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Helping hospitalized young patients is Brownie Quest [West Friendship]

West Friendship Elementary School Brownie Troop 2484 has completed the Brownie Quest leadership journey.

Throughout the Brownie Quest, the young Brownies learned to discover more about themselves, connect with others and take action to improve their community.

The girls determined that a real need in the community is that of children who are hospitalized and need appropriate distraction while waiting for medical attention. Having identified the need, the troop members took action by creating packets of coloring pages, crayons, stickers and a variety of activities to be given to patients at the Howard County General Hospital Pediatric Unit.

This recent quest journey is just one example of how Girl Scouts is building girls of courage, confidence and character, according to adult mentor Maureen Yencha.

One aim of the Girl Scouts is for its members to make the world a better place. Surely these young West Friendship Brownies — who include Kasey Hawk, Sofia DeLisa-Hughes, Paige McDonald, Gracie Hargrove, Lisa Yan and Jaclyn Yencha —have done just that.

History is alive at the Shrine of St. Anthony. Join Judge Roger Whelan on Saturday, Feb. 8, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the Shrine Glass Room, for a discussion titled, "Experiencing the Adventures of a Beatified Franciscan Missionary, Junipero Serra, Hailed as the Founding Father of California."

All are welcome. The Shrine of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road.

Just a reminder. More than 300 vendors are setting up for the annual Tot Swap, a children's gently used clothing sale at the Howard County Fairgrounds.

This year, the sale is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Questions? Go to the Tot Swap website,, for information on buying, consigning and more.

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