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Robotiators know a thing or two about helping others [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

The Glenelg High School Robotics Club, the Robotiators, finished another year of competition with some great performances. In April, Team 888 participated in the Chesapeake Regional, which is the premier FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competition held in Maryland. The event at the University of Maryland consisted of 58 teams from six states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Israel and the United Arab Emirates who competed with and against each other to play Recycle Rush. The game involved creating a robot that can make a stack of recycling bins and clean up litter.

Glenelg students, working with their mentors, Dean Sheridan and Raymond Gerstner, ranked 15 out of the 58 teams at the end of the qualification rounds. They made it to the quarterfinal rounds and were then eliminated. However, they won the Gracious Professionalism Award, which celebrates the team that demonstrates the core values of FIRST in their relationships with other teams. Sheridan and Gerstner encourage the Robotiators to assist other teams by supplying missing parts, and helping with programming and electronics work. This is the third Gracious Professionalism Award that the team has won in two years. Glenelg has a very helpful and professional team.

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Many of the members of the team will be pursuing futures in engineering or computer science after graduating from Glenelg, and the experiences they have had as part of the Robotiators team will serve them well. We wish them good luck in their future endeavors.

The next Italian Feast at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood will be held on Thursday, June 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. You can eat the delicious food, prepared by Smokin' Hot Bar and Grille in Glenwood, at the church or take it with you to eat at home. Dinners cost $9 per person, with a cap of $30 for a family. Children 5 and under eat free. This will be the last Italian Feast until the end of August, so don't miss the opportunity for a good meal with your neighbors. Proceeds this month will benefit the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. This group provides relief services to thousands of displaced and persecuted Christian refugees in Iraq and throughout the region. For more information about their work, go to cypgulf.org/. Call St. Andrew's Church at 410-489-4035 if you need more information about the dinner.

Darlene Claypoole from Calvary Lutheran Church on Old Frederick Road in Woodbine is excited with the response to the new Sunday night service. This weekly gathering for people who are trying to explore or reconnect with their faith is called Welcome Home to Calvary. The event features a less structured approach to church, focusing on discussions about relationships and faith that help guide people in their daily lives. "We call this 'church for people who don't like to go to church,' " said Pastor Eric Deibler. "Our goal is to create a caring compassionate community, where all people are welcome." To emphasize the casual setting, the event is held in the church's fellowship hall each Sunday night at 6:30 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran has developed a Sunday School program for children, which includes art, science and cooking to keep the children engaged while they learn Bible lessons. While their parents are attending services, the children are learning and having fun. Calvary's contemporary service is held at 9 a.m. and the traditional service is held at 11 a.m. For more information call the church at 410-489-5280 or go to calvarylutheranmd.net.

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