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Art Boone marks 50 years jumping from airplanes [West Friendship]

A favorite local bluegrass musician , history buff and long time supporter of the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club has another honor to add to his roster. Art Boone recently was awarded a certificate from the U.S. Parachute Association in recognition of 50 years of skydiving.

Boone began his "sky adventures" at Fort Bragg, N.C., back in 1963 as a paratrooper. Many locals may recall the days when Art and his brother Harold Boone made many exhibition jumps in western Howard County, sites including the Howard County Fairgrounds, Nixon's Farm and West Friendship Elementary. In recent years Boone has enjoyed skydiving in Chambersburg, Pa. Congratulations, Art, on this accomplishment.

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No moss grows under the feet of the Boy Scouts of Troop 007. June found members of the local troop at the high adventure camp, Summit Bechtel Reserve Camp in West Virginia.

Shooting sports, zip line adventure and rafting were daily activities. The entire membership of Troop 007 convened in July at Ten Mile River Camp in Narrowsburg, N.Y., where they worked on merit badges, enjoyed the massive lake on the property and bonded as troop members with rounds of card games into the wee hours of the morning.

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August found Troop 007 members tackling the intricacies of Old Rag Mountain in the Shenandoah Valley. A 16-mile hike during gloriously good weather afforded a stunning view from atop the mountain.

In October, the 007 Boy Scouts will backpack along the Appalachian Trail, earning members merit badges in hiking, backpacking and trail cooking. Troop Member Will Connor became an Eagle Scout in August, having completed his Eagle Project, which involved construction of four archery targets for the Isaac Walton League in Damascus.

Will's parents Bill and Lauren Connor are beaming with pride of their son's achievement. Connor's elevation to Eagle Scout counts as the seventh Eagle coming out of Troop 007. The troop will hold the annual Boy Scout recruitment Dec. 6 and 7 at Camp Michael in Ellicott City. Troop Master Eric Bishop encourages any boy age 11 or older who has an interest in Boy Scouting to stop by and meet the troop. Interested? Email Bishop at troop007scoutmaster@gmail.com.

Halloween hay rides for the younger set are the newest thing at the West Friendship Living Farm Heritage Museum. Soft thrills of the best sort for the little kids. Children ages 11 and younger are invited to come in costume and enjoy a one-mile hay ride where storybook characters will entertain along the route. The old fashioned hay ride event is from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 and 26. Accompanying adults are free with fees for the little folks at $5.

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Call the museum at 410-489-2345 to double check if the weather looks threatening. The museum is at 12985 Frederick Road (Route 144) in West Friendship, just across from the Howard County Fairgrounds. For more information go to the club's website at http://www.farmheritage.org.

What's better than a Ham and Oyster Supper? The folks at Lisbon United Methodist Church are serving up just that on Oct. 18, 1-5:30 p.m., at 15875 Frederick Road (Route 144) in Lisbon. The family style meal includes fried oysters, ham, green beans, homemade cole slaw, potato and Jell-O salads, corn, rolls, relishes and beverages. It's $16.50 per adult and $6 per child age 6 to 12. Questions? Call the church at 410-489-7245.

Eight buildings worth of construction and landscaping equipment are part of the loot during the annual Fall Machinery Auction on Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Roy Gregory and Associates promise something for everyone during this huge sale, which includes cars, boats, golf carts, snow plows, antique woodworking tools and more.

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