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Children of St. John parishioners make their first communion EAST COLUMBIA


Children of St. John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church parishioners made their first communion the first two weekends in May at The Meeting House in Oakland Mills village and the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. Community receptions at the churches were held after each service.

The Rev. Richard Tillman celebrated the May 1 Mass at the interfaith center for Ashley Blakey, Sean Garroway, Robert Gilligan, Monica Guilarte, Jillian O'Rourke, Sean Oliver, Timothy Riismandel, Elaine Scudder, Juan Spearman and Daniel Wilkes. Rosanne Brandi was their teacher.

On May 2, the Rev. Patrick Carrion was the celebrant at The Meeting House for Christopher Baffa, Jacueline Boisvert, Alexander Camorali, Christina Congedo, Elizabeth Cowan, Kathleen Crumpton, Daniel Goudreau, Gregory Hull, Laura Jenkins, Matthew Stephens, Andrew Taliano, Aaron Tolentino, Justin Wheeler and Christell Zola. John Wheeler was their teacher.

Father Carrion celebrated first communions May 8 at The Meeting House for Sheebbah Augustin, Catherine Budich, William Canny, Brittany Carozza, Sarah Closson, Jennifer Cruess, Meaghan Doyle, Jaime Fields, Patrick Fitzgerald, Fabin Francis, Grant Hardester, Matthew Jones, Anna Kiefer, Stefanie Largent, Cynthia McLaughlin, Stacey Pusey, Megan and Kelly Romanoski, James Sanders, Nichelle Santos and Amanda Schneider. Karen Schneider was their teacher.

On May 9, the Rev. Richard Tillman was the celebrant at The Meeting House for Eliot Davila, Brandie and Anthony Faudale, Christopher Fries, Amber Garrity, Jaclyn Goldman, Kathryn Greenfield, Michael Johnston, Jonathan Martinez, Stacey Marucci, Brian Miles, Meagan Ogletree, Louis Sarry, Kate Splaine and Rebecca Stephens. Carmen Lowitt was their teacher.


Sandy and Paul Lillis are proud of their daughter Stacey, an Oakland Mills High School senior who received an "Outstanding Academic Achievement Award" from Howard Community College.


Diane and Arthur Tollick are the proud parents of Sarah, an eighth-grader at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Ellicott City, who has earned a four-year academic scholarship to Seton Keough High School in Catonsville.

She also placed third in a speech contest and was awarded a scholarship to Mount St. Joseph's High School.


Parents, teachers and interested residents are invited to a free spring workshop, "Imagine That . . . Children First," sponsored by the PTA Council of Howard County. The meeting will be at Hammond High School Thursday, with registration from 6:45 p.m to 7 p.m. Information: 313-7115.


Nancy Brown, Michelle Trexler and George Eliot would seem to be of one mind, that "there should be some unknown regions preserved as hunting grounds for the poetic imagination."

Ms. Brown and Ms. Trexler, reading specialists at Talbot Springs Elementary School, have designed and produced "Reading Radio" for the students.

Selecting an unfamiliar book to ensure the students' interest, the teachers' "radio" program is "broadcast" (complete with story characters' enactment and appropriate sound effects) to the entire school.

"The results have been wonderful;" Ms. Brown reports. "Students actually asked which radio station they could tune to."

"And the sound effects caused a lot of curiosity," Ms. Trexler said. "How did you make the bird sound? Where were all the people we heard? And that part was all due to our secretarial staff, who enjoyed being the background of the story."

Their first "word painting" production coincided with the TV presentation of Robin Muller's book "The Magic Paint Brush" for media comparison by the children.

The second airing, "Chicken Sunday" by Patricia Polacco, will be "broadcast" at 8:45 a.m. next Tuesday. Information: 313-6915.


Dasher Green Elementary School's staff and faculty send a special "thanks" to physical education teacher Larry Berry and his "parent team" of Trish Akerman, Tom Bowman, Michael Boule, Gary Johnston and Anne Richardson.

Their "hopscotch" and "foursquare" playground designs are much appreciated by the students.


St. John's parish and the Spiritual Life Committee have purchased 45 reserved orchestra seats for the Radio City Music Hall production "Jesus Was His Name" on June 5. The $60 tickets include bus transportation to New York. Information: 964-1425.


Free immunizations will be given to Howard County children on June 16 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Centennial High School. Information: Carol Dunlavey, 313-6617.


Stevens Forest Elementary School reports that its "thumbs up" club for perfect attendance had 171 members in March. That's almost 50 percent of the school's enrollment.

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