Few can picture the 1920s except through movies and old photographs, but 93-year-old John F. "Jack" Feezer Jr. was there, and he is sharing his story in a newly-published memoir, "A Life Well-Lived, Well-Loved, Well-Earned."

Feezer is a one-time Marriottsville resident who was born on River Road in Sykesville. He got his start in the work world at an early age, helping his huckster father pick up produce, poultry and dairy products from local farms and transport them to Baltimore to sell.

Ultimately, Feezer developed into an astute businessman, with a successful contracting company in Elkridge and real estate investments throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. Along the way, he served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, produced a family and experienced life's inevitable love and loss.

Proceeds from Feezer's memoir will help fund the R. Wayne Feezer Memorial Foundation, named in memory of his son, who died in 1998. The Foundation has supported Shriner's Children's Hospital, Our Daily Bread, autism research, E.S.C.A.P.E. Ministries, Wards Chapel United Methodist Church, the Wards Chapel R. Wayne Feezer Scholarship Fund, Carroll Hospice, and local 4-H Clubs and Boy Scout troops.


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Copies of the book are available for the cost of a donation to the foundation, and Feezer will match all contributions dollar for dollar. He is holding a book signing on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Jonzie Lounge in the Fairhaven Retirement Community, 7200 Third Ave., Sykesville. Fairhaven has been Feezer's home for the past 10 years.

For more information about the book or the memorial foundation, call Feezer's daughter, Nancy Parker, at 410-461-5979.

Marriotts Ridge High School will hold its second annual EcoFest on Friday, Feb. 8, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will feature a coffee lounge and book exchange, as well as entertainment like karaoke and improv, 3-on-3 basketball, robot driving and a fashion show. The address is 12100 Woodford Road, Marriottsville, and the school phone number is 410-313-5568.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls this year on Feb. 13, and ends 40 days later (excluding Sundays) on Easter Sunday, March 31. This period often represents a time of fasting and self-denial, and early Christians historically confessed their sins beforehand. The English called this process "shriving," so the day preceding Ash Wednesday became known as Shrove Tuesday.

Of course, the date is also known as "Fat Tuesday" since early celebrants had to clean their larders of richer foodstuffs prior to fasting. One way they used up items like eggs, sugar, milk and butter was by making pancakes. Many Christians still celebrate Shrove Tuesday with pancake suppers at church.

St. James United Methodist will hold its annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper on Feb. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 12470 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Marriottsville. The church youth will serve pancakes, sausages, and baked apple slices in return for freewill offerings supporting their summer Camp Hope mission trip. Camp Hope is an acronym for "Christian Appalachian Mountain Project Helping Other People Enthusiastically."

For more information, call the church at 410-442-2020.

Last month, numerous band students auditioned for the Howard County Elementary School GT Band. Congratulations to West Friendship Elementary students Jonathan Bitterli, tuba, and Joshua Wright, percussion, for their acceptance into this group. Congratulations, also, to Kamyie Runsewe, alto saxophone, and Hanna Davé, flute, on their selection into the Howard County Honors Band.