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Jumping rope for healthy hearts [Lisbon/Woodbine]

A charity Jump Rope for Heart activity is scheduled at Lisbon Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 20. Lisbon is happy to announce that it currently has 180 student participants signed up. When 200 jumpers are signed up registration, will close. For information or to sign up your child, contact Mary McCoy at the school.

The Woodbine community sends condolences to the family of William Edgar Barnes, a lifelong-community member who passed away on Oct. 15. Barnes was born on Jan. 12, 1944, and graduated from Glenelg High School in 1962. As an adult, he was active with the Soil Conservation community, won the Maryland Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year Award and represented the state at the National Convention in Arizona. Other activities included membership in the Howard County Farm Bureau and the Glenwood Lions Club. He also served as a director on the Howard County Fair Association Board for six years. Most recently, he served as chairman of the tractor pulls at the fair and worked many sweaty days behind the counter at the Lions Club Food Booth.

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Barnes was a member of the Poplar Springs United Methodist Church on Watersville Road, where he was interred on Tuesday, Oct. 24. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Merhlyn Pickett Barnes and four daughters, Melanie, Sharon, Valerie and Lauren and their husbands and families. In his memory donations can be sent to the church at 1878 Watersville Road., Woodbine, MD. 21797.

Also of special note is the passing of Earl Delong on Oct 19, at Howard County General Hospital. Delong is the beloved brother of a longtime Howard County resident, Ann Moyers, whom he was visiting when his health began to fail. Delong is also survived by his wife, Donna. Because of his many visits to Woodbine to see his sister over the years, Howard County was a second home. Delong was laid to rest on Oct. 23 in his hometown in Illinois. He will be missed.

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The holidays are fast approaching which always means that holiday marts and bazaars will abound. One of the biggest and best will be Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 pm at the Calvary Lutheran Church. A full luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a crab cake dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Additionally, the mart features baked goods, jams and jellies, cheese balls and a white elephant section. Local vendors will display their wares for sale. For the children, St. Nick visits from 4 to 7:30 p.m. A silent auction will continue throughout the day featuring many unique items. For more information call the church at 410-489-5280.

The Concerned Citizens of Western Howard County (CCWHC) hosted its 10th Annual Town Hall Meeting at the Lisbon Fire Hall on Monday, Oct. 23.

This year the guest speakers were the three candidates seeking a seat on the Howard County Council from the fifth district ; James Walsh, Republican; China Williams, Democrat, and David Yungman, Republican. A review of a brief biography of each candidate was followed by a time for each to share his vision for the future of the county. The floor was then open for questions. Of special interest to the audience were lively discussions of the storm water tax, the proposed composting regulations, and inquiries about how each candidate would vote on the Howard County sanctuary bill.

This committee is a nonpartisan organization made up of a group of volunteers with expertise on rural preservation issues. They see themselves as community advocates in addressing these issues as they impact western Howard County. One of the strengths of this committee is its diversity of experts in many fields including architecture, farming, business owners, local family members, and environmentalists. New members are always welcome.

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Those interested in becoming involved with this group, joining its advisory committee or volunteering in any way should contact. Brenda Stewart at 410-442-2471 or drstewart@AOL.com

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