Spotlight on Best Athlete nominee Tatyana McFadden

Congratulations to Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church member Tatyana McFadden on being nominated for the prestigious ESPY Award-Best Athlete with a Disability.

Last year, Tatyana won four major world marathons and earned six titles at the IPC Athletics World Championships. The nomination is an honor, but the overall award is decided by the public. That's you. Take a moment to vote. Go to http://www.espn.go.com/espy/2014/vote/index?id=11044668&lang=en.


Voting ends July 16 at 9 p.m.

Have you been looking at all the thriving gardens in the community? Now is the time to begin preserving all that yummy fresh produce. The University of Maryland Extension — Howard County is presenting a series of seven workshops on methods and best practices to preserve local bounty.


The first workshop on July 9 featured pressure canning. Though not a hands on workshop, even experienced canners can learn more by attending "Grow it, Eat it, Preserve it" workshops. Others in the series include Fruitful Canning on July 14, Jams and Jellies on July 16, Freezing on July 28. What to Do with All Those Tomatoes on Aug. 11, Preserving the Perfect Pickle on Aug. 18 and Herbs and the Art of Drying on Aug. 20. Workshops are held from 10 a.m. until noon.

For details, go to http://www.extension.umd/howard-county/food-nutrition or call 410-313-1908.

After the flurry of exciting activities surrounding Independence Day celebrations, the big July question often seems to be, "Now what can we do?"

We may travel or have family and friends coming to visit. What's happening with your family? Be sure to share the news with your neighbors. Send me an email.

Vacation Bible school is a fun option for youngsters. Even parents, grandparents and older siblings get in on the fun by helping out. Many declare that vacation Bible school is the best week of summer.

Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church has scheduled vacation Bible school for July 20-25, evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program title is "Weird Animals, Where Jesus Love is One-of-a-Kind." The program will be geared toward children ages 5-12 or grades K-6. It's free. Check out the easy online registration by going to http://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/weirdanimalstriad.

For more information about vacation Bible school at Triadelphia, call Jesse Wenzel at 301-854-0306 or Peggy Lee at 301-317-5428.

If you are out of town and can't make it to vacation Bible school that week or your kids really love this program, you will get a second opportunity to enjoy "Weird Animals" July 27-31 at Linden-Linthicumn United Methodist Church. Children ages 3 years through fifth grade are invited to participate. The program runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Interactive Bible point stations include, Sing and Play, Imagination Station, Bible Adventure, KId Vid and, of course, snacks and games.

Registration is now open. To learn more details or offer assistance, contact Beth Jaczun at beth@l-lumc.org.

Military families have an extra special option for summer fun.

The Howard County Historical Society has joined over 2,000 museums in America as a Blue Star Museum. This means free admission for active members of the armed forces and up to five family members through Labor Day. It's a nice way to say "thank you." Family includes aunts, uncles, spouse, child, grandparents, etc. Spouses of deployed military are eligible for admission.

The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For information call 410-480-3250 or go to http://www.hchsmd.org/collections-overview or http://www.hchsmd.org.


During spring and summer months, you'll find many species of birds right in your own yard. You can learn more about our feathered friends through the Howard County Bird Club. Go to http://www.howardbirds.org. You can read their newsletter, The Goldfinch.

Are you looking for staff at River Hill High? The school is being remodeled. You'll find staff over at Clarksville Elementary, or you can still contact River Hill by phone at 410-313-7120 for main office and athletics or 410-313-7400 for student services.

Have a great summer.

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