Cindy Morrill, long a stalwart in Kalmia Farms, is mourned



FRIENDS and neighbors helped each other dig out this week after the blizzard of 1996 buried us all in snow.

Folks shared what fresh milk was left, borrowed one another's videos and welcomed one another's children into their homes. The stormy weather brought out the best in people with plows and tractors, who moved thousands of tons of snow from driveways and roads just to help their neighbors.

Kalmia Farms' loss

Kalmia Farms, the neighborhood that hugs the Triadelphia Reservoir in Dayton, was saddened Tuesday by the quickly spreading word that Cindy Morrill, 49, one of the original residents of the neighborhood, had died suddenly after a stroke she suffered Monday.

Cindy's husband, Jim; their daughter, Kim, who is captain of the Glenelg High School Drill Team; and their recently married daughter, Lori, remember Cindy as the heart and soul of their family.

Her strength, warmth and sense of humor made everyone feel like her best friend. Cindy was a giver. She was good at celebrations, good at being a friend and good at getting the most out of life.

When the Glenelg Marching Unit needed a volunteer, Cindy helped. When the community association needed an officer, Cindy was there.

Jim Morrill and his daughters welcome phone calls and visits from friends.

Bill Bird is better

Kathy Bird of Dayton reports that her husband, Bill, is getting around on crutches.

He returned from a nursing home after an emergency stay in the hospital brought on by a nasty fall from the roof of their home in December. You guessed it, he was on the roof putting up Christmas lights.

Mr. Bird's fall crushed his femur, but after extensive reconstructive surgery, he is likely to regain full use of his leg.

Kopec recovering

Folks in our community miss seeing Jennifer Kopec, a graduate of St. Mary's College in Southern Maryland, walk her dog around the neighborhood.

Ms. Kopec suffered a head injury in a car accident Dec. 15. She was rushed to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Ms. Kopec, the daughter of Julie Kopec of Dayton, has been in the Montebello Rehabilitation Hospital in Baltimore. Soon she'll be home, spending evenings with her family and days in another rehabilitation program.

Distinguished scholar

Apologies to Richard Suchoski of Glenelg High School and Dayton, whose name was not included in a recent list of Maryland Distinguished Scholar Certificate of Award honorable mentions. Richard was among the few to receive this distinction. His parents are Andy and Monica Suchoski.

Art at Savage Mill

Glenelg High School art students whose work is on display at Historic Savage Mill are Elicia Epperlein, Marla Conley, Mike Schwartz and Tonnie Warfield.

Jazz performance

Mount View Middle School's jazz ensemble will perform at this year's celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

At 6 p.m. Sunday at Smith Theatre at Howard Community College, the jazz ensemble will join the Coppin State University Choir and the Chinese Language School in a program called "Unity Through Diversity."

Surgeon to speak

If you've always wanted to hear the famous pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson speak, now is your chance.

Pointers Run and Manor Woods Elementary schools' PTAs are sponsoring a family evening program at the River Hill High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29.

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