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Remembering two residents for their community pride

Learn about bees during a short course sponsored by Howard County Bee Keepers beginning Feb. 13.
Learn about bees during a short course sponsored by Howard County Bee Keepers beginning Feb. 13. (Howard County Times file)

Two bright lights were dimmed in West Friendship in January.

Black bunting at Station 3 signaled the passing of one of its finest members. The community mourns the passing of former West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Chief and Life Member Frank Saunders who passed away in January at the age of 82. Saunders joined the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department in 1958 and remained a member for 61 years. With his signature flat top haircut and his affable spirit, condolences poured in from far and wide. A fixture in our community and a man who served all of us for decades, Saunders was recalled for his long time service to West Friendship. He served as fire chief from 1979 to 1981. Saunders was part of a long time legacy of fire service to West Friendship. His father Nobel Saunders joined in 1944 with all four of his sons joining the department. The Saunders family’s dedication to our community continues with Frank Saunders, son and grandson, currently serving our community. We salute you Frank Saunders.

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Dorothy Frank, an irreplaceable presence in the West Friendship community, passed away on Jan. 12. Dorothy and the history of West Friendship are forever entwined. Born in West Friendship in 1932 and forever remembered for her work at the family business, Frank’s Garage, as well as her tireless efforts and enthusiasm for the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club and of West Friendship, Frank will be recalled with only fond memories. Condolences to the Frank family on this profound loss.

No cobwebs in local high school orchestra pits, as the theater departments ready for the spring musical season. Upcoming selections from area stages will include Glenelg Country School’s “The Wizard of Oz,” Marriotts Ridge High’s “The Sound of Music,” Glenelg High’s “Broadway Connections” musical as well as the main stage production of “Chicago.” Can’t wait.

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Just a reminder from Doris Walsh, who has been dubbed Bee Ambassador for the Howard County Beekeepers Association. A short course, sponsored by the Howard County Bee Keepers Association is to be held at the Howard County fairgrounds in the dining hall from 7 to 9:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 13 and continuing each Wednesday through March 20. 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, local nectar and pollen plants and products of the hive. Interested? Sign up at hocoba.comand click on classes.

It’s Crazy Hat Day at West Friendship Elementary on Feb. 21, when students are encouraged to wear a hat, part of a festive School Spirit Day.

Join the solar fun and night sky wonders with Joel Goodman and the Celestial Searchers Young Astronomers Club. Last month, the meeting included exploration of space rocks and learning about craters.The gang meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Branch library. New members are always welcome.

February musicians of the month at West Friendship Elementary are Sanah Ahmed, Cooper Ellis, Christopher Chung, Eric Andrews, Sebastian Alonso, Lowan Tichenor, Liliana Williamson, Logan Woo, Zelia Oommen, Boden Pistorio, Hannah Rodrigues, Tavi Decker, Sienna Williams and Brett Cumberland. Congrats to all.

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