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Howard County Times

Don't miss The Columbia Figure Skating Club's annual holiday show, "Nutcracker on Ice," choreographed by Tim Murphy, Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill's long-time choreographer, whose work you may remember from the full-length skating ballet production, "Cinderella, Frozen In Time," that toured the U.S. and aired on television.

Showtimes are Saturday, Dec. 10, at 5:15 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4:30 and 6 p.m., at the Columbia Ice Rink.

Sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating, "Nutcracker on Ice," features an array ofice skaters including many Ellicott City students and national skater Robert Korycinski. Sophisticated costumes and set design, special effects and magnificent skating arrangements make this a must-see holiday show.

Tickets are $15 for adults and children 4years and older (kids 3 years or younger are free) and can be purchased online at www.columbiafsc.com. Don't wait to buy your tickets. CFSC performances are popular and regularly sell out. Check online for show availability or call the Columbia Ice Rink at 410-730-0322.

The Y in Central Maryland is hosting a free holiday breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 10 with 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. seatings at the Dancel Y in Ellicott City at 4331 Montgomery Road. Families can enjoy holiday-themed activities, a light breakfast, pictures with Santa and holiday-themed crafts. Space is limited. Register at www.ymaryland.org or call 410-465-4334.

The Howard County Historical Society will hold its 40th annual holiday house tour on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 12:45 to 6 p.m.

This year, the tour will feature historic houses which have a connection to Howard County's longtime family, the Clarks. Alda Hopkins Clark, wife of James Clark Sr., was the founder of the Howard County Historical Society.

The houses featured on the tour include Clarkland Farm, Spring Hill, Valhalla Farm, Mt. Ida and Wheatfield.

Transportation is provided by Eyre Tour Buses and will leave Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road in Ellicott City, promptly at 1 p.m.

Visit hchsmd.org/events to purchase tickets or email info@hchsmd.org.

Four years have passed since the 2012 Ellicott City train derailment took the lives of 2010 Mt. Hebron High School graduates, Elizabeth "Liz" Nass and Rose Mayr. The friends, both 19-year-olds, were home on a summer college break enjoying a night in historic Ellicott City when the train accident occurred.

To honor their memories, two college scholarships funds were established to support local students, the Elizabeth Nass Memorial Scholarship and Rose Mayr Nursing Scholarship.

Funding for the scholarships were made possible through the 2Miles for 2Hearts race held in historic Ellicott City. Each year, the race brought together the girls' families, friends and the community to celebrate their lives by incorporating some of their favorite things — music, exercise and food. This summer, the fourth and final race, was relocated to Gateway Drive in Columbia due to the July flood.

"Ordinarily, all proceeds would have been split between the two scholarship funds for Elizabeth and Rose set up to help students in Howard County. However, this year, the race proceeds were split three ways, with one third given to the Ellicott City Partnership to help with the flood recovery," Rose Mayr's mother, Sharon Mayr, wrote in an email.

Over the last four years, $95,275 has been raised according to Mayr, with $43,896 distributed to both the Elizabeth Nass Memorial Scholarship and the Rose Mayr Nursing Scholarship.

Since 2013, the Elizabeth Nass Memorial Scholarship has helped eight students, including six from James Madison University, where Nass was a student studying to be a special education teacher.

The Rose Mayr Nursing Scholarship has benefited five students in the Howard Community College Nursing Program. Mayr was studying nursing at the University of Delaware.

Recently, at a ceremony held at The Wine Bin, 2Miles for 2Hearts race committee members Rose Mayr's mother, Sharon Mayr, Liz's mom Sue Nass and Natalie Dohner, along with race directors, Rusty Allwein, Pam Burd and Chip Warfel, presented a $7,300 check to the Ellicott City Partnership to help those residents and businesses impacted by the flood.

ECP President Karen Besson and board member Heather Gaetano accepted the generous donation.

"Ordinarily, all proceeds would have been split between the two scholarship funds for Elizabeth and Rose set up to help students in Howard County. However, this year, the race proceeds were split three ways, with one third given to the Ellicott City Partnership to help with the flood recovery," Sharon Mayr, wrote in an email.

The race and scholarship funds are a fitting tribute the memories of two lovely and talented young ladies. Bravo to the community who supported this meaningful endeavor.

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