Columbia native Muth making steady climb up U.S. Army ranks [Bits & Pieces]

When I think of ice skating in this area, I immediately go to Patricia Muth, who has taught the sport here and in Laurel for more than four decades.

Co-founder of the Columbia Figure Skating Club, she was inducted into the Howard County Community Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Pat can be seen at the Columbia Ice Rink every winter, working with those young skaters in the delightful annual "Nutcracker on Ice."

Interestingly enough, Pat isn't the only Muth making a positive impact on the world. Her son, who civilians address as Col. Frank Muth, United States Army, will earn the title of brigadier general in May of this year.

Frank was born in Columbia, and attended Oakland Mills High School for two years, where he played lacrosse and hockey.

His last two years were spent at Proctor Academy, an independent, coed preparatory school in Andover, NH. From there, he headed to Norwich University, which is the oldest private military school in the country.

He graduated in 1986 as an Army second lieutenant, and then went off to flight school. After graduating from the Command and General Staff College, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.

After graduating from the National War College in 2007, Col. Muth assumed command of the combat aviation branch, 1st division before deploying to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He now serves as deputy commanding officer of support for the 1st infantry division.

His awards could fill this entire page, but notably include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal for Valor, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Master Army Aviator, Senior Parachutist, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, and the Korean Defense Service Medal.

His promotion based on his impeccable record is well deserved. It's always great when one of Howard County's own reaches such impeccable heights.

Lissner honored by First Tee

First Tee has announced that Cody Lissner has been named to its scholar class of 2014. With this designation, Cody can now apply for any educational scholarship program offered through First Tee to put towards funding his future college plans.

Since 2003, the First Tee Program, a youth development initiative that introduces young people to the sport of golf and its inherent values, has designated 623 teens as scholars and funded 112 scholarships worth more than one million dollars.

HiLo Golf Club celebrates 55th anniversary

The HiLo Golf Club is still going strong in its 55th year even though it lost its founder, Joe O'Neill, who passed away in 2010. Current president Jim Clayton reminded me of a piece I wrote about the club's 50th anniversary in 2009, and informed me that the club has a special two-weekend outing planned for this season.

The first is at Penn National in Chambersburg, Penn. in July, and the second is in September at Blue Ridge Shadows in Front Royal, Va.

For those who are unfamiliar with the HiLo Club, it is an opportunity for high and low handicappers to play courses in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

O'Neill started the club at Allview Golf Course while just sitting around talking to friends. Within days, the club had 40 members and, at one point, membership exceeded 100. Howard County resident Lew Larson, who has been a member for 40 years, is the tournament director.

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