West Friendship Station 3 firefighters pull double-duty by dousing fire and delivering a baby Ewe

During a Mother's Daybrush fire on Pfefferkorn Road, members of Station 3 not only took charge and doused the flames, but assisted in welcoming a brand new baby ewe who was born just minutes after the fire was extinguished.

According to the operator of Engine 31, the homeowners quickly dubbed the baby lamb "Smokey." West Friendship volunteers are more than just firefighters. They are community servants who aid in the worst and in this case the best of circumstances.

Speaking of baby lambs, the fields at Clark's Elioak Farm are currently like a baby animal nursery with all the sweet young lambs and goats new to the farm. According to Martha Clark, two lambs, 15 goats and more on the way are what's causing all the "oooh's and aaah's" out at the farm.

If you've never visited, come out now. Tots can't get enough of the petting zoo, the refurbished original Enchanted Forest tableaux and all the rural charm of a local farm.

Go to the Clark's Elioak Farm website at http://www.clarklandfarm.com for a list of all upcoming events. The farm is at 10500 Clarksville Pike (Route 108) in Ellicott City. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sori Meredith, chairperson for Scouting for Food, has good news to relate. All those bags left by the Boy Scouts last month paid off. According to Meredith, area folks were so generous in filling the bags and leaving for the scouts to pick up, that the final tally was counted at 62,114 pounds of food.

A total of 27 food pantries in Howard County and five in Baltimore were on the receiving end of this larder. Local Boy Scout Troop 793 could take credit for collecting close to 600 pounds of the donated food.

Congratulations to the girls from local Troop 794 who received their Bronze Award during a Girl Scouts of Central Maryland ceremony in mid May.

Today is the day to roll up your sleeve. St. James United Methodist Church is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on May 24, 2-8 p.m. Set an appointment time to donate blood by calling Jim Quindlen at 410-465-5134 or emailing Jim at jamesdq@gmail.com. Walk in donors are invited as well.

You know its nearing the end of the school year when West Friendship Elementary students have brushed off the crumbs from the annual cake walk during the Spring Festival and begin polishing their instruments and their high notes in preparation for the spring concerts.

The annual chorus concert is scheduled for May 31 at 2 p.m. for students and at 7 p.m. for families. This concert is always a bittersweet one when the departing fifth grade students break into an angelic chorus of song.

For members of the Celestial Searchers Young Astronomers Club, it was literally the chance of a lifetime. During the club's final meeting of the school year on May 21, Celestial Searchers founder Joel Goodman led the students in a discussion of the Transit of Venus across the face of the Sun which will take place on June 5.

Goodman taught the club members how to safely observe this event which occurs only every 115 years in two groups eight years apart. The last Transit of Venus was in 2004 so for these Celestial Searchers it really is the opportunity of a lifetime.

The club and its activities will resume in September of 2012.

A series of summer martial arts camps are being offered by the Black Belt Institute of Martial Arts in the Ten Oaks Shopping Center in Glenelg. Come by to find out which program works for your summer schedule. Beginners are welcome. Call 443-266-7048 or email bbiglenelg@gmail.com for any information.

More dates to mark on your weekend local events calendar. Marcie Barnard and the gang at The Pink Cabbage at Triadelphia Road and Route 144 have announced the date of the annual "Funky Flea" sale. The indoor and outdoor flea market will be held on June 2, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is set as usual to be a "little bit of Paris Flea Market" right here in West Friendship. Bargains galore and a benefit for the American Cancer Society.

Members of the Antique Farm Machinery Club have plans to participate in the National Road Yard Sale on June 2. Billed as the longest continuous yard sale in the country, stretching along the historic National Pike (Route 144 in our neck of the woods), from Baltimore toSt. Louis, Mo., the sale is 824 miles of bargains.

If you would like to participate with the Farm Machinery Club of West Friendship, vendor space is to be had for a mere $10. The sale will be held on Route 144, the National Pike, just in front of the campus of the West Friendship Farm Museum which is located across the road from the Howard County fairgrounds. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact organizers through the club web site at http://www.farmheritage.org.

Another date to mark. Carole Kramer, coordinator of the yearly Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church book sale is announcing a flea market and "mini" book sale set for June 2, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. If you would like to participate as a vendor for this sale, call Carole at 410-442-2475 or e-mail her at churchbooks@hotmail.com. Spaces are free. Six-foot tables are available for rent for $5 for the vendors.

Whittaker's Flowers will be open on weekends through June 2. Fridays from noon to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A special bonus for senior citizens, too. Fridays are Senior Days with 10 percent off the purchase of plants.

The annual Maryland FM Memorial Day Hamfest is set for Sunday, May 27, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the fairgrounds in West Friendship. This is billed as an amateur radio flea market. Something for everyone in the "Ham" radio department. No admission fee for children younger than 12. Questions? Call 301-641-5313.

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