The Toys for Tots collection that was sponsored by Dr. Jerry Radas and the staff at Fulton Family Chiropractic was a huge success. Judy Radas dropped me an email and said that through your generosity, they were able to collect twice as many gifts as last year.
In other news, Jared Radas, Jerry and Judy's son, is a chef at Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert, in the Ritz Carlton at Dupont Circle. He's been there a year and has even met Eric several times and has even cooked for him (no pressure there!). Judy and Jerry are very proud of Jared's accomplishments.
Several Reservoir High School students who are members of the music program were selected for the senior all-state music groups.
For the senior all-state choir, the students are: Matt Aquard, Allison Bradbury (alternate), Abbie Goron, Chelsea Horvath, Katie Kelly and Eric Meehan. Kyle Pompei and Lea Sauer were selected for the senior all-state band. Wyeth Aleksi was selected for the senior all-state orchestra. Congratulations to these students and their families and also to instructors Greg Knauf, Matt Dubbs and Colin O'Bryan.
On the Reservoir fall sports scene, Colin Bonner was not only named Howard County Player of the Year in Boys Soccer, he was also selected as an NSCAA Scholar All America.
Joey Usher was selected as Reservoir's football scholar athlete as part of the Greater Baltimore Football Foundation.
Tearing up the mat was the Reservoir wrestling team, taking third place in the inaugural Cougar Claws Invitational tournament at Quince Orchard High School. The team's record for the meet was 6-2. Undefeated at the meet were Mason Kilcarr and Sam Rowell. The team also defeated Mt. Hebron, 49-21. Troy Kilcarr, Mason Kilcarr, Paul Quattrone, Sam Rowell, Brian Beach, Brian Glueck, Connor Davis, Pedro Iriarte and Michael Sullivan all won matches against the Vikings. Keep it up, guys!
The students at our local community schools never cease to amaze me with their creativity, generosity and community spirit. The Reservoir Sophomore Class Board sponsored a fundraiser for Elizabeth House, in Laurel.
And, it was not just the "usual, run-of-the-mill" fundraiser. They had to go and make it fun. The method was a "coin drive" with the goal of seeing which teachers would dress up as Santa and an elf on the last school day before the Christmas break. Students Sondra Pearson, Alexis Michael, Sarah Sandler, Delaney Fox, Eric Higgins and Michael Sullivan helped set up Santa's Workshop and supervised the collection table. More than $130 was raised for the soup kitchen. Teachers David Burke and Kate Yienger willingly dressed up and had their pictures taken with students during lunch.
Everyone likes to be rewarded like 'reward points' or 'loyalty rewards' to name a couple. But how do you reward students for exemplary behavior and/or improved work habits? Why, with a special lunch with the "powers that be", in this case, Fulton Elementary School Principal Karen Moore-Roby and Assistant Principal Susan Nickles.
The following Fulton Elementary students had this special lunch during the month of December:
The kindergartners were Grace Hollander, Griffin Millstein, Paige Malwitz, Ethan Peer, Brianna Ciotta, Peyton Kittleberger, Aiden Loehr, Naomi Jarboe, Hannah McGrath and Graham Leary.
The first-graders were Joshua Wilson, Gianna Mule, Riley Grippo, Sunil Pateel, Trace Johnson, Karen Yhim, Emma Gouker and Kathryn Roth.
The second-graders were: Tyler Lehrfeld, Sophie Pereira, Ben Davis, Caroline Rosenberry, Donovan Felix, Camille Williams, Emily Wieser, Nicholas Hayden, Fatima Safdar, Vaibhav Pandey, Kiersten Jewell and Gracie Weirich.
The third-graders were: Clayton Carter, Gia Jackson, Cameron Gates, Tommy Jessup, Riley Sellers, Liz Dudzinski, Grace Struble, Tea Consoli, Owen Bennertz and Natalie Shope.
The fourth graders were: Esha Bhatti, Ethan Bennertz, Bintou Koroma, Michael Gonzalez, Macloud Crowton, Abby Bond, Zeeyada Gebru and Ali Rajabi.
And, the fifth graders were: Deidre Felix, Noah Hollander, Kelly Rothermel, Alice Zeng, Ishan Patel, Alyssa Murray, Montana Griffith, Peter Seigh, Chris Dzubak and Megan Smith.
Another volunteer opportunity: The Road to Recovery, a program sponsored by The American Cancer Society, pairs drivers with cancer patients who are in need of a ride to and from treatment facilities and medical appointments.
Lack of transportation is a major concern for many cancer patients and their families. Some patients have no car or may be too ill to drive. Family members and friends may not have the time or financial means to provide this support. "Road" volunteers provide an essential and necessary service.
If you think you might be able to help and would like more information, call Beth Garbolino at 410-781-4316.
The Howard County Historical Society just moved into its new digs at the Charles E. Miller Branch and Historical Center, 9421 Frederick Road, in Ellicott City. Paulette Lutz, the new volunteer coordinator for the center, is looking for people who are interested in helping out with various projects and activities that are in need of volunteers.
The center is always on the look-out for books, photos and items that pertain to the families or the history the county. If you have any of these items and would like to donate them to the center, give them a call at the phone number listed and they will arrange a pick-up. You can call Paulette at 410-480-3250 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at the center, Henry Stansbury, former president and chairman of the society, will be presenting "The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War: A Marylander's View." By using contemporary views largely from Harpers and Frank Leslies' Illustrated newspapers, Stansbury will take us from the 1860 presidential elections to Fort Sumter leading up to the Pratt Street Riots. The riots were followed by the occupation of Maryland by federal troops, arrests of southern sympathizers and some significant military events which impacted Maryland dramatically at the time and events that still affect us today.
Do you plant a garden each year and have way more vegetables than you can use? Are you interested in marketing those same veggies? Then, the University of Maryland Extension- Montgomery County office is offering a new program: "Starting a Second Career in Local Food- Commercial Food Productin and Marketing for the New Farmer on Small Acreage" (now, that's a mouthful!). Topics include marketing, cover crops; soils and soil management; pest management; and others. Classes take place at the Extension office in Derwood, on Tuesdays from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Time is running out so give Chuck Schuster a call at 301-590-2807 or email@example.com. The cost is $15 for materials and refreshments.
Well, that's all for this week. Commit a random act of kindness. Look in on your neighbors. Say a prayer for our troops who remain in harm's way and remember their families, too.