Town meeting on high school set Saturday

April 24, 2003

Howard County Councilmen Christopher J. Merdon and Allan H. Kittleman will hold the second of their two town meetings on the proposed deferral of construction of the northern high school. The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Clarksville Middle School, 6535 Trotter Road.

Cuts in Howard County Executive James N. Robey's recommended capital budget include $21 million to begin building the school, scheduled last year to open in August 2005. The county's 12th high school is now expected to open in 2006.

"Once the executive has presented his budget, the County Council can restore [funding] to education," said Terry Chaconas, special assistant to Merdon. "The two councilmen are hosting the meeting to discuss the issue and to support restoration of those funds, and also to take questions on the issue from the community. In order to restore this funding, they need three votes; they have two now."

Information: 410-313-2001.

W. Friendship pupils take third in statewide contest

West Friendship Elementary School's Destination Imagination team, the Disco Ducks, took third place in the elementary-level Video Adventure Challenge at the statewide competition April 5 at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The Ducks, who participated in the competition for the first time, missed second place by 4 points.

Team members are Richard Gil, Kelsey Littlejohn, Ryen Seaman, Zachary Neil, Colton O'Donoghue, Jonathan Odachowski and Jesse Schwarz. The team manager is Ann Schwarz.

Fire department schedules all-you-can-eat breakfast

The Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department will hold its monthly breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

The all-you-can-eat buffet includes eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, gravy, scrapple and trimmings. The cost is $6; $3 for ages 4-10 and 50 and older. Children younger than 4 eat for free.

Information: 410-313-7215.

River Hill musicians set spring performances

The River Hill High School Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo and Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. May 8 in the school auditorium.

The Concert Choir, Leading Ladies, Gentlemen's Quartet, Madrigal Singers, String Orchestra, Full Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 9.

The Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. May 13.

Tickets are $5 a concert; $10 for all three. Parking is free.

The school's drama department will present its Musical Theatre class 2003 showcase, A Celebration of Tony Award Winners, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets, available at the door, are $5.

Information: 410-313-7120.

Military

Graduates: Coast Guard Fireman Charles F. Przybylek, son of Francis X. and Diane K. Przybylek of Mount Airy, has graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.

Birth

Matthew J. Zhou: To Hong Zhou and Xiaomin Lin of Clarksville on April 7.

Around town

Earth, Arbor Day: Howard County Conservancy will hold an Earth Day/Arbor Day event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at its home, Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock. Take a picnic and compost the leftovers from noon to 1 p.m., and fly kites brought from home or made on the spot with recycled materials. Folk music, a plant sale, exhibits and hands-on activities for adults and children are planned from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. The suggested donation is $3 a car. Liz Stoffel or Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.

Coffee, talk: Howard County Board of Education will hold a "Coffee and Conversation" from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Bushy Park Elementary School media center, 2670 Route 97 in Glenwood. Parents and other members of the community can chat informally with members of the school board. 410-313-7197.

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