There is no shortage of volunteer programs WEST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

June 23, 1993|By LARRY STURGILL

Several weeks ago I wrote about the new academic requirement of community service for high freshmen this fall.

According to Dr. William Sowders, who will oversee the program for the Howard County school system, 40 hours of community service will be required for the 1997 graduation class. Subsequent graduation classes will need 75 hours of community service to meet graduation requirements.

My statement that this new requirement likely would produce a growing need for additional volunteer programs unleashed a barrage of calls and letters informing me of existing programs that need volunteers.

Among them is the Columbia Volunteer Corps (CVC), which was recently formed by the Columbia Association. It will serve as a clearinghouse for organizations seeking volunteers and will work hand in hand with the Howard County schools to help students find volunteer work.

The CVC is currently seeking people to serve as mentor and tutors for the Helping Hands Enrichment and Leadership Foundation. Volunteers are need for the summer camp program and to assist classroom teachers for children from preschool age through 14 years old.

Those interested should call the CVC at 715-3163 for additional details.

Volunteers are also needed for the Neighborhood Renaissance Program, which will help residents in the Wilde Lake area maintain their property to covenant standards.

For additional information, call the Wilde Lake Village manager, Bernice Kish, at 730-3987.

The Lorien Nursing and Convalescent Center, on Cedar Lane, is also seeking volunteers to help residents with exercise and meals. The center also needs volunteers with arts and crafts skills.

For more volunteer information, call the Lorien Nursing Center at 531-5300.

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Although attendance was off from most previous years, the heat and humidity and a couple of brief thunderstorms didn't seem to bother the many thousands of people who attended the 17th Annual Columbia City Fair this past weekend.

There were still long lines for most the rides, but that didn't deter the kids, and parents, from having fun. But, it was the aroma of food from dozens of stands, mixed with the strains of live music and children's laughter, that created a glorious, fun-filled party

atmosphere on the shores of Lake Kittamaqundi.

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Congratulations to 1993 Wilde Lake graduate Stephan Rice, who has received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Stephan was among those named Outstanding Seniors by the Black Student Achievement Program. He also received the Howard County Volunteer Student Award, and community awards from the Town Center Village Board and Jack & Jill of America.

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Congratulations to the following Wilde Lake students who were commended by the National Merit Scholarship Program in recognition of their academic achievements: Darren Buck, Daniel Contreni, Aaron Eichelberger, Naiomi Greengrass, Joshua Hall, Andrew McDermott, Jessica Miller, Jeremy Ou and Shamim Sinnat.

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And, here's a congratulations to research oncologist and Clary's Forest resident James T. Phillips, who was recently recognized by the American Cancer Society for his oncogene research relating to childhood cancer and by the National Children's Oncology Center for his efforts to help organize support groups to assist parents of children afflicted with cancer and other related illnesses.

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Don't be surprised if you hear the sounds of live music when you shopping at the Hickory Ridge and Dorsey's Search village centers. The merchants associations of both villages will sponsor live concerts this summer.

Hickory Ridge will have outdoor dining with free entertainment on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Satyr Hill Band will perform tonight.

Dorsey's Search will offer Summer Sound concerts on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A5 Partners in Song will be featured tomorrow night.

An item which I, unfortunately, neglected to include in the column last week is the program on "Indian Folklore," to be presented by the Maryland State Parks Foundation, at the Harmony Hall retirement community today, beginning at 2 p.m.

If you are interested in the history and stories of the "real" first Americans, drop whatever you're doing and head for Harmony Hall at 6336 Cedar Lane.

If you do plan to attend, please call 531-6000. I'm sure that activities director, Linda Spano, won't mind a last-minute call for reservations.

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