You can step up and help at bone marrow donor drive

North Laurel Column

May 26, 2011

The best thing in today's world is that our kids no longer wait till they are adults to get involved when they see a need. North Laurel resident Joshua Driesman has lost two members of his extended family to leukemia. He is not 18 yet, so he cannot donate, but that is not stopping Joshua. He is holding a bone marrow donor drive Wednesday, June 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab so that he can try and help others fighting this terrible disease.

Have you ever thought of signing up to be a donor? What are you waiting for? You could be the one match that will save a life. To get added as a donor, all you need to do is fill out a consent form and get a cheek swab. Please take the time to think about donating. For more information about this event, go to Joshua's web page at or go to to participate in the drive. I hope to see everything there.

It is finally time: The North Laurel Community Center will hold its dedication and ribbon cutting Friday, June 3 at 4:30 p.m. The address of our community center is 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road. Come out and see all that our center has to offer. This took over 20 years to happen. Enjoy it.

The North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center will team up with several nonprofits to host a North Laurel Community Fair Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center. The fair has preventive health screenings and 6,000 pounds of food to be given away. Learn about healthy eating, get a free family portrait and have your kid's face painted. The Howard County Department of Social Services, FIRN, Legal Aid, Howard County Citizen Services, Success in Style, Community Action Council of Howard County, BGE and Workforce Development will be there.

The Laurel Woods PTA honored their many volunteers and business partners. Robin Huff and Rick and Mary Rekus received Volunteer of the Year awards, and Clarence and Tryphenia A. Ellis-Johnson of Liberty Tax Service were recognized as Business Partner of the Year. The PTA also recognized their business partners: Bar-B-Que House; Cakes by Adrienne; Donoso Auto Repair; Feeling Fabulous Massage; The Gallery; JP Kake Korner; Karate Academy Unlimited; Kathleen M. Fowler Insurance Agency; Kohl's Cares; Liberty Tax Service; Pump It Up; Red, Hot and Blue; Sandy Spring Bank; Schembari Family Dentistry; Tampico Grill; Toucan Taco; Wild Buffalo Grill; and XP Laser Sport.

Reservoir High School students should take advantage of the Gator Academy free tutoring sessions Sundays, June 5 and 12 at the Savage Branch Library. Registration is required and can be done at the school.

The North Laurel Civic Association will be holding its next meeting June 16 at 7 p.m. at the new community center. The association will be working on its bylaws and will discuss some development in our area.

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