Congratulations to new Eagle Scout Taylor Murphy [West Friendship]

Congratulations to West Friendship resident Taylor Murphy, a freshman at Howard Community College, and recent graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, who received his Eagle Scout rank from the Boy Scouts of America in the spring of 2013.

Murphy's parents, Shyami and Scott Murphy, could not be more proud of their hard working son.

Murphy, a member of Boy Scout Troop 794, designed and built an entryway to one of the trails at the Shrine of St. Anthony on Folly Quarter Road as his Eagle project.

A Scout since 2006, Murphy participated in many leadership roles, volunteer projects, camping trips, high adventure activities, including white water rafting and a culminating trip to Philmont, N.M.

Family and friends joined the Murphy family in celebrating Taylor's accomplishment during the ceremony and followed by a reception at the shrine.

The benefit dinners held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church are back on the calendar. Put away the pots and pans on Sept. 26 when the chefs from Smokin' Hot Grille in Glenwood will present an Italian Feast from 6 to 8 p.m.

Proceeds from the dinner go toward the purchase of supplies for a health clinic in Dekapanka, Diocese of North India, which members of St. Andrew's helped to build. Some members of the St. Andrew's community plan a visit to the clinic in October.

Dine in or carry out for an individual fee of $9 or a family fee of $30. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is at 2892 Route 97, between Union Chapel Road and the Glenwood Post Office. Questions? Call Lynne Quinn at 410-442-5445 or email her at

According to West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary member Sandi Hawkins, the first ever yard sale held last spring at Station 3 was so successful that the auxiliary members decided, "Let's do it again." So the second sale of the year is set for Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you would like to participate as a vendor for this big sale, call 410-442-1471 to secure a spot.

Rebecca Miller, reporter for the Hare Raisers 4-H Club, interviewed her fellow club members on some favorite memories of the 2013 Howard County Fair. Four-H parent Karen Jacobs, whose sons Evan and Erik are Hare Raisers members, loved watching her boys give tours of their rabbits and chickens.

Some visitors were surprised at first, but then enjoyed the personal guided tour of the barns. First time visitors to the fair told Jacobs that the whole experience was quite educational. One woman tried to give Evan a tip, but the youngster replied, "Our tours are free."

As for Evan and Erik, favorite moments included playing in the mud, sleeping in tents and, of course, leading the guided tours.

They're back. The Kids Nearly New Sale will be in place at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship on Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: bargains galore, including baby equipment, books and DVDs, scads of clothing and shoes, and just about anything related to kids.

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