Martin Luther King Jr. Day is almost here and for some that only means a three day weekend. For many others, it's a time to celebrate a man that helped us embrace equality for all. He was a man of peace, of honor and of vision. We all owe thanks to a man that work to make our country better for all.
It is also a day off for students and the next day, Jan. 17 will start exams for high school students. The exams will run Jan. 17-19 with high schools closing three hours early. Then on Jan. 20, all schools will end three hours early since it is the end of the semester. School will be closed Jan. 23 and report cards will be issued Jan. 30. Good luck to all the students taking the tests.
Did you know that more than 70 seniors in our neighborhood use Neighbor Ride to get them to doctor's appointments as well as run errands so they can stay in their home, even if they cannot drive. This is such a helpful tool to them and yet it is run by volunteers. Quite a few of them live here in North Laurel.
We should all be very proud of Patrice Cerwonka, who is one of the two part-time volunteer coordinators. Also, thanks to drivers Pat and Buddie Bruce, Liz Feighner, Maureen Harkins, Nancy Huggins, Pat Murphy, Laurie Nardinelli, Mary O'Dea, Joe Placek and Tanyita Ruley. They are real heroes in our community. Would you like to be a hero, too? Or do you need the services of Neighbor Ride?
Demand is up and last year, requests grew by more than 30 percent. If you would like to find out more about Neighbor Ride, call Colleen Dumais Konstanzer, the community outreach coordinator at 410-884-7433 or go to http://www.neighborride.org.
The Savage Historical Society, which also represents North Laurel, will hold their monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Faith and Ministry Center, 9032 Baltimore St., in Savage. The topic of this month's meeting will be "Labor Unrest Among Blacksmiths at Savage Factory" and is open to the public. For more information contact secretary Helen Rushing at 301-725-1241.
If you are interested in local history, you can also check out the Howard County Historical Society at their new location, the Miller Library's second floor. This is also a great place to drop off those old family photos that were taken in the area.
For those that are interested in the Civil War, there will be a special presentation on the 150 Anniversary of the Civil War Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at their new location. Henry Stansbury will be presenting. For more information call Paulette Lutz at 410-480-3250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to wish Will Ramos a very happy fifth birthday! Enjoy your special day.