North Laurel/Savage: Support a local group when you buy your Christmas tree

This is the season of festive lights and holiday cheer. For those who like to decorate with real trees, why not do that and support a local group at the same time.

The Savage Volunteer Fire Department is selling holiday trees at the Weis Market at Route 1 and Gorman Road.

Hammond High's Booster Club is also selling trees this weekend. For more information about the sale, email

Have you noticed your elementary or middle school student spending a lot of time spelling everything? Well, that is because it is that time of year again. Schools are holding their spelling bee contests to get ready for the library's spelling bee contest.

Schools will have their students compete and winners will compete countywide in the new year. Good luck to all our local students.

A very big congratulations to Eva Sauer, an 8th grader at Hammond Middle School who was chosen to participate in the 2013 All State Junior High Band. Eva competed against students across the state to win this accomplishment. Way to go, Eva.

Great things are happening at Reservoir High School. The school's Model UN team attended their first conference. They participated in mock sessions pretending to be members of the UN serving on committees to help find solutions to real world problems.

Two students received awards, Matt Agresti for representing France in the Security Council and Maninder Matharu for representing Russia in the Disarmament and International Security Committee. Great job by their staff sponsor, Edward Besse.

Reservoir's Music Department had several students selected for All State Music Honors. Wyeth Aleksei made Second Chair in the Senior All State Orchestra and Wesley Kane earned Second Chair in the Senior All State Band. Kayla Krammes earned Junior All State Orchestra honors. Way to go RHS.

Laurel Woods Elementary School is very proud of its nine female students who ran their first 5K as part of the Girls on the Run team. Way to go Autumn Anderson, Gabi Salazar, Sophia Brett, and Raquel Penado, Brooke Miller, Shakira Knight, Ashley Ventura, Annette Lee and Stephanie Akuffo.

Patuxent Valley Middle School is once again collecting pull tabs for Ronald McDonald houses. Last year the school collected over 500 pounds and they hope to top that this year.

Let us all help them as they help this worthwhile charity. There are two ways you can help. Offer to have a collection can at your place or business and also collect pull tabs to donate.

What a great way to teach our children about giving and to help others along the way. More information can be found by contacting them at 410-880-5846.

North Laurel's Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab has created a new website for students, teachers and parents. The site is to help encourage students to learn more about STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Check it out at

I want to wish my daughter, Joanna, a very special and Happy Birthday.

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