Girl Scouts learn lessons at Triadelphia Veterinary Clinic

In April, the first-graders from Daisy Troop 2484, out of West Friendship Elementary School, earned their Orange Learning Petal by studying ways in which they can act responsibly.

They underscored the lesson with a trip to Triadelphia Veterinary Clinic in Glenelg, where they met with Dr. Susan Oltman. Oltman discussed the importance of proper diet and exercise for pets, and she showed the girls her surgery room and some X-rays.

The troop had a memorable visit, including what student Gracie Hargrove called the best part — getting to see a lizard.

Have fun, girls, and keep working hard on those learning petals!

The band students at West Friendship Elementary School continue to practice and hone their skills. Band teacher Amy Syversen would like to recognize her diligent May Musicians of the Month: McKenna Boyce, clarinet; Krysta Cartee, flute; Madison Costigan, bass clarinet; Eric Ellis, trumpet; Cole Felch, bassoon; Megan Hettinger, clarinet; and Joshua Morton, alto saxophone. Way to go!

Next month, the Howard County Conservancy will offer three preschool programs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays — Sounds and Songs of Summer on June 4, Summer Scent-sations on June 11, and Summer Flare on June 18.

Retired kindergarten teacher Caroline Kosisky will lead the programs, which are suitable for ages 2 and up, and cost $5 per child. Parents must remain with their children. To register, go to

The conservancy is also registering children for its weekly summer camps. Nearly all slots are full. To check availability or wait-list a child, go to the conservancy's website.

The conservancy is at 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Woodstock. The phone number is 410-465-8877.

Congratulations to Sykesville Main Street for maintaining its National Main Street accreditation for the year 2013.

To receive accreditation, Main Street programs must meet 10 district revitalization performance standards. In Sykesville, both sides of the street — Howard and Carroll counties — benefit from these efforts. To learn more about what's happening on Sykesville's Main Street or read the accreditation letter, go to

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