Our young people are a constant source of community pride. Tatyana McFadden entered and won medals in all six of her track and field competitions in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Tatyana won gold in the 400-, 800-, 1,500-, and 5,000-meter and silver in the 100-meter and marathon. Now that's impressive by any standard, but that's not all.

Recognizing Team USA's outstanding performances and awe-inspiring achievements from the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced the 2016 winners for the Team USA Awards in six categories presented by Dow, Best of the Games. The female athlete of the Paralympic Games award was presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods to Tatyana for track and field by popular acclaim. This award recognizes outstanding achievements of Team USA athletes year-round. Congratulations, Tatyana.


For more information on Team USA Awards, go to www.TeamUSA.org.

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks has announced its fall/winter schedule for managing the deer population through bow and shotgun in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. The dates for October will be Oct. 13 and 27. All hunters are specially screened. The meat is donated to charitable organizations in the area.

Information about the deer management program is available, go to www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Recreation-and-Parks/Natural-Resources/Wildlife.

You might not think of U.S. presidents, generals and literary icons as romantic, but you might be surprised. The Howard County Historical Society invites you to a romantic evening of letters and writings from the hearts of historic figures connected to Ellicott City on Oct. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the museum. The $20 cost includes wine and chocolates.

For reservations, call 410-313-2959 or send e-mail to ecrfpres@aol.com. For more information about this and other events, go to www.hchsmd.org/events.

There will be a garage sale/flea market at Triadelphia Adventist church on Brighton Dam Road on Oct. 16, from noon to 4 p.m. Come enjoy the hunt for treasures at bargain prices.

Subscriptions are now available for the 2016-17 season Chamber Music Series and Candlekids Series at Howard Community College Smith Theatre. Footworks Percussive Dance will stir youthful imagination on Oct. 23. Bezhod Abduraimov will be the chamber music feature on Oct. 29.

My favorite holiday is rapidly approaching. That's Thanksgiving. Other holidays will quickly follow. Roots Market kitchen will be hosting a 2016 Holiday Catering Menu Preview with all your Thanksgiving favorites on Oct. 24. Stop by the market for more information.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) will be presented by River Hill Theatre Arts in the school auditorium on Oct. 27, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. The final performance is set for Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. There are 20 student cast members and over 30 additional students working on production and sets for the fast-paced hilarious romp. Tickets are available at www.seatyourself.biz/rhhs. Advance tickets are $10. Tickets at the door are $12, but you can get the advance ticket price by bringing non-perishable items to donate to the food bank. Box office opens 90 minutes before curtain time.

To learn more, contact pland@hcpss.org or call 410-313-7120.

A Haunted Hallow's Eve will be celebrated at Claret Hall and throughout the River Hill shopping center on Oct. 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Shows in Claret Hall feature "Illusions by Vic" at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Space is limited. Call 410-531-1749 to request your free tickets and specify show time.

There will be trick-or-treating throughout the center beginning at 5:30 p.m. The haunted house, games and crafts begin at 6 p.m.

To learn more, go to www.villageofriverhill.org or call 410-531-1749.

Pat Puglisi is the new coordinator of breakfasts for the Fifth District VFD. She has bravely increased the number of opportunities you will have to feast and support the department from four times per season to seven. The first country breakfast for this season was Sept. 25.


Your next opportunity to enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in support of the volunteers at the fire station will be Sunday, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. until noon. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, scrapple, apple sauce, breakfast beverages and much, much more. The cost is $9/adult, $8/seniors 55+, $5/children ages 5-10 and free for children under age 5. There's something for every taste. The volunteers will be looking for you to come and get it.