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Speeders on Route 32 are becoming more and more frustrating for one resident

Dick Jablonski of West Friendship has just about had it with the "speed demons" who travel along Triadelphia Road. While Jablonski understands the reasoning behind ticketing folks on Route 32 who don't obey the mandate to keep headlights on, he is stymied by the speeders who continue with reckless road behavior and seemingly get away with it.

"I have witnessed drivers who repeatedly pass around curves and double lines on Triadelphia Road," Jablonski fumed. Dick and his wife, Chris, describe retrieving their morning papers and afternoon mail as nothing short of perilous. What's most frustrating to the Jablonskis is the drivers who continually tailgate those who are following the rules of the road.

According to Dick and Chris, and others whom I have talked to, ignoring the posted speed limit and passing without regard for double lines has sadly and dangerously become de rigeur.

Potato tagine with cinnamon and saffron. Moroccan shortbread almond cookies with rose and orange blossom water. Just a few of the spicy delights which will be prepared during the Westwood Uniques and Antiques "The Secret of Spices" class.

The event is set for Friday, Jan. 27, 6:45 to 9 p.m. If you would like to register for this or for any of Westwood's gourmet cooking classes, call Ingrid Melber at 410-531-4831 or email ingrid@westwoodunique.com. Fee for this class is $65. Westwood Unique Furnishings and Antiques is at 13554 Triadelphia Road.

All kinds of excitement at West Friendship Elementary School. The students and their families along with agile staff and faculty members enjoyed a roller skating party Jan. 15 at the Wheels Skating Center, in Odenton. Admission was free to the West Friendship Elementary family as this was the fifth time the school community had enjoyed a family skate day at the rink.

Congratulations to out to several West Friendship Elementary students who excelled in the Reflections art contest recently. Jake Cizek and Josie and Mary Yodzis were winners in the contest and will have their works in the visual arts category go on to competition at the county level. Congratulations.

West Friendship Elementary has been given a grant by Lowe's to fund a pavilion on the grounds of the school campus. Plans for the pavilion are in the preliminary stage, but volunteers from the community would be a wonderful asset to the future of this project.

If you would like to participate, your skills would be gratefully accepted. Designers, architects, construction workers, engineers or just anyone with some creative inspiration, should email Pascale Fagerstrom at paki71@hotmail.com.

If you have a young stargazer in your household you might want to check out "The Universe Through Little Eyes" for parents and children ages 3-5. The show will be held at the Robinson Nature Center on Cedar Lane in Columbia Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.

This show lasts about 45 minutes and includes "Tonight's Sky" an age appropriate full dome feature. Check out the other events at the Robinson Nature Center. Cost is $3 for this event, after admission to the nature center.

Do you know someone in the community who is in need of food assistance? Remember that the Glenelg United Methodist Church at 13900 Burntwoods Road is an official partner of the Howard County Food Bank. The food pantry will be open on the third Saturday of each month from 9 to 10 a.m. for the purpose of distributing food to those in need.

Questions? Call 410-489-7260 or e-mail to glenelggumcpantry@gmail.com

Just a few time sensitive reminders. According to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church "reporter in chief" Lynne Quinn, "The St. Andrew's monthly Feast is back and better than ever."

After a holiday hiatus, the monthly dinner with charitable causes at its core but delicious and savory food at its heart, is set for Thursday, Jan. 26, 6- 8 p.m. Each month the dinner is prepared by the chefs at Inwood Center's "Smokin' Hot".

Folks come from far and from near to enjoy a family dinner for only $9 per person or $30 per family. Dinner this month is the classic Italian Night Feast. Pasta, salad, breads, desserts and great neighborly conversation. Proceeds from this dinner will go to the St. Andrew's Youth Program.

The church hall is at 2892 Route 97 in Glenwood, between Union Chapel Road and the Glenwood Post Office. Questions? Call Lynne at 410-442-5445.

The Saint James United Methodist Church annual blood drive, sponsored by, and held at Saint James, will take place Thursday, Jan. 26, 2-8 p.m. Donors are encouraged to call the church office at 410-442-2020 to set up a reserved time slot, although walk in donors are more than welcome, too. Join in this good cause if you've a mind to. Saint James is on Route 99, just off of Route 32.

Only one chance left to see Brother Gerry's fabulous train garden in the Manor House at the Shrine of St. Anthony on Folly Quarter Road. The set up is open to the public Sunday, Jan. 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. After that, all the little villages and trains will be stowed away until next year's holiday season.

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