Lisbon's parade to feed the hungry promises tractors, floats and food [Lisbon/Woodbine]

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On Saturday, Dec. 9 at noon, the Great Lisbon Farmers Feed the Hungry Parade will kick off down the Main Street of Lisbon.This event is sponsored by the Howard County Farm Bureau with all proceeds going to the Howard and Carroll County food banks. The parade committee hopes to top the $15,000 raised by this event in 2016. Tractors and floats begin the journey down Main Street, (Route 144) at noon followed immediately by horse, mule, and donkey entries intermingled with carriages, buggies and other conveyences. Just before and during the parade, a village featuring nearly 40 vendors will be open at the intersection of routes 144 and 94, where the parade also concludes. This unique holiday celebration includes one of the most delicious chicken dinners in the state served by the Lisbon Fire Department, the proceeds of which support the fire department. This is the only volunteer fire unit remaining in Howard County. The Grill in Lisbon is offering a free dessert on Dec. 9 to all who bring proof that they ate at the fire hall on parade day. What an offer that is and thanks to The Grill!!!

The Farm Bureau hopes all will either participate or attend as a spectator and bring canned or dry food products to not only feel the presence of the holiday spirit, but to support the ongoing need in the larger community. Representatives from both food banks will have a table at the vendor village to answer questions and collect food offerings. Except for the dinner, this is an outdoor event, so we need to watch the weather and dress appropriately. Parking is available throughout the town of Lisbon and spectators are asked to come a bit early and watch for the parking monitors who will direct them to lots at the Liberty Baptist Church, the parking at the circle or other places along the parade route.

The event is free to the public. You may want to bring a lawn chair. The holiday excitement in Lisbon has already begun and you will want to be a part of it. Both the Howard County Farm Bureau and the Lisbon Community want this tradition to mark the onset of the holiday season and to grow over the next few years. Calvary Lutheran Church is in the midst of its several holiday activities. On Dec. 3, at 3 p.m., there will be an Interfaith Event, where participants can hear representatives from other religions speak to the beliefs and practices of their faith. There will be an opportunity to question presenters for further clarification. The wish is for a healthy respectful dialogue among the many faith groups.

The church will also sponsor a blood drive along with the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Co. and the American Red Cross on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 2 to 7 p.m. `On Saturday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m., there will be a German Language Christmas Service followed by singing of German carols and the sound of the brass choir. Visitors are invited to stay for a coffee hour with German goodies. The Advent Program is on Sunday, Dec. 10, at the 11 a.m. service. This service will be full of music by both children and adults, and includes a Christmas pageant and the choirs’s cantata. As usual, community members are welcome at any of these events. For information, call the church office at 410-489-5280.

A celebration of note in the Lisbon Community occurred at the elementary school on Friday, Nov. 3, where the entire school, dressed in red, white and blue, celebrated Veterans’ Day and honored over 50 veterans living in our community. This celebration began with 15 Patriot National Guard members roaring in on their motorcycles, most sporting patriotic flags and leaving them parked in the driveway for the students to see. This group consisted of riders from American Legion Post 223 as well as riders from Reisterstown and Towson. As the honorees stood on the stage, the colors were presented by Scout Troop No. 827 and all sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” A poem, “Special Thanks to our Veterans” was read. Each veteran then stood to be named and have his service division honored. Speeches by Ted Nettles, drill sergeant in the U.S. Army and a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, and Pete McHugh, U.S. Army Veteran, ambulance helicopter pilot and past commander of Walter Reed Medical Center followed. Students watched and cheered, especially those who were thrilled when their parents in uniform stood and were acknowledged. A special event was McHugh sharing his pilot’s helmet and gloves which he wore while flying. The Scouts were excited to be able to try them on and share them with one another. Ceremonies terminated with the singing of “America, America” and a wonderful breakfast for the honorees. The students handed out drawings and thank you letters to each of them. Those who sat with the honorees were able to see the real emotion exhibited by them at their recognition. Unsung heroes of this event were members of the and Lisbon Smiles and Cheers Committee, Judy Duvall and Chris Johnson, as well as the administration and remaining staff of the school. Good job, Lisbon Elementary. It was an inspiring and memorable activity to witness.

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