrant will receive an event T-shirt while supplies last.

Make your tax deductible check payable to Harwood Park United Methodist Church. For more information, contact event coordinator, Linda Mayer, at 443-514-4876, or email harwoodparkchurch@verizon.net.

The communities of Elkridge and Hanover recently received some very positive news concerning an ongoing battle to keep a 24/7 CSX Intermodal site out of our neighborhood.


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The following is excerpted from a letter to the Greater Elkridge Community Association (GECA) from Courtney Watson: "On behalf of Senator Ed Kasemeyer, Delegates Malone, Deboy, and Bobo, as well as Executive Ken Ulman, and me, I would like to let you know that we have learned that CSX is prepared to announce that they are not renewing options to purchase property along Race and Hanover roads in Elkridge for an intermodal site. This is a positive development for the Elkridge community! It is important to note that final decisions have not been made about where an intermodal facility goes, and there is the strong likelihood that several sites around the region remain in consideration. … Let's stay vigilant and work together as final decisions unfold. Thank you to each and every one of you that have worked along side with us to help bring about a positive resolution."

In reply, Howard Johnson, community association president, added, "This is great news and a big positive for Elkridge and truly reflects the hard work and team effort of our membership and the local government collective that represented our concerns in Annapolis. I'd also like to offer special thanks to resident committee members Drew Roth, Mitch Buckman, Pam Bertrand, Chuck Menk, Val McGuire, Gail Segil, and Robyn Winder. In addition, all the residents who attended meetings and open forums, or sent letters to our key decision makers in Maryland. And, I agree with Courtney, we must stay vigilant to the end, but this is a great battle victory for Elkridge. Thank you all for your continued work in our community and all you do for Elkridge."

I would simply like to add a note of gratitude to Howard for his tireless commitment to our neighborhoods, as well as his diligence and allegiance to GECA and the community as a whole, not only on the CSX effort, but, in all areas of concern that affect our local quality of life.

In local stage news, some of our young Elkridge residents were very busy this past spring singing under the sea in Catonsville Youth Theater's production of "The Little Mermaid."

The performances were held in May at the West Baltimore United Methodist Church.

According to Elkridge resident Cindy McDonnell, the student actors from Elkridge Elementary School included Cindy's daughter, Brooke McDonnell, 4th grade, in the role as mermaid Atina (Ariel's sister); Kelley Harris, 5th grade, performed in a singing role as a seahorse; and Seth Michael Vint, 5th grade, played the role of the priest who officiated the make-believe wedding of "Ariel" and "Eric." Travis Giordano, a 6th grader from Elkridge Landing Middle, performed dual characters as one of Eric's faithful sailors and Jetsam, one of Ursula's evil eels.

Students from Catonsville, Columbia, Pasadena and Severn also joined in the cast. This summer Brooke, Seth, Michael and Kelley will be also be performing in "Sleeping Beauty" and "Harry Potter;" and Travis is auditioning for a role in "Pippin the Musical" to be held late September.

Congratulations to all these young actors and may you "break a leg" in all future stage endeavors.

The Howard High School Booster Club, Lions' Pride, has announced its board for the 2012-2013 school year.

They are Tom Singleton, president; Scot Loiselle, vice president; Julie Caruso, treasurer; and Vicki Price, secretary.

Also in Lions' Pride news, this year's scholarships ($1,000 and $500) were awarded to Lady Lions Katja Randazzo (1st place) and Megan O'Malley (2nd place), and to Lions Ryan Wade (1st place) and Konner Ruggles (2nd place) for their overall success and impressive contributions to academics and sports. Congratulations to these student athletes on their awards.

Calling all Lions from the Howard High School Class of '72! Judy Shehan Wheeler, is your 40th reunion coordinator and hopes to see as many former classmates on Saturday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m.-midnight, at Jilly's Bar and Grill, 10030 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City.

Cost per person is only $12 (with a cash bar on site); and an RSVP is helpful, so it's only $10 per person if you register ahead of time.

Make checks payable to Howard High Class of '72 and mail your RSVP to Judy Shehan Wheeler, 6288 Montgomery Road, Elkridge, MD 21075.

If you can't attend, send regrets via email to howardclassof72@gmail.com to help Judy build a solid contact database for future events. If you're in still in touch with others from the class who are out of the area, be sure to share the invitation.

The Howard High School Class of '62 is also planning a party for its 50th reunion, slated to take place this fall. If you are a '62 Lion, know how to find long-lost classmates, or interested in helping out, contact Judy Pool Merson at 410-796-2838 or judymerson@yahoo.com.

That's all for this week, but keep those emails coming and let me know what's going on in your back yard.