It's graduation time again. Our local high school seniors have just completed one phase of their lives and are now getting ready to embark on their next great adventure: a summer job, college, the military, etc.

On the other hand, some folks are getting ready to have their 40th high school reunion. These folks graduated from Howard High School in 1972.


Wow, 40 years; that's a long time ago. Seems like only yesterday, doesn't it?

Anyway, the Howard High School Class of 1972 will be holding its reunion on Oct. 13 from 7 p.m. until midnight at Jilly's Bar and Grill, 10030 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City.

It's the same day as Howard's homecoming. Attend the game and then join your classmates for light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The cost is $12; plan ahead and save a couple bucks by sending your RSVP to Judy Shehan Wheeler, 6288 Montgomery Road, Elkridge, MD, 21075 and include a check for $10 per person, made payable to Howard High Class of '72.

If you can't make it, send your regrets to howardclassof72@gmail.com. Be sure to share this invitation with anyone from the class of '72.

Janet Quirk, the school counselor at Fulton Elementary, wanted to pass on to the community the final tally for the "Pennies for Patients" fundraiser.

Thanks to your generosity, the students raised $3,544 that was sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. That's a lot of pennies! Rebecca Otte's class came in first place, Ronald Bianchi's class came in second and Jillian McLaughlin's class came in third.

While we're on the topic of Fulton Elementary School, the new slate of officers for the 2012-2013 PTA Executive Board are as follows: President Rebecca Reed, First Vice President Rochelle Weirich, Second Vice President Tracy Sharma, Treasurer Hope Ripkin, Recording Secretary Tia Turner, Corresponding Secretary Vanessa Romney and PTA Delegates William Jackson and Lisa Schlossnagle. Let's make them feel welcome and give them our support.

Bob Solem, the webmaster for the Howard County Bird Club commented on my "snapping turtle" sighting via an email.

In it he wrote that "the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Natural History Society of Maryland are in the third year of a five-year study to establish a baseline for Maryland amphibians and reptiles." He wrote that they will use my "sighting" in the baseline.

He is assisting Sue Miller, Howard County Parks and Recreation Department, who is the Howard County chair for the study.