Cast a vote for 'Newsies' and Reservoir High School [North Laurel/Savage]

Howard County Times

Reservoir High School needs your votes. Members of the Music Honor Society are hoping to be the winners of a competition that will give them the rights to present the first amateur production of the Broadway hit “Newsies.”

Playbill’s “Seize the Day” Challenge required students from schools around the country to create a video highlighting ways students have done positive things in the community. Reservoir’s Music Honor Society students created a video of their work with the charity organization, The Other Bucket, that helps Baltimore families who are dealing with cancer and/or extreme poverty.

These ambitious students also held a food drive and a gift drive and collected musical instruments, all to donate to underserved and needy children and families.

They implemented a reading program for local elementary school students as well.

Schools from Florida, Indiana, Kansas and Texas are also in the running. You can see videos from each school and vote by going to playbill.com.

I was able to vote several times in just a few hours, so be sure to cast lots of votes for Reservoir. Voting is open until Feb. 25. Spread the word to your friends and family. It would be exciting to see the play “Newsies” performed by our community’s best young actors.

The Leola Dorsey Community Resource Center on Guilford Road in Jessup serves about 200 homeless and needy families in our area by providing warm meals, counseling services and medical services. Now that the holiday season is over, the need continues for these families.

Currently, these items are in short supply: canned fruits of all varieties; meats such as chicken, Vienna sausages, Spam and salmon’ men’s jeans - sizes 30, 32, 42 and up; long-sleeve T-shirts – sizes XL and larger; toilet paper, laundry detergent and dryer sheets. Previous donations of winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves are full to overflowing and no more can be accepted at this time. You can read more about the Day Center and ways they help by going to daycenter.org.

You may not feel it now, but spring will be here before we know it. This means spring youth sports like baseball and softball.

Registration is open for AYRA, the Atholton Youth Recreation Association. Baseball is offered for players ages 5 through 18 as long as the player has not graduated from high school. Fast-pitch softball is offered for girls ages 7 through 12.

Practices for both sports will be held and games will be played on local fields around Southern Howard County. The season will run from approximately April 1 through June 16.

Early registration before Feb. 23 and sibling discounts are offered so go to ayra.com for more information about cost for each age group and for registration.

Unfortunately the winter weather is not preventing break-ins to cars in our neighborhoods. Be sure to lock your car, even if you plan to return to it in a few hours. Remind your friends and neighbors.

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