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Local residents earn plenty of ribbons at Howard County Fair

The annual Howard County Fair has now been over for a couple weeks — the rides broken down and moved to some other fair, the animals taken back to their own barns and pens cleaned out, indoor entries picked up and the many ribbons earned on display in people's homes.

For fair participants, the memories will linger, they now have a chance to reflect on their messes and successes of the past year, and think about what they can try to do better or different for next year.

For those in our area, I saw plenty of successes. As I walked through the buildings looking at indoor entries, here is a sampling of just what I discovered. Alyssa Preece, of Glenwood, earned a blue ribbon for her decorated owl cake. Dottie Titherington, a Dayton resident and longtime fair competitor, earned a second place with her applesauce cake. Morgan Chatkewitz, of Glenelg, earned a blue ribbon for her white chocolate macadamia nut cookies.

You may remember reading about the Staines sisters a few weeks ago, as I shared about their annual baking experience. Their entries were among the many in the baked goods department. Sylvie Staines took a blue ribbon with her ginger cookies and a second place with her chocolate Italian cream cake. Twin sister Isabelle Staines won second place with her fudge. Their mom, Abby Glassberg, won blue ribbons for both her mints and her hamantash (a traditional Jewish pastry).

Moving on to the fine arts department, youth division, I was pleasantly surprised to see my friend's son, Ben Ludy, earned a champion ribbon for his White House Christmas watercolor painting. I first saw this picture on display at the Columbia mall student art show, and was wowed by Ben's talent; the picture looked absolutely stunning framed in a black mat at the fair. Hannah Cash, of Glenwood, earned a blue ribbon with her Allis Chalmer oil painting (a favorite of my husband, Ricky). Laura Reynolds, of Dayton, earned a blue ribbon with her acrylic painting of a beagle.

In the handmade quilts department, Sue Folks, of Glenwood, earned a blue ribbon for her embroidered hand-made quilt — a lot of work went into that colorful creation. This is just a sampling of what I found walking through the Home Arts Building. I am sure there were plenty of other residents with prize winning entries too; sorry if I missed seeing or mentioning yours.

The start of a new school year is now just days away and kids are trying to enjoy those last few days of summer while shifting gears to get ready for upcoming classes. If you have a student who will be starting middle school this fall, you may be interested in a special Glenwood Library program, Movin' Up to Middle School, Saturday, Aug. 27 from 2 to 3 p.m.

This registered event is for students starting sixth grade. Students are invited to come to the library to meet new classmates, discuss the big move and learn the secrets to success. This casual gathering is an opportunity to meet peers and mentors who can offer support. Students entering any middle school can attend any session, but the Glenwood Branch session is encouraged for students who will attend Folly Quarter Middle School, Glenwood Middle School and Mount View Middle School. Registration is required by calling 410-313-5577.

Looking for something for your teenager to do after school this year? The Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood has the perfect solution. They offer an after school drop-in activity, Teen Zone, which takes place weekdays from 2:30 to 5:30. With their center ID, students can play basketball, shoot pool, play ping pong, play video games on the big-screen TV or take part in planned activities that take place in the center's gymnasium or game room. Activities are designed by teens for teens. Students younger than 11 must have supervision while in the center for these afterschool activities. For additional information regarding this program, call the center at 410-313-4840.

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