Keeping the future bright for Boys and Girls Club [North Laurel]

Howard County Times

In recent years, the Savage Boys and Girls Club has struggled with declining membership and interest but there is good news to share. A recent meeting of the organization has confirmed that the club will continue to offer several high-quality sports opportunities for children in our area. President Emeritus Andrew Perlin told me the meeting was very positive and involved many people who care about the future of SBGC. Moving forward, the board of directors will include Mike Buecker as president and Mike Blevins as vice president. Board members will be Ray Hardy, Bob Kiebler, Randy Brewer, Jeff Smith and Mike Praisner. The board is still in need of a treasurer so if you are interested, contact Perlin at Various sports for boys and girls have been offered throughout the years and include basketball, flag football, softball, soccer and baseball. The Savage Boys and Girls Club has been a fixture in the community for many years and gave my own children their first experiences in sports they continue to play today. It is also a great place for kids to make friends. Basketball registration is now open at

Homecoming traditions continue at Hammond High School on Saturday, Oct. 14. From 8 to 10 a.m., the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be held in the school cafeteria. The parade will start at 10 a.m. in the Amherst House/Kings Contrivance Village Center parking lot. Parade participants will be lining up at 9:30 a.m. You can watch the parade as it progresses towards the Hammond High School parking lot where it will end by 11 a.m. Future Golden Bears are encouraged to march in the parade. Convertibles and flatbed trucks are still needed for the parade as well. Contact Karin Bruce at or 410-381-6694 for more information. River Hill will play the Golden Bears in the annual Homecoming football game at noon.

As the weather gets colder there are students in Howard County who could benefit from donations of new or gently-used coats, hats, gloves, mittens and scarves. Reservoir High School PTSA members are collecting donations of these clean items for families in need until Friday, Oct. 20. A collection box is near the Student Services office. Sue Hale or Kelly Miller can provide more information if needed. Contact them at or

The next meeting of the Savage Historical Society is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. The topic will be “Failed Mega-Projects” and the discussion will focus on projects that could have affected the Savage and Laurel areas. Laurel History Boy, Kevin Leonard, will be the presenter. All are welcome to the meeting at the Carroll Baldwin Hall, 9032 Baltimore St.

A few weeks later, the Carroll Baldwin Hall will be full of pageant participants. The Cinderella International Scholarship Program will be hosting a Cinderella preliminary pageant on Sunday, Nov. 5. Contestants up to age 26 are needed for this event which will be the first of its kind at the Carroll Baldwin Hall. Competitions will be held in the categories of beauty, talent and how photogenic a contestant is. There is a $150 entry fee but $50 discounts are offered to those who sign up early. You can email with questions and visit its website at On the local level, awards include crowns, trophies, sashes and an invitation to compete in the state pageant. State winners also receive cash awards, other prizes and an invitation to compete in the grand finals.

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