Congratulations go to Joe Mullen for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Joe is a senior at South Carroll High School.

For his Eagle Scout project, Joe planned and executed the building and installation of several benches on the grounds at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda. Joe's fellow scouts and his dad, Andy Mullen, helped with the project.

Another member of Boy Scout Troop 428 who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout is Tim Burnett. Tim is also a senior at South Carroll High School. He has also received several Palm Awards and will be entering the Naval Academy after graduation from South Carroll.

In other troop news, it will be selling mulch to be delivered March 24, just in time for that spring outdoor cleanup. The natural/brown and dyed black mulch will be available for purchase. For more information on Boy Scout Troop 428 or to purchase mulch, call 443-266-7197 or go to the troop's website at http://www.Troop428.org.


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Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is seeking individuals who volunteer with organizations or groups who assist or advocate for financially disadvantaged people to serve on the Consumer Affairs Advisory Board.

Candidates must be Howard County residents, at least 18 years old, be interested in consumer issues and be able to attend the board's meetings, which are held every third Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, in Columbia.

Applicants must provide a résumé and a brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the board. These documents should be mailed to: Howard County Government, Dept. of County Administration, Attn: Susan Smith-Bauk, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

Board members serve five-year terms. For more information, call 410-313-6420 or go to http://www.howardcountymd.gov/consumeraffairsadvisoryboard.htm.

Many of you know my oldest daughter, Karen Weller Thelen, from her 4-H activities, church involvement, and as a 2000 Glenelg High School graduate. I'm very sad to tell you that Karen will be moving to Ohio in a few short weeks. Karen's husband, Christopher, is taking a new position with his company that will provide him and his family with many opportunities.

So Christopher, Karen, and my grandson, Landon, will be embarking on a new and exciting adventure in their lives with a lovely, new house, new neighborhood and soon-to-be new friends. Since I'm being left behind, I will miss them all so very much; but wish them the very best in this new phase in their lives.

The holidays are a time when we think about giving to others. Now that they're over, we still need to think about helping those less fortunate than ourselves. The Glenelg United Methodist Church is still partnering with the Howard County Food Bank to provide food assistance to residents living in western Howard County.

The church is on Burntwoods Road and the food pantry is open every third Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. You can drop off food items at that time or if you need food assistance, visit the Pantry during their hour of operation. For more information, call 410-489-7260 or email glenelgumcpantry@gmail.com.

The new Robinson Nature Center will begin accepting registrations for student field trip March 1. The Nature Center is off Cedar Lane near its intersection with Route 32.

The center features a variety of environmental/science tops including the history of the land in Howard County and the health of the Chesapeake Bay. There is also a start-of-the-art digital planetarium for viewing shows about nature, science, art and high-tech topics. The building is designed to be "green" with solar panels and renewable materials like bamboo and cork.

For more information, call 410-313-0405.

This is just an update that the Howard County Preschool/Child Care Information Fair has been rescheduled to March 4. It will be held at the Ten Oaks Ballroom, in Clarksville, at 5000 Signal Bell Lane. Admission is free. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Howard County Food Bank. For more information, call 410-313-1940 or email to childcare@howardcountymd.gov.