Two area schools are anticipating the arrival of their new principals next month.
Elkridge Elementary School's Mary Jane Mitchell retired from the county school system June 30 to begin a new life. Shortly afterward she left the country for England and a Scandinavian cruise with her husband. Her school wishes her a wonderful retirement and welcomes the new principal, Diane Mumford.
Dr. Mumford has spent over 19 years in the field of education in Laurel, Delaware and Howard County. She spent two years as assistant principal at Rockburn Elementary School in Elkridge.
Dr. Mumford has extensive experience in the areas of curriculum development, instructional improvement and staff development.
"A productive school requires team effort and organization . . . with both the pupils and staff in continuous pursuit of new knowledge and new skills," summarizes her approach to her new job.
Mount Hebron High School bids farewell to Sylvia Patillo as she moves to Hammond High with the community's wishes for her success in her new school. Mount Hebron's new principal, Addie Kaufman, comes from Glenelg High School, where she has been working as assistant principal.
Originally from New Jersey, Ms. Kaufman taught in Atlanta before settling in Maryland. Formerly a special education teacher in Mount Hebron High School, Ms. Kaufman is now coming home to be principal.
"She's a sharp and very caring person," says parent Pam Lennon. "She brings a lot of excitement to her work."
Mount Hebron also gets a new assistant principal, Karl %o Schindler, formerly a teacher at Wilde Lake High School.
L Assistant Principals Ed Evans and Jack Hart remain on staff.
Tickets are now on sale for Elk Ridge Heritage Society's biannual House and Garden Tour. This year, the tour will run from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sept. 2.
The tour will combine walking and driving as participants explore Old Lawyers Hill, Levering Avenue, Main Street and Ilchester Road, discovering the genteel, peaceful "off the beaten path" areas of Elkridge.
Ten stops are listed on the tour, including, among others, three homes on Old Lawyers Hill Road, a Sears Catalog house, and Grace Episcopal Church, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.
Members of the Heritage Society invite you to join them for a day of camaraderie while you learn about the oldest town in Howard County.
Those who are unable to walk will be provided with a shuttle bus.
Your ticket will cost $12 and must be purchased in advance.
For a ticket, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Elk Ridge Heritage Society, 6507 Lawyers Hill Road, Elkridge, 21227.
If you need more information, call 788-8274 or 796-0732.
It's always nice to hear about a hometown girl who is "making it" the big city.
In Kristin Spence's case, the big city is Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and she is making it by helping to assemble space shuttles.
Does this sound like a kid's dream come true? Kristin's dream was always to be an astronaut, says her mother, Lynn Spence. And she's willing to work for her dreams. Kristin, a 1992 graduate of Centennial High School, now majors in mechanical engineering at Florida Institute of Technology.
She has read countless books about space travel and attended Space Academy I and II in Huntsville, Ala., while in high school, later working as a space camp counselor.
She spent other summers working at the National Space Club at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt and at the Space Telescope Institute in Baltimore.
Her college is in close proximity to Kennedy, where she works as an intern for Lockheed-Martin. While there, she has met astronauts, including Alan Shepard, and from her office she can watch the shuttle being assembled.
She works on the main engines of the Atlantis shuttle, the same shuttle that recently docked with the Russian space station Mir.
Kristin will come home to Maryland for a two-week rest before continuing her internship in September.
County people have been mourning the recent passing of our Ellicott City neighbor Joanne Moroney. Her activities as an events coordinator for the Department of Recreation and Parks, her church and community involvement and care for others have been documented in several obituaries.
Joanne also made innumerable contributions to the neighborhood of Columbia Hills.
In the early 1970s, Joanne and her husband, John, had their land declared a bird sanctuary by the National Wildlife Federation. Her involvement with the land continued as she later became involved in a push to set aside a piece of ground for a playground for the community's children.
At the time of her death, Joanne was directly involved in the planning for an Ellicott City park to be sited between Columbia Hills and the neighborhood of Brampton Hills.
* The Font Hill neighborhood in Ellicott City welcomed new neighbors to its fold last week.