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County Tree Farm of the Year here in Dayton [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

Steve and Mary Curtis, who own a tree farm on Triadelphia Mill Road in Dayton, announce that their farm was selected as the 2015 Howard County Tree Farm of the Year.

The Maryland Tree Farm Committee was impressed with the forestry practices used on the farm, pointing out that the farm was well managed in a sustainable manner through quality forestry work. Congratulations to the Curtises, who have owned the property since the early 1980's and have been in the tree farm program since 1992.

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The property was originally part of the Brown and Sabine farms near Triadelphia Reservoir. There is a preservation easement on the property through the Howard Conservancy.

The Glenwood Middle School Chorus and Orchestra Winter Concert will be Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., in the Glenelg High School Auditorium. On the following night, Thursday, Dec. 11, the Glenwood Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will perform their Winter Concert at 7 p.m. in the Glenelg Auditorium. Admission is free for both of these concerts. Celebrate the season with these talented young musicians.

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Glenelg High School students will display their musical talents on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. In case of snow, the concert will be Thursday, Dec. 18. The Winter Concert features the Symphonic Band, Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Choir and Madrigals.

You can buy tickets for $8 from any music department student. Tickets may be available at the door, but this concert generally sells out, so get your tickets early for the show. It's not Christmas for me until the Glenelg Symphonic Band performs "Sleigh Ride".

Congratulations to Glenwood Middle School students Anastasia Aleshire and Mary Mae Robinson. Their art was selected to represent the school at the Horizon Foundation's Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 2. In addition, Glenwood students Chris Barnard, Ethan Bomhardt, Bryse Wade, Ally Gorsuch, Juliana Gambino and Anna Shaw had works of art selected for the Sixth Grade Showcase at the Howard County Board of Education. Their art will be on display from the beginning of December until the beginning of February.

Madi Stepherson, who worked with Toby Dilworth and Rider Jordan on the Run for Rod at Glenelg High School, reported the names of the top finishers in the 5K race. In the men's class, Philip Rogers placed first, Ben Adams placed second and Shaun Thompson was third. In the women's class, Lauren Lake was first, Jen Birsa came in second, and Ashleigh Kocher placed third. Congratulations to the top finishers and to everyone who participated in this very successful event to remember Rodney Williams.

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Calvary Lutheran Church, at 16151 Old Frederick Road, will present its Advent Program on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. The choir will perform the Christmas Cantata "Bethlehem's Child". The children's plays will be "Simply Christmas" by the PreK group and "Christmas Shopping with the Magi" by the elementary students. The youth hand bell group, youth band and brass group will also perform. There will be brief devotions and communion followed by a reception. For additional information call the church at 410-489-5280 or go to the web site http://www.calvarylutheranmd.net

The band students at Dayton Oaks Elementary School are working hard learning to play instruments with their band director, Amy Bejm Syversen. The following students are recognized as Band Musicians of the Month for December. Kristina Kim (Flute), Claire Slade (Flute), Ocarina Lin (Oboe), Luke Rodell (Percussion), Reece Conn (Percussion), Keith Surbrook (Percussion), Tyler Burt (Clarinet), Gabriella Passamonti (Clarinet), Mayzie Connelly (Alto Sax), William Specht (Euphonium), Aaryan Verma (Flute), Eliza Nelson (Flute) and Spencer Fetterman (Flute). Syverson is proud of their great work and awesome attitudes.

In addition, three students from Dayton Oaks have memorized all nine major scales to four sharps and four flats plus the chromatic scale. These students are Whitney Ye (Percussion), Ocarina Lin (Oboe) and Kristina Kim (Flute). Memorizing all these scales is an amazing feat, and they truly deserve the Super Star designation. Keep up the good work.

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