Columbia resident has ceramics art on juried exhibit in New York

People in the News

July 28, 2011

Erica Kempler, of Columbia, has two ceramics pieces on juried exhibit at the First Street Gallery in New York City, and two other ceramics pieces on juried exhibit at the Bedford Gallery, in Walnut Creek, Calif. She is a 2005 graduate of Wilde Lake High School and a 2009 graduate of Frostburg State University. Kempler is currently a Masters of Find Arts student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Ethel Sturgis, of Columbia, celebrated her 95th birthday July 21, 2011. A lifelong resident of Howard County and the youngest of 11 children, she is the daughter of the late Julie Smith Harris and the late John Harris. She and her late husband, Roland Sturgis, had three children. She has multiple generations of children. A small gathering of her children and grandchildren was held.

Former Columbia resident Capt. Katherine M. Donovan, now of Virginia Beach, Va., retired from the U.S. Navy in June after serving for 29 years. She is a 1978 graduate of Wilde Lake High School; a 1982 graduate of Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind., where she earned a degree in biomedical engineering; and earned a master's degree in public administration from Troy University. Capt. Donovan was commissioned in August 1982. For the first 19 years, her career focused on fleet operations within the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance arena; she then became an information profssional in 2001, where she worked with computers and combat systems. She was deployed on numerous tours overseas, including a tour to the Arabian Gulf and Pakistan. Capt. Donovan and her husband, U.S. Navy Ret. Capt. Jim Donovan, who served for 34 years, became the first couple to ever succeed one another at the Naval Ocean Processing Facility, in Virginia Beach.

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