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Elkridge: Annual Lions Pride bull and oyster roast March 24

Here's a fun and delicious event you won't want to miss, especially if you are a former Howard Lion. The Howard High School Lions Pride Booster Club annual bull and oyster roast will be held March 24, 7:30-11:30 p.m., at Martin's West, 6821 Dogwood Road, in Woodlawn.

For those who have attended in the past, it's always a grand time, and 2012 will be no exception. The committee is planning another great year of food, dancing, raffles, prizes and silent auction. If you'd like to help make this year's event a success, donations for the auction are greatly appreciated and can be anything from tickets to sporting or cultural events, timeshares, gift certificates, company merchandise or services (i.e. lawn care, painting, etc).

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If you would like to help in any way, email event coordinator Laurie Huffman at laurie.huffman@alcatel-lucent.com or call 443-280-4864. For tickets, email Renee Wilkins at rmrw21@aol.com or call at 410-747-6192.

The Howard High School PTSA is looking for parents interested in becoming a member of the nominating committee, which is a team that helps identify PTSA officers for the next school year. If you are interested, email Karen Keagle, PTSA volunteer coordinator, at oogkar@verizon.net. The next executive board meeting will be held March 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the school media center.

Also, in Howard High School PTSA news, the After Prom Committee is busy preparing to host another fantastic After Prom Party May 5 at the AMC Theaters at The Mall in Columbia. The PTSA is seeking parent volunteers to join the event security team, and also looking for folks who may be available during the day to sell Prom and After Prom tickets.

There is a short training session to cover general procedures and answer any questions relevant to these temporary assignments. The training will immediately follow the After Prom planning meeting to be held March 13 at 7 p.m. in the school media center. With a great turnout of parent volunteers, a successful party is inevitable and will make extra special memories for the students.

Check out Howard High's After Prom Wikispaces page for the latest information at hhs-afterprom.wikispaces.com/.

Please note that Howard High School's PTSA has expanded its efforts to keep parents, students and the community informed of all the great things happening at Howard. Please check out the website at http://www.howardptsa.org. You can also "like" Howard High on Facebook and have updates dropped right into your timeline, or you can follow the school's events on Twitter at: HoCoHHS_PTSA.

Technology is amazing, making it easy and fun to keep track of events, opportunities, etc. Parent involvement is even more amazing and awesome, and the PTSA welcomes your participation, so please keep in touch and stay in tune with the Howard Lions!

Registration is underway for the Lions Pride Howard Boys Lacrosse Clinic scheduled for March 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Howard High School. Sign-in will begin at 10:30 a.m. near the tennis courts. All participants need a helmet, gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads, mouthpiece, cleats, stick and reversible jersey. The clinic is open to boys currently in grades 6-8 and is free to Howard County residents. Registration information is available at http://www.howardhighschool.net/index/Lacrosse_Boys.html.

I recently received word from Betsy McMillion, executive director of the Patapsco Valley Heritage Greenway, about one of the organization's unsung heroes, Jon Merryman, a usability engineer, training developer and "Go Green Coordinator" at Lockheed Martin in Hanover.

When he is not at his day job, you can often find Merryman walking along the banks of Deep Run on the Howard/Anne Arundel County line as a volunteer stream watcher for the PHG, a group of dedicated volunteers that preserves, protects and cares for the Patapsco River watershed.

In 2011, Merryman led the efforts to remove more than 15,000 pounds of trash from the Deep Run/Piney Run watershed, offering proof positive that one person really can make a difference!

Jon combines his love of outdoors with being eyes and nose for pollution sources that plague Deep Run. Last year he organized and served as stream captain for three teams of citizen volunteers who gathered 8,250 pounds of trash that had washed into Deep Run.

Patapsco Valley Heritage Greenway works with the local county highways crew to have the trash removed once it's collected. But general litter is not the only problem. Some folks think they can use the river as their own designated landfill. When Jon finds illegal dumping, he often acts as detective finding clues in the dumped trash to determine who may be the perpetrator(s), and will also contact the local police to further investigate and take action when deemed appropriate.

Lockheed Martin employees also like what Merryman is doing, and, in honor of his volunteer service and commitment to the community, have donated more than $500 to Patapsco Valley Heritage Greenway for the purchase of additional supplies for future cleanups. In the past six years, more than 6,000 volunteers spent 18,000+ hours removing 264 tons of trash and debris from the Patapsco Valley.

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The combined dedication of corporations and concerned citizens have made great strides in keeping Deep Run and the Patapsco River watershed clean for recreation and enjoyment. Stream Watchers like Jon Merryman and concerned companies like Lockheed are examples of those who truly make a difference on a global scale.

If you or your company would like to join in this civic effort of cleaning our runs, creeks, and rivers, and of course the Bay, or join us for our stream watch training to be held on Saturday, March 10th, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Pfeiffer Corner School House in Rockburn Park off Montgomery Road in Elkridge. For more information, please contact the Betsy McMillion at patapscofriend@gmail.com.

Girls on the Run is an after-school character development program that uses the power of running to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. The program combines training for a 5k (3.1 miles) event with self-esteem enhancing and uplifting workouts.

The goal of the program is to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and specifically for girls in 6th-8th grade. Classes begin the week of March 5th and meet twice a week for 10 weeks.

Maximum enrollment is 15 per girls per school. For more information about the program, email Ashley Oaks at Ashley_oaks@hcpss.org.

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The Elkridge Adult Athletic Association, a proud Elkridge community organization for more than 30 years, is accepting applications from area high school seniors for their 2012 Scholarship Awards. Applications will be accepted until April 22, 2012.

More information about the EAAA Scholarship and the application process can be found on the EAAA Facebook page, or by contacting Jeff Lockard at 410-796-8088; jeff.w.lockard@gmail.com)

Calling all members of the Howard High School Class of 1962. The 50th Reunion of the '62 Lions is still in the planning stages, but slated to take place this fall. If you are an alumnus of the class of '62, know how to find long-lost classmates, or interested in helping out, call Judy Pool Merson at 410-796-2838 or email judymerson@yahoo.com.

Please keep in touch and let me know what you'd like to share in this space. I'd love to post your news and events, any special occasion, anniversaries, birthdays, births, graduations, wedding bells, etc. This is your space, Elkridge and Hanover, so share your news. Thanks and have a stellar week!

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