Bond Mill kicks off school year with ice cream social [West Laurel]

Bond Mill Elementary Principal Justin FitzGerald and his wonderful staff greeted all young scholars as they arrived for the first day of school. An ice cream social, sponsored by the PTO, followed during the week when Bond Mill Elementary School families gathered to see friends and neighbors, meet the kids' new teachers and, of course, share a lot of ice cream. An estimated 300-400 people seemed to have a great time on the playground during the warm summer evening. It was another successful start to the new school year.

Back to School Nights are on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m. for third, fourth and fifth grades (with the exception of Tracy Lally's class) and on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. for kindergarten, first and second grades as well as Tracy Lally's class. This is a parents-only event.

The West Laurel Swim Club is sponsoring a Flick-N-Float on Saturday, Aug. 31. There will be a poolside double feature beginning at 8 p.m. on a two-story high movie screen. The first feature is "Shark Tales" and the second feature is "Jaws." No rafts or floats are allowed; noodles only. Tickets purchased before Saturday are $6 per member, maximum $30 per family; and $8 non-members and $40 maximum non-member families. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on Saturday for a slightly higher price. Admission includes popcorn, candy and drink. Who dares to dangle their feet in the pool while watching "Jaws" on the big screen?

Did anyone happen to see our neighbor, Superman, otherwise known as Joe Murchison, waving at passersby at Cherry Lane and Route 1 on Aug. 19? In response to the generous Side by Side donations of over $3,000, Joe, dressed as Superman, flexed his mighty muscles while standing next to his sign that said, "Laurel schools are super!"

Richard and Gemma Weiblinger are over the moon about the birth of their first grandchild, Lucille "Lucy" Amelia Weiblinger who was born May 27 at Sibley Hospital, weighing 8 pounds 11 ounces. The proud parents are Richie and Cara Weiblinger, of Alexandria, Va. Congratulations.

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