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Eagle Scout project a book exchange at Dayton Oaks [Clarksville]

Boy Scout Eagle projects are always helpful and often quite distinctive. Nick Morton, a Dayton Oaks Elementary School alum came up with one of those novel projects that may be just what you've been wanting. It's called the Little Free Library and was installed at the school on the first day of this school year.

Nick worked and planned with the Dayton Oaks media team for a year and then supervised and directed Scouts to install the Little Free Library in front of the school on the bus loop, where it is always conviently open to the community. The top shelf is stocked with books for adults. The bottom shelf is stocked with board, picture and chapter books for children. Please sign in to the guest book to share your thoughts.

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The Little Free Library serves as a book exchange. Take a book. Return the book. If you would like to donate  books to the Little Free Library, drop them off in the media center first so they can be stickered.

Congratulations, Nick. You came up with a great idea.

The Dayton Oaks Regional Early Childhood Toddler and Preschool Program is now accepting applications for the 3-year-old classes for the 2014-2015 school year. These classes are for children with and without disabilities. Childrem must be born between Sept. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2011.  Applications must be completed and returned by Sept. 26. There will be a playgroup observation on Oct. 1. For answers to questions, call 410-313-1581.

Sept. 26 is marked as an extra special day on my calendar. It's my friend Joyce Ludy's birthday. Have a fun day and a healthy, happy year.

The Howard County Police Department and HC DrugFree will collect expired and unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines plus syringes and needles for proper disposal at 10 locations on Saturday, Sept. 27. Go to http://www.hcdrugfree.org/drugtakeback.html to learn more.

Don't just clear out old medications. Fall is traditionally a housecleaning time.The PTA Council of Howard County and the HCPSS Pupil Personnel Workers are sponsoring the 2014 annual Family Coat Drive.

Clarksville MIddle School families can donate new or gently used coats, hats, mittens and gloves through Oct. 24. There is a donation box in the front lobby. Most other schools will have a collection box if another school is more convenient for you. Items of all sizes are needed. All clothing should be wearable with zippers in working condition and buttons in  place. Past donations have been greatly appreciated. Cold weather is rapidly approaching.

Would you be interested in seasonal employment not too far away. Arundel MIlls is not right here in Clarksville, but it is relatively convenient to reach. There will be an open house with an opportunity to fill hundreds of job openings for the coming holiday season in full and part-time retail and restaurant  openings.

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Attendees are encouraged to visit participating retailers with employment opportunities posted in the window. They will be prepared to review resumens, provide applications and conduct on-the-spot interviews.

Go to http://www.arundelmills.com for specific times by retailer. Arrive early and dress to impress favorably. The job fair will be held Thursday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

More information is available by calling 410-540-5100. You might also check them out at http://www.facebook.com/ArundelMIlls.

KidSpace is sponsoring Family Fun Friday for all ages on Oct. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. It's free.

To learn more, call the Columbia Gym at 410-531-8984.

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