Local author's new book about St. Patrick [West Friendship]

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day comes the release of West Friendship author Ellen Cook Nibali's newest children's book, "The Puzzles of St. Patrick: from Slave to Saint."

The children's picture book with art by Lon Eric Craven, dispels some myths about St. Patrick while adding accurate and adventuresome material on his life. The book is the second in a series by Nibali, which began with her acclaimed "The Secret of St. Nicholas."

Beautiful color illustrations, fascinating facts about St. Patrick and his early life and adventures and the true story of his daring escape from slavery and eventual return to Ireland.

Books may be purchased online at http://www.fairlandbooks.com.

A weekend with lots of reminders. "Spring Forward" on March 9. After the long winter here, folks are thrilled to know that spring is really on the way and in particular an extra hour of daylight is in store each evening as clocks are moved forward one hour on March 9 for Daylight Saving Time.

March 8 is the day to leave a bag full of nonperishable items for local Boy Scouts to retrieve for the annual Scouting for Food service project. Residents are advised to just leave the filled bag where the empty one was left last weekend.

This is the weekend to head over to Glenelg Country School's Mulitz Theater for "Moby Dick! The Musical," Wacky, irreverent, rollicking and fun. A few of the descriptions for the show, which will be staged at Glenelg Country School on March 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. and March 8 at 2 and 7 p.m. Great costumes, awesome set pieces and brilliant music are promised in this "whale of a tale". For tickets go to the website at http://www.glenelg.org/performing.

The Chesapeake Region Antique Automobile Club of America invites you to come out and see some spectacular antique cars at the Howard County Fairgrounds on March 8, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission and parking at the fairgrounds in West Friendship, with an antique vehicle car corral, a flea market and a vast display of antique cars and trucks. Questions? Call Tom Young at 443-744-6338.

For those who are on Facebook and love Howard County, Art Boone has created the group for you. A local historian and member of the Antique Farm Machinery Club, Art has created a Facebook forum for loads of historic anecdotes, photographs and fun facts about old Howard County at "You may have grown up in Howard County."

Art knows more about western Howard County than anyone I know. A true gentleman and scholar. Thanks for doing this Art.

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