Mark Miller on mission to fight Idaho wildfires [West Friendship]

During times of tragedy and natural disaster, as observed in the recent typhoon which hit the Philippines, we are reminded of the natural impulse to reach out to help. It was this same quality which led West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Mark Miller to aid the fire-stricken residents of Idaho last summer.

During the worst of the wildfires, Miller and his crew worked alongside members of the U.S. Forest Service and Department of Natural Resources at Beaver Creek in the Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho. As a wild land firefighter, he worked for more than two weeks in August on the wildfire, which was ignited by lightning.

Assistant Chief Miller returned home in late August and we as a community say thank you.

With the recent demolition of the remaining Enchanted Forest grounds on Route 40, many have reignited their memory of old Enchanted Forest stories from the past. The storybook land lives on in the book written by Janet Kusterer and Martha Clark.

It is Martha Clark, along with a core of local preservationists, who saved so many of the original characters from the old Enchanted Forest by offering her Clark's Elioak Farm as a new residence for the buildings and tableaux. Clark's Elioak Farm is closed for the season, but the Castle Farm Store is open each Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Fresh farm eggs are available and so is the book "The Enchanted Forest: Memories of Maryland's Storybook Park". Clark's Elioak Farm is at 10500 Clarksville Pike (Route 108).

Nov. 24 marks the last historical tour of the Manor House and Shrine of St. Anthony for 2013. Guests are invited for a tour of the historic Manor at 12290 Folly Quarter Road, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. There is no charge for this walking tour. Tours will resume in 2014.

Just a reminder — St. Andrew's Episcopal Church monthly dinner benefits the outreach ministry of El Hogar in Honduras. The feast is set for Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. The menu is Mexican and, as always, is donated by Smokin' Hot Bar and Grille at the Inwood Center. Dine in or carry out for a family fee of $30 or an individual fee of $9. 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 Lynne at

It's Home for the Holidays at Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton. Come out to see the latest pottery and ceramic gifts, sip some cider and enjoy the musical strains of April Vega on the harp from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 23. The gallery will be open on Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Becky Moy Behre has shelves full of new work. Greenbridge Pottery is located at 5159 Greenbridge Road in Dayton.

Love reggae music? The Howard County Historical Society Museum Concert Series presents Scott Paynter with special guest Tekeytha Fullwood on Nov. 23, 5-7 p.m., at 8328 Court Ave. in historic Ellicott City. Tickets for the concert are $15. "Scotty P" is a vocalist and songwriter known for his association with the Baltimore based reggae band Jah Works. To reserve tickets go to Questions? Call Shawn Gladden at 410-480-3250.

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