Ann and George Mech sent a brief reminder for all neighbors in the Triadelphia Lake watershed and other eco-friendly county residents. That should be most if not all of us. The annual Clean-up of the Triadelphia Lake walkways and boat landings is set for Saturday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.

The plan is to meet at both the Pigtail parking area at the end of Greenbridge Road and Big Branch parking area on Triadelphia Mill Road just east of the bridge. Choose the parking area that's most convenient for you. They plan to start promptly at 9 a.m. and nobody will work beyond noon.


Wear old clothes, appropriate shoes and work gloves. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission will provide trash bags and will have some gloves available. They will pick up and dispose of all the collected trash bags.

To learn more about this worthwhile spring project, email gpmech@verizon or call 301-854-0886.

This winter was the inaugural season for the River Hill High School Allied bowling team. The 12-member team competed against other Howard County high school teams. Scores were kept for each match, but overall standings were not tracked.

The emphasis was on teamwork, skill development and positive sportsmanship. The team practiced at Normandy Lanes two days per week and competed one day per week. Coach Earl Lauer reports that overall goals for the season were achieved. It was a successful athletic experience for all participants. Congratulations.

Flowers are blooming. Birds are nesting. The longed-for Spring Break is about to begin, but before students head back to class, some will be saying, "I'm bored." Those with artistic skill might find this is the perfect time to take a closer look at the beauty of the season and the many colorful birds who call Maryland their home.

Students between the ages of 9 and 13 are invited to draw or paint an entry for the Howard County Bird Club's third annual Student Birding Art Contest. You could win a backpack containing Eagle Optics binoculars, field guides and more. To learn all the details, go to http://www.howardbirds.org.

Congratulations to the "Incredible Hawk," the first FIRST Robotics Team 4067 of River Hill High. The team created a basketball playing robot aptly named the "fledgling" for the FIRST Robotics Chesapeake Regional "Rebound Rumble" at the Baltimore Convention Center. They did a great job and really surprised the crowd of more than 3,000 people.

Overall, they were 41 or 63 teams and ranked behind only Glenelg for Howard County competitors. The River Hill team received the coveted Rookie Inspiration Award for all their hard work and dedication. Way to go, team.

At any time of year, and especially during the Easter season, local churches welcome guests to attend special worship services. Contact the church of your choice to learn about their scheduled programs and activities.

Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church on Brighton Dam Road will feature choral and instrumental music during the 11 a.m. worship service April 7. Daniel Ashton will be directing Randall Thompson's "Alleluia." To learn more, call 301-854-3678.