Aaron Jacobson making a name in downhill racing [West Friendship]

All the training that Mt. Hebron High School junior Aaron Jacobson has endured has earned him kudos in the world of ski racing.

For Jacobson, just about every weekend and several nights each week is spent training on the slopes. In addition to his avid involvement in ski racing, Aaron also swims for the Ellicott City YMCA and Thunder Hill Lightning swim teams.

As a member of the Liberty Mountain Race Team, which boasts 60 members from age 7 to 18, Aaron has raced the slopes at Roundtop, Whitetail, Tussey, Sawmill and Wisp. In late February, Aaron and his teammates headed to Elk Mountain to participate in the Pennsylvania Cup finals.

Congratulations to Aaron, who qualified for the Men's State team with a sixth place overall. Aaron was invited to attend the U.S. Ski Association Eastern Finals at Okemo Mountain in Vermont, the weekend of March 9 through 12.

The Jacobson household can't quite get enough of the slopes as Aaron's brother, Adam Jacobson, an eighth grade student at Ellicott Mills Middle, competed in early March at Roundtop Mountain. Congratulations Aaron and Adam.

Love is in the air at the Goetz household according to "mom in chief" Kathy Goetz. Jeff and Kathy Goetz are thrilled to announce the engagement of their son Jeremy to Eva Stobnicki as well as the engagement of their daughter Meghan to Milan Mitrovich.

Already married daughter Kristen and her husband Chris are happily ensconced in upstate New York and Kathy and Jeff recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary during a getaway at a beautiful bed and breakfast in southern Maryland. Congratulations on all this lovely news.

Spring is truly in the air too. The power was out for portions of Rosemary Lane and Triadelphia Road residents on Feb. 26. Baltimore Gas and Electric workers, who toiled all through the night, were quick to fix the irksome problem.

Electricity or not, resident Paul Dudley was fast to look on the bright side of things, noting that spring was soon to come as evidenced by the full flowering witch hazel shrub he had observed in the yard of West Friendship gardener supreme, Ellen Nibali.

If Celtic sounds get you in the mood for St. Patrick's Day, then mark your calendar for Glenwood's own band, the Mighty Kelltones, in performance March 22 at noon performance at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Glenwood.

No admission for this band but it is recommended that reservations be secured by calling 410-313-4480. The band's repertoire includes traditional Celtic sounds to upbeat Americana.

The band welcomes folks to sample their music at http://www.mightykelltones.com.

Members of Joel Goodman's Celestial Searchers Astronomy Club had plenty to discuss during the Feb. 25 meeting. Topics for the young astronomers included all the recent hoopla surrounding the near-miss asteroids and Russian meteorite falls.

"Stardoc" Goodman even brought along several 4.5 billion year old meteorite samples for the club members to examine. The club will meet next on March 18 at 7 p.m. in the art room at Bushy Park Elementary. Students in grades kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to join.

This is the weekend when the Howard County fairgrounds in West Friendship becomes a sea of tractors, trucks, farm, lawn and garden equipment.

The annual Gregory's Auction Spring Equipment Sale is set for March 16 beginning at 9 a.m. The auction will go on for most of the day, with several auctioneers selling all manner of equipment. For a listing of some of the sale items, go to the website at http://www.gregorysauctions.com.

Just a reminder. For those in need of food assistance, the Glenelg United Methodist Church food pantry will be open on March 16, from 9 to 10 a.m. Glenelg United Methodist is at 13900 Burntwoods Road in Glenelg. Questions? Call 410-489-7260.

Organizers of the food pantry need canned tuna and canned chicken. The food pantry team also gives a big shout out of thanks to Boy Scout troop 793 for its generous donation of close to $1,600, which was earned during a recent cake auction.

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