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North Laurel: End of January means lots of birthday wishes

It is so hard to believe that we are at the end of January already. It seems that 2012 is going to go by very quickly. Let us hope that at least winter does. I love the end of January because it brings many birthdays to friends.

I want to wish my best friend, Kathy Harris, a very happy birthday Jan. 27. Birthday wishes also go out to Laura Yingling Jan. 28 and Sarah Blough on Jan. 29. The beginning of February brings us news from the groundhog if winter is ending or if we will have six more weeks. It also brings my sister another birthday, so happy birthday, Patti. Any bets on if the groundhog will see his shadow?

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Finally, Wild Buffalo Grill has reopened. Wild Buffalo is on Route 1 at 10024 Washington Blvd. and has been closed since it was hit by lightning in the fall. They have a nice relaxed restaurant that becomes a local hangout for many. They have been closed for several months and it is nice to see a small North Laurel family back in business.

Students have started their second semester and for Reservoir High School students, there is a great way to make sure you do well in their classes. The Reservoir PTSA is sponsoring its free Gator Academy. They can cover all subjects and levels. The next sessions will be Feb. 12 and 26 at the Savage Branch Library, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Students should bring a signed permission slip, their notebooks and textbooks. Forms can be obtained at http://www.rhsgators.com. Email Kris Kendall at KrisKendall@verizon.net with any questions.

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HC DrugFree has two programs coming up for parents and school-age children. On Monday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at Howard High School, they will have "Haze: The Perils of College Drinking Culture in America." Dr. Joseph Schwartz, medical director of Psychiatric Services at Howard County General will be the speaker. Also, on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at Oakland Mills High School, they will present "Parent 2 Parent," a program where parents talk about their experience with their children who suffered with a substance abuse problem. Parents and children 13 and older are welcome. Both programs are free.

Can you believe that the North Laurel Civic Association has been active again for about a year now? It is great that we finally have a voice for our community again. Now is a great time to resolve to get involved in our community.

If you would like to get more involved, their next meeting will be Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center. Also, it is that time of year again to renew your membership. The fee is only $10 a year. Checks can be sent to P.O. Box 138 Savage, MD 20763-0138 or bring them to the February meeting. For more information, call Bibi Perrotte-Foston at 240-786-5747. Do not forget to "friend" them on Facebook, too.

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