Clarksville: Trip to France has different meanings for Howard Community College student and World War II veteran

Daniel Woo, son of Wayside Drive neighbors Donna and Richard Woo, is enjoying the rare privilege of traveling in Normandy, France with his Word War II history class at Howard Community College accompanied by 90-year old veteran Don Casey. It is there that Casey will say "farewell" to his fallen buddies who fought with him on Utah Beach. Daniel and his parents appreciate this wonderful opportunity provided by HCC.

In 2004, my son, Russell Sanford, and I accompanied uncle Win Snider to retrace his D-Day invasion route. It was a never-to-be-forgotten history lesson. French survivors in the area were most welcoming. If ever you have the opportunity to revisit history with a participant, by all means, go.

There are loads of up-coming events open to the community at River Hill High School this month. The 15th annual talent show is scheduled for Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets at the door will be $10. Proceeds go to King Peggy and Operation Smile, providing free reconstructive surgery to children with facial deformities. The event is sponsored by Angel's Network Club at River Hill High.

There is a poms clinic for grades 1-8 at River Hill High on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more, email

Guitarpalooza, an evening of guitar jams featuring RHHS guitar classes and several guest artists, is set for April 19 from 7-9 p.m. The suggested donation for admission is $5. Proceeds benefit the River Hill High Music Boosters program.

For almost three years, River Hill High students have been part of the Rain Garden Project through the G/T intern/mentor program and Ecology Club. They are having an unveiling/ribbon cutting activity on April 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be some exhibits, local politicians, the media and a few speakers to talk about the process of installation and approval and the importance of sustainable living. There will also be food, refreshments and music.

River Hill High officials are proud to report that this has been a mostly student-run and student-organized activity. Come on out and show your support. You might even learn a few things for your own use.

River Hill High and the PTSA present the James Munsey Comedy Hypnosis Show on April 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The laugh-out-loud funny show is for one night only. Munsey is a certified stage hypnotist who specializes in shows for students. It's interactive and appropriate for all ages. Proceeds benefit the school's post-prom party. Tickets at the door will be $10. For more information, email

Come to Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. to hear the Victoria Trio Concert. Dave Foley on piano, Melissa Hullman on violin and Doug Jameson on cello will provide beautiful music to support church outreach programs.

Middle- and high-school students are invited to learn about the responsibilities and experiences of judges, lawyers and politicians through a law and politics seminar at Atholton High on Tuesday, April 17 from 7-9 p.m. The event is free, but you need to register by sending name/names, school and number of attendees to For more info, email

The CareGiver's Ministry at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church is hosting an American Heart Association HeartSaver CPR and AED training class on April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall. The class will cover adult, infant and child CPR plus the use of an AED. A two-year AHA HeartSaver Card will be awarded upon successful completion of the class.

The $40 cost of the class includes lunch and you must register to attend. Checks should be made payable to My. Zion IMC with "CPR class" on the memo line. To learn more go to, email or call 301-854-2324.

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