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Moose center hosts fire safety event [Russett]

Looking for a family event this Saturday that is not only fun but educational? Come on out to the second annual fire safety community event being held at the Laurel Moose Family Center 1504, 3340 Fort Meade Road, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of the Maryland City Volunteer Fire Department along with the Laurel Police Department will be on hand with their emergency-response vehicles as well as demonstrations with Sparky, the fire dog. Come learn about fire prevention and family safety awareness. A free lunch will be provided consisting of hot dogs, potato chips and water to all who attend. For more information, email lodge1504@mooseunits.org or call 301-490-7000.

Another local event for adults 18 and older is Tales from the Dearly Departed, a walk and talk tour on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Montpelier Mansion,9650 Muirkirk Road, With Halloween right around the corner, this event is sure to get you in the mood. Storyteller Jane Dorfman will be telling scary folk tales, Halloween legends and more in her program, Darkness Comes Early. She has shared her storytelling techniques at various other events, such as the Smithsonian Holiday Festival and the National Storytelling Conference. The advanced price is $7 for members and $12 for non-members. At the door, the price for members is $10 and $15 for non-members. Seating availability is limited. For detailed information, please call 301-377-7817,301-699-2544 or go to montpeliermansion@pgparks.com.

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Congratulations goes out to Arnold and Pasadena elementary schools in Anne Arundel County on being named National Blue Ribbon Schools. They join 15 other Anne Arundel County Public Schools who have been awarded the National Blue Ribbon honor in past years: Benfield (2000-2001), Bodkin (200-2001), Broadneck (2007-2008), Crofton Meadows (2011-2012), Folger McKinsey (2004-2005), Jones (2002-2003), Lake Shore (2015-2016), Linthicum (2013-2014), Mayo (1996-1997), Oak Hill (1998-1999), Severna Park (2015-2016) and West Annapolis (1998-1999) elementary schools; as well as Severna Park Middle School (2005-2006); and Severna Park (2010-2011) and Southern (2008-2009) high schools.

This year's Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored by U.S Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. at an awards conference this month in Washington, D.C. Congratulations to all!

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