The recent bus stop tragedy in Woodlawn has caused many of us to reflect upon our good fortune and the tenuous nature of our lives.
Ellicott City's Joanne Goggin and her boys, 6-year-old Chris and 11-year-old David, have been following the tragedy closely, the boys especially.
One hot day last week, when David and Chris decided to run a Kool-aid stand, it was natural for them to dedicate the proceeds to the Dorsey and Fields families, who buried five members.
David and Chris sold their wares at Sparrow Court and Gudel Road, behind Mount Hebron High School, with a sign that explained the cause.
Ms. Goggin said that the response to the sale was wonderful.
Drivers sat in line to purchase drinks, and the boys made a profit of $25.
If any other children want to spend an idle summer day helping to pay the funeral expenses of these grieving families, here's the address: Dorsey/Fields Fund, in care of Bryan H. Potts, 1102 Court Square Building, Baltimore 21202.
In 1993, Katie Jeffries represented Mount Hebron High School American Field Service in a six-week exchange visit to the Van Clooster family in Belgium.
Katie's visit was a success, and the Van Cloosters repeated the exchange experience in 1994 by extending a welcome to Kristin Reef of Rhode Island.
In 1995, two Van Clooster girls will experience similar hospitality in a private four-week visit to the United States.
After two weeks in Rhode Island with the Reef family, Kelly and Elf Van Clooster will spend two weeks in Ellicott City.
They'll arrive tomorrow and visit until Aug. 15 with the Jeffries family.
Katie's mother, Karen, plans to run the tourist gamut with Kelly and Elf, including a trip to the Shore, day trips to Washington, D.C., and a complete inspection of Howard County.
Bon Secours School of Nursing Alumnae is holding two events open to the public.
On Sept. 23, the women will gather at Bon Secours Spiritual Center at 1525 Marriottsville Road in Ellicott City for a "Day of Self-Enrichment."
The Rev. Joseph Breighner will moderate for the day's events. The cost of $30 per person will include a continental breakfast and lunch.
The first weekend of December, the group will be in Williamsburg, Va., for the Christmas Grand Illumination.
The group will travel by bus, stay at the Best Western Colonial Capital Inn, eat an 18th-century Groaning Board Dinner and breakfasts at Patrick Henry Inn.
The cost for the weekend is $225, $75 of which is due to the Alumnae Association at the end of next month.
Both programs require advance registration by Aug. 28.
Call 265-7818 for details.
Last month, members of Elkridge Area Jaycees trimmed hedges and weeded gardens at Historic Brumbaugh House, their way of thanking Elkridge Heritage Society.
The society shares resources and has given the Jaycees a hand on more than one occasion.
Elkridge McDonald's donated hamburgers to satisfy appetites during the cleanup.
After the cleanup, games closed the afternoon.
For information about future Elkridge area events, call Denise Ciepiela at 247-3754.
Mount Hebron High School's varsity cheerleading squad is proud to announce that it has qualified to join girls across the nation in the National Cheerleaders Competition in Dallas.
Members of Centennial High School's Girl's Varsity Basketball team work at their sport throughout the year.
This summer, Coach Dave Greenberg has asked the girls to participate in the Charm City Foundation Summer Basketball League, and to improve their skills by attending basketball camps.
The team also works throughout the year to help pay the expenses incurred by their sport.
Saturday, the girls will hold a carwash from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eagle Shell at U.S. 40 and St. John's Lane.
The girls will wash your car and accept donations.