Montpelier resident Paulette Faulkner was recently sworn in as a Prince George's County Commissioner for the Human Relations Commission by County Executive Rushern Baker III. Paulette describes her appointment as an honor and a humbling experience. She plans to use her position in the service of the county residents. An important initiative is to alert the citizens to the services available through the commission, to ensure that they know that the commission is a source of information and assistance for those who feel that their civil rights have been violated. Her goal is to oversee cases that come to her in an unbiased manner, and to work cooperatively with the other commission members to reach a positive solution for each issue presented.
Paulette has been a county resident since 1987 and has lived in the Montpelier neighborhood since 1999. She views her neighborhood as a peaceful and serene community where people know and care for each other. Having two children, one a student at Laurel High and the other attending Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School, she definitely appreciates that the neighbors know the children and that they actually do watch out for them and their safety.
The holiday season is off to a great start at Our Savior Lutheran Church. The church's Christmas concert on Dec. 16 included traditional carols and anthems, such as "In the Bleak Midwinter" and the Nigerian carol "Betelehemu." Two concert performances were held with a combined audience of approximately 500. Ninety-one musicians, including many from South Laurel, performed. For the rousing close, the gospel song "He Reigns Forever" featured Associate Pastor Peter DeMik on the saxophone.
To add to the excitement of decorating for the holidays, visit the Holiday Ornament Emporium at Montpelier Mansion. On display (and for sale) are original handmade and decorated ornaments. While there, walk through the mansion and be inspired by the traditional Colonial holiday decorations presented by local garden clubs. Admission is free with donations for the preservation of the mansion accepted. Call 301-377-7817 for more details.
Even though we are all caught up in holiday preparations and travel, it is important to remember some of the activities available in our community in January and the other cold winter months. Adult and children's classes begin Jan 12 at the Montpelier Arts Center, and it is not too early to register. Classes being offered for adults include sewing, writing, audio recording, introductory art, drawing, graphic design, jewelry making and ceramics at all levels. For children and teens, the offerings include animation, graphic design, photography and beginning and intermediate ceramics. For a more complete listing of the courses available and for registration information, call 301-377-7800 or go to http://www.pgparks.com, then to the SMARTLINK page.
Hope all of us have a happy, healthy and safe holiday!