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Girls lace up for Wounded Warrior Project run [Glenelg/Glenwood/Dayton]

Rebecca Herriotts, left, and her sister Christine share a moment after participating in the run for the Wounded Warriors Project.
Rebecca Herriotts, left, and her sister Christine share a moment after participating in the run for the Wounded Warriors Project. (Submitted photo, for the Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Rebecca Herriotts from Glenwood raised more than $3,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, a veteran's charity organization that raises awareness of, and empowers, injured veterans and their families.

The 13-year-old said, "I was on a soccer team and my sister was wearing one of their sweatshirts and none of the girls knew what it was. It kind of upset me so I wanted to do something to get the word out."

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Rebecca decided she wanted to do something for injured veterans because of "all they have done for us. I am not running for anyone in particular. I run in honor of all the Wounded Warriors."

Rebecca participated in the Wounded Warrior 8K Run in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday, Oct. 4, with her older sister, Christine. Rebecca placed first of eight in the Under 14 age group, and 215th out of over 600 runners overall. She even received a special coin reserved for veterans to recognize her successful fundraising efforts.

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In addition to practicing for the Run this summer, Rebecca, a 4-H Club member, was raising animals for the Howard County Fair. One of her market goats was sold at the Livestock Sale at the end of the fair to Peter Miller of DWM Roofing. Rebecca donated all of the proceeds from the sale to the Wounded Warrior Project. The goat was then purchased by a friend of Rebecca's, and is now living on a local farm.

Rebecca plans on fundraising for the Wounded Warrior Project next year, and she is grateful to everyone who helped her reach her fundraising goals.

It's time again for the Glenelg Marching Unit to sell citrus fruit. The first fruit sale order deadline is Friday, Oct. 31. Fruit will be available for pick-up at Glenelg High School on Saturday, Nov. 15, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Grapefruit, Florida navel oranges, tangerines, mandarins and a variety pack are the choices for this month. help support the unit by purchasing fruit. For more information and to get the order form, go to http://www.glenelgbands.com. If you have questions, call Dianne Kvech at 410-489-2951 or Meredith Haussler at 410-442-0263, or send an email to fruitsales@glenelgbands.com.

Glenelg High School will host a 5K or 2K run or walk in memory of Rodney Williams on Sunday, Nov. 16, starting at 9 a.m. Williams, a counselor at Glenelg, was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident on the last day of school in June. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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All proceeds from this "Run for Rod" will be donated to the Rodney Williams Children's Educational Fund. Registration information can be found at http://www.active.com/glenelg-md/running/races/glenelg-memorial-5k-run-for-rod-2014

Williams gave so much to the school, and the members of the Student Memorial Committee want to give back and help his family. Register as soon as possible if you are planning on participating.

The Glenwood Branch of the Howard County Library System will host Choo Choo Blue, the bright blue, fun-loving mascot of the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m. This is Election Day, and Howard County schools will be closed.

Choo Choo Blue is the newest and youngest locomotive in the B & O roundhouse, and she wants to share her love of railroading through stories and activities for children agea 2 through 10. A no-cost ticket is required for admission to the one-hour event. Tickets are available at the Glenwood branch in the morning before Choo Choo Blue arrives. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call the library at 410-313-5577.

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