City workshops to help educate on mosquito control
The City of Laurel will host a mosquito control workshop at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Laurel Municipal Center, located at 8103 Sandy Spring Road in Laurel.
Michele Blair, office manager in the Department of Public Works, said the workshop will include information and prevention tips that are specifically targeted toward the Asian Tiger mosquito, which she said has increased its population in the Laurel area in recent years. The species is known to hide in hidden outdoor areas and then attack whenever people or pets come outside, Blair said.
"Asian Tigers will come out whenever there's anything to bite," she said, unlike other mosquitoes that are active only in the evenings.
People can lower the mosquito population in their yards by keeping pools and birdbaths clean and eliminating areas for rainwater to collect. But those efforts could be futile if other people in the neighborhood aren't taking the same precautions, Blair said.
"What I'm trying to do is get neighborhoods to work together with us to control their mosquito population," she said.
Reservations to the workshop are requested but not required. To reserve a spot or find out more information, call the Department of Public Works at 301-725-0088.
Laurel resident inducted into national honor society
Alexandra Moe of Laurel was one of 31 undergraduate students inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society through the Sigma Circle at the University of Maryland, College Park, on April 18.
Omicron Delta Kappa was founded in 1914 and promotes scholarship, leadership and character. Members of the society must be in the top thirty-five percent of their class and have demonstrated leadership skills.
Moe holds a 3.75 grade-point average and will graduate in May with Bachelor of Art degrees in broadcast journalism and government and politics. She is the daughter of former Del. Brian Moe (D-Dist. 21) and the niece of Laurel Mayor Craig A. Moe.
Officials looking for champion trees'
The city of Laurel is in the process of updating its "Champion Tree List" and is asking residents to nominate trees around town for the honor.
Michael Lhotsky, parks and recreation director, said the Maryland Department of Natural Resources maintains the criteria for champion trees. All the trees are certified by a state official, who measures the diameter, height and branch measurements.
"That is all put together in a formula that you get a point total for," Lhotsky said.
People should look for trees that are large and in good condition, Lhotsky said, and can nominate specimens in their yards or anywhere else around the city. He said the goal of the program is to encourage residents and business owners to maintain the prominent trees around the city.
"It really is to make the resident ... aware that wow, we really do have a nice tree here, we should take care of it," Lhotsky said.
Anyone who wants to nominate a tree for the designation should call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 301-725-7800 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resident completes basic training
Army Pvt. Jamal A. Thomas has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, Thomas studied the Army mission, tradition and values and trained in a variety of military skills.
Thomas is the son of Anthony Thomas of Laurel and a 2009 graduate of Meade High School in Fort Meade.
Laurel High School announces honor roll students
Laurel High School announced its third quarter honor roll recipients. The following students earned a 4.0 grade-point average and above: Olusola Beckley, Janeila Benjamin, David Bobson Jr., Carlo Canasa, Naedjie Charles, Tiara Cobbin, Aila De Ocera, Daniel Dupuy, Adama Faye, Maria Fernandes, Sheyla Guevara, Quynh-Nhu Ha, Sara Ibrahimi, Syed Jilani, Nicole Lust, Ebony Marcus, Kevin McLaughlin, Sara Moon, Aly Ndiaye, Christopher Noronha, Raliat Ola-Dauda, Felicia Onuma, Akash Patel, Maury Quijada, Leslie Shields, Varda Siddiqui, Daniel Silski, Matthew Solano, Aditi Thanki, Jayanee Thanki, Catherine Turner, William Udoh, Frank Ugboh, Stephanie Villalta, Keyaira Williams, Bisma Zaman.
The following 113 students earned a 3.50 to 3.99: Sami Abuzeineh, Adebukola Adeyokunnu, Leah Afadi-Yomedan, Unegbu Agugua, Esosa Aimufua, Maame Amoyaw, Steven Atoe, Mariah Baker, Debbie Barboza, Princess Bentil, Shalini Boodram, Anthony Brack Jr., Jennifer Brown, Kwasi Buachie, Jordan Butler, La Caesar, Yessica Calderon-Jimenez, Gregory Carter, Mahek Chodavadia, Brandi Churchwell, Heather Clark, Vivian Dang, Courtney Davis, Lakesha Davis, Yuleidy De Oleo Encarnacio, John Deornellas, Jennifer Dewitt, Marceline Ebangha, Nicholas Ekisola, Gabriella Elias-Chang, Kayleen Ennis-Yermal, Ediberto Escobar Jr., Constance Esotu, Paolo Farfan Uceda, Urooj Fatima, Emerita Fernandez, Djiine Gaspard, Eve Gernale, Lydia Ginter, Brittany Greene, Mia Greene, Tyler Harmon, Diamond Hillyer, Destiney Hollins, William Hoover, Shelaunda Hunter, Talha Hussain, Rebecca Jayne, Shayla Jenkins, Alex Johnson, Kalani Johnson, Rahjin Johnson, Harris Khan, Aldijah Koeiman, Kevin-Rey Laguerre, Joo Lee, Casey Licausi, Arielle Lima Humberto Lopez, Villanueva Christiana, Macauley Duong Mai, Dorrainne Mallari, Marlina Mathi, Xavier McFadden, Jordan McRae, Akshay Mistry, Kevlyn Moscoso-Acevedo, Aisha Mustafa, Benson Nantwi Amponsem, Zelle Ndika, Loic Ngatou Tinfang, Yun-hee Nguende, Thierry Noumbissi Mouadeu, Zainah Nsereko, Olabisi Ojo, Diego Okonkwo, Rilwan Ola-Dauda, Collins Osuji, Alyssa Overton, Dharaben Parsana, Zarnaben Parsana, Neel Patel, Raj Patel, Samrudhi Patel, Hayley Patterson, Marche' Pearson, Thomas Perrell Jr., Lila Pipersburgh, Paola Portillo Morales, Jacob Ragland, Jennifer Randolph, Caitlin Raynor, Kyle Raynor, Nancy Revilla, Andrea Richardson, Malcolm Richardson, Josue Rodriguez, Aria Rucker, Nafissatou Salami, Jillian Schneider, Muftau Shinaba, Phylicia Shobayo, Valere-ulric Songong, Xavier Sumter, Abdulkarim Taufique, Sokhna Thiam, Anthony Tucker, Francess Turay, Alexander Viamonte, Katie Walker, Shishi Wang, Kadijah Ward and Britanae Webb.
The remainder of the honor roll will be published in next week's edition.