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Something is fishy in Elkridge. While learning about sculptures of pigs and cows, Elkridge Elementary students made their own sculptures of fish. Each is unique with a title and different colors. The fish art is on display at the Elkridge Branch Library.

Rockburn Elementary School students lined their media center with food for F.I.S.H of Howard County in a Neighbors Helping Neighbors food drive. On Dec. 5, representatives from F.I.S.H. collected the food, which was donated for the month of November.

On Dec. 8, Rockburn also fished for gifts at its annual Holiday Extravaganza. The fair offered a Santa shop and crafts for sale as well as fresh Christmas trees. Rockburn's music department entertained those attending the fair.

Speaking of shopping, senior citizens can get their holiday gift-buying done through a program of the Elkridge Aging Alliance - Holiday Shopping on the HorizonLiner.

The bus will pick up residents and take them to Long Gate Shopping Center Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $3 for a round trip fare. To make reservations, call 410-997-8227, three days prior to shopping date.

In this season of buying, Moms in Touch want to remind residents of the true meaning of Christmas, by fishing for prayers. The group meets every Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. to pray for Elkridge students. Kathy Oliver organized the group and invites any parent to join. For information, call 410-540-4987 or e-mail Oliver at KathyO@RocklandUMC.org.

Are you fishing for holiday activities for children? Try A Season of Food and Fun at the Elkridge Branch Library. The program for children ages 3 to 6 features holiday stories and a craft. To register for the Dec. 14 fun, call 410-313-5085. The program takes place from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department elected new officers for 2001-2002. They are Chief Joe Slavotinek, Deputy Chief Russell Pryor, Assistant Chief Rob Lisle, Assistant Chief Marcus Amberman, Capt. TJ Swiney, Capt. Kevin Rose, Lt. Dale Merson, Lt. Danny Leaf, Lt. Chris Sherman, Lt. Dave Lebowitz, Lt. Michael Johnson, Sgt. Rusty Miller, Sgt. Don Watson, Sgt. Jason Miller and Sgt. TJ Swiney III.

In addition, the department elected its board of directors for 2002: President July Casey, Vice President Keith Summers, Treasurer Gene Poligardo, Secretary John Christoffel and Chief Joe Slavotinek. Board members include Rob Lisle, Vince Glorioso, John White, Rob Butler, Chris Sherman and Ryan Airy.

The officers for the Ladies Auxiliary for 2001-2002 are President Tami Scovitch, Vice President Robin Watson, Treasurer Cheryl Merson, Recording Secretary Sherrie Slavotinek and Corresponding Secretary Yvonne Zimmerman.

Junior Firefighters elected its officers Nov. 17. They are Junior Chief Steven Butler, Deputy Chief Dennis Raines, Capt. Robbie Lisle, Capt. Nick O'Brien, Lt. Greg Carter, Lt. Jamie Mayer, Sgt. Elliott Hines, Sgt. Brian Shipley, Sgt. Kristen Joyce and Sgt. Krystal Larkins.

Elkridge firefighters joined with police officers and firefighters throughout the county to raise $146,000 to benefit families of New York City police officers and firefighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11.

On Nov. 6 the firefighters sent letters and the checks to the N.Y. Uniformed Firefighter's Association and Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department gave $13,054. Elkridge Elementary School gave $1,371.

Congratulations go to Paul Young, a student at Elkridge Landing Middle School. He won second place in the 2001 Computer Learning Month contest.

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