Homecoming season is upon us.

Our local high school students have spirit week events planned, football games to compete in, traditions to uphold and dances to attend.


The Atholton Athletic Boosters will be holding its Homecoming Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8:30 -10:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria. This is one of Atholton's oldest and most enjoyable traditions that marks the beginning of a fun-filled day of homecoming festivities. This truly is a community event where everyone is welcome to attend. Tickets can be purchased at the school for $10 on the day of the event. The homecoming dance will be later that evening.

Hammond High School is also planning its homecoming dance at the school on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7 -10 p.m.

The following week, Reservoir High School students will enjoy its homecoming celebration. Students and their guests will delight in an evening of dancing and other events from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.

What a special time of year for these high schoolers. If you are a parent or friend of a student looking forward to these fun-filled events, remind them to drive safe and make good decisions so they can enjoy everything and make wonderful memories.

The Savage Volunteer Fire Company Hall will be buzzing with Bingo players hoping to win purses and Alex and Ani products on Saturday, Oct. 13. Doors open at 5 p.m. to prepare for games that start at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 in advance and $22 at the door. Email gorman_s@hotmail.com or call 301–725-6409 or 301-604-2468 to reserve your space. Provide your name, phone number and number of tickets you’d like to reserve.

The Savage Historical Society continues monthly meetings and the next one is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Come to the Faith and Ministry Center at 9032 Baltimore St. to hear presenter Ricardo L. Whitaker. He is the publisher of The Guilford Gazette and will speak on the topic "Historical Education and Preservation Through Community Journalism.” He will explain how citizens can participate in the process of insuring that historical data and ongoing events can be preserved and made accessible for all Savage residents.

The Savage Cemetery Co. is planning its cemetery clean up day for Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a. m.-1 p. m. This nonprofit, volunteer organization is dedicated to the upkeep, restoration and improvement of the Savage Cemetery and is dependent on donations from private citizens, businesses and foundations so any help you can give is much appreciated. Monetary donations are also accepted on its Facebook page, savagecemeterycompany.

The Howard County Public School System, the Bright Minds Foundation and the Howard County Early Childhood Advisory Council are introducing Read With Me - Howard County which is an affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This pilot program will provide a book per month to families of the youngest children at three Howard County schools and their surrounding communities. Laurel Woods Elementary School has been chosen as one of the schools where students and their families will benefit from the donated books.

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman, who approved funding for the initiative, explained in a statement, “Giving a young child a book is the best way to get them interested in learning, and it helps them to become better prepared to start school. Learning needs to begin early to give students the best foundation to achieve academically. Programs like this are vital to a child’s success.” Happy Reading!