History is here and now for Glenwood Middle competitors [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

Several students had the opportunity to compete in the 2013 Howard County History Day Competition in mid-March from Glenwood Middle School.

Landon Wells had a presentation on the Invention of Affordable Automotive; Giana Graziano gave a presentation on the Challenger Disaster; Anushka Desai prepared a presentation on the Launch of Sputnik; Jack Robinson's presentation focused on the Battle of Gettysburg; Christopher Desrochers shared a piece on Midway: Turning the Tide in the Pacific; and Kendra Bower and Corinne Rasch did a joint presentation on the Invention of Television.

Many thanks go to teachers David Ebbe and Kelly Store for overseeing the students in the creation of these great projects.

Also participating in the competition was Glenelg High School sophomore Emma Halley. Her project focused on Votes for Women, and was done under the guidance of social studies teacher Marcella Ruland. Emma's project won for her age level at the county competition, and will now move onto the 2013 Maryland History Day Competition.

Congratulations to all these students for their great work on these projects, and good luck to Emma in the state competition.

Congratulations to Dayton's own Ann Mech, who was recently selected by an independent board for the Daily Record newspaper as one of the 2013 Maryland's 100 Top Women.

Ann received this honor for her professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring. Among other things, Ann has volunteered and devoted over 25 years of leadership roles in the Howard County health community.

Ann, along with her husband, George, also help to organize an annual community cleanup of the Triadelphia Lake watershed. Ann will be recognized for her accomplishments in a special event in early May at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Speaking of the Triadelphia Lake Watershed Community Cleanup, just a reminder that this year's event will take place on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Plan to meet at either the Pigtail area (at the end of Greenbridge Road) or Big Branch (on Triadelphia Mill Road, just east of the bridge.

Plans are to clean up around the watershed walkways and boat landings. Please dress in old clothes, appropriate shoes and bring work gloves. WSSC will provide trash bags and will pick up the collected trash. This worthwhile spring event is a great way to earn some community service hours.

In early March, several local students participated on a team representing Glenelg High School at the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational, a state culinary and hospitality management competition for high schools sponsored by the Restaurant Association of Maryland.

In the Culinary Competition, the Glenelg High School team Gabriel Dang, Julian Jimenez, Amanda Martin and Michael Lober — placed third. They were mentored by Chef Tom Caswell of Cattail Creek Country Club.

In addition, Glenelg High School's Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, Kerry Johnson, received Maryland's ProStart Teacher of the Year award and will be recognized at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's annual Salute to Excellence in May.

Bushy Park Elementary School sponsors a Leo Club each year for students in fifth grade who are interested in leadership opportunities and community service projects.

The fifth grade Leo Club is affiliated with the Glenwood Lions Club. In mid-March, the Bushy Park Leo Club concluded a large book drive and fundraising effort to help West Elementary School in Long Island, N.Y. West Elementary was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October, and the school has been relocated to the Lindell Elementary School.

The Bushy Park Leos raised $2,200 for West Elementary at a Smokin' Hot dinner fundraiser. Additionally, the Leo Club coordinated a school-wide book drive to help rebuild classroom libraries. Hundreds of books were collected. The books and check have now been delivered to the Lindell School. Job well done for these young Leos!

At the March 28 County Council hearing, a resolution, CR29-2013, was introduced to close a portion of Linden Church Road. A public hearing is April 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.

The purpose of the proposed road closure is construction on the new interchange at Route 32. Part of the process will involve relocating Linden Church Road along Ten Oaks Road. To learn more, go to the County Council website online at cc.howardcountymd.gov.

The 2013 Relay for Life of Western Howard County is only two months away. Planning (and fundraising) remain to be done before the big day on June 7.

So far 12 teams and 79 participants have raised just under $10,000, which is a long way from their 2013 fundraising goal. The next planning meeting is April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Glenwood. The entire community is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, go to http://www.relayforlife.org/westernhoward on the web, contact the Relay Committee at 410-781-4316 or on email jenny.hogg@cancer.org.

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