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If you had asked me as a college student about my career plans, working for a newspaper would have been high on my list of possibilities. My path instead took me into the world of book publishing. It was there that I stayed until my first child was born. More than 17 years ago, I left full-time employment. My husband, Dennis, and I were blessed with three children: first came Reid, then Brennan, then Celia. They are 17, 14, and 12. I have been sporadically writing on a freelance basis and am delighted now to be taking on a new role and joining this newspaper as your Lutherville-Timonium columnist.

Kudos to Dulaney High graduate and Lutherville resident, Caroline Meegan, who recently received the first award of the season from the Patriot Lacrosse League. Caroline, a sophomore goalkeeper for the Boston University Women's Lacrosse team, was named Defensive Player of the Week for leading the league in both save percentages and saves per game, earning a ranking in the top-25 nationally. As a freshman, Caroline twice received Rookie of the Week awards. Proud parents C.J. Smith and John Meegan traveled to games as often as possible this season, braving the snow on the home fields in Boston, then cheering on the team in Nashville, Denver, Easton, Pennsylvania, and locally at Loyola University.

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Another Dulaney High graduate, Hayley Orth, of Timonium, is committed to working with survivors of human trafficking, especially those brought to the U.S. from other countries. As a 19-year-old in 2013, Hayley was among 10 young adults featured in The Baltimore Sun's annual list of people under 30 to watch. She was recognized for her efforts to draw together 1,000 people willing to stand for 27 hours to raise money and draw attention to the issues surrounding human slavery.

Hayley remains passionate about her mission of helping those most vulnerable to trafficking situations. She will soon graduate from Towson University, then begin working on a master's degree in social work at the University of Maryland. In the meantime, Hayley is completing an internship at World Relief, where she is working as an anti-trafficking Intern and in the immigration clinic assisting with client intake interviews. Hayley is the daughter of Duane and Jackie Orth.

This summer, the Women's World Soccer Cup is headed to Canada and the Lutherville Timonium Soccer Club is giving 22 of its U13 girls and their families the opportunity to see first-hand some of the most accomplished players in the world. The trip to Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City will cost each player nearly $1,500 and fundraising is underway. As the June departure date gets closer, watch this space for more details and to learn how how you can help support the team.

What makes a column one you want to read? You do. Have a birthday or anniversary to celebrate? Want to applaud a friend or family member? Tell me about your life, your neighborhood, your accomplishments — and those of your friends and family. Email me at: karenwritesinlutherville@gmail.com.

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