People On The Move

November 21, 2007

PFLAG co-founder honored by county

Colette Roberts, co-founder and chairwoman of the Howard County chapter of PFLAG - Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - was honored by the Howard County Human Rights Commission for her leadership in promoting respect for diversity.

The mission of PFLAG is to support the families of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered children and to help eradicate discrimination.

The Rev. Robert A.F. Turner, founder and president of the African American Coalition of Howard County and pastor of St. John Baptist Church since 1993, was also honored for his role as a community leader and his support of human rights.

The awards were presented Thursday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.

6 enter Howard sports Hall of Fame

Marie Curry, Paul Donovan, James McCauley, Bill McCormack, Joseph Wall and Jim Yedlicka have been inducted into the Howard County Community Sports Hall of Fame, an honor sponsored by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. Among those honored are advocates, coaches and administrators.

Curry developed the Jackie Robinson League, the first Little League program for black youths in Howard County.

Donovan is founder and coach of the Columbia Reds, a baseball program.

McCauley established a basketball clinic through the Columbia Basketball Association and developed the first local basketball program for girls.

McCormack has been a soccer coach for the Soccer Association of Columbia since 1974.

Wall created the Columbia Optimist's junior wrestling program, and Yedlicka, the first recreation director for the Columbia Association, founded the youth soccer program that later became the Soccer Association of Columbia.

The ceremony was held Oct. 22 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

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