Few things give me as much satisfaction in writing this column, then to hear news of the children of parents whom I wrote about when they were school kids. Such is the case with the latest good news from Kenya Conway, whom I recall from her days as a school girl and who is now a special education teacher at Burleigh Manor Middle School, in Ellicott City.
Kenya let me know about the latest happenings in the life of her daughter, Tyler Monique, who is a freshman at River Hill High School. You may recall that last December I wrote of Tyler's success when crowned National Cover Model during the National All American Miss Pageant. Kenya and her grandparents, Bill and Sheila Conway, could not have been more proud.
Now comes news that Tyler has been crowned Miss Maryland Jr. Teen for the National American Miss Pageant. The competition was held Aug. 13-15 in Reston, Va. Contestants were judged on poise, communication skills during an interview process, community service involvement, formal wear and appearance.
Tyler took home the official Miss Maryland crown and banner, prizes and best of all scholarship opportunities. In November, Tyler will travel to California to compete at the national level. Congratulations, Tyler.
West Friendship Livestock and 4-H Club reporter Maggie Woodbury was just spilling over with news of her club and its accolades during the Howard County Fair in August. Club president Anna Larimore was honored as the first runner-up in the Howard County Miss Farm Bureau competition.
Many of the club members received honors in the baked goods category, but none so much as club member Erica Fields who was awarded champion status in the candy, Queen's candy and decorated cakes divisions.
According to Woodbury, several of the younger members of the club experienced great success in showing animals this year. Eric Fiege won champion in the category of dog rally obedience when he showed his dog, Max. First-year 4-H member Breanne Yencha won several awards including a blue ribbon for her Katahdin Aged Ewe and Katahdin Late Lamb class. Breanne's Late Lamb also won Champion Ewe in the overall Katahdin division.
The West Friendship Livestock Club was awarded Champion for both its 4-H banner and its 4-H booth. And even a bit of rain didn't hamper the club's parade float, which also took first-place honors. Congratulations West Friendship Livestock 4-H on such a blue ribbon showing this year.
For most grandparents, nothing equals joy, more than participating in the lives of their grandchildren. And so it was a day of joy and bliss for Ann Chaillou in early September when she accompanied her daughter Stefanie, and her grandson, Caleb, for the 8-month-old's first haircut.
The award-winning Glenelg High School marching band will perform at halftime of the Glenelg-Oakland Mills High football game Sept. 23 at 6:45 p.m.
West Friendship Elementary School will hold back-to-school night Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 6:30 to 7:15 for Kindergarten through second grades and 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. for third through fifth grades. In addition, the school PTA is sponsoring a lively and fun, all family back-to-school dance Saturday, Sept. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the school cafeteria.
Colleen Konstanzer, community outreach coordinator for Neighbor Ride, reminds the community that fall is a great time to consider volunteering as a driver for the nonprofit group. Demand for senior transportation has risen dramatically and additional volunteers are always a need for this organization. If you would like to become a "recruit," call Colleen at 410-884-3616. For more information on the program, go to the website at http://www.neighborride.org.
Fall is upon us and so is the upcoming roster of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church monthly Thursday night suppers. It's chicken pot pie and all the trimmings Sept. 22, 6-8 p.m., when the dine-in or carry-out feast donated by Glenwood's Smokin' Hot Catering will be held at 2892 Route 97, in Glenwood.
Organizers will post balloons to guide the way to the church which is between the Glenwood Post Office and Union Chapel Road. Cost is $9 per person or $30 per family. Proceeds from the September dinner will fund a teen pilgrimage. In addition to the dinner, organizers at St. Andrew's are also preparing for the annual mum and pumpkin sale scheduled for Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m, and Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Chrysanthemums, pumpkins, ornamental flowering kale plants, pansies, decorative fall gourds and even popping corn will be on sale.
Greenbridge Pottery will host "September Saturdays" this fall with an opportunity for visitors to watch the potters of Greenbridge while they work. Visit the studio, place holiday orders and watch while mugs, pots and plates are made before your eyes. Greenbridge Pottery's fall Saturday hours are 1 to 4 p.m. The gallery is at 5159 Greenbridge Road, in Dayton. Call 410-531-5920 with questions or go to the website at http://www.greenbridgepottery.com.