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Parker scores spot on U.S. Women's Senior National Team [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

Alyssa Parker, a 2012 graduate of Glenelg High School, has been named to the U. S. Women's Senior National Team to play field hockey. When she played for Glenelg, Parker scored more than 100 goals in her high school career and also was credited with 100 assists. Only one other student in the history of the National Federation of State High School Associations had achieved both milestones. At the time Parker said she was most proud of the number of assists she had made, because hockey is a team sport.

Since high school, Parker has played for the University of Maryland field hockey team; was part of the U.S. Under 21 Women's National Team in 2014; was recognized with the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Region Second Team in 2014 and 2015 and earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2014.

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Parker will participate in the U.S. National Team's training program full time at the Home of Hockey at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County, Pa. She will join Team USA when training resumes in September following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Congratulations to Parker, who is living her dream of being able to play the sport she loves.

The Glenelg High School Chapter of the National Honor Society invites you to the third annual Children's Cancer Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. Mission BBQ will cater the dinner. Tickets will cost $20 per person. They are available at Glenelg High School during school hours and at the Glenwood Library on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations will also be accepted for the Children's Cancer Foundation. Help the National Honor Society raise money to fight cancer.

The Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School Student Council collected over $1,000 in their Pennies for Patients donation drive in January. This money will be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help in the fight against cancer.

The Glenelg United Methodist Church Food Pantry is open every third Saturday of the month to provide food and toiletries to people in need. This month the pantry is open on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. You can call 410-489-7260 or send an email to glenelgumcpantry@gmail.com if you have questions or want to make a donation.

The blizzard kept the schools closed for six days, to the delight of students and teachers alike. For my family, preparation for the storm included a trip to the feed store to buy grain and hay for our chickens and goat. We also filled numerous gallon bottles with water because we were worried that the electricity would go out and we would not be able to get water for the animals. Fortunately, the snow turned out to be light and fluffy and power outages were minimal. My husband and sons stayed busy with a snow blower and shovels all weekend and our long driveway was reasonably clear by Sunday afternoon. We even went to work on Monday morning. I hope everyone made it through the blizzard of 2016 with great stories to tell in August when people start complaining about the heat.

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