College student's project lets military know they are heroes

This week is a time to stop and remember all we are thankful for. Cindy Zagorski wants to do that more than just Thanksgiving week.

Cindy, who attends Howard Community College, has a lot of friends that went into the military after high school. She is very proud of their service to this country and has tried to find ways to show her support.

She tries to send them all letters while they are away, reminding them how proud she is of them, but that just wasn't enough for this Reservoir grad. Cindy decided that she wanted to let as many people serving in the military as possible that they were a hero to her.

Cindy started making cards saying just that by hand for our soldiers overseas. She wants to make sure they are not forgotten and tell them how much their service means to people, such as herself, back home. Each card ends with the note, "You are a Hero."

She has made around 80 cards to date and plans to make more. Her idea is that every soldier deserves a note telling them someone cares about them and appreciates their and their family's sacrifice. She hopes her cards will put a smile on their face.

Cindy has a friend who will be returning overseas and she wants to send her cards back with him. She also has been researching other ways she can support our soldiers. She wants to make a difference and she hopes others will want to join her to help brighten our soldiers' lives.

What a great gift Cindy is giving our soldiers. Way to go, Cindy.

Do you care for and adult or child that has a record of wandering off due to a medical condition? If you live in Howard County and are caring for a family member with a cognitive impairment, there is help for you. The Howard County Police are offering a new program called Rapid Return. Those who wander will wear a small device on their wrists that can be activated if they wander off.

To enroll or for more information, email Howard County police at or call 410-313-3738.

The next two free Gator Academies will be held Dec. 4 and 11 at the Savage Branch Library. Students will need a permission slip, notebook and textbook. Email Kris Kendall at

Do not forget to sign up for the class, "Decking the Halls with Natural Materials," at the Savage Branch Library Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Call the library at 410-880-5975 to register. The library is at 9525 Durness Lane, in North Laurel.

HC DrugFree workshop, "Emotional Rollercoaster-What Parents and Students Need to Know" will be held Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Atholton High School at 7 p.m. To find out more about this program, go to their website at

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers. I have many things to be thankful for and I count you all among them.

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