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Dunloggin Middle School still going strong on 40th birthday [Ellicott City]

By Lisa Regnante, lisagueliregnante@verizon.net

6:30 AM EDT, June 26, 2013

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Happy 40th Birthday Dunloggin Middle School. In 1973, Principal March Girod opened the doors to Ellicott City's Dunloggin Middle, welcoming students to their brand new school. 

"It was an exciting time. The neighborhood was flooded with families who were eager to volunteer in the school. The parents and teachers formed a wonderful partnership and the kids excelled," said Girod, who served as principal for the school's first 12 years.

Girod was on hand recently for Dunloggin Middle School's 40th birthday celebration, which attracted a bevy of former teachers, students, administrators and public officials. 

The school's 40th celebration began with a student Fun Day organized by parent volunteer extraordinaire Jackie Crispell and her Fun Day Committee members. When the students dismissed for the day, a staff celebration commenced with former and current teachers and administrators including Mo Dutterer and Eric Pellegrino. This was immediately followed by a community celebration complete with a barbecue and oversized birthday cake. 

The community celebration kicked off with a presentation by current Principal Cher Jones, who explained to the crowd how appreciative she is of all the support the school receives from parents, alumni and teachers. She thanked the PTA President Rachel Drohat and the Birthday Party Committee members Leslie Gulman, Nancy Stefan, Steve Sedlacko and Jackie Crispell for their tremendous efforts organizing the celebration. 

"What makes Dunloggin Middle special all these 40 years is the continued partnership between the dedicated staff and the Ellicott City community that is filled with devoted and involved parents," Jones told the crowd. 

The presentation continued with speeches from state Sen. Allan Kittleman and County Executive Ken Ulman. 

Kittleman's connection to Dunloggin started in 1984 when he was a student teacher in Paul Higdon's class pursuing his goal at the time to become a social studies teacher. Kittleman presented Jones with a resolution from the Maryland state legislature commemorating the school's 40th birthday. 

Ulman's association with Dunloggin started when he was a student in sixth grade at the school. He recounted memories of walking to school with friends and teachers Sandy Witt and Michael Petrovich. As a proud Dunloggin alumnus, he presented Jones with a Howard County government proclamation recognizing June 12 as Dunloggin Middle School Day. 

Happy 40th, Dunloggin Middle! 

Kelly Mammarella invites the community to a free community Spaghetti Dinner and Health Fair Sunday, June 30, from 4 to 6 p.m., sponsored by her church, Baltimore First Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Ellicott City. Enjoy great food, blood pressure checks and children's activities. The church is at 3291 St. Johns Lane.

There was a huge celebration at the Miller Branch Library and Historical Center in Ellicott City recently, complete with a balloon arch and plenty of smiling faces. 

The Howard County Library System (HCLS) was named Library of the Year by the Library Journal magazine and Gale, a part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research resources for libraries, schools and businesses. 

HCLS was selected from 21,000 library systems in the United States, Canada, and Mexico — the first library system in the entire mid-Atlantic region to receive this distinguished award.

Congratulations to HCLS President and CEO Valerie Gross and her outstanding staff, the board of trustees and library partners. 

Speaking of exciting programs at Miller Library, here's an upcoming event that will excite baseball fans, The Babe's Bat Comes to Howard County on July 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the Howard County Historical Society (HCHS) and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, the event will feature a chance for the public to see and be photographed with Babe Ruth's 1927 record-setting home run bat. 

The event will celebrate the Babe's connection to Howard County. In 1914, he was married to his first wife, Margaret Helen Woodford, in Ellicott City at St. Paul's Catholic Church. 

The event will also feature baseball historian Dr. Jerrold Casway who will talk about the "original" Baltimore Orioles who played in Charm City from 1882-1899. Ballpark food and drinks will be served.

Tickets are $20 per person and $15 for HCHS members. Proceeds from the event will benefit HCHS. To purchase tickets, go to the HCHS website at http://www.hchsmd.org and click on the "Events" tab or call HCHS at 410-480-3250.