This Saturday, Oct. 6, is the annual Highland Day celebration at the Crossroads in Highland. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a parade and the opening ceremony and continue until 4 p.m.
Hosted by the Highland Business Association with volunteers sponsored by and coordinated with the Greater Highland Crossroads Association, it has slowly grown from its start, when residents gathered together to celebrate Highland's bicentennial, into what, in my humble estimation, is becoming one of the local premier fall events in this area of the county.
You'll be able to meet new neighbors, greet old ones, sample all kinds of foods and beverages, learn about new businesses, revisit old business stalwarts and just have fun.
Lots of activities for kids of all ages have been planned by the organizers. Go to the website http://www.highlandmd.org for more information. I hope to see you there.
While you're out and about on Oct. 6, it's the annual College in Your Backyard Open House at the University of Maryland's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Central Maryland Research and Education Center, Clarksville Facility, at 4240 Folly Quarter Road.
The open house is 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., rain or shine. Activities include hay wagon farm tours, college information, birdwatching and butterflies, farm animals, a Master Gardener plant clinic and more.
For more information, go to agnropenhouse.umd.edu. Did I mention that it's free? That's right! Stop by and say "Hey" to cow-whisperer Carol Hill.
Several of the sports teams at Reservoir High have started off the 2012-2013 school season with a bang. In their first two games of the year, the Girls Varsity Soccer Team came away with wins in both games.
First up was Mount de Sales, which the RHS girls team defeated 3-1. Next, against Howard, they came away with a win, 1-0. Scoring the goals were Tara Thompson, Paola Rosa, Lily Hermina, and Keri Rager.
The Boys Varsity Soccer Team had a decisive season opener 2-0 win over Howard. John Lopes and Carvel Akuffo both scored goals with two assists by Javier Wardcantori. The defense, led by Tim Usher, Marcos Miranda, and Kyle Sullivan held the Howard team to only 3 shots.
The team racked up another win against the Long Reach Lightnings with a score of 7-3. Gibrill Sheriff and Nick Jobst both scored two goals each with Mike Peprah, Emilio Rodas and John Lopes scoring goals. Assists came from Kyle Saunderson, John Lopes, Marcos Miranda, Emilio Rodas and Carvel Akuffo.
The Reservoir Cross Country teams are also doing very well. The boys and girls teams competed in the annual Bull Run Invitational. The teams ran extremely well with the girls team winning the meet. Cindy Alms was the individual girl champion, Karli Smiraglia came away with second, Katie Wilson was fourth, Heather Konstanzer was sixth and Kelsey Ponton was 23rd.
The Boys Team finished second overall with runners Adam Gartrell, Owen Pochettino and Ricardo Rosario finishing in the top 25.
The golf teams also came away with wins. For the boys, Trent Teodori shot the best round. Duffers Matt Dorn, Gary Cidre, and Langston Banks did their parts in a victory over Hammond High. In her first varsity match, Erica Caporaletti led the way with great support from Tina Howard, Tabbi Gaverth, and Puja Trivedi.
On Oct. 19, the Catholic Daughters of the America's Court St. Louis, from St. Louis Catholic Church, host a QuarterMania Party. From the Quartermania website: "a QuarterMania is a cross between an auction and a raffle where people 'bid' to win a product/prize of brand new goods donated from local businesses and various home business vendors participating in the event."
Some of the vendors are Pampered Chef, Lia Sophia Jewelery, Craftsman tools and Tastefully Simple. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the games start 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $5 and those people will receive two game paddles. Admission at the door (if available) is $8, but you'll only receive one paddle. Seating is limited.
For more information or to reserve a seat, call Kathy Pasis at 410-750-6370 or Judy Gue at 240-674-1961. You can also drop Judy an email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Put "quarter mania" in the subject or it will not be opened.
Do you have an old 35mm camera lying around, gathering dust? How about lenses or maybe an old digital camera? The Reservoir High Art Department is always looking for help with equipment, even fabric, sewing or fashion materials. Send an e-mail to Greg English, email@example.com.
Reservoir High School students and staff — please accept my apologies for the incorrect homecoming headline that listed River Hill in the headline and not Reservoir.