The 5th District Volunteer Fire Department appreciated the great turnout during a break in February's foul weather. Lots of residents came out for the department's country breakfast. You have one more opportunity to share a country breakfast with family, friends and neighbors on March 30 from 8 a.m. until noon.
Anne Arundel Special Olympics, a nonprofit sports program, seeks volunteers ages 16 and over. Volunteer orientation will be held March 19. Russett resident Bill Berned will cycle solo in July in the New England Tour de Cure to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association.
On Feb. 1, the Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame will induct five new members. Since being established in 1997, the Hall of Fame has honored 68 men and women who have made extraordinary contributions to Howard County women's athletics. This year's inductees are Mike Bossom (Andover, 1988), Shannon Saltzman Webster (Centennial, 1993), Allison Valentino (Atholton, 1993), Tatyana McFadden (Atholton, 2008) and Merri-Ellen James (Glenelg, 1983). The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. at Mt. Hebron High School. An alumnae basketball game will be played prior to the ceremony at 5 p.m. and a high school girls varsity game between Centennial and Mt. Hebron follows at 7.
Within a year after an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan cost him his sight in September 2011, Navy Lt. Brad Snyder had won seven gold medals at the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs as well as one silver and two gold medals at the Paralympics in London.
The legend of Paralympic star Tatyana McFadden seems to keep growing by the day. Already a proven world-class wheelchair athlete, Tatyana recently traveled to France for the IPC Athletics World Championships and once again etched her name into the record books.
Kennedy Krieger Institute, which treats individuals with developmental disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system, put together the festival's largest charity team with 208 race participants, who raised nearly $90,000 to support future running participants with disabilities.
Paralympian and gold medal swimmer Ian Silverman, of Towson, got a surprise welcome back today, Sept. 12, from staff and students at McDonogh School in Owings Mills on his return from the games in London.
At the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Paralympics, Clarksville's Tatyana McFadden won five medals, but none of them were gold. She's adding to her medal collection at the 2012 London Paralympic Games, but this time she's collecting gold.
Wheelchair athletes and sisters Tatyana and Hannah McFadden are preparing to compete in the 2012 London Paralympic Games. It's Hannah's first Paralympics, and Tatyana's third, and Tatyana is looking to make history by competing in five events, including sprints and a marathon.
The 2012 Paralympics will be held in London in late August. This summer, Snyder is training under Loyola University head coach Brian Loeffler and also working for Red Owl Analytics, a startup software company in Baltimore run by two West Point graduates.
26-year-old Syd Lea from Taneytown, Carroll County, has traversed the world several times on the way to becoming the premier cyclist among American Special Olympians. Lea was a top winner for Team USA in the recent Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, earning three of the team's 10 gold medals in the international competition.