Vet-in-School pilot program premiers in Howard [Ellicott City]

On Nov. 11, our nation will observe Veterans Day to celebrate and honor the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation.

In Ellicott City, Centennial High School student Matt Demme, along with his fellow students in the Leadership University (LU) veteran group, created an event to commemorate the holiday, the Vet-in-School pilot kickoff, at Howard High School. The program will provide all social studies classes an opportunity to hear a presentation from current and retired military.


The LU Veterans group partnered with the county office of veterans and military families, the Commission for Veterans and military families and county veteran service organizations to create the presentation. They hope in the future the event will be replicated in all county high schools.

This year, Howard County offers a host of activities to honor our veterans. Lisa B. Terry, manager of the Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families, Department of Community Resources and Services, provided me the following list of events in Ellicott City.


On Friday, Nov. 10 , veterans eat free at Mission BBQ restaurants starting at 11 a.m. with sandwiches and cake all day. An anthem ceremony takes place at noon. WWII vets eat free every day of the year.

Also on Nov. 10, at 11:11 a.m., St. Paul’s Catholic Church will host a Veteran Memorial service, followed by a luncheon.

On Saturday Nov. 11, three events will take place in the downtown historic area. First, at 10 a.m., the community is invited to attend the Gold Star Memorial Rededication. The ceremony in front of the tourism building on Main Street, will celebrate the rededication of the Blue Star Memorial that was damaged in the July 16 flood. A reception will follow.

Then, at 1 p.m., the Veterans Day parade starts at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3695 Rogers Ave. and proceeds down Main Street ending at Maryland Avenue. The parade will honor all military branches with a host of floats, marching bands and school and veterans organizations.


At the conclusion of the parade at 1:30 p.m, join Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and County Councilman Jon Weinstein at a ceremony to honor veterans in front of the B & O Railroad museum.

On Sunday, Nov. 12, the Yingling-Ridgely Veterans of Foreign War Post 7472 hosts a Veterans Day and Marine Corp Birthday Celebration from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Post’s headquarters at 4225 VFW Lane in Ellicott City. For ticket information, contact gmack54@yahoo.com .

It’s time for the Cinieros family-holiday collection. In 1997, the family held its first donation drive to benefit impoverished families in Crum, West Virginia, a small Appalachian town near the West Virginia and Kentucky border.

Two decades later, the family’s goal is still the same — to fill a 50-foot tractor trailer with donations of new and “gently-used” items including toys, clothes, furniture, household appliances, baby supplies and food.

The tractor trailer is owned and operated by a West Virginian who donates his time and rig to transport the donations to the Starting Points Family Resource Center, a support organization for families in Crum who meet poverty standards set by West Virginia state officials.

This year, the Ciniero family will accept donations items at their home on Friday, Dec. 1, beginning at 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., and on Saturday Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donations are required to be in plastic bags or boxes that can be closed. Contributions to defray the truck driver’s gas expenses are also welcome.

The Cinieros live at 4925 Ellis Lane, in the Glynchester Farm development, in Ellicott City.

For more information, call Andrea Ciniero at 443 745-0542 or go to the Facebook page “Crum West Va charity event

Mt. Hebron High School Viking Backers booster club needs your help.

Once a year, it hosts its primary fundraiser, a Basket Bingo, to support all the school’s sports teams, clubs and student organizations.

This year, the Basket Bingo will be held Friday, Nov. 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) at The Lodge in Catonsville. This is a community event and all are welcome. Tickets are $30 and include admission and 20 Bingo cards. In addition, special games, raffles, and concessions will be available for sale. For more information and to purchase tickets online, go to www.vikingbackers.org/basket-bingo.html.

On Saturday, Nov. 18 from 8 to 11 a.m., the Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City will celebrate its 77th year of community service at its Fall country breakfast fundraiser held at Bethany United Methodist Church.

The all-you-can-eat breakfast costs $8 per person. Children under 8-years-old eat for free. Proceeds from the event support local county youth activities.

For more information, contact Gus Katsampis at 410-465-1891 or katsamg@yahoo.com. The church is at 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City.

The Friends & Foundation of Howard County Library System are hosting a harvest celebration meet and greet on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Miller Branch Enchanted Garden. The event is rain or shine and will be moved inside to a meeting room in case of inclement weather.

Join fellow garden lovers for light fare and drinks, including hot-mulled cider, beer tasting provided by Hysteria Brewing, plus corn hole games, music from HCLS’s collection and Google Expedition Virtual Reality experiences.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at www.hclibrary.org - click tabs “about us”, “volunteers”, “Friends & Foundation of HCLS” then “Attend an Event”.

The Miller branch library is at 9241 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. For more details, call 410.313.7750 or email friends@hclibrary.org

Reminder, Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. is the last market of the season for the Howard County Farmers Market at the Miller branch ibrary.

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