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Hammond Middle School seventh-graders hard at work for History Day

Hammond Middle School's seventh-grade Gifted and Talented social studies students have been working very hard, and it shows. Recently, their teacher, Jim Riley, worked with his students to select the top entries for competition in The Howard County School System's National History Day.

Kevin Baker, Lyta Christian, Kelley Flynn, Amanda O'Shaughnessey and Haley Tiller entries were selected for producing two documentaries and two websites. Haley and Kelley's website on the 40th anniversary of Title IX reform came in second place for the Junior Group Website division and will advance to the state level. Let's all wish them good luck. Great job and I'll let you know how well they do next month.

Charity's Closet is now open six days a week. Charity's Closet sells slightly used clothing at the Savage Mill with the proceeds going to Success in Style, an organization that helps people with finding a job and the interview process. Success in Style is in the North Laurel Savage Multi Service Center on Route 1. The new hours for Charity's Closet are Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and then Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the New Weave Building on the ground floor. Everything in the store is $5.

Hammond Park Pool is now accepting new members and if you sign up now, they will waive the initiation fee. They will also include a membership for one child to the Stingrays, the pool's swim team. They offer picnic areas and swimming lessons as well as a cool break from our hot summers. What a great place to hang out where the kids can see their friends and everyone can relax.

Go to the website http://www.swimhammond.org and email Bob Simmerly at simmerly@verizon.net for more information.

Congratulations to Hammond High's "It's Academic" team. They are in the playoffs of this very competitive show and have made the semi finals. The team members are Jimmy Williams, William Ueckermann and Daniel Kim. Their coach is David Helms. The next round will be April 16. I will let you know how they do. Good luck team!

I would be happy to send out birthday or anniversary wishes to anyone in the North Laurel or Savage area or to announce any special event, but please give me at least two weeks' notice.

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