Dismay greets news that West Friendship Elementary may close

There was a collective gasp heard in the community when news came that officials of the Howard County Public School System recommended the closing of West Friendship Elementary during a meeting on June 13.

West Friendship Elementary is the oldest public school in the county. The school first opened its doors to students in 1925.

Underenrollment of a school with the capacity of 400 students is one of the reasons for the recommendation. Final recommendations will be made in the fall.

In the meantime, many area families who have always seen West Friendship Elementary as a foundation of the community are both stunned and saddened at the prospect.

Old Ellicott City is alive and well through the paintings of local artist Wiley Purkey. If you love the Historic District as I do, come out to Purkey's art exhibit at the Howard County Historical Society on June 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. when a closing reception is set as a farewell to Purkey's most recent exhibit there.

Purkey's iconic images of old Ellicott City include the old Ellicott City Theatre; Bob's Five and Dime; and Taylor's, Sach's and Rosenstock's department stores. The Historical Society building is at 8328 Court Avenue in the Historic District. Questions? Call 410-480-3250 or go to the website at http://www.hchsmd.org.

Congratulations to Paul Weir, longtime athletic trainer at Glenelg Country School who was recently named as athletic director of the school.

"Paul's appointment as athletic director was an easy choice," said Headmaster Greg Ventre. "He is a Dragon through and through, a parent of two Glenelg Country School students who understands the goals of our program, knows our athletes and their families."

Becky Moy Behr of Greenbridge Pottery invites the community to come out and see the latest Asparagus and Double Happiness Trays. Other June specials include double spurs plates, crab trays and dragonfly designs. The pottery studio and barns are at 5159 Greenbridge Road in Dayton and open each weekend.

Put away the pots and pans, and head over to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. The monthly dinner for charity is set for June 27, 6 to 8 p.m., with a delicious Italian meal provided by Smokin' Hot Bar and Grille. This month, proceeds from the feast will benefit the purchase of materials for the St. Andrew's Godly Play Sunday School Program.

St. Andrew's is at 2892 Route 97 between Union Chapel Road and the post office. Cost is $9 per person or $30 per family, no matter the size.

Questions? Call Lynne Quinn at 410-292-8202.

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