Reservoir High hosts singers from Syracuse University [Fulton/Highland]

The Reservoir High School music department is proud to announce a concert in the school auditorium given by the Syracuse University Singers on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.

A couple of Reservoir High School graduates have attended the university, with one singing in the ensemble. "This is a great opportunity for our community to see a university level music ensemble, and there will be a chance for RHS students to do a Q&A session with the college students to find out what college life, and specifically college music life, is like", wrote Greg Knauf, one of the music directors at RHS, in his email announcement.


Boy Scout Troop 702, sponsored by Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Highland, has done it again in 2013. Six members of the troop attained the highest rank in scouting — Eagle Scout. Since its inception in 1912, the rank of Eagle Scout has been earned by more than two million young men.

To attain this rank, Scouts have to earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate the ideals of service and leadership, including organizing and leading an extensive service project. Only about 4 percent of Boy Scouts nationwide attain this rank.

The young men are Timmy Bernard, 16, a junior at Atholton High School; Luke Butrum, 15, a sophomore at River Hill High School; Fergus Hall, 16, a junior at Atholton High School; Elliot Hazzard, 18, a freshman at the University of Maryland; Jai Thakor, 18, a freshman at Johns Hopkins University; and Vir Thakor, 18, a freshman at UCLA.

Their Eagle Scout projects were constructing a bus parking pad, picnic benches, and an outdoor learning center for New Hope Church; an outdoor teaching area for Pointers Run Elementary School; building bird houses for the Howard County Conservancy; and creating a fire pit and surrounding paving and benches at Shri Mangal Mandir Temple in Silver Spring.

Since its establishment in 1983, Boy Scout Troop 702 has honored an impressive 57 Eagle Scouts. Over the years the troop has done community service projects throughout Highland and the surrounding community, serving local churches, parks and other organizations. The Boy Scout troop annually participates in the Scouting for Food program, collecting food for the Howard County Food Bank, and helps the Greater Highland Crossroads Association with Highland Day parking and events.

The troop meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9 pm at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Highland. For more information about Troop 702, contact Scoutmaster Rick Fitzgerald at

Fulton Elementary School has had some awesome readers for December. The kindergarteners are Zoe Graber, Daniel Leak, Brayden Offutt, Kavja Zaveri, Will Grace and Chloe Chau. The first graders are Lulna Ghirmai, Claire Williams, Jason Liang, Evelyn Kim, Grace Rayman, Matthew Williams and Ethan Chang. The second graders are Michele Mason, Caleb Souder, Caitlin Bossle, Ryan Stevenson, Anthony Mydlarz, Erin Bilger and Manan Zaveri.

The third graders are Serena Goyal, Casey Van't Hoff, Luke Rubin, Carolyn Wong, Devan Patel, Courtney Johnson and Noah Ko. The fourth graders are Aiden Atang, Nikhitha Ganham, Sonja West, Aislin Hall, Lucas Turner and Ben Hongladarom. The fifth graders are Kayla Ou, Thomas Diggins, Quinn Fournet, Tessa Byrum, Grace Ko, TJ Onwuanibe and Kyle Stevenson.

That flag on your mailbox isn't just a signal to the mailman — it also lets crooks know that outgoing mail is present. At least one local family has had their outgoing mail stolen. Those items that contained checks were washed and then made payable to the thief. Luckily, a local bank teller was on the ball and refused to cash the checks. This is an ongoing problem in our area. The police recommend taking your outgoing mail to the post office and dropping it in the mailbox there instead. If you are the object of this kind of theft, contact the police and the post office and file a report.