Congratulations to Louis Colangelo, a senior at Glenelg High School, who recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Colangelo is a member of Boy Scout Troop 007.

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Louis assembled 50 "life essentials" backpacks for those in need at the Grassroots Shelter in Columbia. Each backpack was loaded with blankets, hats, toiletries, gloves and more. Long time Grassroots Volunteer Coordinator Bonnie Hudak was thrilled with the generous donation for her neediest clients.


Colangelo admits that he could not have done this without the support of the Glenwood Lions Club, the folks at Circle D Farm, the Dowd family, the Owen Brown Tennis Club, the Columbia Association, Glenwood Wine and Spirits, E.W. Beck's Pub, the St. Louis Church Ladies Bible Study group and many other private donors.

Glenwood Middle School sixth grade student Ellie Feaga is all about community service. Back in 2009 as a 7 year old, the local girl raised funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Cure fund with a mammoth bake sale.

The sale was so successful that Feaga decided to host a bake sale every fall with a good cause as the recipient of the funds earned. One year it was the Red Cross, another year it was the March of Dimes, yet another it was the food bank at Glenelg United Methodist Church and for this season Ellie has chosen the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Shaughness Childrens Education Fund as dual recipients of her locally renowned bake sale.

The goodies will be in place at Ellie Feaga's on Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 15211 Frederick Road in Woodbine. This year the sale will include a chili competition, raffles, and tables filled with the best sweets in town. If you would like to donate baked goods for Ellie's sale, call 410-489-5115.

Who doesn't love a costume ball? Families at West Friendship Elementary are dressing up for a fun family fall festival on Oct.25, 6-8 p.m. Students, staff and parents are included in this fall dress-up event.

A brand new year of astronomy and space activities with the Celestial Searchers has rocketed off in the Art Room at Bushy Park Elementary where the second meeting of the year is set for Oct. 28, 7-8 p.m. New members are always welcome to join club members and founder Joel Goodman, who in his capacity as club founder is known as Stardoc.

Goodman founded the club in 1997 with an aim to combine his love of interacting with children and astronomy. Parents are always included in the club meetings and outings.

"It's a big sky out there, and there is a lot to learn. So keep looking up," said Goodman. If you would like to participate in the astronomy club which is for kids ages kindergarten through grade 8, email Joel Goodman at stardocjg@aol.com. "Come when you can and have fun," said Goodman.

Oops. Did I do that? In reference to the call for new members for the Glenelg High School Marching Unit Silks Color Guard I published an incorrect email last week. The correct email for Silks director Jennifer Blizzard Sisk is jenblizzssisk1@verizon.net.

Last chance to see Brother Gerry Seipp's Halloween train garden in the Manor House at the Shrine of St. Anthony. No charge to come out and enjoy the fun that Brother Gerry has in creating this wonderful fall train garden. Questions? Call the Manor House office at 410-531-2800. The Halloween train garden will be set up on Oct. 27, 3-5 p.m.

Condolences to the family and friends of Richard Holmes, who passed away on Sept. 26. Holmes was a fixture at the Howard County Fair in West Friendship where he served as poultry superintendent for more than four decades. He was the honored recipient of the Sen, James Clark Lifetime Achievement Award as the Preservationist of the Year. Holmes will be missed.