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Amelia Draper shares weather tips with Bond Mill [West Laurel]

Amelia Draper speaks to Bond Mill Elementary students.
Amelia Draper speaks to Bond Mill Elementary students. (Courtesy Photo)

Bond Mill Elementary was thrilled to welcome Amelia Draper, meteorologist with Storm Team 4 with NBC News 4 Washington, D.C. Draper visited Tracey Lally’s fifth-grade class to share information about her job as a meteorologist. She taught the students about high and low pressure systems, types of precipitation, and tools used to forecast the weather. She was very engaging as she displayed websites that are used to study the weather patterns.

She answered questions of many inquisitive young students. Lally reported the next day her students enthusiastically reported that there was a low pressure system due to rain that morning. Thank you to the lovely Amelia Draper for stopping by our little school set right in the heart of West Laurel.

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Time is flying by as the autumn, and soon to be winter, activities fill the calendar. I’ll try to keep you posted on the many holiday activities for our families.

The Bond Mill Elementary 35th Annual Craft Fair and Festival is on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 16001 Sherwood Ave. (off Bond Mill Road). The fifth-grade will be selling baked goods, coffee and delicious lunch. The vendor and craft tables are sold out and there is much talent to peruse and shop. Some of the wonderful regulars will be back and there are some new attractions as well including fresh baked bread just in time for Thanksgiving (or freeze for the holidays), jewelry, soaps, novelty designs, make your own holiday placemats for the little ones, homemade quilts, LulaRoe, ThirtyOne, wreaths, twinkly trinkets and so much more. Please come up and support the fifth-grade and Bond Mill Elementary. The community support means everything!

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Tom’s Reindeer Run will be held on Nov. 25 as it is always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The run is held at the West Laurel Community Building and the race begins at 9 a.m. This is the 16th annual 5k event which is held by the family of Tom Linsenmeyer to keep alive the memory of his life which ended all too soon. The race grows bigger and stronger every year. The funds raised by the race are donated to Sarah’s House in the Fort Meade area. Sarah’s House is a supportive housing program, offering emergency and transitional housing with an array of other services for homeless families. Last year, Tom’s Reindeer Run raised over $8,000. The run is open to walkers and runners of all ages. The course runs throughout West Laurel. Refreshments are available after the race and everyone will have a great time with an award ceremony for the finishers, door prizes, music and more. To register for the run or for more information, call John Linsenmeyer at 443-896-7561 or check out the website at tomsreindeerrun.org. You can register now through the very early morning of the race starting at 7:30 a.m. The fee is $35 per person.

The Woman’s Club of Laurel will be hosting its Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec.r 2, at 384 Main St.in Laurel (between PNC and BB&T – parking in rear). Let your children visit with Santa while everyone enjoys a breakfast of pancakes and sausage with orange juice, milk, coffee or tea. The price is still only $6 for adults and $3 for children (under 12). Seats are available at 8, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Reservations are required. Please call Delysha Henry at 443-841-4849 to reserve your seats – they fill up fast! Proceeds from the breakfast will be used to support local community and charitable organizations. This is a wonderful opportunity to have some family time and take some pictures of the little ones with Santa. Reserve your table now.

The West Laurel Recreation Council Annual Holiday Party will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the West Laurel Community Building. Santa and Frosty, as well as everyone else, will be serenaded and entertained by the Laurel High School Band. Refreshments will be served and all WL residents are welcome to attend.

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