West Friendship: Flurry of activity as West Friendship Elementary closes for summer vacation

The summer season kicked off handily with annual Memorial Day parties, local sporting events and the grand re-opening of Jenny's Market on Ivory Road in West Friendship.

The field at Jenny's was filled with cars on May 26 as produce-hungry residents scanned Jenny's amazing array of vegetables, fruits, jarred and canned items and local flowers. Summer is truly here.

For the kids at West Friendship Elementary, June 8 signals the last day of school. After a week of end of the year celebration and cleaning out of desks, the children are set to enjoy summer vacation.

Teachers, too, are exhilarated to begin the summer break. Class picnics, outdoor PTA sponsored movie nights and early dismissals were the order of the week. A safe and adventure filled summer to all the local school children.

Just a reminder about an upcoming event that's worth repeating. If you love dogs, walks in the country, good food and a truly life saving 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 eleven 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 visit http://www.mli-k9-9k.org.

Where were you in '72? That's the question for organizers of the Howard High School Class of 1972 40th reunion. The event is planned for Oct. 13 to coincide with the Howard High Homecoming.

Jilly's Bar and Grill on Route 40 in Ellicott City is the place with the reasonable rate of $12 per person or $10 per person if you send in your reservation early to Judy Shehan Wheeler, 6288 Montgomery Road , Elkridge, Md. 21075 Checks should be made payable to Howard High Class of '72. Questions? Email howardclassof72@gmail.com" Spread the word.

Members of the first response team at West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department's Station 3 were presented with a "Hometown Hero" award during Howard County Executive Ken Ulman's presentation on May 24.

Howard County residents Justin Rix and Douglas Scheuch, along with the first responders of Station 3 were lauded for the heroic actions that resulted in saving the life of a young woman.

Similarly, members of Station 3 were recently on the receiving end of an appreciation plaque presented during the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department meeting on May 14. Hanna Dardzinski presented the thank you plaque to the crew that saved her life during an accident in May of 2011.

Fire Captain Richard Weber, firefighters and emergency medical technicians Cullen O'Brien and James Baker, firefighters and paramedics Chuck Stillings and Dan Lottes, assistant Chief Mark Miller and Chief Mickey Day were all on hand to gratefully receive Hannah's plaque. The same crew that attended Hannah one year ago was recently recognized at the annual Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services Awards Ceremony, where they were presented with a Gift of Life and Unit Citation. We appreciate our volunteers.

Strong, savvy and sage. That's how the organizers of this year's Womenfest at the Glenwood Community Gary Arthur Center describe a day filled with interactive activities meant to inspire women to live a more balanced, health and fulfilled life.

It will include seminars, dynamic vendors, health screenings and even a concert by local songbird Deanna Bogart. Lunch is on the bill of fare, as well as a host of health and wellness opportunities for women in the community.

The event is sponsored by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services and the Office on Aging. For information call 410-313-5440. Womenfest is scheduled for June 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Community Center, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville.

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