Elkridge: Help support scholarship fund at 11th annual Karl Wolf Memorial Lacrosse Tournament

For the 11th straight year, Howard High School is proud to host the annual Karl Wolf Memorial Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday, April 7 at Rockburn Branch Park on Landing Road. This fundraising event is named after Wolf, a 1984 Howard High graduate, who died in 1999 fromHodgkin's disease.

Wolf was the leading scorer on a team that posted a 14-1 record in his senior year at Howard and is the fourth-leading scorer in school history. He was a young man who exemplified outstanding leadership, showed academic promise and portrayed impressive athleticism. Each year, his parents, Dolly and Bill Wolf, provide two $1,000 scholarships to two Howard senior lacrosse student athletes who are selected as winners of the Karl Wolf Essay Contest.

The money raised from the tournament is a major source of funds for the lacrosse programs at Howard. Keeping Wolf's memory alive through this worthwhile effort is a great way to support student athletes, make new friends and have a great time. For more information, email tournament director Doug Emery at doug_emery100@yahoo.com

Also in Howard High School news, the Lions Pride Sports Booster Club held its 11th annual bull and oyster roast on March 24 at Martin's West. Club President Tom Singleton would like to extend his sincere gratitude to the more than 300 parents, coaches, teachers and other event supporters that made this event a success, whether by their attendance, auction contributions, raffle and game support, or all of the above.

The silent auction featured more than 100 beautiful gift baskets with creative combinations of gift cards from local restaurants and businesses, fun merchandise, cool sports memorabilia, event tickets and much more and the basket bidding wars were one of the highlight of the evening.

Lion's Pride took in more than $13,000, and these proceeds serve to supplement the County-allocated athletic funds that are designated as part of each school's annual budget. Singleton would like to offer special note of thanks and kudos to the 2012 bull and oyster chairwoman Laurie Huffman; silent auction chairwoman Monica Francisco; event ticket coordinator Renee Wilkins and everyone who volunteered their time and effort for the event.

Students, faculty and staff at Elkridge Elementary School can't wait to "pound their hooves on the pavement" in the second annual Elkster 5K Race, taking place April 15 at 9 a.m. at the school, 7075 Montgomery Road. The event benefits the PTA family programs and race proceeds will help cover the cost of hosting assemblies and educational presentations.

If you would like to help their cause or volunteer on race day, email the Elkridge Elementary PTA at EESPTA@hotmail.com. If you'd like to participate in the Elkster 5K, race applications can be picked up at the school front office, or you can register online at http://www.runningmaryland.com. For more information, or to make a donation, email Jeanne DeBoy at jld532@verizon.net.

According to Betsy McMillion, executive director of the Friends of Patapsco Valley Heritage Greenway, this "make a difference" organization has a number of exciting projects and events planned for the near future. They are hosting a stream cleanup in Elkridge off Pebble Creek Drive, near the Timbers at Troy Golf Course off Deborah Jean Drive.

Tropical Storm Lee wreaked havoc on this little stream and there are a multitude of small log jams blocking the stream and creating flooding conditions in the surrounding stream banks, as well as unsightly litter that has been washed into the streams from the nearby storm drains

In this given situation, the group needs at least 12 people to lend a helping hand. Please plan to join this green-focused event on Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Register at http://www.patapscoheritagegreenway.org/eventcal.html. For more information, email PHG stream captain Gary Brown at gary.w.brown@lmco.com, or Betsy McMillion, PHG executive director, at patapscofriend@gmail.com

At this year's annual meeting of the PHG Tuesday, April 10, guest speakers will address the topic: "The 40th Anniversary of Tropical Storm Agnes."

Guest speakers include:

Andrew J. Miller, an associate professor at the University Marylan, Baltimore County in the Department of Geography. He will bring his expertise on sediment studies and flooding to his remarks on the 1972 Agnes Flood;

Robert Miller, a resident on the ridge overlooking the Patapsco River Valley, will feature his consuming interest in videography, and show videos he shot during and after Tropical Storm Agnes.

Also featured will be Enalee Bounds, founder of the Ellicott's Country Store with her mother and sister 50 years ago. This former editor of The Heritage (1974-1988) and past-president of Historic Ellicott City, was a pioneer in creating new life for the declining Main Street of Ellicott City. Bounds will provide an eyewitness account of the flood in the Ellicott City historic district;

John Teichmoeller is a retired financial adviser and long-time member of the Patapsco Heritage Greenway. He has had a life-long interest in transportation, particularly ships and railroads and will talk about the effect Agnes' flood had on the railroad in the Patapsco River Valley.

Mark your calendars now for the Patapsco Heritage Greenway 13th annual Garlic Mustard Challenge on May 6 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Orange Grove area of Patapsco State Park. The event, which centers on the garlic mustard-pulling contest, will also feature a chef contest, old-fashioned games, music by Elkridge's own Sam "the Muleman" Miller, a watershed scavenger hunt, environmental exhibits and more. For more information, go to http://www.patapscoheritagegreenway.org/eventcal.html or email patapscofriend@gmail.com.

This year marks the 35th annual Howard Country Invitational Swimming Championship Meet, on behalf of the 12 Howard County public high schools and to provide the students an opportunity to represent their schools in swimming, given that such a competition is not recognized as a varsity sport in the County.

This meet is not a Howard County Public School System-sanctioned event, but rather a Columbia Association- and Columbia Clippers-sponsored community event for the student athletes. This year's meet will be held on April 22 at the Howard Community College Athletic & Fitness Center. There are six captains for Howard High School this year and they are: Evan Fuller, Kelley Yang, Wynne Kirchner, Victoria Radcliffe, Meghan Uhl and Meghan Patton.

Swim participants for each school pick their own events and can swim two individual events and up to two relays; the captains are responsible for overseeing the relay teams. The entry deadline for this year's meet is Sunday, April 15, so at this time, it's difficult to determine how many participants will join this year's meet. In 2011, Howard had 22 swimmers; and each school is limited to a maximum of 50. All participating schools will receive a cash donation toward its after-prom events from the Columbia Clippers swim team and the top three teams also receive trophies.

According to information I received from Elkridge resident Val McGuire, the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning released its preliminary draft of PlanHoward 2030, the County's general plan update. The draft plan includes a central theme of sustainability and is designed to address the opportunities and challenges facing Howard County today and in the 20 years ahead.

The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the draft plan on April 18 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building. The public is invited to comment on the draft plan at the hearing. Prior to the scheduled hearing, the Planning Board will host open-house sessions around the County to include: Monday, April 9, 6-8 p.m., at the North Laurel Community Center (9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, in Laurel); and Wednesday, April 11, 6-8 p.m., at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood (2400 Route 97, in Cooksville).

"The open-houses will be opportunities for the public to interact with staff and provide feedback on the draft plan. Feedback received at the open-houses will be assembled and presented to the Planning Board for its consideration," DPZ Director Marsha McLaughlin, said.

The preliminary draft of PlanHoward 2030 is available to view at http://www.PlanHoward.org and hard copies will be available at all Howard County public library branches. Howard Johnson, president of the Greater Elkridge Community Association, is urging all residents of Elkridge and Hanover to be aware of this plan and encourages each citizen in the community to take an active interest in the process.

The National Art Honor Society of Howard High School announces its "Javapalooza" event, on Friday, April 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the school's senior courtyard. It is a night for fun, friends, food, and music from some of the Howard's most talented musicians… and all for less than $5!

The 2011 event was very successful, and featured several bands, tie-dye making, and some spectacular homemade baked goods from the more creative members of the Club. The proceeds also benefits other NAHS events, such as buying clay for its Empty Bowls project, which was held March 29. The money that was earned at Empty Bowls goes to Grassroots, Howard County's only 24-hour homeless and crisis center.

‎"Last year, Empty Bowls and Javapalooza really showcased both the artistic and musical talent of the school, and this year, I am sure that both events will have just as much student involvement." NAHS President Jeff Manzione said. "They have proven time and time again that Howard students and faculty are always ready to give back to the community. This year, we are sure that even more students and community members will be involved and these events will be all that more successful than 2011."

Manzione, and other senior officers Claire Tomaszewski, Jakie Andrews, Meghan Uhl, Kellee Roeder and all of the other members invite you to Javapalooza for a fantastic time.

In this season of Easter and Passover, keep in mind the needs of all our less fortunate neighbors. The Elkridge Food Pantry & Garden is open on the second and fourth Fridays of each month, even on holidays. At 5646 Furnace Ave. (next door to Melville Methodist Church), the Pantry provides non-perishable food items, meats, margarine, eggs, bread and produce to those in need; the warm weather months also feature fresh produce from the pantry's garden.

There are literally hundreds of homeless families in Howard County, accounting for more than 500 homeless children, a large majority of who attend Elkridge Elementary, Elkridge Landing Middle and Howard High Schools. These are very sad numbers; please help in any way you can.

Taking into account some of this week's neighborhood news, especially on behalf of the homeless and hungry, please remember: "the smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention." Wishing you, your families and friends a multitude of joy this Easter season.

Until next time, please drop a line and keep me posted on what's going on and enjoy life's blessings. Have a stellar week!

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