Congratulations to Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL) teacher Maddy Halbach, who was named one of the seven finalists for 2017-2018 Maryland Teacher of the Year. Halbach, who was named the Howard County Teacher of the Year in the spring, is an academy of finance teacher at ARL. She has been a teacher for the Howard County Public School System for 14 years and has taught at ARL since 2007. The state winner will be announced on Oct. 27.
Fall is such a fun time of year for community activities. Come out and support River Hill High School at the 2017 Homecoming Bonfire on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Clarksville Commons. The fall festival will feature fundraising projects from RHHS school teams and clubs, as well as a D.J., farmers market vendors and local food trucks, including Bullhead Pit Beef and T & J Waffles. The free event, which is open to the community, is hosted by River Hill High School Boosters Club and Clarksville Commons. The River Hill football team will host Mt. Hebron on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.
Another event not to be missed is the Fifth District Clarksville Volunteer Fire Department’s open house on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The annual event, held at the fire station at 5000 Signal Bell Lane, is a hit with children of all ages!
Kids can participate in a variety of games and activities. The Kiddie Combat Challenge is a favorite every year. In this set of mock drills, firefighters help children to practice pulling a fire hose, breaking down a door, rescuing a dummy on a stretcher and using a fire hose to push a ball across a zip line.
In an onsite water tank, the dive team will demonstrate search and rescue techniques with the help of participants who direct the divers by communicating through headsets. Firefighters also will give tours of fire trucks, rescue squad vehicles and ambulances and their equipment. Last but not least, attendees can go for a ride in a real fire engine— always a crowd favorite. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, go to: fdvfd.com/open-house.
Here is your chance to do some fall cleaning — River Hill Community Association will sponsor a shredding and electronics recycling day on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring papers for shredding to the parking lot in front of Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle. Up to five file boxes per household will be accepted. Shredding is free for River Hill residents and $5 for all others. Old, broken and unwanted electronics will also be accepted for recycling, including computers, keyboards, monitors, VCRs, stereo equipment, printers, TVs, cables, phones, and fax and answering machines. Some items may incur a small fee. For questions about e-cycling, call 410-536-1111, ext. 105.