This holiday season, Frisky's Wildlife Sanctuary is thankful for not one, not two, but three recently completed Eagle Scout projects. Boy Scouts, of course, must conduct a leadership service project in order to attain the highest rank of Eagle Scout and the folks at Frisky's always feel delighted to provided a venue for these projects.
Jimmy Rollin, from Troop 649, chose to build a well-organized outdoor storage area to corral many items amassed throughout the Frisky's property. He created the area by stabilizing some of the existing fences, installing removable dividing walls for storage flexibility, painting the structure and moving all of the outdoor materials into their new home.
Evan Johnson, from Troop 737, made improvements to the existing fawn areas at Frisky's. He added individual stalls with removable walls, a rain gutter and rain barrel, and a shelving unit. He also built mulch pits at the entrances to both the fawn and goat pastures.
Finally, Adam Comeax, from Troop 75, removed an existing flight enclosure and built a new one in its place. This effort involved framing and painting the new building, as well as enclosing it with heavy gauge wire and adding a gravel floor.
"These projects all took a lot of planning and a lot of muscle," said Janice Ellis, the administrative assistant at Frisky's. "All three Boy Scout troops worked quietly and with respect for both the animals and the people at Frisky's. We are grateful to these Scouts for the work they have done for Frisky's and proud to have been part of their Eagle Scout projects. Thank you, Jimmy, Evan and Adam."
Colleen Layton, the wildlife rehabilitator at Frisky's, and her volunteers are excited that yet another Eagle Scout project has begun this month. They are happy to accommodate these projects at the sanctuary and invite interested Scouts to call 410-418-8899 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frisky's also welcomes gifts for their animals, especially at this time of year since contributions slow down as the weather cools. If you are in the midst of your holiday donations, please consider providing Frisky's with any of the following items:
• Linens (old but clean washrags, towels, sheets, pillowcases, blankets and quilts)
• Food (canned vegetables, natural cereals, packaged toddler finger foods and healthy snack foods, pet food of any kind)
• Toys (baby and toddler toys for the monkeys; rattles and mirrors for the exotic birds)
The address is 10790 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Woodstock. For more information, go to http://www.friskys.org.
Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Sand Hill Road…. That's right, Santa is preparing to visit our community, with a little help from the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department. Every year, Santa delights local children by making a pre-Christmas pass through the neighborhoods, waving from the top of a WFVFD fire truck.
Here's Santa's schedule for visiting the west county area:
Dec. 13 — Sand Hill Road, Margaret Court, Sand Hill Manor Drive, Lamplighter Drive, Woodford Drive, St. James Road
Dec. 14 — Barley Field Way, Willow Green Way;
Dec. 14 — Douglas Avenue, Lancelot Cross;
Dec. 15 — Carroll Mill Road, Etchison Road, Mount Albert Road, Benson Branch Road, Fawnhaven Court, Pointer Hill Court, Woodspurge Court;
Dec. 16 — Triadelphia Road, Emerald Valley Road, Evergreen Way, Golden Oak Court, Conchita Drive, Benson Estates Drive;
Dec. 17 — Buckskin Wood Drive, Buckskin Lake Drive, Ridgewood Drive, Walt Ann Drive, Hunt Ridge Road, Scheel Drive, and Lakeway Drive.
Dec. 18 — River Valley Chase, Fox Valley Road, Parliament Place, Stiles Way, Snow Chief Road, Andrea Drive, Kenard Drive;
Dec. 20 — Clover Hill Drive, Barnard Way, Fox Meadow, Winfield Road, Wellworth Way;
Dec. 19 — Brantly Court, Mustang Path, Windridge Court, Clarks Meadow Drive, Bucks Overlook Court, Day Farm Road, Dalhart Road, Michelle Drive;
Dec. 21 — Sharp Road, Old Rover Road, Danmark Drive, Tall Ships Drive, Roscommon Drive, Appleby Court;
Dec. 21 — River Road, Howard Lodge Road, Indian Hill Drive, Windriver Drive, Amberwoods Way, Coventry Court;
Expect Santa to arrive in the neighborhoods anytime between 6:30 and 9 p.m. each night, and remember that dates and times are subject to change, especially in cases of emergency or inclement weather. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 23 and 24 are reserved as makeup days. To check for schedule changes, go to http://www.wfvfd.org.
Holiday season means that the music departments at our local schools have been busily practicing for their winter concerts. If you have ever attended one of these performances, you know how professional and delightful the students sound.
Marriotts Ridge High School will present its concerts Dec. 14 and 15, with both performances beginning at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. The first concert will feature the women's choir, the chamber/Madrigal choir, the percussion ensemble and the concert band. The second will showcase the concert choir, the symphonic wind ensemble, the orchestra and a Hallelujah chorus finale. The ticket cost for these events has not yet been determined.
Mt. View Middle School will also hold its concerts in the Marriotts Ridge auditorium. The band concert is Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. and the orchestra concert is Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Middle school concerts are free.
Looking for a local Toys for Tots donation site? The Marriotts Ridge High School National Honor Society is once again collecting new, unwrapped toys; drop off your contributions in the front office weekdays through Dec. 19 from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The school address is 12100 Woodford Drive, in Marriottsville.
Sweet Simplici-Tea Tea Room is also collecting for Toys for Tots. Stop by 7540 Main St., in Sykesville, anytime during business hours. For more information, call 410-549-7676 or go to http://www.sweetsimplicitea.com.