Clarksville: Daughter's wedding the highlight of first Las Vegas trip for Clarksville couple

Pat and Bill Kidwell recently returned from their very first visit to Las Vegas. They had a wonderful time on this extra special occasion. The highlight of the trip came when Bill walked daughter Denise Kidwell down the aisle in the lovely Chapel of the Roses for her marriage to Lee Gorrell Sept. 7. Such a joyous occasion would make any location delightful.

The newlyweds do not live in Las Vegas, but decided to get married there. The happy couple live and work near Denver, Colo. Congratulations and best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Gorrell. Happy trails to the Kidwells who will no doubt be traveling westward more frequently.

Birthday greetings are being sent to Po Thar Tun who will be 14 years old Saturday, Oct. 1. Have a great day and a wonderful year.

The River Hill Community Association, Kimco Realty and the River Hill Village Center merchants will sponsor Pumpkin Palooza at the shopping center Sunday, Oct. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be free traditional fall fun with inflatables, face painting, pumpkin decorating, food, music, games and more. Come on out and celebrate autumn days.

The St. Louis Church Concert Series will present musicians from Howard County churches Sunday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. Some of the close to home musicians will be Paul J. Carroll, Dave Foley, Stephen Lay, Berta Sabrio and Larissa Sanders. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-531-6040 or email

The Atholton High School Robotics Club through the Howard County school system was a recipient of a contribution from W. R. Grace & Co. in the company's on-going support of the next generation of engineers and scientists.

The 35 students, eight adult mentors and Atholton faculty adviser spend many hours after school and on weekends working together to build fully functional robots for state and international competitions. Good luck on your efforts. We'll all be rooting for you. Be sure to share the results.

Congratulations to Pointers Run Elementary School singers Campbell Snoddy and Amber Stewart on being selected for the Howard County Children's Chorus.

Girls interested in Scouting and moms willing to volunteer or just looking for information about Girl Scouts should plan to attend the Girl Scout open house. Come to the cafeteria at Clarksville Middle School on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. This is a Jubilee year for Girl Scouts so it will be an outstanding time to get in on all the action. Our granddaughters are both excited about the big event set for Spring Break.

Have you been enjoying the cooler weather? Fall seems to have come early this year. Brisk walks become a pleasure on chilly autumn mornings. Now we have no excuse for staying in the house.

Wow! I just looked at photos of Hurricane Irene's damage to Margaret and Randy Walton's summer place in Belhaven, N.C. It's a mess. Cleaning up after a storm is never a pleasure. It helps to realize that we are alive and well to do the dirty work, but it's still a daunting task.

The weather and other natural disasters are certainly taking a toll all over the world. In difficult times, community support is a wonderful gift. What would we do without family, friends and sometimes even the kindness of total strangers? If you can't physically lend a hand, you can still provide comfort by listening and letting someone know you care. I'm very thankful for those of you who have been there for me in times of need.

Tomorrow will be a brighter day, right?

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