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"If You Think You Can, You Can" may well be the motto of Hammond High School's Booster Club. Sharon Lea, booster club president, reported to the school's PTSA at the October meeting that the club raised $13,000 between February and June.

Hammond was the only county high school (there are eight) that did not have a booster club. But once they were organized, the club members succeeded in a big way. Last month the money was given to 22 clubs, organizations, activities and programs in HHS: Little Bear Nursery, Maryland's Tomorrow, Cross Country, Class of '92, Black Awareness, Art Department/Art Club, Academic Awards Night, Band/Jazz Combo/Jazz Ensemble, Bear Press, Drama, Field Hockey, Class of '95, Class of '96, It's Academic, Photography, Girls' Soccer, Boys Soccer, Special Education, Speech and Debate, Photography and Math Club.

The next fund-raiser on the Booster Club's agenda is a spaghetti dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 in the school cafeteria.

Tickets range in price from $2 to $5. A bonus for the evening will be an opportunity to watch the volleyball game, free. Refreshments sold during the game will also benefit the club. Each school organization is asked to sell at least 20 tickets and provide five "volunteers" for set-up, serving and cleanup. The volunteers pay only $2 for their dinners; others pay more.

Meanwhile, the club also operates the school store, sells refreshments at all athletic events and plans to have a booth at the Hammond Craft Fair, Nov. 21. Dedication, energy and perseverance have paid off for the club, and no one is happier than Sharon Lea. Information: 498-5107.


Attention all cookie-lovers. It's Girl Scout cookie time! Their cookies will be sold from Nov. 6 to Nov. 28. There are seven delicious flavors, and almost everyone has a particular cookie he or she chooses each year. This year you can make delicious desserts using the cookies as an ingredient! Here's one example: Cookies 'N Cream pie. One 1/2 -cup cold half-and-half or light cream, 1 4-serving package of chocolate-flavored instant pudding, 3 1/2 cups whipping topping, thawed (8 oz.), 1 cup crushed Tagalongs cookies, 1 ready-made chocolate pie crust. Pour half-and-half into large bowl. Add pudding mix, beat with wire whisk until well-blended, one minute. Let stand five minutes. Fold in whipped topping and crushed cookies. Spoon into crust. Freeze until firm, about six hours or overnight. Remove from freezer and let stand 10 minutes to soften before serving. Store leftover pie in freezer.

Girl Scout troops earn a percentage of the cookie sales and use the money for workshops, camps, dues, conferences, trips and program activities.( Last year's top troop sold 3,630 boxes of cookies.)

The Village Craft Shop in the Other Barn at Oakland Mills Village, Robert Oliver Place, is Columbia's only cooperative craft shop. Handmade puppets, calligraphy (framed and unframed), wall hangings, pottery, dried flower arrangements and greeting cards are just a few of the gift items at the Shop. Information: 730-7182.

Residents of Owen Brown Place are having their Christmas Bazaar, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Gifts made by residents and their friends, crafts, a white elephant sale and a bake sale will offer bazaar visitors a variety of selections. This is annual fund-raiser, and the money is used to finance the Residents' Council and activities. Admission is free. Owen Brown Place is near the Owen Brown Shopping Center. The entrance drive is next to the tennis courts.


With your help, Domestic Violence Center of Howard County Inc. will benefit during Macy's "Cause for Celebration" benefit shopping day at Owings Mills mall, Nov 12. Tickets ($5) will be sold by the Domestic Violence Center in Macy's before the event and can be purchased by calling the center, 410-997-2272, or stopping at the center's office, 8950 Route 108, Suite 116, Gorman Plaza Building. All ticket proceeds, plus a Macy's $3 bonus donation for each ticket turned in Nov. 12, will be credited to the center. Participating organizations will also be eligible for bonus contributions ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.


Crossroads '92, a business-to-business showcase, sponsored by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, will take place at the Sieling Tech Center, McGaw and Dobbin Roads, from 8:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. Julius Westheimer will speak at the kick-off breakfast.

Men and women in business will be given an opportunity (three minutes each) to "network" during luncheon by promoting the merits of their company to the 18 people in their group. Seminars during the morning and afternoon will be followed by an exhibitors' reception sponsored by Citizens Bank of Maryland. For information on booth reservations, call 410-730-4111.

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