Pearsalls top ticket-sellers at Ilchester


Alex and Austin Pearsall of Ilchester Elementary School were declared winners for selling the most tickets to the June 2 Orioles-Yankees game to raise money for the school.

Together, they sold 118 tickets.

Alex, 10, Austin, 7, and their family rode to the game in a limousine; the ride was part of the award for selling the most tickets. The Oriole Bird visited the school, and Austin helped him distribute prizes to top sellers in each grade. Alex and Austin also received a duffel bag filled with prizes -- hats, lunchboxes, balls and other items.

At the game, Alex was called out to the field to be recognized as a Heavy Hitter Award winner. To his delight, his picture was shown on the large screen above the outfield.

"The two of them were ecstatic from the moment they woke up that morning until the morning they went to bed," said Jessica Pearsall, their mother. "It was like a Cinderella story."

The family lives in Ellicott City.

Reiss Reflections entry takes 3rd place

Ellicott Mills Middle School has announced that Caitlin Reiss, a seventh-grader, won the Award of Merit, or third place, in the PTA's Reflections contest for her entry in the visual arts division at the state-level competition.

Caitlin, who hopes to become a fantasy artist, illustrated the theme, "I Wonder Why." She received her award at a ceremony last month.

Hollifield Station registration to begin

Hollifield Station Elementary School is accepting registration from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting this week.

Kindergarten children must have been born between Oct. 1, 2000, and Sept. 1, 2001. Parents must be residents of Howard County and live in the Hollifield Station Elementary School district.

A picture identification, current lease or deed, current utility bill, student's proof of birth and proof of immunization (unless a religious exemption is claimed) are required at registration. The custodial parent must register the child.

Information: 410-313-2550.

Needle-workers' gatherings slated

The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will offer get-togethers for beginning and experienced needle-workers at 10 a.m. July 6 and 20. Participants will have an opportunity to trade tips and get ahead on their work; take supplies and current projects. Registration is not required.

The library will sponsor a program on basic computer skills and terminology, "Demystify Your Computer," at 11 a.m. July 12. Registration begins Wednesday.

The library offers an English Conversation Club, for people who speak English as a second -- or third -- language, from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. First-time participants must register in advance.

Information: 410-313-1950.

Around Town

EC Idols -- The Miller branch library will hold auditions for the Ellicott City Idol contest. The grand prize winner will receive $60 and an invitation to sing the national anthem at a Bowie Baysox game. Runners-up (one middle-schooler and one high-schooler) will receive $45 each. Disc jockey Jojo Girard will be emcee and judge. Auditions for middle-schoolers will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday; for high school students, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Finals will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Registration is required. 410-313-1950.

Legal services -- Attorney Jac E. Knust will be at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, for the 60-Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. The program, which offers services such as simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills and deed changes, is open to Howard County residents age 60 and older. Fees are determined on a sliding scale. An appointment is required. The program is available the fourth Wednesday of each month. 410-313-1400.

Chess club -- Elkridge Young Adult Chess Club for ages 11 to 17 will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Elkridge library branch, 6540 Washington Blvd. No experience is necessary, and players of all skill levels are welcome. Snacks will be provided. 410-313- 5077.

For girls -- The Elkridge library is offering Girls Group, a chance for girls ages 12 to 15 to meet and talk about favorite books, movies and music, and try a craft. Speakers will talk about matters of interest to girls. The group meets from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. alternate Fridays. Registration is requested. 410-313-5088.

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