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Boy Scouts of America's Baltimore Area Council will be distributing food collection bags to homes in Central Maryland today and Sunday to collect food for the homeless and hungry. Residents are being asked to fill the bags with non-perishable food items and leave them outside their doors April 21 to be picked up by local scouts. The food will then be used to replenish food pantries in Carroll County, as well as Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Harford and Howard counties and Baltimore City. For more information, go to http://www.baltimorebsa.org/SFF.

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A group of dancers from Dance Dynamics in Taneytown will be performing in the All-Star Tap Team in the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade today. The tap team will feature several hundred dancers of all ages from across the country. The parade runs along Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. from 7th to 17th streets NW and will be nationally syndicated for the first time.

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Several students used their last day of spring break to get a first-hand look at a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers available as part of an Explore STEM one-day program offered through Carroll Community College. Many of the students were surprised to learn many of those jobs aren't far from home. Thirteen students in grades 9 through 12 explored the career opportunities available at five local companies: Northrop Grumman, GSE Systems, Carroll Hospital Center, Shelter Systems and New Spin Robotics.

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Three Carroll farmers are featured in the documentary "The Maryland Harvest" that is set to debut Tuesday during Maryland Public Television's annual Chesapeake Bay Week. The hour-long program was produced by Baltimore company Houpla, Inc. and follows the four seasons of food production in Maryland, highlighting several chef-farmer partnerships and the Buy Local/Eat Local movements. Dave Hochheimer of Black Rock Orchard in Lineboro, Bryan Kerney of Truck Patch Farms in New Windsor and Cinda Sebastian of Gardener's Gourmet in Westminster were interviewed for the documentary. The film will debut on MPT at 9 p.m. April 17

, but the executive producer is hoping to take this documentary into the school system with a curriculum developed with the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation to educate youths about where their food comes from

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Veterans who recently returned from war will get an opportunity to tell their stories in Mount Airy April 20-22 during a weekend retreat. Vets Journey Home, a nonprofit, holds the retreat to get vets together to share their experiences. Veterans are often asked what war was like, only to see horror on the faces of the people asking, so they shut down, organizers said. Many of the vets need a way to tell their stories to help them heal and start to get over the grief and fear they may be experiencing. The public is invited to attend the 4 p.m. graduation ceremony for the vets April 22 at the Gaia Healing Center, located at 8002 B Dolly Hyde Road in Mount Airy.

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