In second season, River Raptors win swim league division title


August 14, 1996|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RIVER HILL Raptors emerged undefeated this summer in their division of the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League. Formed only last year in Columbia's newest village, the team includes 184 youngsters ages 5 to 18. They defeated teams from Harper's Choice, Clemens Crossing, Clary's Forest/Hawthorn, Dorsey's Search and Huntington.

"It's quite an accomplishment to take a new team and then become the division champions in only the second year," said head coach Eddie Cosentino.

Working with Cosentino were assistant coaches Dave Oliver and Holly Maggio. Alice Gunner and Pam Ferrari served as meet managers, assisted by numerous parents.

"The success of the team is due to the tremendous support of the parents and volunteers," Cosentino said.

Packs and boxes

Shelley Laub was sitting in The Mall in Columbia, debating whether to buy new backpacks and lunch boxes for her two sons, who attend Clemens Crossing Elementary School.

"They didn't really need them," she said.

And what would she do with the old ones? Then she had a brainstorm: "I thought it would be nice to give them to kids who are less fortunate."

She jumped into her van and called the school's new principal, Robert Bruce, on her car phone. His response: "Go with it."

Starting Aug. 26, Clemens Crossing Elementary School will collect cleaned and gently used backpacks and lunch boxes. They can be dropped off at the school, 10320 Quarterstaff Road.

Music awards

Musical compositions by fifth-graders Michelle Waligora and Megan Bondhus will represent Maryland in an arts contest sponsored by the National Congress of Parents and Teachers in Ohio next month.

Michelle, who attends Clemens Crossing Elementary School, won first place in the fourth- to sixth-grade category in the annual Reflections contest sponsored by the Maryland State Congress of Parents and Teachers. Her piece is called "Weather."

Second place in the same category went to Megan, a fifth-grader at Bryant Woods Elementary School, for her composition, "Mustang Melodies."

Open space fund-raiser

The Dorsey's Search Village Association is holding its annual fall plant sale. Mums, pansies and kale are available in a variety of colors.

The sale started six years ago as a service for residents with little time to shop, according to village manager Anne Darrin. "The money we make is put back into the community," she said.

Past projects include planting the terrace garden at Linden Hall and planting daffodil bulbs along Columbia Road. The deadline for orders is Sept. 2. The plants will be delivered to your doorstep in early September. For more information, call Linden Hall at (410) 730-4005.

Atholton news

New students at Atholton High School will get a chance to tour the school at an orientation from 9 to 11: 30 a.m. Aug. 22. They also will be able to meet their teachers and follow their schedules. Parents will have a session at 10 a.m. in the cafeteria.

Atholton is gearing up for its 30th anniversary celebration this year. Organizers are looking for all former team members and captains, class officers, and prom and homecoming kings and queens. Call Coleen Rodberg at (410) 313-7065.

Poster honored

A west Columbia girl was a runner-up in the poster contest for Columbia International Day held at the Town Center lakefront in July.

River Hill's Lauren Sharp was the runner-up in the 4- to 7-year-old category.

The posters, which depicted the festival's theme -- "A Multi-Cultural Experience" -- were displayed in the Columbia Association boardroom during the festival.

Pub Date: 8/14/96

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