The weather has played havoc with people, property and programs and as yesterday's ice demonstrated, winter is showing no sign of easing.
Numerous events were also canceled when icy roads made travel too dangerous. Here's a partial list of events that have been rescheduled -- at least until the next ice storm.
Two twice-postponed programs offered by St. John Baptist Church have been rescheduled at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center on Feb. 19 and 20, according to Pinnie Ross, St. John's public relations director.
"Roots and Branches of African-American Sacred Music" will be presented at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19. The program offers spiritual music by the St. John Gospel Choir, anthems sung by the St. John Cathedral Choir, and selections by the Voices of Inspiration Teen Choir. Special guest performers include the Morning Starlights, vocalist Thelthf Evans and pianist Chuck Matthews.
"Scenes and Themes from African-American Drama" will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20. It is a dramatic presentation by the St. John Drama Department in observation of Black History Month and offers excerpts from various plays written by and about African-Americans. Included are scenes from "Ceremonies In Dark Old Men," "Fences," "Mulatto," "Pearlie Victorious" and the classic, "Raisin In The Sun."
Admission to both programs is free, and everyone is invited to attend. For additional information, call Leroy Giles at 788-3044.
The two bingo bashes planned for Jan. 21 by the folks at Slayton vTC House in Wilde Lake Village Green also were called off due to weather. Happily, both have been rescheduled.
The fun-filled "Bingo/Splashdown Combo," a school's-out program for kids ages 6 to 12, is now scheduled for Monday, Feb. 21.
The day starts with bingo at Slayton House from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by an afternoon of Splashdown and swimming, from noon to 4 p.m., at the indoor Swim Center.
Lunch will be served at the Swim Center.
The cost for the whole package is $6 per child, and tickets must be purchased in advance. Those children already registered will not have to do so again.
For registration information, please call 730-3987.
And, for the whole family, "Wilde Bingo Night" will now happen at Slayton House at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25.
If you like bingo, lots of cash prizes and want to enjoy a night of fun, this is a sure thing. Bring some friends. No reservations are required, and game cards will be available at the door. Come early and find yourself a lucky seat.
For more information, call 730-3987.
Teaching children is a tough job, and it's always nice when individual teachers are recognized for their efforts in the school and in the community.
Debbie Miller, the reading specialist at Running Brook Elementary School, has been selected by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce to receive their "Educator Recognition Award."
Teacher nominations came from all Howard County schools.
Dr. Miller was one of only eight county teachers chosen to receive the award.
Joseph Fisher, a teacher at Harper's Choice Middle School for the past 17 years and the organizer of First Generation College Bound, a program which helps low income children prepare for college, has been selected by Washingtonian Magazine as a "Washingtonian of the Year."
Mr. Fisher is one of only 15 people chosen to receive this year's award.