Mount View music students toot their horn [Marriottsville Sykesville Woodstock]

The music accolades continue this week with good news from Mount View Middle School. Band director Shelly Williams and orchestra director Matt DeBeal would like to recognize their students who auditioned and earned acceptance into select music groups.

Junior All State ensembles consist of the top seventh through ninth grade musicians in Maryland, and those from Mount View include band alternates Isaac Kim, trombone, and Ryan Lee, baritone saxophone, as well as orchestra members Matthew Ahn, cello; Rachel Choi, violin; Yoo-Jean Hahn, violin; Allison Howard, viola; Mindy Kang, cello; Angelica Kim, violin; William McIntyre, viola; Davin Park, cello; and David Stephens, viola.

Additionally, several Mount View students have participated in Howard County GT ensembles this school year. GT Symphonic Band members include Christy Ahn, flute; Jon Bitterli, tuba; Cooper Grill, clarinet; Eugene Kim, trombone; Hannah Kim, French horn; Isaac Kim, trombone; Sasvi Kulasinghe, French horn; Scott Malloy, percussion; and Gabriella Murphy, trombone. GT Orchestra members include Matthew Ahn, cello; Timothy Ahn, violin; Rachel Choi, violin; Alice Chong, violin; Yoo-Jean Han, violin; Yevin Hong, violin; Allison Howard, viola; Mindy Kang, cello; Angelica Kim, violin; William McIntyre, viola; and Davin Park, cello.

Finally, the following students have represented Mount View in the Howard County Honors Band and the Howard County GT Sinfonia: Chris Bennett, tenor saxophone; Joe Kressen, trumpet; and Erin Topaltzas, euphonium; Joyce Chung, violin; Melanie Dong, violin; Karen Hao, violin; Joshua Lee, viola; Michelle Li, violin; Michelle Liu, violin; Emma Tripoli, and Thomas Wehr, bass.

Congratulations to these fine Mount View musicians!

St. James United Methodist Church will host its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, March 4, 5-7 p.m. In addition to pancakes, the menu will feature sausage patties, biscuits with sausage gravy, baked apples and assorted beverages.

The church will gratefully accept donations for the meal in support of its Camp Hope mission team. Call the church at 410-442-2020 with any questions, or go to to learn more about Camp Hope.

Getting tired of winter? The Howard County Conservancy invites you to participate in a free "Hike to the River: Searching for Signs of Spring" on Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. to noon. Naturalists will lead visitors on a moderate-level hike from the farmhouse, across the fields to the Patapsco River, while pointing out signs of spring activity. For more information, go to, or call 410-465-8877.

Mark your calendars now — the hard-working Knights of Columbus, St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church Council 13294, has two upcoming fundraisers at 10800 Old Court Road, in Woodstock. The first, on Saturday, March 15, is the group's traditional St. Patrick's Celebration. Twenty dollars will purchase a delicious corned beef dinner with dessert and beverages, live music by the Lenny Adams Trio, five "lucky bucks" playable on any wheel and entry into the door prize drawings. To reserve tickets, contact Brian Lawton at or 410-303-9206, or call Ed Pelsinsky at 410-313-8808.

On Saturday, March 22, the Knights of Columbus will host the fourth annual Mind, Body & Soul 5k with its new component, a Family Fun Run/Walk, at 8 a.m. Race day registration and packet pickup will begin at 7 a.m., but participants are strongly encouraged to pick up their packets onsite the day before, Friday, March 21, between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The 5k race costs $20 per adult prior to Monday, March 3, or $25 after that date. Kids 14 and under cost $15, while families of three or more cost $50, but they must register via mail only, prior to Monday, March 10. The Fun Run costs $20, whether for an individual or a family. Go to to register online or to to print a mail-in form. Registration closes on Wednesday, March 19.

For more information, contact Bob McAllister at 410_952_7929 or

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