Emily Buckley nominated for a Carson Fund scholarship [West Friendship]

Congratulations to Emily Buckley, a student at Folly Quarter Middle School and an active member of the Hare Raisers 4-H Club.

Emily was recently announced as a nominee in the Carson Scholars Fund scholarship program. Emily raises and shows rabbits, as well as showing her dog and her chickens, during the Howard County Fair.

Emily's parents Mike and Kathy Buckley, are proud of the hard work she has done and, in particular, her honor of being nominated as a Carson Scholar.

Fellow 4-H member and friend, Rebecca Miller, said, "All of us Hare Raisers are 'hoppin' happy' for Emily."

The Hare Raisers 4-H meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month in the 4-H building at the Howard County Fairgrounds. New members are always welcome.

Recent participants in the Mount View Middle School Reflections program produced award winning art works.

School level winners included Mindy Kang for visual arts, Max Gullen for photography, Alexis Cruz for dance, John Underwood for film, Karyn Ard for music, and Divya Kapoor, Max Stukenberg, Hanna Al-Kowsi and Emma Liu for writing.

The students whose works merited countywide awards included John Underwood, Alexis Cruz and Karyn Ard. John Underwood's and Alexis Cruz' contributions have also advanced both students to a state level competition.

Congratulations to all these fine middle school artists.

It's not too early to be thinking about spring gardening. The University of Maryland Extension and Howard County Master Gardeners invite community members to join in vegetable gardening classes on Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Extension office, 3300 North Ridge Road, Suite 240, Ellicott City.

The three one-hour classes include topics of "Starting Seeds under Florescent Lights," "Vegetable Gardening for Beginners" and "Sustainable Organic Vegetable Gardening."

If you would like to attend any of these classes, call the University of Maryland Extension office at 410-313-2707 to register.

Mark your calendar for Feb. 28 when the monthly feast at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is back on schedule with a dine in or carry out menu.

The dinner prepared by the chef of Smokin' Hot Grille in Glenwood, is served from 6 to 8 p.m. with all proceeds headed to Bridges to Housing Stability.

St. Andrew's is at 2892 Route 97 in Glenwood. The fee is $9 per person or $30 per family. Questions? Call Lynne Quinn at 410-292-8202.

A timely reminder. Tim Titman, board chairman for the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department, wants to spread the word — Barleyjuice is coming to town.

According to the band's website, "Barleyjuice was born out of rock and roll, reared on British Invasion, country western and progressive rock, and landed somewhere in the North Channel with a penchant for all things Celtic."

The group is scheduled to perform locally at the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Hall on March 2 from 8 to 11 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.

The musical event is a fundraiser for the West Friendship and Sykesville Fire departments. Tickets go fast for this popular group. Call 1-888-695-0888 or go to http://www.sykesvillefire.org for tickets or information.

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