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Ever wonder about mummies?

Erin Wyckoff is fascinated by Ancient Egypt. And she wonders about mummies and how they are preserved. Thanks to her precociousness, she scored first place at both the Rodgers Forge Elementary School and Baltimore County Public Schools Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fairs. Her STEM experiment, titled "The Fruity Pharaoh," involved determining which type of salt works best to mummify apple slices. It took five trials using six different kinds of salt — and extra precautions to prevent the family cats from participating — but she found her answer. And she earned a medal. If you want to know the conclusion, you'll have to ask her about natron.

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Having company over for a backyard nibble and clink? Beginning Saturday, June 14 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m, you can stop by the Green Spring Station Farmers Market and get all the ingredients you need to create a beautiful, healthy and delicious feast. Initiated and managed by Marge Wildey, longtime resident of Stanmore Road, the market is now in its seventh year and offers fresh-from-the-farm vegetables and meats, baked goods, gorgeous plants and flowers and homemade popsicles! Even your four-footed friends can enjoy a little treat from pet-friendly vendors at the market.

Allan Massie, Ph.D and resident of Murdock Road, was recently promoted to assistant professor for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Department of Surgery. Dr. Massie specializes in kidney transplant epidemiology and when he's not researching or developing complex formulas for more efficiently allocating transplanted kidneys, he's collaborating on and publishing papers with titles like Bayesian Construction of Geometrically Based Cortical Thickness Metrics. Congratulations, Allan.

Kendal Perkins, of Dunkirk Road, finished the St. Patrick's Day 5k in only 39 minutes — and she's only 9! She trained throughout the winter alongside her mother, Heather Perkins. Kendal enjoys running and plans to participate in future races. Watch for Kendal around the neighborhood as she continues to train, but know that if you blink you might miss her.

On Saturday, May 10, Isabel Rodriguez, Dunkirk Road, was honored at a luncheon given by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Carter Braxton Chapter for winning its DAR American History Essay Contest in partnership with Rodgers Forge Elementary School. Isabel's 600-word essay was written as a series of historically accurate journal entries describing the life of a young girl during the colonial fight for freedom. In addition to the luncheon attended by Chapter members, Isabel's family, and Melissa Fanshaw, principal of RFES, Isabel was awarded a bronze medal and a certificate, plus she will appear in American Spirit magazine. Truth be told, her talents may be partly genetic (her mother writes this column).

Thanks for reading! If you have something to celebrate, send me an email or knock on my door. I'd love to hear all about it.

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