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Two workers smooth out 'Polar Vortex' bumps [West Friendship]

More than a few headaches occurred for homeowners and business owners during the Jan. 7 and 8 "Polar Vortex" — frozen pipes, clogged gutters, icy sidewalks to name just a few.

When heaving concrete from the deep freeze made opening the door at the Studio 10 Salon on Ten Oaks Road an impossibility, the mighty and stalwart team of Manuel Perez and Amilkay Canales of Hatfield's Equipment of Glenelg, remedied the problem.

The men, braving freezing temperatures, arrived at 6 a.m. to jackhammer the heaved concrete, pour quick dry cement and smooth the area before customers arrived. What a team.

Just a reminder. The Glenelg High School PTA fundraiser for the "After Prom" event is set for Jan. 23. The Purses a Go-Go Bingo features designer handbags, including Coach, Vera Bradley, Dooney and Bourke as well as Pandora jewelry and more. The bingo fun is set for Jan. 23 at Glenelg High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m. In addition to the bingo games, food and snacks will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Just a reminder. The Knights of Columbus chapter at St. Louis Church in Clarksville is hoping that you will be among the crowd gathered on Jan. 31 when the annual Longaberger Basket Bingo fundraiser comes to the church social hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. with bingo games beginning at 7 p.m. Good food and drink, raffles, door prizes and the prized Longaberger Baskets, too. Admission is $20. Questions? Contact Mike Leumas at 410-290-8290 or or Nick Tranchitella at 410-531-6162 or

A night of science, technology, engineering and math is being celebrated during the STEM math festival evening at Centennial High School on Jan. 29, 6:30 to 9 p.m. The community is invited to this event which includes demonstrations, keynote speakers, math presentations and loads of new applications of the latest technology. The event is free of charge and aimed at the entire family.

Speaking of science. The Celestial Searchers Astronomy Club monthly meeting is set for Jan. 28, 7 p.m., in the art room at Bushy Park Elementary. This club is open to all kids in grades kindergarten through eight. Interesting projects, guest speakers and night sky explorations are all part of the fun. Interested? Email Joel Goodman also known as Stardoc at or just come on out to the meeting.

West Friendship Elementary School students, staff and faculty are ready for the fantastic stage fun of the Bright Star Touring Theatre performance at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 30. The touring theater company specializes in literary, curriculum and character-education-based performances.

And over at the Howard County Fairgrounds, the annual Howard County Motorcycle Swap Meet is set for Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the place to be for sale and purchase of motorcycle parts, bikes, accessories and all the socialization associated with an old fashioned swap meet. As the organizers describe it, "A blast from the past." Questions? Call Ken Appel at 301-478-3421

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