Gracie Scheaffer a poster girl for making posters [North Laurel/Savage]

Congratulations to Gracie Scheaffer. Gracie created a poster in her religion class for world peace. She was recognized about this time a year ago, but apparently, she won again and was recognized by the Lions Club and the City of Laurel for her poster again this year.

She is a freshman at Reservoir High School. Gracie is very artistic and it is clear that she has a lot of talent. Nice job, Gracie.

The Laurel Legobots did it again. This group of students from five different schools has won their qualifier round to go to the State Championship at UMBC in March. What they have in common is a love of science and technology and they all live in the North Laurel area.

The Legobots are competing in the Maryland FIRST — for the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — Lego League Robotics Challenge. They needed to make a robot that would assist in a natural disaster. They choose flooding since it was the most common disaster in this area, especially Ellicott City.

They researched the Duckett Dam, the Howard County Emergency Operations and Ellicott City. They met with a staffer from the Prince George's Emergency Operations Center and then designed an automatic high water sensor that would alert residents of an impending flood with sirens, strobe lights and text messages.

During the competition that even had to modify their robot during the competition to adjust for height. There are a total of 550 teams competing. Each qualifying round has 25 teams competing that get reduced to seven teams. 64 teams will compete at the state level, including this first year team. That's pretty impressive.

Good luck to Kayla Beckwith, Murray Hill Middle School, Peter Cunningham, Gorman Crossing Elementary School, Rohan Doma, Gorman Crossing Elementary School, Cameron R. Gates, the Legacy School of Sykesville, Sai Matukumalli, Forest Ridge Elementary School, Neeth Mukku, Forest Ridge Elementary School, Timothy Powell, Laurel Woods Elementary, Joshua Ruley, Gorman Crossing Elementary School, and Trevor Silbert, Laurel Woods Elementary School.

Scouting for Food will be distributing bags in the area and on March 8 collecting any bags with non-perishable food items in them to be donated to the food banks in Howard County.

Reservoir High School's Gator Academy next sessions are March 9 and 23 at the North Laurel Community Center and run 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, email Beth Weith at or phone Miriam Cruz at 240-640-7885.

The Howard County Police Department is warning everyone, and in particularly Senior Citizens, to be careful about two scams. One is wining a lottery from overseas. Report or delete any email saying you have won a lottery. It is a scam, always. Also, if you get a call saying someone is a relative who is in desperate need of money for bail, an emergency or someone saying they represent them, confirm with your family members before wiring money to a Western Union account. This is a scam.

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