Tomatoes are the most commonly grown home garden crop. Late in summer you may be seeing tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes. What to do with them all can be your big question of the season.

The University of Maryland Extension — Howard County is coming to your rescue with "Grow It, Eat It, Preserve It" workshops. The Aug. 11 session from 10 a.m. to noon tells, "What to do with all those tomatoes."


You can learn how to preserve the perfect pickle on Aug. 18 and the art of drying herbs on Aug. 20.

Go to or call 410-313-1908 to learn more. Checks made payable to Howard County EAC must accompany your registration. Mail to Grow It, Eat It, Preserve It Workshops, University of Maryland Extension-Howard County, 3300 N. Ridge Road, Suite 240, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

Back-to-school sales are in full swing. Are you ready? All kindergarten and other new students should be registered to be certain of adequate staffing and supplies on opening day. If you have prospective new students, contact your local school district to get the children registered as soon as possible.

Students entering kindergarten and 7th grade have new immunization requirements this year. Kindergarten children must have a second dose of Varicella vaccine (chickenpox). Students entering 7th grade must have MCV4 (meningococcal) vaccine for meningitis and Tdap for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).

Free immunization clinics will be held at the Howard County Health Department on Aug. 14 and 21 from 2 to 6 p.m. They also offer HPV and Hepatitis A vaccines. Remember to bring the child's immunization record.

For more information, call 410-313-7592 or go to

Around Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area there are so many national treasures to visit that one may become a bit jaded. Yet, there is always something new to learn. Visiting National Parks in the USA or elsewhere in the world will reveal amazing natural wonders. It's something I love doing.

This column is coming to you from the Delta Lodge in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada. Cousin Janyce Niedbalski Shull and I are exploring for our first time Jasper and Banff National Parks and the Columbia Icefields along the Icefields Parkway. Banff is Canada's first National Park. I can hardly wait to tell you all about it. Well, maybe just a few of the highlights.

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