As a bugle played "To the Colors", members of Boy Scout Troop 72 raised the American flag at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens in Marriottsville May 23 to start the Memorial Day weekend.

While some people were sitting in traffic jams trying to get to the ocean, members of Boy Scout Troop 72 from Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, Boy Scout Troop 793 and Cub Scout Pack 761 from Glenelg United Methodist Church and Cub Scout Pack 793 from Bushy Park Elementary School were busy placing over 1,200 flags on the graves of members of the military who are buried at Crestlawn.

Troop 72 Scout Master Matt Mader has been the coordinator of We Remember at Crestlawn for the past six years. For many years before that, he was one of the scouts who put the flags on the graves as a member of the troop. Now, he is leads the flag raising ceremony, and delivers an inspiring talk about the importance of Memorial Day to remember the veterans who died for our country.

As part of the We Remember ceremony, Boy Scout Troop 793 collected toiletries for the food pantry at Glenelg United Methodist Church. The Scouting for Food drive in April collected over 60,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank in Howard County, which filled the shelves in all the food pantries. The pantries also distribute toiletry items along with the food, and those items have been in short supply. The Boy Scouts are helping to alleviate that shortage by collecting toiletries at Memorial Day ceremonies in the area.

On May 26, members of Troop 72 returned to Crestlawn to provide hot dogs and drinks for people visiting the graves of their loved ones for Memorial Day. The scouts collected cash donations, and the money they raised was given to their sponsoring church, Shepherd of the Glen. This is their way of giving back to the church that provides them with a place to meet. Troop 72 is a small, very active troop, and new members are always welcome. Contact Matt Mader at uscgmader@yahoo.com for more information.

Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran will be hosting its seventh annual flea market and mini book sale on Saturday, June 7, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to the treasures you can find at the flea market, this is a great place to pick up some books to read at the pool or beach this summer. Then, when you've finished reading them, you can donate them back to Shepherd of the Glen to be re-sold at the fall book sale. If you have questions about the flea market and book sale, contact Carole Kramer at 410-442-2475 or by email at carolekramer@hotmail.com.

If you like to read and eat baked goods, there will be a Food, Fun and Fiction Book and Bake Sale at the Glenwood Community Center on Tuesday, June 17, and Wednesday, June 18. The sale will be in the lobby of the community center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

The Glenelg Jazz Ensemble performed an incredible concert with Deanna Bogart at Jazz Under the Stars on May 24 at Chapel View Farm in Woodbine. A light drizzle couldn't stop the incredible music coming from the Jazz Ensemble and Deanna Bogart. In addition, the Glenwood Middle School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of David Apple, and the Glenelg Silks, under the direction of Jennifer Blizzard-Sisk, provided impressive entertainment during dinner time and intermission. If you missed this concert, you have one more opportunity to hear the Glenelg Jazz Ensemble directed by Barry Enzman in a free concert at the Lakefront in Columbia. The Ensemble will be performing on Sunday, June 15 at 4:45 p.m. as part of the 2014 Columbia Festival of the Arts.