Julianne Knoblett, a student at Lime Kiln Middle School and a member of Girl Scout Troop 2527, is working, along with her troop, on earning their Silver Award. Their goal: to assist the House of Ruth and raise awareness about its contributions to help abused women and children.

Her troop has organized a blanket-making workshop in the pavilion at Schooley Mill Park Feb. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. The park is located on the big bend on Hall Shop Road, between routes 108 and 216. Participants will make a blanket, which will then be donated to the House of Ruth. A snack and a "fun patch" will be provided to each participant. The cost: $15, the cost of three cups of Starbuck's fancy coffees

Julianne is hoping for at least 30 participants. For more information, email her at knoblett6@yahoo.com. Good luck to Julianne and her troop.

Did you know that, since October 2011, volunteers with Neighbor Ride make 1,245 trips per month?


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"That's a 30-percent increase from the same time in 2010," said Colleen Dumais Konstanzer, the Community Outreach Coordinator at Neighbor Ride.

Recently voted "Best of Howard County – Charity/Nonporofit" for the fourth consecutive year, the volunteers at Neighbor Ride are committed to decreasing isolation and improving the quality of life for Howard County's older residents.

If you resolved to "make a difference" in some way this year or, even if you didn't resolve to do anything, consider volunteering to be a driver. Flexible day, evening and weekend opportunities are available. Call Patrice Cerwonka or Rosemary Noble at 410-884-RIDE or email volunteer@neighborride.org for more information about volunteering.

Remember the Reservoir High School Student Government Association's "Peanut Butter and Jelly" drive? More than 400 jars of PB&J were delivered to local shelters, where they were gratefully received and much appreciated. This was a very caring and wonderful gesture from the students and the community.

Reservoir High student Kamal Browne had one of his photos selected for the 2011 Drexel University High School Photography contest. Of the more than 1,800 entries, Kamal's was one of only four chosen statewide. His photo will be on display at Drexel University from Feb. 4 to March 2.

Also at Reservoir, members of the Spanish National Honor Society sponsored a fundraiser for local families in need and collected more than $700. Congrats to the students who were involved and their sponsor, Michelle Hyde.

Every year, the Reservoir Music Boosters sponsor a Super Bowl Sub Sale and this year is no different. The sub (in Philly, we would call them hoagies) choices for this year are: turkey and cheese, cold cut (ham, salami, bologna and cheese), ham and cheese and vegetarian (green and red peppers, cucumbers, olives and cheese). All come with provolone cheese and lettuce.

The subs are 12 inches and come "freezer ready." Single subs are $7 and a party pack of four with a bag of chips is $28. Orders and cash are due by Jan. 25. If you order through a Reservoir student, they will deliver the subs, to your door, Feb. 4. For more information, email Chris Armstrong at caa1130@comcast.net.

Over at Lime Kiln Middle School, the Students of the Week for the week ending Dec. 23 are: Caroline Federinko, Matthew Katz, Jordan Sweeney, Alex Wasilewski, Catherine Du, Sanee Lakani, Tyler Pearlstein and Stephanie Panza.

On January 25 at 8:30 a.m., Lime Kiln is having a school-wide spelling bee. Parents and other members of the local community are invited to attend and root for their favorites, one of whom will be the next Lime Kiln champion.

The eighth-grade qualifiers are: Kelly Becker, Sonya Datta, Anu Faboro, Darius Hannah, Eric Hasegawa, Erin Hill, Peter Jen, Kayla Krammes, Roger Mao, Jon Smith, Raghav Srivastava, Madison Trice, James Via, Maxi Wardcantori and Abigail Werner.

The seventh-grade qualifiers are: Sean Foley, Daniel Kim, Michael Malin, Greg Nelson and Colt Pettit.

The sixth-grade qualifiers are: Luke Amato, Malcolm Black-Howell, Luke Camion, Irene Chen, Ben Cho, Jay Clute, Catherine Du, Ruiting Jia, Ben Kamins, Ryan Pham, Garrett Rent, Sheldon Shamlin, Demetris Shepard-Lewis and Alison Villafuerte.

Good luck to all the participants.

On Jan. 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Lime Kiln cafeteria, the Lime Kiln PTA and HC DrugFree, are sponsoring a session called, "What's Happening Now? A Parent's Guide to Substances Their Teens May Be Using."

During the program, you will be provided with some good info so you parents can help your kids make good choices. Topics include inhalants, medicines, alcohol, bath salts, pot, K2 and spice. If you have a child in fourth grade or higher, you will no doubt find this meeting very informative.

Correction: the next meeting of the Greater Highland Crossroads Association will be Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Route 216/Hall Shop Road, in Highland. Dan O'Leary, the president of the GHCA, said there was a typo in the newsletter and was kind enough to send the corrected date. Don't forget to attend. The board members are our representatives and fight for our community.

I hope your holidays were fun and relaxing. Our son, Tim, and his wife, Gabrielle, and their children Owen, Emma and Lily were here over Christmas. It was great. It was their first Christmas visit in moe than eight years. They live in western North Carolina so it was a long drive for them.

One of the gifts I received this year was a daily calendar with the theme of "random acts of kindness."

Well, that's all for this week. Commit a random act of kindness. Look in on your neighbors. Say a prayer for our troops who remain in harm's way and remember their families, too.