Sue Schmugge, Oakland Mills village manager for the past 10 years and a village resident for 22 years, is leaving Columbia to live in France with her husband, Tom.
Her wealth of Columbia and Oakland Mills knowledge, dedication and, most of all, her patience with all the residents who call on her expertise, will be missed.
Many of us who have worked with Sue on various committees wish her good luck and happiness in her new adventure.
Residents and friends are invited to a reception in her honor at the Other Barn, on Dec. 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. RSVP requested at 730-4610.
Second-grade students at Thunder Hill Elementary School shared their artistic talents with the Howard County Fire and Rescue Department last month as part of the annual fire safety program.
Students colored fire safety posters -- all were bright and beautiful -- and three winners were selected.
Brittany Surkovich, (teacher Virginia Ellingworth), Afsheen Khosravian (teacher Joan Getschman) and Philip Valle (teacher Judy Johnson) received trophies from Firehouse #9 representatives, Lt. Jeffery King and firefighter John Poole.
Assistant Principal Arlene Mindus reports that new fire and emergency programs have been initiated this year to improve fire safety.
Art work by Stevens Forest Elementary School students is on exhibit in the Oakland Mills Village Shopping Center and the Howard County Center for the Arts.
Fourth-grade students' Fish Carvings in exhibit cases in the main hall of OMVSC: Annye Avant-Pybas, Lindsay Smith, Sarah Rosenberg, Brian Daughtry, Hughes Paul, Caitlin Warren, Nicole Meyers, David Slater, Brandon Hawkes, Greg Braukus, Kevin Daughtry, Corey Murphy, Gino DiGiovanni, Brian Sisk, Brittany Delmore, Tanika Waller and Teela Boddie.
The fish are delightful and should be of interest to all artisans.
"Ritual and Ceremony: In Celebration of the Year of the American Craft" exhibit at Howard County County for the Arts includes work of Howard County students in grades K through 12.
Stevens Forest students who have works in Gallery III are: Erin Villamore, Tori Parris and Sam Renner, weaving; Christine Oliver, Kristen Zwobot, Becky Mooney and Titilayo Golden, fish carving.
Scoutmaster Joel Meredith Sr. has announced the members of Boy Scout Troop 75 who have earned merit badges in the past year: Alex Rosebrough and Brett Kennedy (5); Eric Larsen, Aaron McWethy, Alex Perry, Jason Slanga, Steven Watson, Matt Green and Stan Ward (4); Matt LeBaron, Keith Cooley, Jonathon Barnes, Jonathon Leshin and Chris Roth (3); Bryn Johnson, Jeremy Wise, Joel Hampshire, Donnie Rice, Phil Browning, John Vidal, Matt Porter and Danny Roth (2); Chris Luther, Kevin Loughran, Randy Fulcher, Matt Browning, Paul Klink and Evan ** Straw (1).
If you are a Hammond High School alumnus of the first four graduating classes, (1979 to 1982), plans are under way for a Cabaret Reunion on April 30.
Cost is $25 a person; $45 a couple. A $5 a person picnic is planned for earlier in the day.
Please send inquiries or checks to Hammond High School Reunion, P.O. Box 2188, Ellicott City 21043.
Directed by Frances Motyca Dawson, the Columbia Pro Cantare and members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will present Handel's "Messiah" at Hammond High School on Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets cost $12 for adults and $9 for seniors and students.
Tickets will cost an additional $2 each at the door.
Group rates are available. Information: 410-997-5290 or 410-465-5744.
East Columbia's Clean-up Day last month was a huge success due to the many people who helped.
I do not have a list of individuals but village managers would like to thank them and these organizations: Cub Scout Pack 613, Girl Scout and Brownie Troops 1483, 395, 988, 1577, 1294, 1100, 1254, 1297 and 511, Cub Scout Pack 838 and Emerson Hill Townhouse Association. Thanks also to the Columbia Medical Plan for donating plastic gloves, Den 5 of Cub Scout Pack 373 and St. Francis of Assisi Middle School.
The public is invited to hear Del. Virginia Thomas (D-13A) and the Oakland Mills Village Board discuss state issues and their effect on Columbia at the board meeting tonight at 8 o'clock at the Other Barn.
Jeffers Hill Elementary School's "Citizens of the Week" last week were: Richard Wilton, Lindsay Palmer, Rebecca Heeb, Andrew Logan and Brian Simons.
Selected "Readers of the Week" were: Allison Stanley, Dominique Rowe, Anne Painter, Imran Shaukat and Melissa Clark.
Representatives of C&P; Telephone Co., business/education partner of Stevens Forest Elementary School, attended school last week to read one-on-one with first-grade students.
While on the subject, Stevens Forest would also appreciate parent volunteers and teaching assistants who could work with second graders' in reading.