Congratulations to the Scouts of Troop 007 who recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Aaron Brent, Alex Wright and Zach Wright achieved this high honor with the completion of outstanding projects which will benefit our community.

Aaron Brent assembled backpacks filled with necessities for the homeless which were distributed at a local shelter.

Alex Wright refurbished the outdoor worship area of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Mt. Airy. In addition, Alex also added additional seating for the congregation.

Zach Wright planted shrubbery and flowering plants, spread mulch and installed a brick patio which included placement of new benches.


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Troop 007 Scoutmaster Eric Bishop, along with the troop membership have expressed a great pride for the accomplishments of their fellow scouts.

The halls were rockin' at Riderwood Senior Living in Silver Spring on New Year's Eve. Thanks to the classic baby boomer rock 'n' roll band Retro Rockets, which features West Friendship's Dave Kroop.

Music from the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's filled the party room and livened the atmosphere for the crowd in attendance. Dave and his fellow Retro Rockets band members love performing for such an appreciative crowd.

The local committee for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Western Howard County will hold a kick off meeting at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Cooksville on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

Relay for Life, a noncompetitive overnight walk-a-thon charity event, saw contributions of more than $84,000 raised in 2012. This planning meeting is one in which all members of the community are invited.

Local participation is what makes the event soar according to organizers. Volunteer opportunities, theme of the event and a myriad of planning details are to be discussed.

Refreshments will be served as well as the inclusion of a candlelight ceremony honoring cancer survivors and care givers. Questions? Call the Relay committee at 410-781-4316 or email jenny.hogg@cancer.org.

If you haven't visited the Shrine of St. Anthony, now is the time. Brother Gerry Seipp is once again welcoming the public to enjoy his outstanding and huge holiday train garden.

Brother Gerry loves trains and has been collecting since his boyhood days in Baltimore. The train garden set up will be in place and open for viewing from 3 to 5 p.m. each Sunday in January. Next up is Jan. 6. The Shrine of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road.