Mt. View Middle can be proud of these young musicians

Last week's column celebrated the many students at Marriotts Ridge High School who earned acceptance into Maryland All State ensembles. This week, I would like to recognize the Junior All State musicians who hail from Mt. View Middle School.

Congratulations to Sophia Bi (oboe), Ben Giroux (percussion) and David Polefrone (trumpet) for their acceptance into the All State Junior Band, and to Davin Hong (violin), Mindy Kang (cello), Samuel Lam (cello), James Ma (cello) and Davin Park (cello alternate) for their inclusion in the All State Junior Orchestra.

Most musicians get their start in elementary school, so it is also fitting to recognize the hard-working Band Musicians of the Month at West Friendship Elementary School. Kudos to McKenna Boyce (clarinet), Megan Hettinger (clarinet), Isabella Hwang (oboe), Alexandra Liberto (clarinet), Kaitlyn McDonald (flute) and Jacob Wise (trombone).

One event that our local high school musicians eagerly anticipate is their annual spring competition trip. The Marriotts Ridge Music Foundation has been busily fundraising for the students' upcoming competition in Tennessee and has now begun the third of four citrus fruit sales. This month's offerings include juicy red grapefruit, California navel oranges, Honeybell tangelos and a variety pack.

To see pricing or print an online order form, go to Orders are due by Friday, Jan. 4, with pickup tentatively scheduled for Friday, Jan. 18, at the school. Questions? Email

If you have visited the Howard County Fair, you are probably familiar with Sykesville-based Bowling Green Farms, which sells its fresh, local cheese just inside the ticket entrance. Bowling Green also offers its delicious products at Howard County Farmer's Markets, natural/organic food stores and agri-tourism farms.

Bowling Green has been growing and making enhancements, thanks in part to two recent grants. In October, the farm received the first Howard County Agricultural Innovation Grant, which will be used toward diversification efforts.

Then in November, the farm received a matching grant from the Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corp., a public-private partnership that operates through the state of Maryland (

Awards ranged from $3,000 to $15,000, and Bowling Green received the maximum amount. These funds will be used to purchase a generator and construct a building for cheese processing and storage.

Congratulations to Bowling Green Farms on these accomplishments. To learn more about the farm, go to

The Glenelg United Methodist Church food pantry continues to serve a growing number of residents from across the county. Last month, Clarksville Elementary students donated funds from the school's annual Turkey Trot to purchase 29 Thanksgiving turkeys.

This month, Ellie Feaga, a Bushy Park 5th grader, used the money she raised at a November bake sale to shop for, and assemble, 37 boxes filled with Christmas dinner and other food and household items. Donations have also arrived from the Bushy Park Leo Club and the Boy Scouts.

All donations are welcome, but food pantry representatives request a special emphasis on laundry detergent again this month. To learn more, call the church at 410-489-7260, or email

The Glenelg food pantry opens on the third Saturday of every month, 9-11 a.m., at 13900 Burntwoods Road.

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, falls on a Monday this year, and local churches extend a welcome to all who would like to attend their special services.

Chapelgate Presbyterian will hold two candlelight services, at 6 and 8 p.m. The address is 2600 Marriottsville Road, in Marriottsville, and the phone number is 410-442-5820. Go to for more information.

West Liberty United Methodist will offer a candlelight service at 3 p.m., at 2000 Sand Hill Road, Marriottsville. The phone number is 410-442-2969, and the website is

St. James United Methodist, also in Marriottsville, will hold a 9 p.m. candlelight service at 12470 Old Frederick Road (Route 99). Call 410-442-2020 to learn more, or go to

In Sykesville, Friendship Baptist will present two services, at 5 and 7 p.m. The address is 1391 Sykesville Road (Route 32), the phone number is 410-442-5506, and the website is

Somewhat further away, in Highland, Mt. Zion United Methodist will host a family service at 4 p.m., a contemporary candlelight service at 7 p.m., and a traditional candlelight service at 9 p.m. The address is 12430 Scaggsville Road (Route 216). Call 410-531-5173 for more details, or go to

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