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Dumbarton Middle adds Rally Point Drill as safety measure [Rodgers Forge]

Dumbarton Middle School has introduced a new safety measure for the current academic year. Ms. Sue Harris, principal, was extremely pleased to announce this new procedure, the Rally Point Drill. This drill requires students to evacuate the building from wherever they are (hall, classrooms, etc.) and to report to a predetermined place where they can be readily accounted for.

This drill, which will be practiced twice a year, is in addition to the other safety drills practiced during the year — fire drill (10), 500-foot Evacuation Drill (2), Lockdown Drill (2) and Severe Weather Drill (2). Ms. Harris and Dumbarton certainly seem to have the bases covered.

As this new school year commences, new faces have emerged. St. Pius X School welcomed some new teachers. Mrs. Muiread McAllister, a second-grade teacher, Ms. Katrina Calkins, a fourth-grade teacher, Ms. Mihaela Brady, a primary Montessori teacher, Mrs. MaryKate Newcomb, continuing art teacher from last year and Ms. Christina White, the school consultant, will all join the existing St. Pius Faculty.

On the parent side, Towson High School welcomes the 2013-2014 PTSA Executive Board. These involved and caring parents are Nancy Peper, president; Michelle Cines, 1st vice-president; Susan Hullinger, 2nd vice-president; Barbara Krupnick, secretary; and Bill Brooks, treasurer. Congratulations.

The school year may be new but the students are in full gear. At Dumbarton Middle School, the new Kindness Club debuted with its initial meeting on Sept. 17. This club will meet every other Tuesday, after school, and interested students may contact Ms. Samantha Sharbona or Ms. Katie Meyer.

The Dumbarton cheerleading squad has completed tryouts for this year and the first practice will begin on Oct. 2.

Although the Running Club has hit the ground, new members are always welcome. You may contact Mrs. Robin Melanson, Ms. Diane Six or Mr. Brian Bauer for information on joining.

At Rodgers Forge Elementary School, fifth-grader Sam Amos is definitely "into" the school year. A member of the safety patrol, Sam is an eager student and enjoys his extracurricular activities, soccer and Cub Scouts. He also had quite an exciting summer to relate to his classmates: rips to museums, the zoo and movies. Sam also spent two weeks at the Towson Community Arts Center Camp and exhibited his work at the art show. He sang and danced at the Goucher College Camp Bravo Talent Show, which was SRO, and loved every moment of his week a the Camp Genesee Valley Camp!

On Sept. 18, Greg Cochran, associate pastor for children, youth and spiritual formation at Woodbrook Baptist Church, marked 25 years at Woodbrook. Rev. Cochran was fondly feted by friends, family and colleagues as he celebrated this joyous occasion. Greg has given so much time and love to Woodbrook and its congregants that it is difficult to imagine that he has any time left for himself. However, in his few spare hours, Greg indulges his love for hiking, photography and woodworking. The natural world is a great source of inspiration for Greg's gifted photographs and stunning wood carvings.

Last week's article certainly captured Woodbrook's appreciation of Greg. I would like to add my congratulations to Greg and abundant gratitude for the many years that his warmth and kindness helped me in my journalistic endeavors for this column.

Wedding anniversaries are always a joy and 65 years of bliss is quite a thrill! Elinore and Dick Davidson shared that wondrous occasion on Sept. 18 as their good friend, John O'Hagan, told us. Residents of Pickersgill, Elinore and Dick continue to enjoy a lively life with family and friends. Elinore plays golf and is an accomplished water colorist while Dick is quite a golfer and table tennis players. Congratulations and keep having fun.

Births are another festive and happy moment and Linda Dalsimer, friend and former Towson Times columnist, welcomed her seventh grandchild on June 30! Her son Curtis and his wife, Kristal, welcomed Nora Anne Dalsimer, who joins big sister Gwen. Not only is Gwen ecstatic to have a little sister but she is a big help to Mom and Dad. Linda tells me that she has just had her first, of what are sure to be many, babysitting gigs with Nora. Congratulations to everyone!!!

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Till we meet again —

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