River Hill choir masterful at heritage music festival [Clarksville]

Springtime brings music in the air with the songs of birds and the sounds of student musicians.

The River Hill choir participated recently in the World Strides Heritage Festival at George Mason University along with students throughout the region from North Carolina to New York.

Under the leadership of music teacher/choral director Amy T. Hairston, the students performed masterfully. The Concert Choir won a Silver Rating with a score of 80-90 percent to take third place in the concert category. TalenTones placed second in Vocal Jazz with a Silver Rating. The Chamber Choir took second place in the chambers category with a Gold Rating of 90-100 percent.

River Hill's Leading Ladies took first place in the Vocal Jazz category with a Gold Rating. In fact, the young ladies were so good that they were invited to return next year with World Strides Heritage for a special event to be held at Carnegie Hall. Way to go, gals.

There is only one Maestro Award in each category across all performing groups and both came to River HIll. Millan Bhatt won the Maestro Award for Outstanding Male Vocal Soloist. The Maestro Award for Outstanding Female Vocal Soloist went to our own Shelby Scott.

For some it seems a passion for music begins in the cradle. Clarksville Middle School musicians are already in the pipeline for future musical successes as demonstrated at recent HCPSS Adjudication. The CMS Chamber Choir is noted as having done a fantastic job to perfect their sound.

The talented young musicians in the CMS Wind Ensemble earned top scores from all judges in every category. Michael Blackman directed the band on this field trip. Keep practicing and you may all have a performance at Carnegie Hall in your future.

Remember HC DrugFree Drug Take Back and Needle Collection April 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Don't let drug abuse start in your home. Get rid of medications you are not using by having them disposed of in a safe proper manner. There are multiple drug collection sites, but needles, EpiPens and syringes can only be returned at the HC DrugFree office at 10451 Twin Rivers Road in Columbia.

For more information, go to http://www.hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.

Almost all guys love cars as do many gals. If you are interested in classic or historic cars, you will want to attend the annual free VFW Post 7472 car show on April 27 from noon to 4 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, May 4. There will be cool cars, live music and raffles. The only cost will be for food provided by Outback Steakhouse.

Don't wait until the last minute to learn more. Call 410-465-1801. Your call will be returned within 24 hours.

Do you drive by the fire station, see lots of cars parked out front at times and wonder what's going on?

You need not wonder on the evening of April 30. The Howard County Department of Citizen Services, Office of Children's Services will host the 15th annual Celebrating Successes for Children awards program to honor people, programs and businesses that have a positive impact on HC children.

We have many outstanding, though busy, teens in this area. The Howard County Human Rights Commission is accepting applications for a non-voting Student Commissioner to serve July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015. Application deadline is May 2 at 5 p.m..

To learn more go to http://www.howardcountymd.gov/humanrights.htm or call 410-313-6430. Online applications are available at http://www.howardcountymd.gov/HRStudentCommissioner.htm.

On a beautiful warm and sunny April 12, ten people from the Kalmia Farms community enjoyed the annual cleanup of the Howard County side of Triadelphia Lake watershed walkways and roads. The participants included two 10-year-olds, Reece Conn and Russell Geist.

Early good training helps grow good adult citizens. The group is looking forward to next year's clean up and hoping you will help swell their numbers. All helpers are welcome. Many hands make light work. Each individual has a part to play in keeping our environment safe, clean and beautiful.

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