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4-H Livestock Club in their element at the annual Sheep and Wool Festival

West Friendship 4-H Livestock Club reporter Katie Coles met a lot of new sheep enthusiasts during the Sheep and Wool Festival the first weekend in May.

Fellow club members held their annual raffle fundraiser during the two day event. Raffle prizes included a Majacraft Little Gem Spinning Wheel. Lucky Liz Ackerman of Christiansburg, Va., who happened to be one of the festival vendors, won the spinning wheel.

"Liz was so excited when she heard her name called as winner, that she ran up to our tent," Katie said.

Excited indeed. Katie said that Ackerman not only gratefully accepted her winning raffle prize, but immediately commenced in providing an impromptu spinning lesson for the local 4-H members.

Kristin Kraus, of Owings Mills, won the second prize, a gift certificate provided by the Manning family. The third-place raffle prize, a gift certificate from Clover Hill Yarn, was awarded to Audrey Howard who had trekked to West Friendship from Baltimore.

Another great Sheep and Wool festival in our hometown is in the books. Here's to another wonderful event in 2013.

Speaking of 4-H, this is the weekend for the annual Wills Fair at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The annual fair is named to honor the late Richard N. Wills, who provided leadership for more than 50 years which enabled hundreds of youth and adults to participate in agricultural activities.

The Wills Fair is a spring livestock show. Alpacas, dairy goats, sheep, dogs and poultry will be part of the line up. Hare Raisers adult leader Wendy Feaga is a member of the Board of the Wills Fair. Members of the Hare Raisers 4-H will be out in force along with other local 4-H club members. If you love rabbits, come out and see what's happening and chat with a member of the Hare Raisers.

This fair afford a wonderful opportunity to introduce youngsters to the world of livestock. The Wills Fair is set for May 19 at 9 a.m. at the fairgrounds in West Friendship.

The Howard County 4-H Youth Program is offering a residential camp in Garrett County for campers ages 8- 13 and to youth ages 14-18 to serve in leadership roles. The camp will be held June 24-30. This program emphasizes youth leadership, citizenship, environmental education and challenges of discovery. The camp offers arts and crafts, a challenge course, hiking, archery, rifles, outdoor cooking, canoeing and swimming.

Interested? Visit the website for information and registration forms, at http://www.howard4-h.org.

Mike Beavan used to wow them at Glenelg High School when he picked up his drum sticks. He first became enamored with the world of music as an elementary school kid. Later under the tutelage of Barry Enzman at Glenelg High, Beavan mastered the drums.

Now after 30 years of professional drumming with bands near and far, as part of the pit orchestra at Toby's Dinner Theater in Columbia and at gigs from east to west, Beavan is delighted to be playing in Howard County again .Mike's band, Bad Moon, will perform at Players Bar and Grille in the Waverly Woods shopping center on May 25. Come out and give him the old home town hello.

Good news coming out of the food pantry at Glenelg United Methodist Church. The folks at the pantry have received a new freezer and can now accept non-perishable foods for donation. The pantry is open on the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The pantry shelves were full after recent donations including 538 pounds of food donated by the boys of Scout Troop 793. Great community spirit and outreach.

Congratulations to Lee Doll, furniture specialist at Cottage Antiques in the historic district of Ellicott City. Lee knows all there is to know about furniture refinishing, but also a whole lot about filmmaking, too. Doll has entered several films in the 12th Annual Howard Community College Film Festival. Three of his films are finalists in the competition. His popular flick, "Little Bit of Love — The Adventures of Louanna Lee" has been broadcast on HCC TV in recent weeks.

Mark your calendar for March 24 and prepare to roll up your sleeve. St. James United Methodist Church is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive that day from 2 to 8 p.m. Set an appointment time to donate blood by calling Jim Quindlen at 410-465-5134 or e-mailing Jim at jamesdq@gmail.com. Walk in donors are invited as well.

If you saw folks toting binoculars, looking skyward or checking out of the way hiding places in the shrubbery last weekend and wondered what the heck was going on, it's likely you had spotted a member of the Howard County Bird Club.

The members were out in force on May 12 during the annual bird count. The May Count is timed to coincide with the peak of spring migration. According to the club publication, May is the time of the year when one is likely to see or hear the largest number of species of birds. Over the last decade, club members have tallied an average of 147 species of birds during the May Count.

Glenelg Country School alumni are ready to play ball. The annual alumni challenge is set for May 23, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the school on Folly Quarter Road. Baseball, women's lacrosse, men's lacrosse and a cookout, too. Glenelg Country varsity players will take on the alumni during this annual spring ritual.

The Howard County Commission on Disabilities Issues seeks nominees for its annual Leadership Awards. For details about the award categories or to download a nomination form, go to the Department of Citizen Services Disability Leadership Awards website at http://www.howardcountymd.gov/disabilityleaderawards.htm.

If you prefer to receive a form in the mail, call 410-313-6400. Deadline for the application is July 31. Completed nomination forms should be mailed to the Howard County Commission on Disability Issues, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300, Columbia, MD 21046.

For those who mark their calendar in advance, here's another date to check. The Pink Cabbage at Triadelphia Road and Route 144 has announced the date of the annual "Funky Flea" sale. The indoor and outdoor flea market will be held on June 2, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and is set as usual to be a "little bit of Paris flea market" right here in West Friendship. Bargains galore and a benefit for the American Cancer Society.

Another date to mark. Carole Kramer, coordinator of the yearly Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church book sale is announcing a flea market and "mini" book sale set for June 2, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. If you would like to participate as a vendor for this sale, call Carole at 410-442-2475 or email her at churchbooks@hotmail.com. Spaces are free. Six-foot tables are available for rent for $5 for the vendors.

The Howard County farmers market at Glenwood will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The market is set up in the parking lot next to the Glenwood Branch Library.

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