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By ROGER SIMON | July 30, 1995
Thor sat cross-legged on the floor. He was wearing a tie-dyed T-shirt and cut-off blue jeans. He had flowers in his hair.Moe sat across from him, putting love beads on a string."
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Virginia Bates, a poet and artist who opposed the Vietnam War and was a founder of the Howard County Peace Action Community, died of complications from the flu Dec. 9 at Bridgepoint of Los Altos, an assisted-living facility in California. The former Woodbine resident was 88. Virginia Neumann was born in Baltimore. She was the daughter of William Neumann, a plumber, and Elinor Neumann, a homemaker. She was a 1942 graduate of Western High School and earned a degree in literature from Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
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December 22, 1997
Jaime Sorrell of Sykesville, a junior at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, won first prize at the state level in the Catholic Daughters of America annual poetry contest.Her poem, "The Sentinel," will advance to national competition. It is published in her school's literary magazine, Images, and reflects on the presence of angels in people's lives.Jaime is the daughter of Carole Truitt of Sykesville.PoliceSykesville: A Woodbine resident told police that metal tracks for a Bobcat front-end loader were stolen from woods behind the 4700 block of Arthur Shipley Road between 4: 30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 7: 30 a.m. the next day. The loss was estimated at $2,540.
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January 6, 2008
Youngsters in grades six through 12 are invited to submit up to three original poems to the Howard County Library's Word Up! Poetry Contest. Winners will be invited to read their poems at a spring event and will receive cash prizes. The deadline to submit entries is March 14. The contest is being held in partnership with the Friends of Howard County Library and the Howard County public schools. Poet and teacher Michael R. Clark will help contestants and others, ages 11 to 17, revise and perfect poems they have been working on from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.
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By ROGER SIMON | August 25, 1993
The summer doldrums are over! The World's Most Dangerous Poetry Contest has returned!The Ninth Annual Roger Simon Greater Eastern Seaboard Poetry Contest kicks off today.And as with life itself, there are many rules and few rewards:RULE ONE: All poems must be on the official theme.In 1985, the theme was Squeegee Kids, and this haiku by Allison Doherty won:Squeegees remove grimeAllowing us to see lifeMore than we wished to.Allison won an appearance on the Johnny Carson show, where she was noticed by a top literary agent and today she writes under the name Michael Crichton.
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By ROGER SIMON | August 20, 1995
You may think the winners of my poetry contest never go on to accomplish anything.And that's true.But that doesn't mean none of them accomplished anything before they entered.Take Thomas J. O'Donnell.In 1986, Thomas J. O'Donnell was third runner-up in my contest, whose theme was the governor's race between William Donald Schaefer and Steve Sachs.O'Donnell submitted the following limerick:There's a pol with a head like a melonWhose principal backer's a felonIn Annapolis this pairThe power will shareAnd whatever else there's no tellin.
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April 17, 2005
River Hill High School will hold its first Caitlin Dunbar Memorial Poetry Contest in memory of a student who died suddenly last year at age 15 from undiagnosed leukemia. The contest is open to River Hill students and Caitlin's friends. Contestants are invited to write from the heart, as Caitlin is said to have done in times of stress. Entries can be rhymed or free verse and up to 150 words. The poems must not have been previously published or won any other competition. They also must not include profanity.
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By ROGER SIMON | October 23, 1994
An announcement from Judge Lance Ito of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County:"If you are a prospective juror on the O. J. Simpson case, I ask you to avoid reading the following column in the interests of justice."In fact, even if you are not a prospective juror on the O. J. Simpson case, I ask you to avoid reading the following column in the interests of good taste and simple human decency."Thank you. And when the trial is over, let's all try to keep in touch."Thor and Moe looked disconsolate as I entered their meat locker on the second floor of The Sun building.
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September 11, 2005
HoCoPoLitSo plans for 25-year reunion of award winners HoCoPoLitSo is planning a 25-year gala reunion for winners of its Literary Awards for Howard County high school writers and is seeking past winners of the awards. Students from county high schools are invited each year to compete in writing contest categories that include personal essays, short stories and poetry. Award winners and their friends and family members are asked to contact HoCoPoLitSo (the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society)
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April 24, 2005
The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will present "Managing Your Well and Septic System" at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Representatives from the Howard County Health Department will speak. The library's Contemporary Fiction Book Club will discuss The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon, at 7 p.m. May 2. Library associate Lucie Pettis will lead the discussion. The Western Howard County Seniors Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. May 4. The group, made up for retired women, will discuss Wish You Well by David Baldacci.
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January 7, 2007
New-student orientation at HCC New Howard Community College students are expected to attend a new-student orientation session before the beginning of the spring semester. A daytime session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Jan. 23; an evening orientation is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. Jan. 25. Both sessions will be held in Smith Theatre on the campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Parents are welcome to attend. The sessions include interactive workshops, campus tours, refreshments, information packets and prizes.
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April 2, 2006
High School juniors are invited to enroll in the Emergency Medical Technician Academy that will be offered next year at the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Training Center in Clarksville. Those enrolled can earn EMT certification and may be able to continue on to a paid paramedic degree program at Howard Community College. Information: Cpt. Joanne Rund, 410-313-5878. Have coffee, talk with principal Folly Quarter Middle School invites parents to participate in "Coffee and Conversation" with Principal Carl Perkins from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday.
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March 19, 2006
Marriotts Ridge High School in Marriottsville will be host for Howard County History Day on Saturday, a districtwide competition. This year's theme is "Taking A Stand in History: People, Ideas, Events." National History Day requires students to research topics related to the theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances or papers that can be entered in district, state and national contests. Students in grades six through eight compete in the Junior Division; students in grades nine through 12, in the Senior Division.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 22, 2005
David Geaney, a sophomore at River Hill High School, didn't know Caitlin Dunbar well, but he was devastated by news of her death in December. "It was the first death I had ever experienced," he recalled. Caitlin, who was a sophomore, was active in the Girl Scouts, loved dancing and gymnastics, and often wrote poetry. She died suddenly of complications from leukemia. When she left school for winter break, her classmates had no inkling that they would never see her again. She had been diagnosed three days earlier.
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April 24, 2005
The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will present "Managing Your Well and Septic System" at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Representatives from the Howard County Health Department will speak. The library's Contemporary Fiction Book Club will discuss The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon, at 7 p.m. May 2. Library associate Lucie Pettis will lead the discussion. The Western Howard County Seniors Book Club will meet at 10 a.m. May 4. The group, made up for retired women, will discuss Wish You Well by David Baldacci.
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April 17, 2005
River Hill High School will hold its first Caitlin Dunbar Memorial Poetry Contest in memory of a student who died suddenly last year at age 15 from undiagnosed leukemia. The contest is open to River Hill students and Caitlin's friends. Contestants are invited to write from the heart, as Caitlin is said to have done in times of stress. Entries can be rhymed or free verse and up to 150 words. The poems must not have been previously published or won any other competition. They also must not include profanity.
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April 2, 2006
High School juniors are invited to enroll in the Emergency Medical Technician Academy that will be offered next year at the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Training Center in Clarksville. Those enrolled can earn EMT certification and may be able to continue on to a paid paramedic degree program at Howard Community College. Information: Cpt. Joanne Rund, 410-313-5878. Have coffee, talk with principal Folly Quarter Middle School invites parents to participate in "Coffee and Conversation" with Principal Carl Perkins from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday.
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By Rosalie Falter and Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 11, 1999
THE WINNERS of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights Youth Art and Youth Writing contests will receive their awards and ribbons at the club's meeting at 10: 30 a.m. Tuesday at the clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road. In the short-story writing contest for first- through third-graders, Stephanie Sharpe of Overlook Elementary School won first place for "The Singing Lessons"; Kelly Auld of Linthicum Elementary was second for "Chipmunk and Squirrel"; and third place went to Jonathan Wan of Linthicum Elementary for "The Lion and The Mouse."
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By Rosalie Falter and Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 11, 1999
THE WINNERS of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights Youth Art and Youth Writing contests will receive their awards and ribbons at the club's meeting at 10: 30 a.m. Tuesday at the clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road. In the short-story writing contest for first- through third-graders, Stephanie Sharpe of Overlook Elementary School won first place for "The Singing Lessons"; Kelly Auld of Linthicum Elementary was second for "Chipmunk and Squirrel"; and third place went to Jonathan Wan of Linthicum Elementary for "The Lion and The Mouse."
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