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Impressive Girl Scout support for food drive [Ellicott City]

Girl Scouts hold some of the 680 pounds of food they collected during their recent food drive that benefited Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Church food bank. Pictured are, from left,:  Rebecca Hendrickson, Alexandra Pavao, Lauryn Hoppers, Charissa Ahu, Caralyn Anderson, Alexandra Stanislavsky and Bridget Luksic. Not pictured is Sophie Betlejewski.
Girl Scouts hold some of the 680 pounds of food they collected during their recent food drive that benefited Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Church food bank. Pictured are, from left,:  Rebecca Hendrickson, Alexandra Pavao, Lauryn Hoppers, Charissa Ahu, Caralyn Anderson, Alexandra Stanislavsky and Bridget Luksic. Not pictured is Sophie Betlejewski. (submitted photo)

Girls Scouts from Troops 767 and 3290 collected an impressive 680 pounds of food during their recent food drive for the Scouting for Food program. That's a food donation that weighs more than a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The beneficiary of the food drive, Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Church food bank, will use the food to support needy individuals and families in our community during the Spring months. Kudos to these wonderful Girl Scout volunteers!

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Do you have questions, concerns or ideas for the the Board of Education of Howard County? To provide citizens an opportunity to chat informally with board members, the BOE holds Coffee & Conversation sessions at schools throughout the county.

The next Coffee & Conversation will be held in Ellicott City on Saturday, May 9, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Waverly Elementary School (Media Center), 10220 Wetherburn Road. Howard County citizens are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.

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Have you noticed the construction project next to the Miller Branch Library on Frederick Road? It's the Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant, a new senior living community. With a variety of housing types — apartment, single-family and duplex homes — the planned community will feature resort-style amenities, dining, advanced health care services and fitness, health and recreation opportunities.

The Lutheran Village of Miller's Grant will host a free event, "Good Food and Aging Well," on May 11 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church (Fellowship Room), 3604 Chatham Road, in Ellicott City.

Stephen C. Schimpff, MD, former CEO of University of Maryland Medical Center, and Dr. Phyllis Famularo, regional nutrition manager for Sodexo Senior Services, will explain to Howard County seniors the nutritional benefits of certain ingredients and foods, in addition to providing information on which foods can help to optimize health.

For more information about the event or the Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant, call 877-900-6618 or go to http://www.millersgrant.org.

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