North Laurel/Savage: At the Family Health Expo, free medical screening, plus lunch

It is that time again. The Southeast Horizon Council is sponsoring the annual Family Health Expo on Sept. 29 at the North Laurel Community Center from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The best part is, it is all free. There are health screenings for bone density, high blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. They even will have dental and vision screenings.

People from many different medical fields will be attending. They will also offer assistance for what to do if your child does not have health insurance. Lunch is even free, while supplies last.

As the new school year starts, there will be some new faces at area schools.

Gorman Crossing is welcoming Gillian Spivey as the new assistant principal. She has worked in schools for 13 years and is happy to be joining the Gorman Crossing community. William Swisher has retired after working in the schools for over 30 years.

Speaking of Gorman Crossing, its annual 5K run throughout the community is on Sept. 22. Details will follow.

The North Laurel Civic Association's annual picnic is Sept. 16 at the High Ridge Park. They will be looking for new members — why not attend and join our local association? For more information, contact Bibi Perrotte-Foston at

Any high school student who wishes to drive to school must attend a Safe Driving Presentation meeting with a parent. If they have missed a meeting at their school, do not panic. They can attend any meeting around the county.

Reservoir and Atholton will hold meetings on Sept. 4 and Hammond High will hold one on Sept. 5 and one on Sept.12. All of these meetings will start at 7 p.m. Permits cost students $15 each.

Hammond High School is looking for public relations, fundraising or branding mentors for their Team Ursa Major, the robotics club. The mentor would work with the team sponsor and students to develop ways to get funding for their program and competitions.

Team Ursa Major competes in the program called FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. This is a program that lets the students work hands-on in their fields of interest. For more information, contact Ursa Major's primary mentor, Eric Cullings, at

Did you know that there have been coyote sightings in our area?

According to the Department of Natural Resources, there are coyotes in every county in Maryland — enough that they have actually started coyote hunts.

If you are having issues with one, contact the Nuisance Wildlife Cooperators at 877-463-6497.

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