It has been said that April showers bring May flowers. Let's hope those are not snow showers. Most people have seen enough white stuff to last for a while.
The 5th District Volunteer Fire Department appreciated the great turnout during a break in February's foul weather. Lots of residents came out for the department's country breakfast. You have one more opportunity to share a country breakfast with family, friends and neighbors on March 30 from 8 a.m. until noon. That's it for this season. Breakfasts start up again in September.
Bring yourself and your group to enjoy pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrapple, eggs, applesauce, breakfast beverages and much more. Your support helps provided equipment for the volunteers and other expenses not covered by the county budget. The cost for the country breakfast is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors 55 and over, $5 for children ages 5-10 and free for those under 5.
Members of the VFD will be happy to see you and serve you plenty of good food.
Dick Weis, a member of the Frederick Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, will be the guest speaker at the group's next meeting at the Edenton Retirement Community Manor House on April 5 at 10 a.m. Among Dick's many talents are photography and painting. His topic will be "Perspectives in Pictures....Paint and Photo." Some of his works will be exhibited and background info provided. All are welcome to attend.
Look for Veronica An, Kendall Clairmont, Anna Sretinski, Tiffany Wang and possibly other young skaters you know appearing in "Frozen in Time — On Ice" at the Columbia Ice Rink on April 5 and 6.
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Skaters will enact treasured fairy tales from Hans Christian Andersen, Disney's Frozen and Les Miserables. Spectators will hear the sounds of Motown of days gone by. The entertaining show features nearly 90 performers from age 3 to adult with many advanced skaters experienced in national competition.
Show times Saturday, April 5 are 3 and 6 p.m. Show times Sunday, April 6 will be 2 and 4:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, go to http://www.columbiafsc.com.
River Hill High School student Amanda Post is gone but definitely not forgotten. Two $5,000 annual Amanda Post "Amanda Wins" scholarships have been established to honor her memory. In just four years, $60, 000 has been awarded through the Community Foundation of Howard County.
Amanda was passionate about life, academics and soccer among other things. The two scholarships are the Amanda Post "Amanda Wins" River Hill High School Student-Athlete Scholarship and the Amanda Post "Amanda Wins" Soccer Association of Columbia/Howard County Student-Athlete Scholarship.
The Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for both scholarships for the Class of 2014. To learn more, go to http://www.cfhoco.org/receive/scholarships and scroll about halfway down to Amanda's scholarships.
Congratulations to Clarksville Elementary fifth grade artists Katie Li, Julia Lin, Shaan Goel, Grayson Vintz, Lindsey Miller and Faith Meininger. They were recently feted at an artists' reception and their artwork will be on display in the Howard County Center for the Arts Alternative Processes, Alternative Materials Exhibit through April 25. Take a look.
Members of Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church are joyfully spreading the news that Tatyana McFadden is now a medal winner in both summer and winter Paralympics. She won Silver in the 1K cross-country skiing in Sochi. Way to go, Tatyana.