I was attending a pancake supper at St. Francis Catholic Church in Fulton on Fat Tuesday when I was approached by another parishioner who I didn't recognize.
Shay Fourney had seen my U.S. Air Force ball cap sitting on the table and she was curious if I had served. Her son, Jeremy David, had just completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, and she was eager to speak with me.
Shay and her family are originally from New Orleans and moved up to our neck of the woods after her marriage to Matt Fourney. After Jeremy graduated from high school, he tried college but decided that since he didn't know what he wanted to do with his life, he's try something else. He worked at various physical (i.e., hard) labor jobs, then asked his mom and step-dad for advice. Matt took him to speak with some recruiters and Jeremy decided on the Air Force.
Jeremy is currently attending aviation mechanic's school at Ft. Eustis, in Newport News, Va., where he is studying to be a helicopter mechanic. He'll be working on the Pave Hawk, a highly modified Air Force version of the Army's Black Hawk chopper.
Since 1981, the youth ministry at St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville has been sponsoring an annual Italian dinner to help raise funds to support the youth ministry within the parish and community. Pat Sprankle, the director of Youth Ministries for the parish, and his staff work with the kids doing service projects within the parish and the local communities. They also help expose the kids to all sorts of local groups such as Habitat for Humanity and GrassRoots, to name a couple.
The next Italian dinner takes place Sunday, March 11 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium. Come enjoy either lasagna or spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sauce. All meals include salad, garlic bread, beverages (coffee, tea, soft drinks) and desserts. Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children 10 & under. A lasagna dinner is slightly higher at $12. A spaghetti/lasagna combo dinner is slightly more at $15. Finally, a family dinner ticket is $35 for up to six members of your immediate family. By the way, these are the same prices as last year.
Come and enjoy a nice meal and get to meet some other members of the local communities. Hope to see you there!
In November of 2004, Neighbor Ride was launched with its mission to "decrease isolation and improve the quality of life for Howard County's older residents." And today, with its team of more than 330 volunteer drivers and ride coordinators, Neighbor Ride continues to work to fulfill that mission.
A little more than seven years has passed since its founding and Feb. 21, the volunteers at Neighbor Ride completed the 50,000th trip. Volunteer driver Anne Lamberty gave a roundtrip ride to passenger Evadne Lafayette to Chesapeake Physical and Aquatic Therapy at the Columbia Association's Supreme Sports Club.
Anne says it's a "family thing" to volunteer with Neighbor Ride. She's been volunteering now for two years and her husband, Gontran, was one of Neighbor Ride's original volunteer drivers and is an active member of the board of directors for Neighbor Ride.
If you are looking for a way to give back, check Neighbor Ride out. Call Colleen Konstanzer at 301-807-6380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. One passenger was quoted as saying, "you are one of the best things to happen in Howard County!"
The students of the week at Lime Kiln Middle School for the week ending Feb. 24 are: Katherine Cho, Feraz Bhatti, John Adamson, Claire Bratchie, Sarah Bridges, Mike Britt and Shiv Patel.
Members of the Reservoir High School wrestling team scored big at the Howard County Wrestling Championships held recently. Mason Kilcarr and Sam Rowell were both crowned county champions with Sam being the youngest county champ in school history. Mason was also selected as the Glen Devane Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament.
Troy Kilcarr, Hans Wicklein and Paul Quattrone took third. Wes Beattie and Michael Sullivan came in fourth and Brian Beach took fifth. Overall, the team finished in fourth place. Troy, Mason, Hans, Paul, Sam, Wes, and Michael all qualified for the regional finals where Mason finished the tourney as a Regional Finalist and Sam was crowned regional champion.
Congratulations to all of the wrestlers and their coaches, Andy McIntyre, Jesse Moore and Dan Rowell.
The Reservoir High School music programs have started a chapter of the Tri-M (Modern Music Masters) National Music Honor Society.
The student body charter members are: Matthew Acquard, Wyeth Aleksei, Christina Alms, Troy Anlage, Chaz Atkinson, Eden Belay, Jackie Bikoti, Grace Bodden, Labresha Boozer, Allison Bradbury, Jordan Budzinski, Sarah Danihel, Pooja Daya, Lauren DeLong, Daniel DePinto, Caroline desJardins-Park, Sophie Goron, Abby Goron, Gina Han, Natalie Harris, Lisa Horowitz, Chelsea Horvath, Stephanie Ichniowski, Katie Kelly, Emily Kim, Christine Kirchner,Tory LaFemina, Lauren LaGrasta, Carey Locke, Katherine Malanoski, Meghan McBeth, Eric Meehan, Kristina Mileo, Peter Nionakis, Daniel Odom, Michael Palmer, Lauren Poleto, Kyle Pompei, Genay Rawlins, Andrew Rayo, Jillian Regner, Joy Ruffa, Karli Smiraglia, Rachel Sowers, Graham Thompson, Daniel Usher, Kia Wheatley and Anna Yang.
Thanks to Greg Knauf, Mark Dubbs and Colin O'Bryan for sponsoring this exciting new program.
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.