The third hockey match between the Reservoir Ice Hockey Club and "the community" will take place on Oct. 19 at the Columbia Ice Rink.

This grudge match pits members of the Gator community, including Reservour High School teachers and alumni, against this years' RHS hockey club. There will be prizes, raffles and merchandise for sale.

On-ice antics and action will keep your eyes glued to the ice with fan-favorites such as "chuck-a-puck" to keep you entertained. Doors to the rink open at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $6 at the door ($4 for students). which will help the club continue to play the sport that they love. Go Gators!

By all accounts, the annual Highland Day celebration was a roaring success.


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Dan O'Leary, the president of the Greater Highland Crossroads Association, forwarded some highlights to me. Although an official attendance estimate has yet to be made, the "parking czars," Bob Kipke and Mike Fennessy, reported that there were at least 500 cars continuously parked from noon on. They estimated they parked at least 1,000 cars.

County Council members Greg Fox and Mary Kay Sigaty participated in the costume awards sponsored by APL Federal Credit Union with the kids in the costume parade filling the stage. The Little Shoppe of Horrors apparently was really scary — Dan said that he heard of 8-year-olds in tears. His daughter Megan (she's over 30) confirmed this after two trips through the shoppe.

As for the "most entertaining," Dan reported that this was definitely the pie-eating contest with the council members joining in the no-hands-face-in-the-pie contest. Greg was declared the winner with Mary Kay eating over half of the 9-inch pie.

A local bluegrass group, the Highland Hill Boys, was a big hit. Enthusiasm, true harmonies and musicianship kept everyone tapping their feet. After playing two long sets, they asked the sound man to stay for another set. They were last seen still playing acoustic in the parking lot.

Finally, Dan reported that lots of sound was still coming from the Twist & Turn Tavern at 1 a.m.

The Fulton Elementary School PTA, in conjunction with the PTA Council of Howard County, is participating in the Councils' Coat Drive during the month of October. What's needed are new or gently used boys, girls, teens and adult sizes of coats, hats and gloves.

All items must be clean, with zippers and buttons functioning and ready to wear. There's a collection box located outside of the school office. For more information, contact Lisa Schlossnagle at lisa@omniti.com or 301-317-3868.

Our black cat, Allie, disappeared two weeks ago. She's completely black, with a few white hairs on her chest and she has a kink in the end of her tail. She wasn't wearing a collar but she's up-to-date with all her vaccinations. If you see her, or know where she is, please give me a call. Thanks.