Longtime Valley Meade residents Jerry and Darlene Komin celebrated their 50th anniversary with a dinner party with their children and their families Jan. 6 at Capitol Grill. (Submitted photo / January 5, 2012)

Back by popular demand: The orchestra of St. John's, Howard County's only professional chamber orchestra, will present "A Viennese New Year's Celebration Concert" Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. in St. John's Episcopal Church.

This multimedia event will include the music of Johann Strauss, dancers from the Howard County Ballet, a video presentation of "The Wonders of Howard County" followed by a champagne and chocolate reception.

Show admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students older than 18 and free for students younger than 18 years old when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the church office at 410-461-7793.

For more information on the Orchestra of St. Johns visit their website at http://www.orchestraofstjohns.org.


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Longtime Valley Mede residents Jerry and Darlene Komin had cause for celebration last week – Jan. 6 marked their 50th wedding anniversary. Their three children and their spouses Stacey (Mike), Jennifer (Marco), and Jeffrey (Alyssa) along with their grandchildren Jordan, Jackson and Taylor hosted a spectacular dinner party to celebrate the special day at Capitol Grill.

Jerry and Darlene grew up and fell in love in Charm City. They moved to Ellicott City in 1971 to raise their growing family — the same year their youngest son, Jeffrey, was born.

Their daughter, Jenn de Palma, a teacher at Hollifield Station Elementary school, told me they will continue the celebration with a family trip in the spring.

Congratulations Jerry and Darlene! Wishing you many more years together.

Ellicott City's Veterans of Foreign War Post 7472 and Bob Evans restaurant (off of Executive Park Drive) are joining forces to raise money for the Veterans Relief Fund Saturday, Jan. 14.

The fundraiser works like this: if you eat at Bob Evans anytime between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. and bring in a VFW flyer, the restaurant will donate 15 percent of your bill to the Veterans Relief Fund. The flyer must be presented when you check out in order for the restaurant to make a donation.

According to Al Hernandez, VFW Post 7472 Service Officer, the Veterans Relief Fund helps local veterans with everyday needs such as heating bills, groceries and medical expenses. Go to the VFW Post 7472 on their website at http://www.vfw7472.org or on Facebook at "VFW Post 7472, Ellicott City, MD".

Sadly our community lost two beloved educators that passed away just before the new year. On Dec. 21, Bellows Spring Elementary School kindergarten teacher Robin Hartlove Berg lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. And former Dunloggin Middle School Principal Frank Scrivener passed away Dec. 30. Scrivener retired from the school in 2004. They leave behind a grateful community and legacy of giving. My sympathies to their families, friends and students.