The Boy Scouts of Troop 007 left no stones unturned during the summer of 2013. This local troop meets for regular meetings on Monday evenings at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood.
A band of boys from Troop 007 encountered harrowing rapids and high adventure during a five-day canoe trip on the Upper Delaware River in June. In July, it was off to Camp Ten Mile River in Narrowsburg, N.Y., where the troop members earned a plethora of merit badges.
Scout Andrew Colangelo even observed a porcupine climbing a tree at the campsite. A highlight for the troop was a trip to the Inner Harbor of Baltimore in August where the Scouts toured the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney, the last ship floating that fought in the Battle of Pearl Harbor, although the Taney was actually moored in nearby Honolulu Harbor at the time of the attack.
Troop 007 Scouts stayed overnight on the Taney and learned a great deal about World War II. In September, the Scouts enjoyed a kayak session on the Chesapeake Bay while at Camp Rodney.
Can you smell the sweet aroma of fresh baked goods streaming down Route 144? This is the weekend when young Ellie Feaga hosts her annual charity bake sale at 15211 Frederick Road. Look for neighbors armed with cookies, brownies, cakes, pies and more, which the Glenwood Middle School sixth grade student has been whipping up in preparation for this bake sale for charity.
The funds raised on Nov. 2 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. will go toward funding for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Shaughness Childrens Education Fund as dual recipients of her locally renowned bake sale. In addition to baked goods, Ellie is also offering plants and fall decor, apple cider and pumpkins donated by Lynne Moore of Larriland Farm, as well as raffles and prizes and brother Mitchell's award winning chili. Come out and see your neighbors, purchase some delectable sweets and help fill the coffers for charity.
The annual Shop for the Holidays Craft and Vendor Show at St. James United Methodist Church is all set up and ready to go. Join your neighbors on Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 12470 Old Frederick Road (Route 99) for the sixth annual holiday sale, which features beautiful handmade crafts, bake tables with loads of home made goodies, the popular Camp Hope Christmas Room filled with gently used holiday decorations and household items and a host of craft vendor stalls.
Sausage and gravy biscuit breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by hot dogs and lunch treats from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The craft show committee also accepts nonperishable food items for the local food bank. Questions on the sale? Call Janet Sowers at 410-442-2020.
A bag of candy to share and a flashlight are the only admission requirement for kids and their families during the Shrine of St. Anthony "A Night with the Saints" event on Oct. 31, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The beautiful grounds of the Shrine at 12290 Folly Quarter Road provides the setting for an evening in which kids are asked to come dressed up as their favorite saint or Biblical figure.
The evening starts with a 6:30 p.m. mass, followed by a "meet the Saints" session at 7:30 p.m. and finishing up with a family bonfire at 9 p.m. For questions or to RSVP, call 410-531-2800.
The annual Howard County Craft Spectacular is just that. The big craft show comes to the fairgrounds in West Friendship Nov.1-3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Several hundred craft artisans set up for a shopping experience unparalleled. Visits from Santa are set for Nov. 2 and 3, between 1 and 4 p.m. Admission is $5 daily or $7 for a three-day pass. Go to http://www.atozcrafts.net or call 301-271-4432 for information.
Condolences to the family of former long time West Friendship resident Connie Smith, who passed away on Oct. 10 in Muncie, Ind. Connie was a parent volunteer at West Friendship Elementary in the 1980's when her sons Jeremy and Jacob were students there. She was an activities director for senior citizens at Fairhaven in Sykesville for many years and made numerous friendships in this region.