Mark your calendars for this West Laurel traditional autumn event, the 30th annual Bond Mill Craft Fair, on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bond Mill Elementary School on Sherwood Avenue.
Wow! Thirty years? Many of us in this community remember volunteering as a parent and attending this fun annual event. The proceeds from the craft fair benefit the fifth-grade's end-of-year activities. You can buy something for yourself or holiday gifts and enjoy the baked goodies at the bake sale table.
There are still a few spaces left to rent if you would like to sell your wares. Tables rent for $25 and $35. Call the school office at 301-497-3600.
Here's a little update on Christopher Jones who five years ago I reported was the number one Pee Wee Bowler in the country. Now six years later, with all of his strikes, spares and high games, Chris is rated the second top-rated bowler in the country for his age group/boys. He is now with a new league in Linthicum, at AMF Southwest. Chris' parents are very proud of his Star Bowler for the 2011-2012 season with "164" game score and he continues to excel in the sport.
It's Dumpster Day on Saturday, Nov. 3. The West Laurel Civic Association in conjunction with the Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources will have dumpsters available for you to get rid of all of the junk you've been meaning to get rid of. Bring your junk (no electronics, hazardous waste, tires, oil paint, motor oil, pesticides or computers) to the West Laurel Community Building parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or until the dumpsters are full. There will be West Laurel Civic Association volunteers there to help you unload and monitor what goes in the dumpsters. If you are disabled or a senior who needs assistance or a pick-up, call Jason Float at 443-878-6360 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, West Laurel Civic Association, for this service to our community.
Jim Farley, formerly of West Laurel, passed away peacefully on Oct. 12 after a long illness at Venice Regional Medical Center in Venice, Fla. Jim and his late wife, Carol, raised their six children on Kent Road. Jim had 18 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He was known for his Irish wit and charm and was a devoted father and grandfather. Services will be held on Nov. 2 in Elmira, N.Y., where Jim's story began.
In this neighborhood, you can rake up the leaves and several hours later, they are back as if you had never raked at all. We have endless falling leaves here but we are enjoying the brilliant hues of autumn.