West Friendship: Livestock 4-Her's wear championship colors

One can not say enough about the enthusiasm and hard work demonstrated by the members of the West Friendship Livestock 4-H Club.

During the Howard County Fair in August, the club was delighted to receive championship ribbons for the club booth and banner. This was the second year in which the Livestock Club won such honors.

The 4-H members were also thrilled to receive a champion award for the club historian book, a second prize for the club float and a host of awards for members individual entries.

Club members including Bethany Arrington, Breanne Yencha, Caroline Beall, Ashlyn Turner, Justin Woodbury, Emma Woodbury, Maggie Woodbury, Jeffrey Woodbury, Grace Meyer, Austin Johnson, Eric Fiege,Willliam Fiege, Anna Larrimore, Katie and Charlie Coles and Laura,Nathan and Rachel Thomas were all heavily involved in fair entries and in fair champion ribbons.

These kids not only prepared their individual fair entries, but also worked as volunteers all week. They showed pigs, baked cupcakes, baked breads, tended animals, showed sheep, crafted hand wrought bows from a fallen tree bough and photographed family pets.

A great crop of local 4-H kids who bolster the notion that Howard County still holds the best county fair in the nation.

Get out your walking shoes for Sept. 22 when Clark's Elioak Farm will be the site for a Farm City Family Walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Families of all ages can walk the 1.5 mile loop around Clark's historic farm through the Enchanted Forest Story Land characters and visit interactive stations along the way.

Learn about honeybees in Maryland, plant some lettuce to take home, play with grains, color a pumpkin and taste fresh local apples. Lots of adorable animals to pet too. No registration required. Just show up and take in the scenery at the wonderful Clark's Elioak Farm at 10500 Clarksville Pike/Route 108 in Ellicott City.

The Clarks have farmed this land since 1797. The family land famous for it's motto of "Never Sell the Land" has become a destination for folks earnest in their desire to capture the old rural roots of the county.

"Taste the Love" is the slogan for Nora's Kabob in Ellicott City. Love indeed. That's certainly what was in abundance from the folks at Nora's on June 30.

Al McKegg had planned a memorial celebration for his late and beloved wife Janet on June 30. Little did Al know that the derecho ( a wind storm that resulted in massive power outages) would hit on June 29. Even without power, the folks at Nora's Kabob who were catering the celebration for McKegg, came through and served more than 50 guests.

"It was truly remarkable," said a grateful McKegg.

The benefit dinners held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church are back on the calendar. On Sept. 27, the chefs from Smokin' Hot Grille in Glenwood will present an Italian Feast from 6 to 8 p.m.

Proceeds from this dinner will go to the St. Andrew's 2014 Youth Pilgrimage to Arizona. Dine in or carry out for a family fee of $30 or an individual fee of $9. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is at 2892 Route 97, between Union Chapel Road and the Glenwood Post Office. Questions? Call Lynne Quinn at 410-442-5445 or e-mail Lynne at lynnequinn@comcast.net.

According to West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary member Sandi Hawkins, the first ever yard sale held last spring at Station 3 was so successful that the auxiliary members decided, "Let's do it again."

So the second sale of the year is set for Oct. 6. If you would like to participate as a vendor for this big sale, call 410-442-1471 to secure a spot.

Mark your calendar for the annual St. James United Methodist Church blood drive. The event is set for Sept. 27, 2-8 p.m., in the Social Hall at 12470 Old Frederick Road in Marriottsville. Call Jim Quindlan at 410-465-5134 to set an appointment time.

Where were you in '72? If you were a member of the Howard High Class of 1972, get in touch with your classmates during a 40-year reunion set for Oct. 13, 7 p.m., at Jilly's Bar and Grill in Ellicott City.

Price for the event is $12 per person. The reunion is scheduled for the same day as Howard High's Homecoming. Reserve your early bird admission of $10 by sending a check to Judy Shehan Wheeler, 6288 Montgomery Road, Elkridge, Md. 21075. Checks should be made out to Howard High Class of '72. Need more information? E-mail howardclassof72@gmail.com

Music lovers take note. The Glenelg United Methodist Church Community Concert Series kicks off the fall season with a vocal piano duo performance on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. The concert is free of charge and will feature vocalist Sara Dell'Omo and pianist Russell Wilson.

The evening of music will include classical favorites to Broadway hits. A reception will follow the performance.

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