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Remembering World War I, honoring veterans and educating community [Elkridge]

During November, the Howard County Library System is honoring veterans as well as those actively serving in the military with a Salute to Veterans. The month-long commemoration includes a series of classes on the centennial of World War I; photos of local veterans and active military personnal appearing on computer monitors at all library branches; and opportunities for children and families to create thank-you messages that Operation Welcome Home Maryland will distribute to service members.

For a full list of classes, activities and some World War I book selections, go to hclibrary.org/SaluteToVeterans.

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HCLS branches will also serve as collection points for items needed by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ellicott City Yingling-Ridgely VFW Post 7472 for its annual Holiday Care Package drive. All donations of the following items will be distributed to deployed troops and local veterans in need: shampoo/conditioner (hotel size items are good), feminine care items, toothpaste/toothbrushes, lip balm, mouthwash, dental floss, gloves, scarves, knitted hats (all in dark colors), greeting/holiday cards, playing cards, games, sewing kits, pencils/pens as well as writing paper and envelopes.

Whether it's making gourmet jams or jellies, baking bread and cakes, catering festive events or creating and packaging special dinners for one, food related businesses are becoming increasingly popular as a way to earn a living (or to add to your income). The cook's creative flair, combined with business practicality will succeed even in tough economic times, if the enterprise is given the appropriate research and planning before its launch.

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University of Maryland Extension's Food for Profit workshop takes you step by step through the information necessary to start and run a small food product business. Although appropriate for any food business owners who want to develop their venture proactively, the workshop is especially directed to individuals who will be making and packing their products for resale.

The program is scheduled for Nov. 18 in the University of Maryland Extension - Howard County office. The tuition cost of $40 per person includes all materials and lunch. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the event and may be accomplished online via eventbrite.com, or by calling the Howard County Extension Office at 410-313-2707. This program is open to anyone interested in food enterprises.

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