Two Girl Scouts earn awards for work at nursing home

"Great job!" goes out to Girl Scouts Adrianna Billings and Layla Nolin of Troop 1508. They recently received their Silver Awards for helping out at the Sandy Spring Friends Nursing Home.

They have volunteered there for the past three years and decided it was the perfect place to do their special project. After meeting with several staff members, it was decided they would make walker pockets for the residents with walkers.

They made about 40 of them and presented them to the residents. They also visit at the home twice a week and recruit other Girl Scouts to visit. They assisted with decorating for holidays, and helped with arts and crafts.

Walker pockets hang from the walkers to help the residents carry things while their hands are occupied. Troop leader Laura Yingling is proud of Adrianna and Layla, as well as her entire troop.

The North Laurel troop consists of seventh- and eighth-graders at Hammond Middle School. They will run the North Laurel Community Yard Sale this weekend at the Community Center.

The North Laurel Relay for Life team called Stepping Out for Nana and Pop will host a Craft Fair on Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 424 Main St., in Laurel. Come out and support this very worthy cause.

North Laurel activist Stu Kohn would like to invite everyone to the Howard County Citizen's Association annual meeting on May 13. Refreshments are at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7. It will be at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, in Columbia.

The association has represented the southeast community on many issues, including the homeless shelter planned for Route 1 and the Deer Springs development in High Ridge. They have been vocal in supporting efforts to clean up and revitalize Route 1.

The Bollman Bridge Elementary School community bids a fond farewell to Officer Wendell Washington, the school crossing guard. Washington has been working with the students at the school for almost seven years. He is moving out of the area and will be truly missed

Do not forget to register for the seventh annual Musical Madness 5K and Kids Fun Run that supports the Reservoir High School music program. The run will be on May 18 at the Maple Lawn Town Center. To register, go to

The Gator Academy, a free tutoring service for Reservoir High students is in need of tutors. They are looking for those with skills in all subjects.

This program has helped many students at the school. Consider offering your assistance.

The next sessions are on Sunday, May 5, and May 19 at the North Laurel Community Center, 2 to 4 p.m. Contact Yvona Ward at or Miriam Cruz at 240-640-7885 for more information.

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