New grill offers a place for locals to foster community [West Friendship]

Howard County Times

When Howard Lasky opened the Town Grill at Foster's Country Store last month, the community was hopeful. Long have we waited for a true sit-down casual dining experience in our neighborhood.

On a recent early Sunday evening, when the dining room was full, there was no doubt that Lasky's place is welcome here and thriving. Locals who filled the tables included Linda Ostovitz, John Wafer and dozens more. Tasty sandwiches, smokehouse and barbeque specialties, all-day breakfast fare, country-chic decor and most importantly, the realization of Lasky's true hope for the place, 'Fostering Community Around the Table.' Town Grill is located in the former Foster's Country Store, or for locals who love history, the old Gearhart store. Next door is the Pink Cabbage which just happens to be getting ready for the annual Funky Flea flea market on June 3, with barbeque smoked by guess who? Town Grill of course. Fans of the place include Barbara Unverzagt and Jim Foster, original owner of Foster's Country Store, who couldn't be happier with Lasky and his team and the new 'old' look of the place. Come out and discover what many in your community are raving about. Go to the website at for all the information you need.

Music is in the air at local schools. The West Friendship Elementary Band and Strings concert is set for June 5 with two performances at 9:30 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. This concert will feature West Friendship Elementary administrator Kaye Breon on a beginning band piece and a short drama set to music titled "Aunt Rhodie's Appetite" which includes fifth-grade students as actors. It is sure to delight audiences. Amy Syversen, director of bands, is thrilled with the work of her music students.

The District V Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland invites the community to a Standard Flower Show called Riding the Rails from Howard to Garrett County on May 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 1307 N. Main St., Mount Airy.

Many thanks to all the 4-H members who did such a stellar job cleaning up the fairgrounds after the Sheep and Wool festival. On the Monday after the festival, which saw thousands of visitors, the fairgrounds was 'spic and span.'

Speaking of 4-H. This is the weekend for the annual Wills Fair at the Howard County fairgrounds. The 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 affords a wonderful opportunity to introduce youngsters to the world of livestock. The Wills Fair is set for May 20, beginning at 9 a.m. at the fairgrounds in West Friendship.

The annual Spring Festival at West Friendship Elementary is set for June 2.

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