Allan Kittleman

State Sen. Allan Kittleman will make an appearance at the next Greater Highland Crossroads Association meeting on Thursday, April 12 to talk about the area's land use issues. (File photo / January 18, 2011)

The Greater Highland Crossroads Association will hold its next monthly meeting on Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, at the junction of Route 216 and Hall Shop Road. That meeting should prove very informative with state Sen. Allan Kittleman speaking on Gov. Martin O'Malley's state-wide land use initiative. The GHCA folks have worked hard on our own area's land use issues. Come hear these issues discussed on a state-wide level.

Now that spring is here and temperatures are on the rise, the 4-H program is alive and well in our area for 2012. I got an email from Carolyn Kulp of the University of Maryland Extension Howard County, about the upcoming 4-H Camp, set for June 24-30 in Garrett County.

The camp is open to kids ages 8-13 and to teens 14-18 who would take on leadership roles. The camp's program emphasizes areas such as youth leadership, citizenship and environmental education. It also provides situations where campers are challenged while discovering his/her own skills and abilities. Other camp several activities offered are arts and crafts, challenge course, hiking, archery, rifles, outdoor cooking, canoeing, and swimming.

For more information and camp registration forms, go to the Howard County 4-H web site at http://www.howard4-h.org.


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Reservoir High School student athlete Timmy Usher was named to the All Metro indoor track and field first team by the Baltimore Sun. Congratulations, Tim!

The RHS indoor color guard placed second and the Reservoir drum line earned third-place honors at the KIDA indoor competition at Urbana High School. Congratulations to these dedicated students and their coaches: Mitch Muessner, Karen Bui and Allie Alexander (RHS '07), who work with the color guard; and Joe Espinera, Mitchell Smallwood (RHS '07), and Erin DeLong (RHS '09) coordinate the drum line.

The Reservoir culinary science team of Rayiana Bryant (team captain), Avery Stott, Tabith Gaverth, Vu Nguyen and Danny Green had an impressive performance at the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Competing in a variety of challenges during the daylong competition, the team was commended for their teamwork, sanitary practices, and cutting skills. These students continue the long history of success by the culinary science program at Reservoir and have gone onto culinary programs at higher institutions such as the Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales University, University of Maryland, Art Institute of Virginia and the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, to name a few. Congratulations to the team and to Madge Johnson, the family and consumer Sciences teacher.

The latest Fulton Elementary School "Bus Feather" winners: Ryan Murray, Ryan Nelson, Grace Smith, Sarah Mudd, Maddie Praisner, Isabella Sellers, Graham Leary, Ben Davis, Allen Dzubak, Courtney Johnson, Bintou Koroma, Gianna Schlossnagle, Megan Smith, Stephanie Mihalik, Caroline Smollen, Julian Vissering and Rush Grippo. These students were rewarded with extra time in the "Mission Impossible" obstacle course with Principal Karen Moore-Roby and Assistant Principal Susan Nickles.

Last minute notice: The 15th annual River Hill High School talent show will take place Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at River Hill High School. You'll not want to miss featured singers, steppers, dancers, jump-ropers and others. Tickets are $10 at the door and the proceeds go to King Peggy and Operation Smile (an organization providing free reconstructive surgery to children with facial deformities).

Also taking place at the school on April 20 at 7 p.m. is the James Munsey Comedy Hypnosis Show in the River Hill High Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and will be sold during lunch at the school April 17-20 and at the door. Proceeds will benefit the post-prom party, keeping "our kids" safe on prom night.

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 are serving in harm's way and remember their families, too.