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Be a marcher instead of a watcher in July 4 parade [Clarksville]

The annual Independence Day parade along Great Star Drive will be here before you know it. Have you thought about decorating a float or bike to participate? Maybe you could gather a musical or marching group. It takes about an hour to cover the distance.

The route is over two miles with the last half uphill. As a participant or spectator, you will surely have fond memories of the day. The parade starts at 9 a.m.

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To register, pick up a form at Claret Hall or go to http://www.villageofriverhill.org. Look under the events tab. For more information, call 410-531-1749 or send an email to newsletter@villageofriverhill.org.

Speaking of patriotic events, Adele LaNew and I went to the 20th Fredericksburg National Cemetery Luminaria on Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend. You might like to make the trip next spring. It's free and very impressive as over 15,300 American soldiers have been laid to rest on the hillside. You will hear "Taps" every 30 minutes and park rangers at various stations throughout the cemeteryrecount the stories of about a dozen of the fallen. Each year new gravesites are researched and honored.

Join the Empty-Nesters group from Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church at the River Hill Grill on June 17 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome even if you aren't an empty-nester.To learn more, call 443-831-7024.

A few months before his birth, Zachary Scott attended his first college graduation when Russell Sanford graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida.

My how the years have flown by. Zach Scott graduated from River Hill in 2011. Recently he graduated from Towson University with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Zach is back in the area as he has already landed a good job in Maple Lawn. Congratulations, Zach, and best wishes for a full and happy future.

We have more young people climbing the ladder of success in education. Be sure to send me notices so those you know and love can be acknowledged.

Xialou Guo of Atholton High won the Dr. Lynn Collins Award for excellence in Computer Science and Mathematics plus Special Recognition and a Specialty Award for a mentored project in state competition at the 2015 STEM Fair.

At the middle school level in the 2015 STEM Fair, Matthew Bloom of Clarksville took second place for Engineering and Technology. Shaiza Mansoor won the Outstanding Engineer Award from the Society of Women Engineers Baltimore-Washington Section.

Congratulations to STEM Fair winners and all participants who have learned and grown from the experience and effort expended.

To promote exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle, Clarksville Middle School recently held its fourth annual Fun Run/Walk.

Top finishers for boys were Sam Johnson, Elijah Taylor, David Elsasser, Eric Valdesuso, Luke Meininger, Mick Dannelly, Jack Smoot, Kian Mbi, Alexander Docouto and Joshua Newman.

Top finishers for girls were Faith Meininger, Naomi Farkas, Annabel Smoot, Michelle Feng, Ana Clemmer, Sui Muwowo, Janaki Patel, Lyla Farooqiand Sarah Burnett.

Are you planning to host a vacation Bible school this summer. Now is the time to send me the information to share with the community. I'll be looking for your e-mail.

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