Jesse Calabio II found himself seated in the office at North East High School last week, trying to figure out where he'd gone wrong.
Calabio, a freshman, was sent to the office and was seated next to students who, like him, were to see an administrator due to behavior.
But Calabio's situation was different.
He was sent to the office for good behavior.
Cindy Fitzpatrick's former students haven't forgotten her.
In fact, at least one of them is responsible for a holiday miracle at Rising Sun Elementary School where Fitzpatrick, now the school's principal, started her teaching career in 1980.
Those who attend the annual Ravens Roost #119 breakfast with Santa, aren't necessarily Cecil's less fortunate.
Sometimes children and their families are selected to attend because they've had a bad year.
That was how Calvert Elementary School guidance counselor Diane Little explained the selection process for the annual event, held recently at American Legion Post 194. The way it works, is that staff from Calvert, Conowingo, and Rising Sun elementary schools all recommend students who they think should attend.
Tom Miller has taken his training to new heights.
His model train tree is now six levels instead of the five it was a year ago.
Miller, who lives in the Rising Sun area, has been a model train enthusiast for a half century.
About 25 years ago, he began creating a train tree, which has grown and features different types of trains - Garden, HO, Lionel, Marx, and N Scale. Each train set has its own layout and some of the models and accessories date back to the 1920s. All the trains operate independently or can run simultaneously. He has worked to fine tune the operation and spent hours working on the mechanics.
For Brad Snyder, Jeopardy has been must see TV since he was in middle school.
An episode this week, is a must see for everyone because Snyder, 62, of Port Deposit, will be on it.
"Jeopardy is part of the routine. It's Jeopardy, Orioles, Ravens, and Big Bang Theory," said Snyder, who graduated from The Tome School and earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from University of Delaware.
It's been awhile since Vernon Arnold made a Christmas craft.
"I haven't done anything like this since 1968. I made a wreath in Boy Scouts. My mother hung it on the door. She never said if she liked it. She just put it on the door," laughed Arnold.
He was one of about 20 senior citizens who participated in a class which was a partnership between the Elkton Senior Center and Cecil's Extension Master Gardeners program. To meet volunteer requirements, the gardeners were teaching the seniors how to make a Christmas floral arrangement. Using a base, floral foam, scissors, pine cones, pipe cleaners, fresh flowers and greens, the gardeners led a step by step process. Extension funded the project.
Cash for Christmas is expected to pay dividends in Elkton's downtown all year long.
The annual event, which has shoppers who frequent downtown participating merchants collecting store receipts for more than a month in return for raffle entries, has grown by leaps and bounds.
'Tis the season of need at North East Middle School.
The school has so many community outreach helping programs running simultaneously, that's it's difficult to know whom to help first.
The school's National Junior Honor Society has been supporting flood-ravaged West Virginia since summer. That helping effort is continuing for Christmas. Lauren Lewis is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. She said that organization is collecting gloves, socks, and scarves for children in West Virginia. "I'm surrounded by a good group of people. Most of the time I see people here being kind," said Lewis.
The more you know about how your town works, the better.
That's the philosophy for the Town of Elkton, which plans a renewed effort at educating the public about the town just in time for the new year.
Michelle Henson, Administration Office Secretary for the Town of Elkton said the town participates in the annual Maryland Municipal League "If I Were Mayor" contest. That event, for fourth graders, has sparked a desire to reach out to more citizens and share with them how the town operates.
Ruth Underwood thought she was going to see her grandson Tyler earn a 4-H honor last Tuesday.
Instead, Underwood, 91, and her family were receiving the award. Each December, the members of the Calvert Grange honor "deserving people who have positively impacted the community".
"They didn't tell me a thing about it. It's a wonderful surprise," said Underwood, who received an Eldreth Pottery crock personalized with the award details and date.