October 9, 2014
Harper's Choice Voice
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The Big Thank You
Letter-Writing Campaign to Thank Our Overseas Service Members
Thanksgiving is a treasured American tradition that provides an opportunity for us to spend special time with loved ones and give thanks for our blessings. For many of the men and women serving our country overseas, Thanksgiving can be a difficult time.

Harper's Choice is collecting letters to send overseas to honor and show appreciation to the men and women who are not able to spend Thanksgiving Day with their families. Letters will be collected at Kahler Hall through October 17, 2014. On October 17, you are invited to Kahler Hall between 10AM - 2PM to write your letter and help prepare the letters for shipment. Materials and supplies will be provided. Letters from all ages are encouraged.

Here is a clip from a 2011 interview with First Lady Michelle Obama, who discusses the impact these letters have on the men and women serving our country.

The Harper's Choice Community is proud to participate in this endeavor. Let's join together as a community and send our appreciation to our troops.

Letter Guidelines


Each letter should be heartfelt, handwritten, original, and free of any political statements. The purpose of the letter is to express thanks to military personnel currently deployed outside the United States. We reserve the right to eliminate those messages that are political in nature and do not reflect a positive message in the spirit of Thanksgiving.

  • All letters must be on 8.5" x 11" paper or smaller
  • No  glue, tape, staples, cardboard, glitter or anything attached to the paper
  • No construction paper
  • Decorate using crayons, markers, pens or pencils
  • Use both sides if you like, but use one page per letter only
  • Do not send greeting cards or photographs
  • Feel free to include your mailing and email addresses
  • Individual letters should not be sealed in envelopes
  • Do not send anything except letters

Please contact Susan at 410-730-0770 for more information.   

Did You Know...
Columbia Association Has a Mobile App of the Pathway System? 


Harper's Choice Middle School Has Students of the Month? 
It is a Harper's Choice Middle School  tradition to recognize outstanding students each month as students of the month.  Each grade level and Related Arts teams select two individuals for this distinction. The criteria on which the selection is based is listed below:

6th grade Students of the Month: consistently demonstrate Respect, Responsibility, and Building Relationships (the 3 R's) and work hard. They are chosen for their positive contributions to the school and for being caring, energetic students who are good role models. They have "can-do" attitudes and persevere through obstacles.  These students are polite, courteous and treat others the way they would like to be treated. They are self-motivated and go beyond basic expectations.  

7th grade students of the month: exhibit great work habits, participate in class discussions, and have a desire to do their best on the tasks that they are given in their classes. These students are polite, respectful and helpful to others. They are also responsible and positive role models for their peers.

8th grade students of the month: go above and beyond showing the 3 R's everyday! They are students who go through their day building positive relationships, showing responsibility and are always respectful.

Related Arts students of the month: are individuals who go above and beyond in demonstrating Harper's Choice Middle School's three R's. They set the example by being leaders in the classroom with the quality of their assignments and working cooperatively and in a positive manner with their classmates.  They are role models for every student in the school.  

Covenant Corner
Exterior Lighting

Throughout Columbia, post lights were installed at each property in lieu of street lights. For safety and security reasons, we urge residents to keep these fixtures in good repair. The community depends on everyone's involvement for a well-lit, secure environment. Now is the perfect time to check all of your exterior lighting for maintenance or service needs. And think GREEN! Try compact fluorescent or LED bulbs in place of regular bulbs.


Also, if you see a street light that is out or not working properly, contact BGE to report an outage online  or by phone: 877-778-2222.


Not To Miss Events!
Oakland Mills Cultural Arts Festival
Saturday, October from 10:55AM - 4PM on the grounds of the Oakland Mills Village Center and the Courtyard of The Other Barn. The Festival is held rain or shine!

Here is the scheduled line-up:

10:55AM - 11:10AM: Oakland Mills HS Marching Band
11:15AM - 12:15PM: Turner, Dean of Magic
12:30PM - 1:30PM:  Swingin' Swamis
1:45PM.- 2:45PM:  Unity Reggae Band
3:00PM- 4:00PM: FunDrum Rhythm Circle 


This is a great day to celebrate Oakland Mills and community. The free festival features continuous entertainment, great vendors selling crafts, non-profits with important information and giveaways, local politicians (it is a big election year), free fun crafts for kids, and festival food! 


50+ Events
50+ Fun and Fulfilling Series at Oakland Mills
Join the fun on Wednesday, October 15 from 2PM - 3:30PM for a hands-on program led by Howard County Master Gardeners. The program will be Flower Transfer/Pounding and promises to be a lot of fun. Come and get your "craft on!"

A list of items that attendees will need to bring to the Master Gardener event will be available soon.

50+ Fun and Fulfilling is sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association

Events are free and open to all. For more information email events@oaklandmills.org or call the Other Barn at 410-730-4610.

Columbia Senior Circle Special Meeting
Please join the Columbia Senior Circle at a special meeting on Tuesday, October 21 at 10:30AM for a presentation by Howard County Police Officer Andre Lingham on the issue of how seniors can protect themselves from fraud and scams.

The meeting will take place at Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road.
The Columbia Senior Circle is an ongoing group sponsored by the Villages of Columbia that meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. These informal gatherings are open to seniors throughout Columbia, for the purpose of discussing and sharing common interests and concerns. 

For more information, please contact Patricia Laidig, Village Manager for Columbia Town Center at 410-730-4744 or Kristin Shulder, Village Manager for Wilde Lake at 410-730-3978.

Prepare to Care
Are you currently caring for your aging parents (or know you will be soon)? On Thursday, November 20 from 6:30PM - 8PM, the Howard County Office on Aging will offer an educational presentation called Prepare to Care at The Hawthorn Center located at 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD 21044.

Learn how to assess needs, develop a care plan, and locate resources and programs for your aging family member.

You will also learn about aging in place and senior housing options.

This workshop is FREE; advance registration required.

Contact Joan Lancos at 410-730-7327 for more information.

Upcoming Meetings
Architectural Committee Meetings
Changes made to the exterior of homes in Harper's Choice require the approval of the Village Architectural Committee. The AC meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM to review applications. The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for:
10/14, 10/28, 11/11. 

Village Board Meetings
The Village Board meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at Kahler Hall. The next meeting is scheduled for November 4 at 7PM. Agendas and Meeting Minutes can be found on our website.

Stay Connected
Village Manager
Cathy Murphy
Facility Manager
Covenant Advisor

Community Outreach Coordinator

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