West Friendship: Chaillous have a new grandchild to celebrate this holiday weekend

There's great reason for celebration in the Chaillou household this holiday weekend. Ann and Wally Chaillou of West Friendship are proud to announce the birth of their newest grandson, Zachary Edward Shurer. Zachary, the newborn son of Stefanie and Brian Shurer, was born on May 14. The dark haired sweet baby joins his big brother, Caleb, who is 17 months old.

Fellow grandparents Cindy and Dan Shurer could not be more delighted in the growing family. Stefanie's brother, Thomas, his wife, Brenda, and their children, 5-year-old Ruby and 7-year-old Jonah, are so happy to welcome young Zachary to the Chaillou clan. Congratulations.

If you saw more bikes on the road than usual on May 18, than you were witness to Howard County's fifth annual Bike to Work Day. The wheeled event was sponsored by Howard Commuter Solutions, the Department of Planning and Zoning, the Columbia Association and Bicycling Advocates of Howard County.

Good news from Sunshine and Clovers 4-H Club reporter Matthew Hulett. During the May 9 club meeting which was held at the Howard County Fairgrounds dining hall, adult leader Heather Spahr was lauded for her 15 years of 4-H leadership. Also recognized was Maggie Leatherman who received congratulations on her 10 years of leadership in the 4-H.

Club member Brenda Creighton presented her poultry to the 4-H members, who learned about poultry feathers, breeds and egg types. This club is already discussing plans for the Howard County fair which is held each August in West Friendship.

Area folks who are involved a volunteers for the annual Relay for Life of Western Howard County are pushing the work load up a few notches in preparation for the organization's big event on June 8. All in the community are invited to attend a free fun filled family overnight event at the Western Regional Park in Woodbine.

Opening ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m. for a night long event which will include a survivors' lap, a luminary ceremony, a kids' walk and silent auction and a sea of supporters. Also in the works is a survivors' reception at 5 p.m. just prior to the opening ceremony. The survivors' reception is for cancer survivors only and their care givers. Area volunteers like Suzy Hill, work all year to fund this event.

To register for the reception, go to the website at http://www.relayforlife.org/westernhoward. A variety of teams will make certain that at least one member of their team or camp is on the track throughout the night. As organizers have said, the purpose of the all night relay is because "cancer never sleeps."

In 2011 the Western Howard County Relay for Life raised more than $100,000. Questions? Email claudia.klahre@cancer.org or call 410-781-4316.

If you love dogs, walks in the country, good food and a truly good cause, then this event is for you. The Marshall Legacy Institute's K9-9K Walk is set for June 16, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 87-acre rolling lawns campus of Glenelg Country School.

The day will feature a 9K walk through the campus and include delicious culinary fare from local restaurants, games, raffles, dog agility courses, canine massage therapy and more. The Marshall Legacy Institute's canine ambassador mine detection dog Utsi, who served in Eritrea for six years, will demonstrate her keens sense of smell and show how dogs are able to sniff out land mines and save lives. All funds raised from the event will benefit the sponsorship of a life saving dog that will detect land mines in Angola, Africa. Angola is one of the most heavily mine contaminated countries in the world.

The Marshall Legacy Institute has provided 172 mine detection dogs to 11 different countries. Glenelg Country School has sponsored two of those life saving dogs. Both of those dogs are currently locating land mines in Afghanistan. The event is open to the public and a great family activity. Registration cost is $15 for students and $25 for adults. Bring the family dog for a great day in the country. To register for the walk-a-thon, go to http://www.mli-k9-9k.org.

The night sky has been spectacular in recent weeks. Members of Joel Goodman's Celestial Searchers enjoyed views of Saturn, Mars and distant galaxies on May 19 at the Alpha Ridge Park in Marriottsville during the Howard Astronomical League Star Party.

Picnics. Picnics. And more picnics. That's the agenda at West Friendship Elementary School this week with end of the year classroom celebrations galore. It's hard to believe that the school year is about to end. With virtually no snow days this year due to our "non-winter" winter, the school kids will call June 8 the official last day of school. Let me know what the children are up to during the summer. Family vacation news is always a hit for readers of this column. Whether you are climbing Machu Picchu or headed to Sykesville for a day trip, readers love hearing of the escapades of their neighbors.

This is the weekend chock full of local activities hosted by area shop keepers and church organizations. 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. Yummy snacks, friendly banter, bargains galore and a benefit for the American Cancer Society.

Members of the Antique Farm Machinery Club are participating 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 to St. Louis, 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.

Books, treasures and bargains galore are promised by Carole Kramer, coordinator of the yearly Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church flea market and "mini" book sale set for June 2, 8 a.m. to 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.

Last chance this season to visit Whittaker's Flowers in West Friendship. Dennis said the garden center will be open through the weekend 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays are Senior Days with 10 percent off the purchase of plants.

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