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Ellen Schultz
Ellen Schultz (Submitted Photo)

The Elkridge and Hanover communities mourn the death of Ellen Schultz, a well-loved former resident of the area and Howard County resident since 1942. Ellen died Oct. 31 of natural causes after recently celebrating her 95th birthday.

Her husband, William (also known as Bill or Pappy) preceeded her in death in 1993, shortly before an anticipated move to a new home in Woodbine.

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An avid horsewoman, Ellen was involved in numerous equine activities and was the treasurer of the Maryland Western Horse Association until her death. She was a substitute teacher in Howard County and held numerous positions in Howard County, several as appointments by then Gov. Marvin Mandel.

From the time of its inception, Ellen was a staff member of Elkridge's former newspaper, The Viaduct. She and her husband had four children (William, Margaret, Harold and Charles) and five grandchildren (William II, Charles Jr., Michael, Cody and Heidi) and one great-grandson (Hank).

Ellen wore many hats and was an amazing force of activism in the community. These included:

She was appointed to the Howard County Board of Elections by Gov. Mandel in 1977 (retiring June 5, 1989);

Served as president of Board of Elections since 1981;

President of the Maryland Western Horse Association, 1967 and 1979;

Liaison with Howard Country Police Department since 1981 and served on the Crime Prevention Advisory Board of Howard County Police Department (1981 to 1984);

Member of the Elkridge Heritage Society since 1981 (as treasurer, and then program chairpwoman);

President of the Elkridge Community Association (1979 to 1981) and active member since 1960;

Associate member of the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department (since 1970) and served on the EVFD Board of Directors (1977 to 1979);

Served on the Elkridge Master Plan Committee (1976-80) and on the Howard County Bicentennial Commission (1975 to 1977);

and president of the United Democratic Club of Howard County (1974 to 1976).

Ellen was also elected to the Howard County Democratic Central Committee (1970 to 1974), being the first woman elected to political office in Howard County; and served as president of the First District Democratic Club (1966-67 and 1973-75).

Her involvement in the Howard County Public School System was extensive. She served on the Maryland Council on Education (1966 to 1967); president of the Waterloo Middle School PTA during the transition from junior high (1963 to 1964).

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She was honored with a life membership in the Maryland Congress of Parents and Teachers in 1962; served in various capacities on PTA councils from 1957 to 1961 and with the Maryland State Conference on Education in 1958 and 1964.

Her involvement in the Howard County equine arena encompassed a multitude of leadership roles and duties. She also volunteered her talents on behalf of the Brownies, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sunday school services and youth counselor.

That's a pretty impressive life of service. Rest in peace, Ellen. You've certainly earned it.

Well, the doors have finally opened at our new neighborhood supermarket, Green Valley Marketplace, and, I, for one, am thrilled! Between the warm reception of its open house Nov. 15, meeting the owners and the other folks that will be at the helm of operations, and getting a first look at the store in all its newness, it feels like we have a winner.

I had the pleasure of speaking at length with Bob Hoffman, the store's general manager. I got a great sense that Green Valley means business, but "business as usual," it is not. Green Valley is where customer service is king.

Bob showed me a "business card" he carries and frequently shares with his employees to remind them that the customer is ultimately the source of their paycheck. And service matters to this brand new retail grocer, whose wholesale beginnings date back more than 100 years ago when customer service really did exist everywhere.

To Green Valley, that service-oriented philosophy is their vision for success. They are determined to be the best in a neighborhood grocery — offering the social gathering spot, the freshest produce, a decadent bakery, delicious ready-made gourmet foods, affordable prices, and service second to none.

Wecome to the neighborhood, Green Valley. Sounds like we're off to a really good start.

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring its 21st annual holiday food drive to benefit lesser advantaged families in Elkridge and surrounding communities. Donations of perishable and non-perishable foods can be brought to the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department or given to Santa and Mrs. Claus on their annual neighborhood fire truck visits.

Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks should be made out to the EVFD and can be mailed to: 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge, MD 21075.

If you have any questions or need assistance with pick-up, call Joe Slavotinek at 410-984-1796. Your kindness and generosity will warm hearts and bring cheer to homes of those most in need.

The holidays are tough when you've recently lost a loved one; however, there is help and support to be found. The Bereavement Group, sponsored by the SPRING Peer Support Program, will be held for eight consecutive Thursdays, beginning Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bain Center, in Columbia.

As part of the Howard County Office on Aging's Health and Wellness programs, this group provides a supportive time to explore the process of mourning, coping strategies, and how to move beyond grief. The eight-week series is generally recommended for anyone bereaved more than two months and less than two years. There is a $10 fee for the entire series.

Call Karen Hull for information and registration at 410-313-7466 or email khull@howardcountymd.gov.

Deck the halls … the house… the yard… whatever needs a festive look! Nancy Grabowski's Annual Holiday Greens and Crafts Sale is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, Dec. 2-4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You'll find stunning, hand-made wreaths, large arrangements; and centerpieces with greens, candles, ribbon and colorful glass balls and trim. You can also find plenty of roping and beautiful swags for the windowsill, mailbox, lamppost, or door, and miniature boxwood Christmas and topiary trees. You can cover some of that holiday shopping, too, because the sale also offers locally crafted gifts, jewelry and note cards.

If you need a particularly large order of roping, or any other specialty items, email Nancy at nlg2designs@msn.com.

Happy 70th wedding anniversary to Paul and Jean Plowman of Arbutus. The Plowmans celebrated this amazing occasion Nov. 22. They have five children (Barry, Patsy, Barbara, Terry and Susie); 14 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

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"My parents met on Easter Monday in Druid Hill Park. My mother was walking with her girlfriend and my father took notice, flirted with her and… well, the rest is history. They eloped to South Carolina the following year (that's 1941, folks) and 70 years later they're still flirting with each other," said the Plowmans' daughter, Elkridge resident Barbara Filar.

Thanks to their granddaughter, Hanover resident Amy Bahrijczuk, for sharing this momentous event. Seventy years of marriage and still in love… how great is that! Here's wishing the Plowmans many more amorous years together.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Remember that no act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted; the ripple effect travels further and wider than you'll ever know. Please keep in touch and let me know what you'd like to share in this space. I always look forward to hearing from the great friends and neighbors of Elkridge and Hanover.

Thanks and have a stellar week!

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