The Howard County Chapter of the Sierra Club is sponsoring a meeting at 7:30 tonight in the Media Center of Atholton High School.
Steve Stover, a naturalist who has spent years walking the banks and fishing the waters of the Patapsco River and the middle branch of the Patuxent River, will make a presentation on the environmental challenges facing these rivers.
According to Harry Brodie, a nine-year member of the Sierra Club who serves as publicity director for the Howard County group, Mr. Stover will discuss the many dangers facing the important Howard County rivers and offer possible solutions.
The most notable of the challenges is the impact of development along the rivers and their tributaries.
Although much of the Patapsco River is within the protective boundaries of Patapsco State Park, Mr. Stover has become aware of a possible danger to the river.
Much of the land adjacent to the northern Carroll County side of the Patapsco River is privately owned, and plans are under way to develop this land.
For more information, contact the Sierra Club of Howard County at (301) 596-0130.
If you haven't had a grand tour already, parents of students attending Wilde Lake High School at River Hill are invited to an open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26.
River Hill High School is the most modern high school facility in Howard County and uses many architectural designs that will be included in the reconstructed Wilde Lake High School and in two other planned county high schools.
Everyone is welcome to take advantage of this open house, especially parents and middle school students who will be attending Wilde Lake/River Hill High School next fall.
The new school is at 12101 Clarksville Pike, near Clarksville.
Caroline Houck, a 1991 graduate of Wilde Lake High School, is a fabric-styling major at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Because of her interest in home fashions, her creative designs and the potential represented by her work, Ms. Houck was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Home Fashion Product Association.
In 1993, Ms. Houck won the Bergdorf Goodman Award for academic excellence and creative talent, and was nominated for the Presidential Scholars Program.
Brains, beauty and talent will be featured at the Ninth Annual Miss Howard County Scholarship Pageant to be held at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Miss Maryland 1994, Karissa Jones, will present the eight finalists who are competing for scholarship awards. Howard County Executive Charles Ecker will crown the winner.
Entertainment will be provided by the Backstage Dancers, and the Howard High School Junior ROTC will serve as color guard.
For information, please call Barbara Bogart at 465-4076.
Several West Columbia students are performing with the 1995 **
Maryland All-State bands, orchestras and chorus.
Performing with the Senior Concert Band are Wilde Lake High School at River Hill students David Domzalski on tuba and Matthew Stevens on euphonium. Members from Atholton High School are Konrad Aschenback and Karen Brown on clarinet, Corey Hill on euphonium and Jared Salisbury on tuba.
Another Wilde Lake student, Christina Turney, is a percussionist with the Senior Orchestra.
Students from Wilde Lake High School dominate the Senior Chorus. Included are soprano Maria Romano, tenors Brian Bassett and Gavin Philipp, altos Katie Harkness, Santina Maiolatesi and Amy Sheff, and bass Daniel Bender, Dylan Gentile and Andrew Zimdars.
Senior Chorus members from Atholton High School are altos Sara Glazer and Meredith Goldstein.
Junior Concert Band members include both middle and high school students.
Members from Harper's Choice Middle School are Nicole Turney on percussion, Eric Clymer on trumpet and Andrea Scimonelli on French horn.
From Atholton High School are Marty Grossman on percussion, Nick Marini on euphonium and Josh Salisbury on trombone. Wilde Lake High School's Jennifer Stapleton plays French horn.
Members of the Junior Chorus include bassist Mike Reynolds from Atholton High School and alto Emily Barth and soprano Stephanie Bassett from Wilde Lake High.