Laurel Leader

Reservoir High Marching Band sweeps the awards [North Laurel/Savage]

And the winner is… Reservoir High School Marching Band and Color Guard swept the awards at the Howard County Music in Motion, winning best music, best visual and best overall. The students were under the direction of Allie Alexander and David Bacon. Way to go Gators.

The 50+ Center has several events coming up. On Nov. 13, at 11 a.m., the center will have Dr. Dan Storch share how to cope through the toughest times in a program called How to Cope with Life Transitions. The program is free.


On Nov. 15, at 9:45 a.m., there is a Fall Art Workshop on Earrings. The cost is $12 to cover the cost of materials and instructor. There will also be free memory screenings on Nov. 19 starting at 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 20 will be the day of a show by the Howard County Arts Council with lunch afterwards. Donations for the lunch are welcomed. All events require registration. To sign up or for more information contact the center at 410-313-0380.


It was tragic that a gunman opened fire on our Howard County police officers along Route 1. Officer Steven Houk was hit, but I am happy to report that he is home resting from his injuries and the suspect is in custody. If you wish to send Officer Houk a get well card, send it to HCPD, Office of the Chief, 3410 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD, 21043. We should all let our police and firefighters know how much we appreciate all they do for us.

Congratulations to the Hammond High School "It's Academic" Team, which won the first round on the show. The show will air on Channel 13 on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. Round two will be in March of 2014.

The Gator Academy for all Reservoir students offering free tutoring will be held on Nov. 10 and 17 this month at the North Laurel Community Center. Make sure to bring all books and materials including a permission slip. For more information, contact Beth Weith at or phone Miriam Cruz at 240-640-7885.

Family Movie Night will be held on Nov. 16 at the North Laurel Community Center starting at 6 p.m. The show will be "Over the Hedge" and is shown in the movie lounge. Tickets include popcorn and a drink. The price is $2 for center members, $4 for non-members and kids under 5 are free. You must pre-register by calling 410-313-0390.

The Hammond Music Boosters will hold a Coach and Vera Bradley Bingo night on Nov. 15 at the Laurel Elks Lodge. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for 20 games. For more information, contact Debbie Wegman at

Happy anniversary to my husband, Michael — 34 years and going strong. Do you have an anniversary, birthday or other celebration coming up? Please let me know so I can add it to my column. Thanks