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Day of adventure for kids at firefighters' open house [Clarksville]

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Fire Prevention Week is always a highlight for kids and kids-at-heart. Open House at the Fifth District Fire Station in Clarksville is set for Oct. 13.

A number of stations are being set up to demonstrate and explain our local fire and emergency capabilities. Especially interesting to kids is the dive team demonstration set up in a folding tank. Kids communicate with the diver in the tank, simulating a search and rescue operation. There is also a Kiddie Combat Challenge.

The highlight of the day is surely the fire engine ride.

Look for airbag, foam, hydraulic pump, extrication tools, gas meters and ropes and rigging demonstrations plus a CPR demo/video. Snacks and drinks are available.

Clarksville Middle School is sending a big shout out to Boy Scout Troop 702 for weeding and cleaning up the front flower beds. Deb Young graciously coordinated this effort.

Many thanks go to the River Hill Garden Center and the PTA for all the landscaping and flower pot upgrades. Having everything looking beautiful is a treat.

Remember to get your new or gently used coats and other winter wear to your nearby school for the PTA coat drive by Oct. 17 at the latest. The weather is mild now, but cold is surely coming. There are others right here in Howard County in need of warm winter clothing. All items must be clean and in good repair with working zippers and buttons attached. Your generosity is much appreciated.

Good news comes from River Hill High on a frequent basis. River Hill is pleased to announce that Marshall Demaree, David Flyr, Abhiroop Gangopadhyay, Victoria Hsiung, Japsimran Kaur, Sashant Palli, Mason Rogers, Noah Scholl, Michael Shang, Akshaykumar Sreekumar, Aria Yom and Peihao Yu have been recognized as semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition based on the 2012 PSAT exams.

River Hill also had two students recognized for Achievement and more than two dozen Commended scholars.

 Congratulations to all scholars,

 Do you love history? Think of music as history and you'll love it. The River Hill Music Department will present American History in Music on Oct. 17 in the student dining center. Enjoy selections by the choirs and orchestra including "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "The Marine Corps Hymn," "Shenandoah," "My Lord What a Morning" and many more patriotic songs with a special appearance by the River Hill "Andrews Sisters."

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 10 and under. Your admission includes free coffee and dessert.

 For more information, email amy.hairston@hcpss.org or call 410-313-7120.

The annual Pink Bag Lunch will be held in the Great Room at Historic Savage Mill on Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to raise much needed funds for Success in Style to provide business attire and confidence among the disadvantaged in the Baltimore/Washington corridor.

n addition to the tasty lunch provided by Putting On the Ritz, there will be raffles, networking and shopping opportunities and a fashion show. Volunteers will strut their stuff to show off some of the $5 finds at Charity's Closet and Phil's Closet

Which of your neighbors is in need of food? Would you know?

Today hungry people in our area can find food assistance on the third Saturday of each month at the food bank at Glenelg United Methodist Church. The food bank will be open Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. Contact the church office for more information.

Here is the next and probably final installment of cousin Gloria Gonsalves's quilt saga. When I left Ohio, the quilt top was complete and all parts were on the wonderful quilting machine in cousin Janyce Shull's basement, where it remains to date. She had begun doing the quilting so I could see how the machine works. I am confident she will get everything finished and cousin Gloria will treasure the gift of love it represents.

This experience has given me new inspiration to continue working entirely by hand on a quilt for granddaughter Claire Sanford begun by her great-great-grandmother Emma Sanford in 1925. Which quilt do you think will be completed first?

 

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