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Gary Miller awarded Silver Beaver from National Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts [Old Town]

By Jeff Dudley, OldTownLaurelColumn@yahoo.com 301-725-0377

3:22 PM EDT, April 18, 2013

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On April 4, the Boy Scouts of America, National Capital Area Council honored 23 local volunteers, all recipients of the "Silver Beaver" award. It is the highest accolade given by the organization at the council level. Among those recognized for their service was Old Town resident Gary Miller.

The council, organized in 1911, is one of the oldest and largest councils in the organization. It includes the District of Columbia, and numerous counties and independent cities in Maryland and Virginia.

Do not forget that this Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. till 2 p.m., the Laurel Senior Friendship Club is sponsoring a Craft Show and Flea Market at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road. There will be jewelry, pottery, crocheted items and more. Concessions will be available. Need more information, call 301-953-2503.

Several years ago the Laurel Clergy Association began an effort to help local students and their families by supporting the area's Prince George County public schools. It matches select schools and houses of worship, in hopes the churches can furnish the schools with volunteers and other forms of aid. That effort resulted in the formation of Side by Side in 2007.

Saturday, April 27, there will be a bike ride fundraiser, which will take a number of various, scenic routes. All the rides will begin at Bethany Community Church, 15270 Riding Stable Road.

The trips vary in length; causal riders can take a 10-mile trek. Those feeling more adventurous can take a 20-mile ride to Savage Mill and back, and for those of you who are serious riders, a 40-mile round trip jaunt to Brighton Dam.

If you are interested in participating, need more information, or want to donate to this worthy cause, go to sidebysidelaurel.org.

According to Mary Blankenship, the Relay For Life benefit held Friday, April 12 at Main Street Sports Grill was a success, raising in the neighborhood of $800 in only a few hours. Nikki Blankenship and Kristi Harmon worked hard to make the event a success. More benefits are planned to assist in the funding of research in the battle against cancer.

A couple of years ago in this column we noted a significant birthday for Regina Watts Smith. At the time she'd just celebrated her 93rd birthday and showed no signs of slowing down. Talbott Avenue resident Jack Witmer left me a phone message a couple of weeks ago to let me know that "Jeannie" is still going strong and recently celebrated her 95th birthday March 30.