Question: What day comes before Ash Wednesday? Answer: Shrove Tuesday.
Next question: What kind of meal is typically consumed on Shrove Tuesday? Why, pancakes of course!
Next question: Have you ever noticed how some things taste so much better when eaten out?
If you have a hankering for a very reasonable pancake supper, with sausages, spiced apples, coffee, tea, juice and milk, then Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 10755 Scaggsville Road, in Laurel, is the place for you. The supper takes place on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is: $6 per adult, $4 for ages 12 and younger and those younger than 5 eat free.
This event is a fundraiser for the youth mission team and the proceeds will be used for an upcoming mission trip to the Bahamas. For more information, call Donna Meoli, director of spiritual formation and youth ministry at 301-725-5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week I mentioned the "Kiss a Cow" event, part of the "30 Hour Famine" campaign that the high school youth group at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, in Fulton, will be holding this upcoming weekend. Parish member Randy Arndt was kind enough to send along a photo of Pastor Rod Ronneberg, Associate Pastor Cathy Ammlung, two of the three "cow-kissers" and a few members of the high school youth group.
I'd also like to clarify something that I wrote in the same story. I used a slang word for kissing that I thought I knew how to spell. I should have run a quick Google search on it; then, I would have realized that I had spelled it wrong because I was pronouncing it with two too many letters. I apologize most humbly for using such a poor choice of words.
The indoor track teams of Reservoir High had an outstanding performance at the recent Ivan Walker Memorial/Howard County Indoor Championships. D.J. Pickens came in second place in the shot put and the girls 4x200-meter relay team of Toyin Ajayi, Sierra Clay, Daishea Williams and Yaa Danso finished third.
Brad Carrion, Adam Gartrell, Timmy Usher and Tristan King crushed the competition in the boys 4x800 relay, coming in first place with a time of 8 minutes, 33 seconds. Dasia Moore finished fifth in the 55 hurdles and Jalen Thomas was sixth.
Mike Motta matched his personal-best time of 6.78 seconds and came in sixth in the 55 dash. The girls 4x800 team of Lisa Horowitz, Cindy Alms, Karli Smirigalia and Amy Oliver cruised to a second-place finish. Timmy Usher improved on his own school record in the 500 and finished second. The boys 4x200 team ran its best time of the year with a second-place finish. Usher also finished third in the 800.
Evan Rector and Eric Higgins finished second and sixth, respectively, in the pole vault. Danny Green and Rector did very well in the triple jump as well, with Danny finishing fourth with a jump of 40 feet-8 inches and Evan finishing sixth with a personal best of 39-4.
Lisa Horowitz was named Athlete of the Meet for her outstanding performances in the 4x800 and 1,600. Congratulations.
Keedra Brown was selected as Reservoir High's nominee for the Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year Award.
Greg Knauf, the choral director of the Reservoir High music department, announced the forming of a local chapter of Tri-M (Modern Music Masters) National Music Honor Society.
The inaugural members are: Matthew Acquard, Wyeth Aleksei, Christina Alms, Troy Anlage, Chaz Atkinson, Eden Belay, Jackie Bikoti, Grace Bodden, Labresha Boozer, Allison Bradbury, Jordan Budzinski, Sarah Danihel, Pooja Daya, Lauren DeLong, Daniel DePinto, Caroline desJardins-Park, Sophie Goron, Abby Goron, Gina Han, Natalie Harris, Lisa Horowitz, Chelsea Horvath, Stephanie Ichniowski, Katie Kelly, Emily Kim, Christine Kirchner, Tory LaFemina, Lauren LaGrasta, Carey Locke, Katherine Malanoski, Meghan McBeth, Eric Meehan, Kristina Mileo, Peter Nionakis, Daniel Odom, Michael Palmer, Lauren Poleto, Kyle Pompei, Genay Rawlins, Andrew Rayo, Jillian Regner, Joy Ruffa, Karli Smiraglia, Rachel Sowers, Graham Thompson, Daniel Usher, Kia Wheatley and Anna Yang.
The Reservoir High speech and debate team hosted its first tournament at the school recently. Coach Emily Mandile and the team members organized and ran a very successful event. More than 25 teams from the Baltimore metro area attended.
Nik Khanna won the gold medal and Brian Shouse took the bronze medal in the Lincoln-Douglass category. Nik is now locked in as the first seed for the state tournament in March. Brian also earned a spot at the state event.
Haley Sweeton won the gold medal in children's literature with a wonderful rendition of "Piggy Pie," improving her seeding for the state tournament. The team also won its first school sweepstakes plaque as well, coming in third behind Loyola Blakefield and Wilde Lake High School.
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.