St. John's parish music director to make 'bittersweet' departure WEST COLUMBIA


The parishioners of St. John's Catholic Church, in the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, will be saddened by the news that music coordinator Margaret Brack is resigning and will be leaving effective July 30.

Mrs. Brack, who has been a member of St. John's music ministry team since 1982, has accepted the position of director of music at St. Mary of the Mill parish in Laurel.

She says that the decision to move is "bittersweet" because her time at St. John's represents a major part of her life.

But she says she looks forward to the challenges of her new position and the chance to work with a large choir, a pipe organ, grand piano and an exciting contemporary ensemble.


Congratulations to the recent graduates of Trinity School in Ellicott City. Included among the 25 graduating eighth-graders were West Columbia residents Sarah Cupp, Bryan Dunn, Edwin Merrick, Talia Seagraves-Collis, Corey Davis, Gina Ivey, Ryan Johnson, Jenna Schwab, Allison Trigilio and Pablo Webster.

Edwin Merrick was recognized for his outstanding academic achievement and was awarded a Headmaster's Scholarship to attend Loyola High School in Baltimore.

Corey Davis was also recognized for his outstanding academic efforts.


If you are among those people who want to stop smoking, and have promised your family, your friends, the folks you work with and, occasionally, total strangers that you're going to stop, here is another opportunity for help in breaking the smoking habit.

If you want to feel better, live longer and truly enjoy the flavor and aroma of food again, put out that cigarette and come to the free introductory session of "Quit for Life" at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Health Education Center of Howard County General Hospital.

Tonight's session is part of an eight-part smoking cessation program that will help smokers understand the nuances of habit-forming behaviors and how to change them.

The program also offers suggestions and techniques to reduce withdrawal symptoms and related stress, and how to prevent weight gain.

Once you complete the course, you will also be assigned to a follow-up support group to help fight the temptation to light up again.

Information: 740-7600.


If you like reggae music or the drum-driven sounds of calypso, you want to be at Centennial Park at 7 tonight.

As part of its Sunset Serenades, the county Department of Recreation and Parks presents Mama Jama, one of the area's most exciting live bands.

If this band can't get your body swaying and your feet moving, there's not a drop of rhythm in you.

The concert is free, but there is a $2 fee for parking.

For additional information about this and other scheduled concerts, please call 313-2762.

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