Katie V. Jones

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  • Learning how to fix it at Repair Cafe at Laurel event

    Learning how to fix it at Repair Cafe at Laurel event

    While there was the usual amount of lamps and a lot of clocks at Laurel’s first Repair Cafe on Jan. 13, it was the knives that caught Margo Duesterhaus’ attention. One of the five mini-workshops held at the cafe covered knife-sharpening, and it proved to be a cut above the rest. “I think he sharpened...

  • A Howard County concert in honor and memory

    A Howard County concert in honor and memory

    Since her diagnosis with stage 4 breast cancer in June 2014, Maggie Kudirka, 26, of Ellicott City, has organized a dance concert. A professional ballet dancer, Kudirka hosts it for a variety of reasons, from raising cancer awareness to helping with medical bills, but most importantly, for herself....

  • Suprises greet Howard County 50+ Center's tai chi class in China

    Suprises greet Howard County 50+ Center's tai chi class in China

    Seventeen older adults, ranging in age from their late 50s to 82, departed for China on Nov. 1 to compete in a tai chi competition. The travelers were all students of East Columbia’s 50+ Center’s tai chi classes taught by Jian Ping Mao, an instructor there for the last 10 years. To everyone’s amazement,...

  • Laurel school volunteers, businesses partner to provide holiday meals

    Laurel school volunteers, businesses partner to provide holiday meals

    This past Thanksgiving, Ronald Dortch helped provide 72 families – more than 200 individuals – a holiday dinner complete with turkey, stuffing, beans, yams, cranberries and more. The Laurel resident, who is PTSA president of Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School and a PTSA executive board member at...

  • Glenelg High's madrigal singers get ready for the season

    Glenelg High's madrigal singers get ready for the season

    When Imani Nokuri first tried out for a part in Glenelg High School’s madrigal singers, she didn’t make the cut. For the then eighth grade, it was devastating. “I just really wanted to be part of the ensemble,” Nokuri said. “It is such an awesome choir.” Now 16 and a senior, Nokuir is a student...

  • Seniors finding a voice with Columbia Encore Chorale

    Seniors finding a voice with Columbia Encore Chorale

    After losing her home in a fire two years ago, Ellicott City resident Sharon Koenig needed something positive in her life. A singer for more than 60 years, Koenig discovered Encore Chorale. For the soprano, the group has delivered joy and more. “Music is healing,” Koenig said. “Things like this...

  • Towson Encore Chorale readies to sing in the season

    Towson Encore Chorale readies to sing in the season

    As a member of the Towson Encore Chorale for 10 years, Esther Layton has enjoyed being part of a group that allows her to sing and perform around the area. It has also provided her with support through difficult times. “It kept me strong after my husband died,” Layton said. “It keeps me going....

  • Tenney Mason's Instagram photo-a-day fills exhibit

    Tenney Mason's Instagram photo-a-day fills exhibit

    When Tenney Mason retired from a career of photojournalism, he made a promise to himself to take a photo every day. After a few months, he realized he had a folder of photos on his computer that no one, including himself, ever saw. That was when his daughter introduced him to Instagram, a photo-sharing...

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