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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Sun editorial Assistant Patrick Hickerson contributed to this article | December 17, 1995
TRES CANTOS, Spain -- In this planned community outside Spain's capital, most of the 500 students at the Colegio Publico Ciudad de Columbia can find on a map the Maryland planned town that gave their school its name. But that's where their knowledge of their sister city ends.The elementary and middle school adopted Columbia's name after the Columbia Association and Tres Cantos officials established an exchange program for high school students as part of the sister-city relationship.Since that formal tie began six years ago, school officials and students here say, it has not fostered deep international exchanges.
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December 9, 2011
Genealogy society meeting The Howard County Genealogical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Ellicott City Senior Center, located behind the Miller branch of Howard County Public Library, 9401 Frederick Road. Meeting presents an opportunity for those attending to share humorous stories about their genealogy research or breakthroughs in tracing their family tree. A small prize will be awarded to the best in each category. There will also be a book fair, and members are encouraged to bring genealogy books to swap or sell through a silent auction that will also include a number of donated books.
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November 23, 1992
Association seeks 20 teens to serve as ambassadorsThe Columbia Association is seeking 20 teens between the ages of 15 and 17 to serve as Columbia's goodwill ambassadors vTC to its oldest sister city, Cergy-Pontoise in France, and its newest sister city, Tres Cantos in Spain.The students will spend two weeks during the summer with host families. Students will then play host to students from Cergy-Pontoise or Tres Cantos.Prospective ambassadors must have had at least two years of French or Spanish study.
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June 22, 2011
Victoria Gastro Pub , of Columbia, was awarded the 2011 Wine and Beverage Program of the Year at the Restaurant Association of Maryland's 57th Annual McCormick and Co. Stars of the Industry Awards Gala, held at Martin's West, in Baltimore. The annual awards gala is an event of industry recognition that spotlights the industry's influence as a part of the nation's foundation of opportunity. The following graduating seniors won the Maggie J. Brown Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award for showing dedication to performing community service.
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November 30, 1992
Teen ambassadors to sister cities soughtYouthful "goodwill ambassadors" interested in spending two weeks with families in Columbia's sister cities of Cergy-Pontoise, France, or Tres Cantos, Spain, must apply to the Columbia Association by Jan. 15.Applicants between the ages of 15 and 17 must have studied two years of French to travel to Cergy-Pontoise, located just outside Paris, or two years of Spanish to go to Tres Cantos, minutes from Madrid.The Columbia Association will select 22 teen-agers to visit both Cergy-Pontoise, Columbia's oldest sister city, and Tres Cantos, the newest sister city, at the end of June.
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November 10, 1993
The Columbia Association is seeking teen ambassadors to Columbia's oldest sister city, Cergy-Pontoise in France, and Columbia's newest sister city, Tres Cantos, Spain.Two groups of high school students will experience life as natives, spending two weeks during July in the homes of families in Cergy-Pontoise, outside Paris, and Tres Cantos, outside Madrid.After returning to Columbia, some program participants will be the hosts of visiting students from the sister cities.The expected cost is approximately $950, and includes airfare and the program fee; spending money will be needed.
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December 16, 1993
The Columbia Association is seeking teen ambassadors to Columbia's oldest sister city, Cergy-Pontoise in France, and its newest sister city, Tres Cantos, Spain.Two groups of high school students will experience family life in the two countries when they spend two weeks in homes in Cergy-Pontoise, outside Paris, and Tres Cantos, outside Madrid, in July .After returning to Columbia, some program participants will be hosts to visiting foreign students from the sister cities.The expected cost of approximately $950 includes air fair and the program fee; spending money will be needed.
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By JANENE HOLZBERG | July 25, 2008
When it comes to immersing themselves in another culture, exchange students from Howard County don't fool around. The second that Spain defeated Germany to win its first Euro Cup football championship in 44 years, county students visiting the Spanish city of Tres Cantos last month joined with a few hundred local teens to frolic fully dressed in the town's fountain. "It was the most incredible moment of the trip - of our lives!" said Erica Blum, a rising senior at River Hill High School.
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By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | June 29, 1997
The Columbia Association's (CA) governing board this week voted, 5-4, not to send a representative to France for a three-day conference on planned communities -- and some members are questioning CA's entire "sister city" program."
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By Donna W. Payne and Donna W. Payne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 18, 2001
The week before he left for Spain, Glenelg High School student Chuck Abbott began to dream in Spanish - not his native language. Also headed for Spain, Alysa Procida from Wilde Lake High wondered if she would be able to "effectively communicate what I want to say [in Spanish]." Angela Pipitone of Atholton High and Melissa Webster of River Hill High School bought flag T-shirts, Old Bay seasoning and crab-themed gifts for their host families in Spain. The sophomores and juniors were part of a group of 18 county students who visited Spain for 2 1/2 weeks in late June and early July.
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By JANENE HOLZBERG | July 25, 2008
When it comes to immersing themselves in another culture, exchange students from Howard County don't fool around. The second that Spain defeated Germany to win its first Euro Cup football championship in 44 years, county students visiting the Spanish city of Tres Cantos last month joined with a few hundred local teens to frolic fully dressed in the town's fountain. "It was the most incredible moment of the trip - of our lives!" said Erica Blum, a rising senior at River Hill High School.
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By Lisa Tom and Lisa Tom,Special to the Sun | July 22, 2007
Alanna Jordan, 15, and Laetitia Mayran, 16, have played Monopoly twice since June - once at Alanna's house in Glenwood and once at Laetitia's house in Cergy-Pontoise, France. The two met through Columbia Association's Sister Cities program, which matches Howard County high school students with students of similar ages in either Tres Cantos, Spain, or Cergy-Pontoise. The American students, who have taken at least two years of French or Spanish, spent the first couple of weeks this month living with their match's host family abroad.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | September 6, 2001
At a time when the Columbia Association says it needs to tighten its belt, there is a move afoot to boost funding for one program: the Sister Cities exchange with Cergy-Pontoise, France, and Tres Cantos in Spain. Sister Cities might seem like an odd alliance for a place like Columbia, which technically is not a city but an unincorporated community of 88,000 governed by a homeowners association. But that hasn't stopped Columbia from forging cultural, academic and business ties with two other so-called New Towns - one of them outside Paris, the other on the outskirts of Madrid.
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By Donna W. Payne and Donna W. Payne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 18, 2001
The week before he left for Spain, Glenelg High School student Chuck Abbott began to dream in Spanish - not his native language. Also headed for Spain, Alysa Procida from Wilde Lake High wondered if she would be able to "effectively communicate what I want to say [in Spanish]." Angela Pipitone of Atholton High and Melissa Webster of River Hill High School bought flag T-shirts, Old Bay seasoning and crab-themed gifts for their host families in Spain. The sophomores and juniors were part of a group of 18 county students who visited Spain for 2 1/2 weeks in late June and early July.
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By Kathy Curtis and Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 23, 1997
TWO CONGREGATIONS at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center are teaming up to offer a vacation Bible school "where Jesus is the main attraction," says Daiva Orentas, one of the organizers.St. John Lutheran and St. John United Methodist-Presbyterian churches will sponsor the program, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 4 to 8 at the Interfaith Center.Children who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade may participate.The program is free and open to the public."We have a very exciting program," said Orentas, the coordinator at St. John Lutheran.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | September 6, 2001
At a time when the Columbia Association says it needs to tighten its belt, there is a move afoot to boost funding for one program: the Sister Cities exchange with Cergy-Pontoise, France, and Tres Cantos in Spain. Sister Cities might seem like an odd alliance for a place like Columbia, which technically is not a city but an unincorporated community of 88,000 governed by a homeowners association. But that hasn't stopped Columbia from forging cultural, academic and business ties with two other so-called New Towns - one of them outside Paris, the other on the outskirts of Madrid.
NEWS
January 11, 1993
Engineering exam scheduled for Feb. 20Howard Community College will offer the National Engineering Aptitude Search from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 20.The NEAS examination, sponsored by the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS), is the only guidance-oriented examination available to help pre-college students determine their aptitude for math, engineering, science or technology studies before choosing or entering college.The NEAS examination offers students the opportunity to assess their academic strengths against other students who are considering a college major in engineering, mathematics, science or technology.
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