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Turner's Pinewood Derby car is 'lovin it'

Turner's Pinewood Derby car is 'lovin it'
Elliott Turner's McFries Pinewood Derby car (Submitted photo /)

If you have ever been a Boy Scout you know all about the tradition of the Pinewood Derby. It is a popular annual Boy Scout event that emphasizes good sportsmanship, personal achievement and relationship-building for families. Recently, a 10-year-old Fulton Elementary student found much success with his Pinewood Derby car. Elliot Turner had a little help from his dad while he built a car that looked like a pack of McDonald's French fries. His "McFries" car won first place in his den and second place in the pack race. Grandmother Sandy Turner and the family are very proud of Elliot and the members of his Webelo den.

Congratulations are also in order for Reservoir High School's club hockey team. They have accomplished a feat no other hockey team has done in the school's history … advanced to the Howard County Playoffs with a win over the Ellicott Thunderbirds which is a combination of players from Long Reach and Centennial High Schools. Eleven goals were scored by Mike Thomas, Alex Shope, Taylor McEldowney, Cameron Hyder, Willy Watts and Ben Williams. Coaches and Reservoir High School staff members Matthew Valvano and John Perfetto are proud of these young athletes.

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Other Reservoir High School students are keeping busy with rehearsals for the spring musical. "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" is scheduled for March 30 through April 2. The main character, J. Pierrepont Finch, climbs the corporate ladder from being a window washer to becoming a high-powered executive using his little handbook. Directors Jessica Binder and Greg Knauf call this a "tune-filled comic gem". Tickets are already available for $12 at http://teacherweb.com/MD/ReservoirHighSchool/Theatre/apt18.aspx.

The next meeting of the Southern Howard Civic Association is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center. According to the association president, Bibi H. Perrotte-Foston, the meeting will focus on County Bill 9 – 2017 which has been presented by council members Calvin Ball and Jen Terrasa. It is in regards to Howard County becoming a sanctuary county. A copy of the bill can be found at file:///C:/Users/christina.hyder/Downloads/CB9-2017.pdf. Questions can be answered by calling Perrotte-Foston at 240-786-5747.

Fulton Elementary School will be the place to be on Friday, Feb. 17, from 6:30 until 9 p.m. if you are interested in learning about the various cultures that make up our community. International Night has become a much anticipated tradition at the school that celebrates the diversity of the student body. Children and their families are encouraged to share customs, traditions and food from countries their families are from, places they have lived or visited or places where they simply have an interest. A parade of children starts the evening followed by cultural performances, displays and crafts.

Another long-standing community tradition continues this month with the annual spaghetti dinner hosted by the U12 Travel baseball team of the Savage Screaming Eagles. The team is bound for Cooperstown, N.Y., this summer for an unforgettable week-long tournament at the Dreams Park. On Saturday, Feb. 18, you are invited to St. Vincent Pallotti High School on St. Mary's Place in Laurel from 5 until 10 p.m. for this fundraising event. A raffle for a flat screen TV, door prizes, silent auction and money wheel are all a part of the fun. For tickets and information email12Usavagebaseball2017@gmail.com or call240-547-9620

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