Clarksville Middle's Karen Feng a young artist to watch [Clarksville]

Clarksville Middle School sixth-grader Karen Feng is an accomplished young artist. Karen won Outstanding Interpretation of Theme in Visual Arts for Maryland in the PTA Reflections Competition.

Karen is one of only three artists in all grade levels from Howard County who will compete in the national competition. Congratulations, Karen, and good luck.

The Frederick Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, whose area of coverage includes Howard County, will meet Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m., at the Edenton Retirement Community Manor House John Kurtz will talk about the Google Android operating system, which is currently used on many smartphones, and give you a hands-on demonstration of its features using his 22-inch tablet. The meeting will be followed by a social time.

The chapter meets the first Saturday of the month at the Manor House. It provides support groups for the hard of hearing, and their families and friends; and works to increase awareness of issues affecting the hard of hearing and advocate on their behalf. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Dayton Oaks Elementary families are currently participating in Screen-Free Week, previously known as TV Free Week.

I've been TV-free for several years, but eliminating computer screens and electronic games will add another dimension to the challenge.

It should be interesting to learn how families have fun trying new activities provided on the Screen-Free website. Obviously, you need to check that out before you start your Screen-Free Week. Please share some highlights of your adventure in screen-free living.

Did you know that April 18 was National Sleep Apnea Awareness Day? That interesting little fact came from Clarksville dentist Rashmi Parmar who knows all about this serious medical condition. Parmar is a master dental sleep physician and a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Maryland Sleep Society.

She is certified in treating mild to moderate sleep apnea. (Yes, a dentist might be able to help your sleep problem.) If you have questions about your treatment options, you are invited to go to or call 410-531-5639.

Was there a real need to pick up trash on the Howard County side of the Triadelphia Lake watershed area? Obviously, there was. Volunteers organized by Ann and George Mech for the annual cleanup collected 25 large bags of debris.

The improved appearance elicited multiple thank you notes in my email. Now it's up to each of us to keep the area clean.

Job well done, volunteers.

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