Hanna Al-Kowsi channels spirit of Sherlock Holmes [West Friendship]

Congratulations to rising Mount View Middle School eighth grade student Hanna Al-Kowsi, who won first prize in the Sherlock Holmes Essay Contest sponsored by Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City in partnership with the Howard County Public School System and the Howard County Library system.

Watson's Tin Box is the home of the Baker Street Irregulars, a society dedicated to furthering awareness of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle. Essay Contest Chairman Andrew L. Solberg, who is a Baker Street Irregular, was delighted with the high quality of essays by the seventh grade entrants. Solberg, along with the worldwide community of Sherlock Holmes fans, enjoys sharing the famed words of Holmes to Watson, "The game is afoot."

The Philtron's "pedal south" adventure continues as Jason and Daisy bike from Alaska to Argentina. A recent June 3 blog entry included gorgeous photographs of Yukon flowers. The couple reported that a guide at the Dawson City Visitors Center alerted them to the plethora of wild flowers along their route. More news next week as Daisy and Jason keep on pedaling south.

Mark your calendar. The monthly St. Andrew's dinner is set for June 26, 6-8 p.m. This month's fare is Mexican. Dine in or carry out. Cost is $9 per person or $30 per family, no matter how many folks make up the family unit. Proceeds from the June dinner benefit the St. Andrew's Mission to Honduras. Fifteen members of St. Andrew's are headed on a mission trip to El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza (The Home of Love and Hope) from July 19 to 26. St. Andrew's is at 2892 Route 97 in Glenwood. Questions? Call Lynne Hall Quinn at 410-292-8202.

If summertime cleaning and culling projects have left you with carton loads of books, then bring them on over to the Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, where donation forms are awaiting you. Carole Kramer and her team collect books all year for the annual fall book sale. Books may be dropped off at the church door on the parking lot side of the building and placed in and on the bench just outside the door. The church is at 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenelg. Cut off date for book donations is Aug. 17.

Carole admits that the team needs a good final three weeks in which to organize the massive amount of media donations for the annual sale, which this year is set for Sept. 11-13. Questions may be addressed to Carole at churchbooks@hotmail.com or 410-442-2475.

A family event with free admission is set for June 28 at the West Friendship Living Heritage Farm Museum when the annual Cutting of the Grain event takes place. This year the harvested crop is oats, which was planted last fall. Art Boone's band Southwest Bluegrass will provide the musical interludes.

The cutting of the oats and all manner of crop harvest demonstrations begins at 10 a.m. Members of the Farm Machinery Club, in cooperation with the Maryland Draft Horse and Mule Association, will show how grain was cut with binders before it later went to the modern threshing machines.

Farm life exhibits include baling, wagon rides, horse pull, refreshments live bluegrass music and more. The Living Farm Heritage Museum is just across from the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship at 12985 Frederick Road (Route 144).

Bette Hoover offers drop-in H this summer each Tuesday evening (with the exception of July 1) through the end of July. Classes are from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with a drop in fee of $13 per class or $77 for seven sessions. The classes, which include asanas (poses), vinyasas (flow), contemplation and reflection, are aimed at all levels and abilities and are at Eden Valley, 5085 Green Bridge Road in Dayton. Questions? Call Bette Hoover at 410-531-5610.

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