West Friendship: Glenelg High grad back from mission to orphanage in Kenya

Jane and Al Clark are mighty proud of their granddaughter, Megan Pawtowski. Equally proud are the recent Glenelg High graduate's parents, Jan and Marty Pawtowski.

Not only will Megan soon be entering East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., where she will pursue a degree in nursing, but Megan has also just returned from a mission trip to Nairobi, Kenya, where along with other members of the mission group from Grace Community Church, she taught children in an orphanage in the Soweto district.

The theme of the two week trip to Africa was "Trust in God" which Megan said was taught to the sweet youngsters through skits, learning sessions and a vacation Bible school curriculum.

The Glenelg High Class of 2012 student worked bake sales and an assortment of fundraising events in order to earn the money to finance her mission trip.

We wish Megan well on her first year of nursing school and commend her for representing our community in such a worthwhile mission to Kenya.

Local West Friendship artist Shyami Codippily Murphy will showcase her marvelous renderings of old Howard County farms, churches and landscapes at the Howard County Tourism Welcome Center on Aug. 19, 1- 4 p.m., in the historic district of Ellicott City.

The event is to recognize authors who have contributed to the preservation of Howard County and its history. Shyami's books, "Farms Never to be Forgotten" and "Churches Never to be Forgotten" are sterling examples of artistry aligned with preservation. Both volumes depict old farms and churches in our county.

Shyami is readying her latest volume, "Manors Never to be Forgotten," for a series of book signing's and sales this fall. Welcome Center manager Ed Lilley said there will be more than 24 books relating to Howard County and its history, culture and environment with many of the authors on hand.

Come out to the Welcome Center on Main Street in Ellicott City, in the former Post Office Building, to catch a glimpse of some of the wonderful ways in which local artists and authors have honored our county's past.

Don't forget. Auditions for the renowned Columbia Pro Cantare are being held . The chorus celebrates 36 years in Howard County this season.

Works to be performed for the 2012-2013 Season include "Carmina Burana," Handel's "Messiah," Faure's "Requiem" and works from Spain and Latin America.

If you would like to audition, call 410-730-8549 to schedule an audition time. Information on the procedure is found at http://www.procantare.org. Rehearsals will begin on Sept. 4 and are held every Tuesday at Hammond High School from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

As the school year fast approaches and calendars are filled in, it's time to mark the dates for the 17th annual Book Sale at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church. This year the sale will take place on Sept. 13 and 14, 3-7 p.m., and Sept 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the largest used book sale in Howard County. Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church is at 14551 Burnt Woods Road.

West Friendship Elementary Principal Carol Hahn will welcome parents of incoming students with a meet and greet "Coffee and Conversation" session Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. at the school on Route 144.

On Aug. 22, class lists will be posted on the school doors at 4 p.m., and on Aug. 23 a parent orientation for those who have children entering kindergarten will be held at the school at 3 p.m. This session is for parents only, not the kids.

The need has never been greater according to volunteers and church members associated with the food pantry at the Glenelg United Methodist Church.

If you would like to donate nonperishable goods for the food pantry, bring the items to the church at 13900 Burntwoods Road in Glenelg.

For information call 410-489-7260 or email glenelggumcpantry@gmail.com. The food bank is open on the third Saturday of each month from 9 to 10 a.m.

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