The Cedar Lane School, on the Fulton Campus, occupies a unique spot in the Howard County School system.

This school offers a specialized and comprehensive educational experience for students, ages 3 through 21, whose needs fall outside the scope of the average school environment.

Students attending may be developmentally delayed or challenged; they may have multiple disabilities, physical and/or mental; or they may have behavior challenges both in school and outside settings.

This year, the school is starting with 107 students.


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Paul Owns is the principal. Staff members Steve Kucey, John

Secco and Pat Brooks have retired. New on the staff are

Erin Sapperstein, elementary school teacher; Beth Baker, nurse; Hannah Tien, student assistant; Brett Schwartzbart, adapted physical education teacher; and Bernadette Mullinix, physical therapist.

Laura Kane, a parent of a Reservoir High School student and a member of the school's Music Boosters, runs a grocery card fund-raising program for the music department.

The great thing about this program is that you can help out the department by doing something that you do anyway — purchase groceries.

Here's how it works. Laura has $100 grocery cards for Weis Markets, Giant Foods, Food Lion and Shoppers Food Warehouse. For every card you purchase, the music department gets $5.

If you purchase the card in the name of a music student, $3 will go to the student's trip account and $2 goes into the general fund. Otherwise, the entire $5 goes into the fund.

Don't you think it's an easy way to help out? For more information, contact

Laura at 301-490-7169 or via email at laura.kane@ferc.gov.

Don't forget to stop by the yard sale at St. Francis Catholic Church this Saturday, Sept. 8. It's from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the parking lot.

Not only can you still reserve a spot for your own treasures (two spaces for $20), the church ladies will have a couple tables where they will be offering donated items for sale.

For more information, contact Gail Brown at pynebrown@verizon.net or Joan Morris at tjm3720@comcast.net.

My wife Jennie and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary on Sept. 11. Happy anniversary, Jennie!

It is also the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Never forget. I won't.

That's all for this week. Keep sending me those emails and

phoning me up. I love hearing from you.