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Designer puts best foot forward with prize-winning sock

Kacie Neeb has added designer to her resume. The company LittleMissMatched began with a simple mission: to build a brand that inspires creativity and self-expression. In a recent contest, Project Sock, Kacie did just that. This nationwide sock design contest took in more than 3,000 entrants, and Kacie was one of the six winners. The 14-year-old is a recent graduate of Sacred Heart School in Glyndon. Along with a cash prize, she received bragging rights as her sock design will be manufactured and sold as part of the company's Holiday 2011 sock collection. Kacie will attend Carver Center for Arts & Tehnology, in Towson, in the fall

Kacie said that "Project Sock was so much fun, and winning simply encourages me to continue to be creative and go after my dreams. I want to thank my family and friends for their support!"

Jonah Staw, CEO and co-founder of LittleMissMatched, believes that matching is mundane and that colors are cool. This is evident throughout their product lines, from bedding and pajamas to flip flops and furniture. For more information, go to and see that fashion is fun.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Liberty Showcase Theatre's "Cinderella." Bringing the beloved classic to life. The July performance was outstanding. From the realistic set design to the eye-catching outfits, the superb acting and singing made this a must-see summertime treat. The group is not about to rest, though, as auditions are coming up for the fall production of "Crimes of the Heart." The audition dates are Saturday, Aug. 13, from 1-4 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 15, from 7-9 p.m. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 7-9 p.m. All tryouts are at Timber Grove Elementary School, at 701 Academy Ave. Actors are asked to prepare a 1-2 minute monologue and to be prepared to read from the script with other actors. Rehearsals start Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. Performance dates are Oct. 28 through Nov. 6. For further information, contact the director at

 Welcome to Ed Hottle, the new head coach of the Stevenson University Mustangs. Hired in November 2009, he will be the first-ever coach for this new football team. Hottle comes from a five-year term as the head coach at Gallaudet University, in Washington. He is excited about the inaugural season for the Mustangs, and has given every player a wristband with the date of Sept. 3, 2011, which is when the team will play its first game.

The Great American Backyard Campout is a fun way to end the summer before the little ones head back to school. Join the Irvine Nature Center when it hosts a campout Saturday, Aug. 20, from 7 p.m. until Sunday, Aug. 21, at 9 a.m. There will be twilight activities to entertain everyone before curling up in the tents for a night under the stars. Irvine will have a limited number of tents available. Campfire snacks and breakfast the following morning will be provided, but not dinner. The member price for the campout is $20 for a family of four or more; $40 for nonmembers. Individual members are $6 while nonmembers are $15. Call 443-738-9224 with any questions. 

Don't forget to attend the 25th anniversary of the Reisterstown Festival on Friday, Sept.10, and Sunday, Sept.11. As always, a parade kicks off the festival on Saturday at 9 a.m. down Main Street, followed by two days of fun, food, family, and friends. Bring the kiddies as there are many free activities in the children's area.

As executive director this year, and also the children's area chairwoman for five, I have loved being a part of this festival for the past nine years. It is time, however, to retire and my hope is that new volunteers will step up to keep this festival going another 25 years.

Congratulations to two teens who have recently achieved the rite of passage of getting a driver's license. Nicole Donovan and Nathan Marzola are now behind the wheel solo, and are wished good luck and a reminder not to talk on a cell phone or text while driving. Having a license is a privilege and an awesome responsibility, so be careful out there.

Belated 45th wedding anniversary wishes to Janet and Harry Wallet, who celebrated on June 26. May you both be blessed with many more years of wedded bliss. 

And belated birthday wishes to Julian Itwaru who turned 21 on July 11!

Call with your news for the September column. I would love to hear from you.

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