Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Fifth-grader makes a difference in art competition

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Fifth-grader Collin Cornish will represent Gorman Crossing Elementary School at the Howard County Reflections Program, a three-decades-old program of the PTA. The program, whose theme this year was ‘‘I Can Make a Difference By...”, encourages Howard County students from preschool through grade 12 to submit art in any of four categories: literature, photography, musical composition and visual arts.

The last category, which includes drawings, prints, collages and paintings, is the one to which Collin submitted a winning entry. His is a piece of artwork that shows a superhero who makes a difference in the world by recycling.

Laurel resident becomes police officer

The Bowie Police Department just got a little bigger with the addition of a new crop of six officers, including Laurel resident William Jackson.

The year-old department now has 30 officers, just three short of its goal of 33 for fiscal 2008.

Jackson worked with the Maryland Department of General Services for six years. He was sworn in as a police officer on Jan. 22.

Woman reachessilver status at Nikken

Laurel resident Sue Winterbottom has been promoted to the silver level at Nikken, a direct-sales health and wellness company for which she is a wellness consultant. Consultants must sell a certain amount of the company’s goods to achieve the promotion.

‘‘I love it,” Winterbottom said of her position with the company. ‘‘In light of all the ... things that are being published about our drinking water, [the products] make me feel better.”

The company’s philosophy is that good health comes from maintaining balance in four main areas of living: rest and relaxation, nutrition, fitness and environment.

Nominate an involvedbusiness or organization

The Howard County Board of Education is accepting nominations for its Friends of Education award. The award recognizes volunteers who have made significant contributions to education in Howard County and who have shown the importance of community involvement in public education. The community may nominate any organization, business or group in the county for the award through Feb. 29. For more information, visit http:⁄⁄www.hcpss.org⁄news or call the administrative secretary to the Board of Education at 410-313-7346.

Wildlife Visitor Center has activities while closed

The Patuxent Research Refuge National Wildlife Visitor Center may be closed until spring for heating and ventilation repairs, but programs and tours are still being offered.

‘‘Repair work is progressing nicely, but is taking a bit longer than expected,” Brad Knudsen, refuge manager, said in a Jan. 24 statement.

The Annual Patuxent Wildlife Art Show and Sale, sponsored by Friends of Patuxent, will be held March 28-30 at Capitol College. Weekend tram tours on the center’s grounds will start the first week in April. Visit http:⁄⁄patuxent.fws.gov or call 301-497-5763 for more information on activities available while the center is closed.

Calling all actors

The Laurel Emmanuel United Methodist Church’s production of ‘‘Jesus Christ Superstar” may not be until May, but actors should begin preparing soon.

The church will hold auditions 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 at 10755 Scaggsville Road.

Spots are available for males and females from 14 to 70 years of age. There is one female lead role and seven to 10 male lead roles. Additionally, 16 to 24 chorus members are being sought.

The director is Ken Krintz and the musical director is Marjano Vales. The show is slated to run the evenings of May 15 through 17. Rehearsals begin March 2. For more information, call Maureen Rogers at 301-452-2557.

Volunteer Fire Department announces 2008 officers

The Laurel Volunteer Fire Department has just elected this year’s officers. They are: Fire Chief Richard Blankenship, President James Collins, Deputy Fire Chief Brad Lovell, Senior Vice President Robert Grant, Assistant Fire Chief Todd Bayles, Junior Vice President Lee Leisher, Assistant Fire Chief Travis Pearcy, Truck Captain Brian Cavanaugh, Financial Secretary Wendy Stiles, Engine Captains Charles Kelso and David Ballard, Recording Secretary Laura Cathcart, Treasurer Steve Benton, Truck Lieutenant Kevin Brown, Chaplain is the Rev. Warren H. Litchfield, Engine Lieutenants Michael Reardon and Edward Saylor, Engine Sergeants Wesley Burns and Jason Forbes, and Trustees Joe Robison, Bryan Lau, Tim Thaxton, Kevin Frost and Gary Leisher.

Laurel’s planning chief appointed to task force

Karl Brendle, Laurel’s Director of Community Planning and Business Services, will join the Maryland Department of Planning Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland.

Mayor Craig Moe announced the appointment last week. Created in the 2006 General Assembly session, the 21-member task force will study growth and land-use issues in Maryland and submit its recommendations by Dec. 1.