The Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement possible in the Boy Scouts of America, is earned by only about 5 percent of the boys who join Scouts. Boy Scout Troop 793, which meets at Glenelg United Methodist Church, has had 10 members move into the "Eagle's Nest" in the last year.

These boys include Sean Reidy, who received his Eagle in May with a service project establishing a Junior FIRST Lego League Team through Easter Seals. Zachary Drake organized a book drive for Voices for Children and a food drive for the Glenelg Church food pantry, receiving his Eagle in June.

Christian Putman received his Eagle in August for constructing and distributing 40 bat houses. Holden Smith restored a statue and created a garden at the Franciscan Friary, and received his Eagle in August.

Bradley Argauer organized a service project to construct and distribute 20 duck nesting houses, receiving his Eagle in October. Patrick Mikulis received his Eagle in November with a project constructing two tent pads and a small trail to a stream on the Appalachian Trail.

Jacob Ballard received his Eagle in November with a project to construct a foot bridge and reroute a trail at Seneca Creek State Park. Michael Owen received Eagle in December with a service project to rehabilitate a trail and control erosion at the Union Dam Trail in Patapsco State Park.

Shawn Guindon's project involved creating a playground at Sara's House, leading to him receiving Eagle in January. Richard Linkous received Eagle in February with a project of constructing two tent pads with a trail leading to them on the Appalachian Trail.

Alex Johnson organized a project to build a storage cabinet and table for the Glenelg United Methodist Church food pantry, and received his Eagle in February.

All of these boys demonstrated character-building leadership while performing a project that benefited the community, and our neighborhood has been greatly enriched by these projects. Troop 793 holds regular troop meetings on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. at the Glenelg United Methodist Church. Information about the troop is available on the web site BSA793.org.

Daniel Poltorak, a seventh grade student from Glenwood Middle School, has a piece of art that was selected from the Mall Show panel to be exhibited at the county executive's office in the George Howard Building. A reception will be held on Monday, March 24, at 5:30 p.m., to recognize the unveiling of the art.

Congratulations to Hannah Aud and Anushka Desai for having artwork selected to represent Glenwood Middle at the Howard County Youth Art Month Show at the Howard County Library's Miller Branch. The exhibit will run from Thursday, Feb. 27, through Thursday, April 3.

The Glenelg Jazz Band will perform with special guest soloist Doug Elliott on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m., in the Glenelg Auditorium. Tickets for the show are $8, and will be sold at the door. The Glenelg Jazz Band is excited to announce that the special guest artist for Jazz Under the Stars this year will be Deanna Bogart. Jazz Under the Stars picnic dinner and concert will be held at Chapel View Farm in Woodbine on Saturday, May 24. Tickets will be $30 for adults, and $17 for children under 12, while children under 5 are free.

Do you enjoy eating Italian food? There will be an Italian Night Feast at St. Andrew's Church in Glenwood on Thursday, March 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The meal will cost $9 per person, with a cap of $30 per family. Children five and under are free. Dinner is provided by Smokin' Hot Bar & Grille in the Inwood Shopping Center. Proceeds will benefit the 2015 J2A Youth Pilgrimage at St. Andrew's Church. For more information about the dinner or about the youth program, call Lynne Quinn at 410-442-5445 or email lynnequinn@comcast.net