Last year's session was so popular that the Howard County Beekeeper's Association is revving up for another of its annual Beekeeping Short Course classes. In recent years, the classes have attracted more than 100 students. The short course on beekeeping will be held at the Howard County fairgrounds in the dining hall from 7-9:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 16 and continuing each Tuesday through March 22. Topics will include honey bee biology, beekeeping laws in Howard County, benefits of keeping bees, obtaining and installing bees, setting up equipment, inspecting bees, bee diseases and products of the hive. Interested? Go to howardcountybeekeepers.org and click on classes.
Jan. 18 is the day for the Howard County Historical Society, the Howard County Recreation and Parks and the Howard County African American Heritage Project collaborative celebration honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The program includes performances by the Florence Bain Center Senior Gospel Choir and guest musician Scott Paynter. Free and open to the public, attendees should head to the Roger Carter Center, 300 Milltowne Drive, in Ellicott City beginning at 10 a.m. for viewing of projects and displays in the lobby, followed by choir performances, youth vocalists, music workshops and interactive performances based on the sons of iconic freedom enthusiasts.
Who loves owls? Just about everyone. Come out to the Howard County Conservancy on Jan. 21, 7 p.m. when Scott Weidensaul, a Petersen Reference Guide author, will lead "Owls: Soul of the Night." The Conservancy's resident owls, Belle and Ranger, will be on hand to hoot away for those gathered. Admission is $10 per person or $20 per family. The Howard County Conservancy at Mt. Pleasant is at 10520 Old Frederick Road (Route 99), in Woodstock.
Hooray, no more leftovers. The monthly St. Andrew Episcopal Church feasts are back on track. Next up is an Italian Feast, Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m. with all proceeds from the dinner funding the St. Andrews Youth Program. Dine in or carry out; $9 per person or $30 for an entire family. The church is at 2892 Route 97 between Union Chapel Road and the Post Office, in Glenwood.
For all the local youngsters, and oldsters, too, who received electronic devices for the holidays, it might come as a surprise to realize that it was only 138 years ago, Jan. 28, 1878, to be exact, that the first telephone switchboard went into service in New Haven, Conn. "Ahoy, Ahoy, Mr. Coy," was what operator George Coy heard back, when he greeted the then 21 subscribers in New Haven with "Ahoy, Ahoy," rather than the modern and familiar "Hello."
West Friendship Livestock 4-H Club reporter Austin Johnson reminds the community of the club's next meeting on Jan. 20, 7 p.m. at the Howard County fairgrounds. New members are always welcome to join in.
This time of year signifies a historically slow news flow for local happenings. Folks in our town are getting readjusted to daily schedules, attempting to fulfill resolutions and filling out new and fresh calendars. Don't hesitate to call or email with family news, community events or upcoming adventures.