Lauren Giddings

Lauren Giddings' remains are carried out of the church following a funeral service in her honor at St. Mary of the Mills Church in Laurel. (Staff photo by Brian Krista / August 16, 2011)

Many people in North Laurel want to know if there is anything they can do to support the Giddings family after the loss of their daughter, Lauren. The Giddings family has created a fund in Lauren's name. It will support Special Olympics and a great way to help others in her name. If you are interested in donating, just send a check for the Lauren Teresa Giddings Fund, to St. Mary of the Mills Church, attention Giddings Family, 114 St. Mary's Place, Laurel, MD 20707. You can also continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers as well as they get ready for the trial of her former neighbor accused of her murder.

Vandals have left their mark on the new skate park in the North Laurel Community Center. Vandals spray-painted the skate park either on the night of July 28 or early morning July 29. The Howard County Police Department is offering a reward of up to $500 for any information leading to an arrest and conviction. You can remain anonymous, if you wish, but if you have any information on this matter, call 410-313-STOP.

Remember, this is our park and we have to stand strong to make sure it stays nice for the community.

The Howard County Fair may have ended but the North Laurel 4-H Club is still busy. They are now preparing to attend the state fair, which starts Aug. 26 at the state fairgrounds, in Timonium. If you plan on attending the state fair, do not forget to go visit their displays and help support our local club.


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The youth group at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will be holding a yard sale Sept. 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be in the church parking lot, 12430 Scaggsville Road. The cost is $20 for two spaces and $5 for each additional space.

The money they raise will be used to help with the cost of youth trips and their service projects. They help out with Grassroots, the Howard County Food Bank and Winter Haven. This is a great way to clear out unwanted items from your house and help others at the same time.

To reserve a space or find out more information please contact Elizabeth Blough at Eblough@comcast.net or 301-604-6769.

Howard County has started bulk pick up. They are now collecting plastic items such as coolers, lawn furniture or play sets and starting this month, you can call to get large items such as mattresses, chairs or tables collected only by calling 410-313-6444. In October they will start on collecting bulk metal items like appliances. Go to http://www.HowardCountyRecycles.org to get all the details.

The Carroll Baldwin Memorial Institute is fundraising and all proceeds are eligible for matching grant funds. They have note cards and coffee mugs for sale, or they are accepting monetary donations. If interested in how you can help, call 410-294-3561.