Jim Martin traveled to Houston to provide support [North Laurel/Savage]

Howard County Times

Jim Martin, a North Laurel resident, has a sister who lives in the Houston area and after Hurricane Harvey, he wanted to find a way to help homeowners and businesses. He used his vacation time and took the seven-day trip a few weeks ago to spend time volunteering in a food distribution center. A local gymnasium was transformed into a collection center for food, baby necessities and other household items. Martin helped to gather information from families who came to the center in need of assistance. He also helped receive shipments and sort donations of clothes for babies, children and adults. Sports equipment was also donated that needed to be organized and given to local schools who had lost their sports gear in the storm. On the last day of his visit, Martin met some IBM employees who were in Dallas for a conference but had thoughtfully taken some time to come to Houston to lend their assistance. A few months after the hurricane, there are places in the Houston area still needing support. Martin described seeing a few shopping centers that remained closed and homes still in disrepair while insurance settlements are being reconciled. If you want to help, financial donations are still being accepted. Go to breadoflifeinc.org. Jim Martin’s volunteerism is to be commended.

Puerto Rico is also still recovering. Hurricane Maria ravaged the island and Hammond Middle School students will be doing their part to help residents there. In the coming weeks, students will be watching mini-documentaries about how the hurricanes devastated Puerto Rico. Then, they will participate in Penny Wars for Puerto Rico. All of the proceeds will go toward rebuilding a community center.

This year, the Howard County Gifted and Talented Band will have a substantial representation from Hammond Middle School. Nine students have been selected to be members or alternates of this incredibly talented musical group. Congratulations to Preston Waldrup and Prescilla Ye on flute; Korede Sogbesan, on bass clarinet; Dallin Christiansen on bassoon; Janani Krithivasan on trumpet; Anthony Christiansen on horn; Zach Lupo on percussion; Robbie Kisloski on tenor saxophone; and Aidan Wain on baritone saxophone.

The Savage Historical Society will not have a meeting this month. However, you can mark your calendar for Jan. 15, 2018, at 7 p.m. when the next meeting will be held. The theme will be “Treasurers: One and All.” Members of the society and those in attendance will be invited to be presenters. Galen Menne, president, will coordinate this meeting.

If you are an alumnus of Reservoir High School you are needed! On Tuesday, Dec. 19, the students and staff of RHS would love to hear about your journey after high school during a program titled “Real Talk 2017.” Your advice and words of wisdom will be appreciated by current Reservoir students. Frank White or Jill Altshuler can be contacted if you are able to offer advice or if you have questions about the event. Email them at frank_white@hcpss.org or jill_altshuler@hcpss.org.

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