Work of art arises from winning fair ribbons collection [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

When Elmira Seibert turned 90 in June she received a wonderful present from her granddaughter, Kara Ford. Kara took the ribbons which Elmira had won over many years of entering projects in the Howard County Fair and created a one-of-a-kind work of art.

The mosaic of ribbons looks like the Howard County Fair logo, with the sun rising behind the barn. The center of the sun is made of champion purple ribbons, while the red side of the barn is second place ribbons and the sky is blue first place ribbons. Some of the older ribbons have dates on them, and Kara has arranged them in date order as much as possible.

Elmira's daughter, Betsy Ford, estimated that there were 65 years of fair entries included in the creation. The entire work is about five feet across and contains hundreds of ribbons. Until three years ago, Elmira had entered and won ribbons in every Howard County Fair.

Kara entered the mosaic in the fair this year, and it attracted a lot of attention in the Home Arts Building. After the fair ended, Kara planned to donate it to the Fair Association so it could be displayed as an amazing piece of history of the Howard County Fair.

Ryan Dane, of Glenelg, graduated from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in Sacramento, Calif., on July 23. Dane was part of a team of 10 other members who completed a series of six- to eight-week-long projects in different communities across the country, supporting disaster relief, the environment, energy conservation, infrastructure improvement, and urban and rural development. Before joining the Corps, Dane attended Glenelg High School and Towson University. At Towson he majored in American Studies. Ryan is the son of Beatrice and Keith Dane.

The days are getting shorter, which means that school will be starting soon. The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 26. Bushy Park Elementary will hold its new parent and student orientation on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 9 a.m. Kindergarten open house will be Thursday, Aug. 22, at 2:30 p.m. and open house for grades 1-5 will be on Friday, Aug. 23, at 2:30 p.m.

Dayton Oaks Elementary will hold its orientations and open house on Friday, Aug. 23. Kindergarten orientation will be at 11 a.m. New student orientation will be at 1:45 p.m. and open house for all students will be at 2:45 p.m.

It's time to get ready for back to school. Have a fun week in the neighborhood.

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