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Independence Day Parade will put you in the spirit [Clarksville]

Do you love a parade? Well, then, you are in luck. The 16th annual Independence Day Parade will step off onto Great Star at 9 a.m. Saturday. Wear your best red, white and blue attire.

Pick your favorite spot along the 2.2 mile route and cheer the marchers, musicians, floats and other paraders. Remember your hats, sunscreen and a bag for take-home goodies.

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After the parade, you might want to head on over to Roots Market, where they will be grilling up barbecue favorites from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Enjoy free tastings, super sales and live demos. Fresh deals are back, so pick up a flyer.

Congratulations to Clarksville Elementary animators. Through the Artist in Residence program, students created the animated film, "Take a Peek at the Chesapeake." Their film has been selected for the Chesapeake Film Festival to be held Sept. 18-20 in Easton. Way to go, kids.

The next lunch date with history is set for July 10. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The scheduled lecture, "The Howard County Living Farm Museum" by John Frank runs from noon until 1 p.m. There is an optional tour of the museum following.

The schedule is subject to change. To learn more go to http://www.hchsmd.org.

Christ Lutheran Church invites children age 4 through grade 8 to Making Tracks, a summer Bible camp. The program runs from 9 a.m. until noon, July 13-17. For more information go to http://www.christlutheran.net, email office@christlutheran.net or call 301-854-2100.

Atholton Athletic Boosters would like to congratulate 2015 graduates who will play sports in college.

Amanda Petersen will play softball at Messiah College. Chelsea Mitchell will play basketball at Morgan State University. Nick Raulin will play baseball at Roanoke College while Jordan Patterson plays baseball at Hood College.

Dillon Carrington and Miles Walker are in Track and Field at Duquesne University. Victoria Kogan will play tennis at George Washington University. Mollie Belson will play field hockey while Fergus Hall does cross country at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Rebecca Markovitz will be in track and field at Ohio University. Gina D'Asto will play field hockey at Pace University while Jennifer Bleakney plays field hockey at Syracuse University.

Now, that's a good group of student athletes. Do your best.

The Amanda Post Memorial Fund, through the Community Foundation has awarded 17 scholarships for $5,000 each in just six years to River HIll scholar athletes and Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County players.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Oldhouser, winner of the River HIll student athlete scholarship. Elizabeth competed four years in cross country and indoor track, plus two years in softball and outdoor track. She will attend the University of Virginia to study biology preparing to enter the healthcare field.

Natalie Raymond, winner of the Soccer Association scholarship, is a Reservoir graduate. Natalie is a 14-year soccer player. She will attend Duquesne University in the five-year Bachelors/Masters Physician's Assistant Studies program.

Congratulations, girls.

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Pointers Run parents were sad to say goodbye to Assistant Principal Mary Nimmich, who has been in the HCPSS 20 years as a physical education teacher and assistant principal. Mary is retiring and will have more time to spend with her two and soon-to-be three grandsons and their families. She will be missed.

The new assistant principal is Trish Lannon. Trish has 10 years teaching in HCPSS and nearly as many as assistant principal at West Friendship and Stevens Forest.

Melissa Shindel is leaving Clarksville Middle school after six years. She will be the principal of Mayfield Woods.

Joelle Miller, having served as assistant principal at Centennial High, will be the new principal at CMS.

Nick Novak said goodbye to River HIll High. He is being transferred to Howard High.

Atholton High is welcoming new principal JoAnn Hutchens, who is a past principal of Clarksville Middle and more recently Mayfield Woods MS.

Enjoy your summer. It won't last long.

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