Sunshine and crowds at Highland Day Celebration

Among the volunteers who helped make the Highland Day Celebration happen were Mary Ann Kinseur-Meier, left, and Sandy D'Zmura, both of Highland.
Among the volunteers who helped make the Highland Day Celebration happen were Mary Ann Kinseur-Meier, left, and Sandy D'Zmura, both of Highland.(submitted photo)

The annual Highland Day Celebration that was postponed until Oct. 31 was a huge success. Over 50 local businesses supported the day by purchasing ads in the online directory. There were over 20 patrons plus nearly 90 sponsors.

The Executive Committee for the event would like to thank everyone who attended and the vendors. There were many great kid costumes. One that I thought was special was Julie Baur, the hot air balloonist. She was there with her uncle Mike Adams, her mom Wendy and her sisters Brooke, Kayla and Kiley (dad John was not able to attend).


A special note of thanks to all the volunteers — without you, this day would not have been possible. Two of the many volunteers without whom this event just would not be possible — Mary Ann Kinseur-Meier and Sandy D'Zmura.

The Art Department at Fulton Elementary School has two young artists whose works are on display. Second grader Ella Muniz had her work whose work was displayed at the Horizon Foundation open house on Nov. 2. Please join us in congratulating fifth grader Helena Wisniewska, whose work will be displayed in a HCPSS show entitled "Honouring the Process," at the Walters Art Gallery. This show will runs now through Nov. 28.

The Lime Kiln Middle School students of the week for the week ending Oct. 30 were Anna Hovey, Allison Alston, Alex Fernadez, Blake Ibsen, Ashley Murray, Michelle Rhee, Sean Southard, Timmy Gehristodolous, Cameron Allen, Isabelle Debonis, Sarah Brown, and Navleen Kaur.

On the first Monday of November, the Reservoir High School boys and girls Cross Country teams competed in the Howard County Cross Country Championships. The Gator Girls team saw an incredible performance by freshman Annabel Cortez, the top freshman in the county who finished with her race with a time of 20:27. For Reservoir, this is the 8th all-time record for the 3 mile event. Team member Heather Ailinger followed closely behind Annabel coming in 17th overall. Other teammates Rebecca Dockendorf, Dona Ann Thomas, and Adrianna Kastner gave impressive performances for the Girls Team. The Gator Boys saw some outstanding running by Kai Muniz and William Christian, coming in 18th and 21st respectively. Other team members Jacob Carr, Travis Ponton, Daniel Rickel, Donnie Rinker, Izjeon Collis, and Vikram Adipudi performed admirably as well. Next up was the 3A East Regional Cross Country Championships where the teams had high hopes of qualifying for the State Championships. At the end of the meet, the Boys team finished in Fifth and the Girls team finished Fourth overall, earning their 12th straight appearance at the State Championships. William Christian led the boys' squad with an overall 3rd place finish with the time of 16:44. Kai Muniz, Ruben Rosario, Jake Carr and Jake Carson were the top 5 Varsity runners. Team members Travis Ponton, Ricardo Loyola, Leon Mead, Nitan Singh, Sam Winters-McCabe and Justin Nam also turned in great competitive performances. The girls' team also turned in stellar performances. Annabel Cortez and Heather Ailinger finished 11th and 13th respectively. Coming in close behind were Mikayla Kantar, Cece Wood and Ananya Mathur. Team members Hunter Little, Dona Ann Thomas and Sydney Dockendorf also ran strong.

Members from the Knights of Columbus Council 12524 from St. Francis of Assisi parish in Fulton performed their semi-annual SWAT (Stop Waste and Trash) day on a recent Saturday morning. They collected 11 large bags of trash, which included tire fragments, a broken wheel cover, bottles, paper and Styrofoam cups, food wrappers, newspaper pages, plastic grocery store carry bags, etc.

There were 15 hardy souls, including a couple wives and one daughter. The group spent about one and a quarter hours on SWAT patrol. Maybe you saw them out there. Thanks for keeping your part of Route 216 clean and litter free.