The Pink Cabbage

The Pink Cabbage Shop's Kim Seagle, left, is delighted to receive another contribution to Toys for Tots from West Friendship resident Kathleen Green. The store is one of the drop-of points for the toy drive this year and donations can be made through Friday, Dec. 9 at The Pink Cabbage, as well as Eyre Tour and Travel, in Glenelg and Curves of Glenelg. (Submitted photo / November 30, 2011)

Congratulations to the members of West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department who enjoyed a lovely evening at the Circle D Farm during the department's 67th annual awards anquet.

Members of Station 3 expressed gratitude to the firefighters of Sykesville Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department who filled in so that Station 3 members could enjoy an evening of well deserved relaxation.

Long time volunteers John Mills, Carl Buell and Alan Ridgely all were awarded service pins.

Recipients of outstanding service awards included:

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Top ambulance responders — Lt. Erik Steciak, Bambi Nelms, Nicole Tugwell, Renee Lottes and Theresa Thompson.

Top fire responders — Sgt. Scott Christiansen, Deputy Chief Gary Unverzagt, Jimmy Baker, Lt. Erik Steciak and Chief Mickey Day.

Career Officer of the Year was Cpt. Richard Weber.

Chuck Stillings was named Career Firefighter of the Year.

The Charles H. Ridgely Award for the outstanding administrative member was awarded to Diana Coll.

Duty Crew Member of the Year was Carl Buell.

The "Tuesday Night" crew was awarded the Duty Crew of the Year Award.

The William T. Dorsey Rookie of the Year Award was given to Jeff Rizzo.

Assistant Chief Mark Miller was awarded the Earl Molesworth Award for Outstanding Life Member.

The Luke T. Hoffman Training Award went to Lt. Erik Steciak.

The Glenwood Lions Club Firefighter of the Year Award went to Geoff Failla.

Lt.Mike Collins was named as Officer of the Year.

Congratulations to these brave and hard working individuals. These are the very people who protect our community on a daily basis. Thank you.

How lucky are we to live in an area with so many local activities within arms reach? Holiday celebrations have begun at the Shrine of St. Anthony. The Franciscan Friars invite the community to join with them and with the youth ministry from St. Louis Catholic Church Sunday and Monday, Dec. 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. for a Greccio.

The friars will celebrate with a live nativity fashioned in the manner of the one created by St. Francis of Assisi in the town of Greccio, Italy. Christmas carols, prayers, and a living nativity will take place outdoors in the red barn on the property at 12290 Folly Quarter Road.

Refreshments will be served to those who attend. Families are welcome and encouraged to join in this re-creation of St. Francis' Bethlehem scene as he did in Italy in 1223.