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Howard High volleyball teams raise $1,000 in 'Dig Pink' fundraiser

Congratulations to the Howard High School varsity, junior varsity and freshman volleyball teams for hosting a successful "Dig Pink" fundraiser Oct. 13. The Lady Lions sold T-shirts and baked goods, decorated the gym and handled the donations, bringing in almost $1,000 in support of breast cancer research.

Special recognition goes to junior Kristen Flint for organizing the event for the volleyball program. Kristen has been playing club volleyball since she was 11 and now plays on Howard's varsity team. When her club team plays in large, three-day tournaments, there is typically a "Dig Pink" day where girls wear pink uniforms and representatives from the Dig Pink Side-Out Foundation are on-site.

In general, it is a fundraising mission that is supported by USAV volleyball. At the end of the 2010 season, Kristen asked her coach at Howard if they could host of "Dig Pink" game and volunteered to organize the event. Teammates helped with various tasks along the way and under Kristen's leadership, the Lady Lions handled the project from start to finish. Working together like the team they are, they are focused on helping others while playing a sport they love. The girls would like to thank Athletics and Activities Mananger Michael Duffy, coach Katie Collins and Kupcakes & Co. for their support of the event.

Also in Howard High sports news, the Howard Cross Country teams competed in the Howard County Championship Meet Oct. 25. Despite many varsity runners battling illness and last-minute roster changes, the Lions finished sixth, up two places from last year's competition.

Lead by Danny Rau, who placed seventh overall, the runners are looking to get the team healthy as they head to the Class 3A East Regional Meet today, Thursday, Nov. 3 to try and qualify for the state championships Nov. 12 at Hereford High School.

Seniors Kirtan Patel, James Oslund and Steven Eastman finished strong and were supported by sophomore Luke Filar and freshmen Ray Smith and Devon Rowell. What a great end to the regular season.

The girls cross country team ran incredibly well on Centennial's challenging hills, also finishing sixth. Howard was well represented by senior Hollie Adejumo, who placed 15th overall; junior Caroline Haden, 18th; sophomores Melissa Pratt (25th), Anne Kinsey (31st), and Taylor McGrann (34th). Junior Bridget Graef was 44th overall, rounding out Howard's top six finishers. The girls are also gearing up for the Class 3A East Regional Meet at Centennial Nov. 3. And, from Regionals, the top 25 percent of runners and the top 50 percent of teams will qualify for the state meet Nov. 12. Good luck and good health to all participants.

Grace Episcopal Church is hosting a craft bazaar and bake sale Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the church hall, at the corner of Montgomery and Landing roads. The annual spaghetti dinner will be held the same date from 5 to 7 p.m. and a raffle will be held for a beautiful hand-made quilt. For details on any these events, or for additional information, call Judy Peddicord at 410-796-0070.

Melville Chapel United Methodist Church will be hosting a Pampered Chef party Sunday, Nov. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at 5660 Furnace Ave. A light lunch will be served, and proceeds will benefit the outreach programs of the church.

For more information, call Sue Burke Harrison at 443-875-3516, or email her at suziebharrison@yahoo.com. This would be a great place to get some holiday shopping done for anyone who likes to cook or eat.

Please join the Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway this weekend for one of their most popular events of the year – tree planting! On Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon, the group will be planting 70 new trees and 10 bushes to provide a riparian buffer along a section of Thistle Run, a small stream off Route 144 on Frederick Road, in Catonsville.

The plantings are native to our area; the trees are black gum, pin oak, sycamore and willow oak (approximately 5 to 6 feet tall) and the bushes are red osier dogwoods. This initiative is in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Natural Resources, Patapsco State Park and Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection & Sustainability.

The planting event will take place rain or shine. Volunteer registration is appreciated so they know how many supplies are needed. Plan to join the fun and help the environment. Registration opens at 8:45 a.m. on site; however advance registration is appreciated. The location is on the land adjacent to Patapsco Horse Farm, 2501 Frederick Road, in Catonsville (signs will be posted). Register online at http://www.patapscoheritagegreenway.org/eventcal.html

Wear comfortable waterproof shoes and clothes that can get dirty or wet. The organization highly recommends wearing long pants and a long-sleeve shirt, so any prickly underbrush or insects won't bother you, and boots to keep your feet dry.

The group also strongly urges volunteers to bring one or two gallons of tap water, buckets, shovels, sledgehammers and wheelbarrows. They do have some tools, but appreciate when folks bring their own. If everyone brings jugs of water for the new trees, it is easier than trying to retrieve water from the nearby stream, which only has a fair amount of water if we've had a recent good rain.

You have to supply your own work gloves, water/drink, sunscreen and insect repellant. If you are allergic to insect bites or stings, please bring any needed medications and notify the tree captain of your allergy. Children younger than 16 are welcome if they are supervised and accompanied by an adult volunteer.

If you have any questions, email patapscofriend@gmail.com.

The Howard County Office on Aging is celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with a special "Giving Thanks" luncheon and show Nov. 15 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, in Clarksville. The entertainment will feature Russ Margo and the Guyz. With his Sinatra-like voice, great wit and uncanny style, Russ brings tons of fun to any event and conjures up memories of nights spent dancing into the wee hours of the morning,

Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at any of the office's senior centers, including the Elkridge Senior Center, inside the Elkridge Branch Library. The Office on Aging is also asking folks to bring a can of food to support the Maryland Food Bank.

For more information, call the Office on Aging at 410-313-5440

Remember: "You ain't got a thing if you ain't got that Swing!" Don't miss the Elkridge Furnace Inn's Swing Dance Party Nov. 12 from 7 to 11 p.m. Learn the basic swing dance moves in the first hour and dance the night away to the live entertainment of swing band, Lovecraft.

Enjoy amazing hors d'oeuvres, a delicious carving station and decadent desserts, prepared by Elkridge's award-winning, historic Inn. One house drink is included in the price of the ticket and a cash bar will continue to offer libations and spirits throughout the evening.

Tickets are $61 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and can be purchased by calling Meredith Cook, director of marketing and special events, at 410-379-9336, sending an email to meredith@elkridgefurnaceinn.com or online at http://www.elkridgefurnaceinn.com. Bring your friends for a fun night out.

As we approach the season of gratitude, please remember the Elkridge Food Pantry and the convenient drop off box at the Elkridge Branch Library. Please keep in touch and let me know what you'd like to share in this space. I always look forward to hearing from the great friends and neighbors of Elkridge and Hanover. Thanks and have a stellar week!

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