For Meena Sengottuvelu, Girl Scout Gold Award [Clarksville]

Spring is springing up all around. Birds are singing. It's a wonderful time of growth and change. Grass and flowers aren't the only things growing. It's a pleasure to see many of our young people growing toward very competent and responsible young adulthood.

Meena Sengottuvelu was recently recognized at a Girl Scout Gold Award banquet. For her Gold Award project, Meena took construction classes, reached out to local businesses for donations of supplies and lead her team in building benches for the Samaritan Woman.

This organization helps rehabilitate women who have been victims of human trafficking. The benches can be used for a variety of public awareness events and fun social events to help victims move one step closer to rehabilitation.

In addition to the benches, Meena created a website, She has held bakesales and other fundraisers to be able to donate over $1,500 in cash and material items to the Samaritan Woman. It is fortunate that most of us cannot even imagine the horrors of human trafficking. Unfortunately, the problem is very real around the world and locally.

Congratulations, Meena, on taking positive action.

"Easter: A Story of Hope" will be presented at New Hope Adventist Church on Hall Shop Road April 18-20, at 7 p.m. nightly.

Experience the highs and lows of Jesus' life, from the beginning of ministry through the anguish of the cross and, thankfully, His grave-busting resurrection in this free musical drama. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For information and directions call 410-541-6394 or send email to

Spring is bringing changes and sale prices to the Clarksville Square shopping center, where the Great Sage restaurant is gearing up to celebrate its 10-year anniversary in June. The kick-off event for the anniversary will be Flights and Bites featuring white wine pairings on April 23 and 24 during U.S. Veg Week.

Animal Legal Defense Fund will benefit from Great Sage sales on April 27.

Coffee Appreciation Day on May 2 will introduce the new Sage coffee program featuring coffee from La Columbe. There will be discounts.

Sage Swag Day will offer an opportunity to show your Sage love by wearing their comfy organic t-shirts. Celebratory days will continue right up to the big anniversary dinner on June 22. Stop by the shopping center to check out all the happenings.

Congratulations to River HIll's Japsimran Kaur and Michael H. Shang on being selected as recipients of National Merit $2,500 Scholarships. Best wishes as you further your education.

For the second year in a row, River Hill junior Timothy Chen has won first place in the HoCo FilmFest in the HC DrugFree category. Timothy's video, "Adicted." addresses the very real problem of prescription drug misuse and abuse by youth. Rachel Lin of Howard High won second place for her film, "In Your Home." You can view these films on the HC DrugFree website.

Two-thirds of teens who abuse prescription drugs get them from home, friends or family. Reduce the risk to your children by collecting all expired and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicines plus hypodermic needles, syringes or EpiPens for proper disposal at HC DrugFree locations April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Check for information and locations at

The life you save, may that of one very near and dear to your heart. Don't think it can't happen in your house. It can.

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