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Calling all boomers, seniors to expo at State Fairgrounds

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The weather is cooling, but activities for the 2011 Baby Boomer and Senior Expo are heating up.

Sponsored by Baltimore County Department of Aging, the expo will be held at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event features more than 250 exhibitors with information on travel, home repairs, housing, fitness, financial planning and health care.

The Main Stage will bring a variety of performance, including headliner Frankie Avalon, Wednesday at 5 p.m.

There will also be a "Veterans' Muster" — highlighting programs and benefits available to veterans and their families, along with a Medicare Part D Research and Assistance Center. Call 410-887-2059 to make an appointment for a Pard D appointment.

Free health screenings will be available in the 4-H Building including diabetes, blood pressure, bone density and more.

The American Red Cross will be on hand for blood donations each day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shuttle service will be provided by CountyRide vans both days.

Free giveaways, including a thermal tote bag with admission, will be given. Admission is $2 — or two nonperishable food items for the Maryland Food Bank. On Thursday, admission is free to all veterans. All proceeds benefit the Fund for Needy Seniors. For additional information, call 410-887-2002.

Jake Calder of Boy Scout Troop 328 completed his Eagle project at Hampton Mansion.

The project involved removal of dead branches and debris from a stand of pines and the removal of invasive species that choke out native growth there.

Despite hot weather, Jake had plenty of assistance from fellow Scouts, and the project greatly improves the appearance and usability of the area.

Scouts from the troop ended the summer with Kenny MacDonald's Eagle project at Timonium United Methodist Church. The landscaping project included pruning and trimming existing plants, digging out and removal of dead plants, laying sod and planting additional bushes.

Kenny's project was done over two weekends with an interruption and delay caused by Hurricane Irene. With plenty of Scout help, the project was completed before the rains from Tropical Storm Lee arrived.

Thanks to everyone who helped with both Eagle projects.

The Eagle projects were just part of a busy summer for Troop 328. It began with a week of camping at Camp Tuckahoe, Pa., in early July. Thirteen Scouts spent the week working on merit badges and other rank advancement activities.

Kenny MacDonald served as senior patrol leader for the week and Mark Moody was the assistant senior patrol leader. Other Scouts attending the trip were Carl Bauer, Patrick Becker, Owen Bird, Mike Donaldson, Ryan Hurley, George Logan, Dimitri Plaginakos, Ben Paulis, Matt and Ryan Seidenman and Robbie Wheeler. The troop participated in many activities and won third place in a competition to build the best campsite gateway.

Carl Bauer, Steve Becker, Burr Logan, William Hardisky, Shawn Hurley, Jo Moriconi, Jim Rafferty and David Seidenman shared in providing adult leadership for the week. Steve Hill and Ernie Moody pulled the troop trailer (with the all-important gear) to and from camp.

In August, 12 Scouts and nine adults set out on a High Adventure trip to backpack for five days in Yellowstone National Park. Scouts hiked the Bechler River trail, enjoying waterfalls, river crossings and braving meadows turned marshes by the melting snowpack during the July heat wave. The troop ended the week with a white water trip on the Snake River.

Despite mosquitoes, the troop remained enthusiastic about the experience. Crew leaders for the trip were J.P. Schmelz and Matt Rafferty. Other Scouts attending were Patrick Becker, Nick Bond, Jake Calder, David Harper, Matt Nanasi, Matt Seidenman, Jesse Siegel, Blake Strader, Drew Turner and Ian Young.

Adults who participated were Geoff Bond, Tom Calder, Mike Hardisky, William Hardisky, Jim Rafferty, Lee Schmelz, Fred Strader and Ethan Young. Scouts must be 14 to participate in a High Adventure trip.

Troop 328 also welcomed its two newest assistant scout masters, Burr Logan and Carl Bauer. Their new titles officially recognize their many contributions to the troop! The troop invites interested boys, in grades six to 12, to visit its meetings at Timonium United Methodist Church on Mondays, at 7 p.m.

No scouting experience is required.

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