West Friendship: Ready for a good threshing? Cutting of the Wheat is for you

It's all about the wheat up at the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club campus on Saturday, July 7.

The club, which holds as its mission the preservation of an agricultural way of life primarily through the club's Living Farm Heritage Museum, will host the annual Cutting of the Wheat on that day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the community is invited.

The action takes place at the Living Farm Heritage Museum in West Friendship, just across from the Howard County fairgrounds on Route 144.

The wheat, which club members planted last fall, is ready for harvest. This annual cutting of the wheat ritual provides an up close glimpse of agriculture in the community for youngsters and oldsters alike.

Demonstrations on cutting, threshing, baling, wagon rides, bluegrass music and even horse pulls are all part of the days events.

Tractor displays and food concessions will round out the family fun. Come out to the farm and see a little bit of West Friendship's farming roots in action.

Organizer Virginia Frank mentions that if there is a rainfall the previous evening or the morning of July 7, it is wise to give a call to 410-489-2345 to make certain that the wheat is dry enough for cutting.

Glenelg High School rising junior Nikki Wolfrey is one busy young lady.

The active high school student is taking a respite from her duties associated with Glenelg High's Key Club and Advance Placement Council member duties as she preps for the Howard County Fair this August.

Nikki is an accomplished horsewoman especially when it comes to her favorite horse Danny, a Palomino Quarter Horse. As a member of the Spur and Stirrup 4-H, there is a lot to be done before the fair. Early July marks the time when class entries must be complete.

"I've been riding as much as possible", said Nikki, who manages part-time summer work in addition to her horse activities.

Nikki boards her horse Danny and another one named Laurel.

"I've been riding since I was seven years old," she said.

Wolfrey loves the hunter classes, which are a more formal equestrian session within a horse ring. For Nikki, aside from a trip to New York with friends, the rest of the summer will be all about preparation for the fair.

Congratulations to the young artists who were winners in the 2012 Howard County Bird Club's Student Art Contest. First honors went to Manor Woods Elementary fifth grader Tiffany Lee for her drawing of a Northern Cardinal. Patpasco Middle School student Kruti Patel won first honors for her drawing of a Goldfinch. Both winners received backpacks containing Eagle Optics binoculars and field guides.

Coincidentally, both winning artists are students of art teacher May Fong Tsay.

In the elementary division, second place winner was Zac Sultzer, a fourth grade student at Lisbon Elementary, and third place went to Juliana Yu, a fourth grade student at Manor Woods Elementary.

Honorable Mention was awarded to the works of Lisbon Elementary fourth grader Ben Sultzer, Worthington Elementary fifth grader Shanina Ko, Josiah Skiles of Cedar Brook Academy and Pointers Run Elementary fifth grader Mason Suess.

In the Middle School category, second place winner was Clarksville Middle sixth grader Christine Kwan and third place winner was Ellicott Mills Middle School student Jinyu Huang.

Honorable Mention was awarded to the works of Clarksville Middle School sixth grader Bill Cao, and to Patapsco Middle School sixth graders Jiana Sonano and Jeril Varghese.

Holly Highfill, who has been instrumental in the design and execution of most of the art exhibits at the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, deserves thanks for her role as judge in this year's contest. The winning entries will be on display at the Robinson Nature Center from Aug. 16 to 20, followed by an exhibit of the winning entries at Mt. Pleasant Conservancy from Aug. 20 to 31 and a final exhibit at the Glenwood Community Center during the month of September.

Don't forget that Glenelg United Methodist Church runs a food pantry that is open on the third Saturday of each month from 9 to 10 a.m.

Glenelg United Methodist has partnered with the Howard County Food Bank to act as a pantry in the western end of the county. For those in need of food assistance, the next date is July 21. The church is at 13900 Burntwoods Road. Questions? Wish to donate non perishables to the pantry? Call 410-489-7260 or email glenelggumcpantry@gmail.com.

The Glenwood Farmers Market continues on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Produce, baked goods and more each Saturday at 2350 Route 97.

Condolences to the family of Hans Schabatka, who passed away on June 17 at his home in Eldersburg. Hans and his late wife Therese had been long time residents of Rosemary Lane in West Friendship.

As a neighbor, Hans was known to all for the most perfectly manicured lawn and gardens in town. We as a community send sympathy to his family.

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