Bicycling duo head from Alaska to Argentina [West Friendship]

Gosh, our recent getaway to Connecticut for my husband's 50th high school reunion sounds blah after hearing of the amazing adventures of Jason Bostron and his wife Daisy Phillips. What a team this duo makes as they bicycle from Alaska to Argentina.

You read that correctly. Jason and Daisy, who use the last name of Philtron a blend of their pre-marriage last names, began the journey in early May. Many recall Bostron, who graduated from Glenelg High School in 2002, from his great involvement in the community when he was a western county resident. He went on to receive his doctorate from Penn State in 2013.

Daisy and Jason married in 2013. The bike trip is estimated to last up to 24 months. I have subscribed to the couple's blog and it is amazing to see through their camera, the glorious sights along the way. It is fascinating to see the grandeur of the natural sights that are a norm for the two bike riders.

Go to to catch up on where the duo are presently biking and camping. A May 31 posting went like this,"There are 333 miles between Dawson City and Whitehorse, which translates to five and a half days of riding through isolated, forested terrain. It was beautiful, and long, and almost always daylight. We saw ground squirrels, a fox, and a grizzly bear. We spent three nights camping next to the road, hidden in little pockets out of the view of drivers, and two nights in lovely Yukon government campgrounds. Now we are resting for a few days in Whitehorse, and staying with a friend I (Daisy) made on my last trip through the area nearly four years ago."

Jason's mom Debra Bostron is naturally thrilled for the couple's opportunity to experience such a spectacular journey. The Bostron's daughter Rebecca Caldwell, a Glenelg High Class of 1999 alumni ,is doing some spectacular things as well. Rebecca is a new mother to a little girl which is giving insurmountable joy to Mike and Debra Bostron. I will update you throughout the summer on the progress of the bikers.

For the local West Friendship Livestock Club 4-H members, the raffle during early May's Sheep and Wool Festival was a real giveaway. The kids raffled off a Maja Craft Little Gem spinning wheel, something that has become a tradition for the club. Grand prize winner of the spinning wheel was Christine Manhart. Manhart's friend, a vendor at the festival offered to tote the spinning wheel home to Virginia for her. The amazing coincidence is that Liz Ackerman, the vendor who offered to bring the spinning wheel to Manhart, won the same prize during last year's Sheep and Wool.

Lots more premium raffle prizes including gift certificates and gift cards were appreciated by the winners. The club members are particularly grateful to all the donors, which include Mary K. Fry for her quilted wall hanging, and businesses like Wells Fargo Advisors and Tractor Supply Co. Livestock 4-H reporter Breanne Yencha said that the club members had so much fun they are already planning the 2015 event.

Come out to the Howard County Fairgrounds on June 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or anytime in between, to view some fabulous equestrian action. The Maryland Western Horse Association will host another show, which is family friendly in every way.

Becky Novotny, long time supporter of the association, notes that food is available and the event is great for spectators of all ages. Pony or horse owners are welcome to bring their animal for the varied competitions. For any information, call Becky Novotny at 410-531-7113 or email Becky at

Planning the kids summer schedule? St. James United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School is set for Tuesday evenings this summer on July 8, 15, 22 and 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The theme of this year's session is "Gangway to Galilee". Tuition is $3 per session or $10 for all four evenings. Discounted family rates are available as well. Interested? Contact the church secretary at 410-442-2020 to register.

It's not too early to think about summer programs for the kids, according to Marriotts Ridge High School summer camp coordinator Christine Forman. Registration is open for the Marriotts Ridge High School Booster summer sports and music camps. Camps are available for students from third grade through high school. The roster of choices is extensive. For a complete list of selections and for registration information, check out the website at

Condolences to the family of E. Lee Cavey, who passed away on May 19. Cavey was a lifetime member of the Ellicott City Lions Club. He is survived by his wife Laura, four children, nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Sympathy to all of the family.

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