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Community spotlight on 4-H Club's Erik Jacob

Hare Raisers 4-H Club member Erik Jacob, a seventh grade student at Mount View Middle School and a consistent honor roll student, was honored to lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the Howard County Farm Bureau's annual banquet on Nov. 13.

Jacob was named the Howard County Farm Bureau's Future Farmer earlier this year. Erik's parents, Karen and Lance Jacob and his brother Evan, also a 4-H member, are beaming with pride over Erik's accomplishments.

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The 12-year-old hopes to encourage his peers to learn all they can about agriculture. Though Erik and his brother Evan were unable to attend the American Rabbit Breeders Association Convention, held in Fort Worth, Texas, in early November, the brothers were delighted instead to accept four rabbits sent to them from a national rabbit club president who heard via the 4-H grapevine that the Jacob boys were interested in adding new rabbit bloodlines to their stock. The free gift came with the stipulation that Erik and Evan would "pay it forward" by educating their fellow 4-H members on this new breed of rabbits.

Reminders of more "buy local" and nearby holiday happenings galore in the community and all within a stone's throw of home.

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St. Nicholas is coming to town. Mark your calendar for Dec. 6, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., when the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Route 97 in Glenwood, will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Breakfast with St. Nicholas and a St. Nick gift shop are on the agenda.

Kids are encouraged to give their wish list to St. Nicholas and grown ups can enjoy the holiday wreaths which are for sale. Breakfast, crafts, a Christmas shop and photo opportunities too. Admission is $8 for those 10 years and older and $6 for children under the age of 10. Questions? Call Heather Graham at 443-812-1839 or email hgrahamstandrews@gmail.com.

Another addition to your holiday events list. Andrea Wills reminds the community of the annual Columbia Figure Skating production of "The Nutcracker on Ice", which features fine figure skaters from the western end of Howard County. It's the 27th anniversary of the festive holiday performance. The show, which is appropriate for all members of the family, will be performed Dec. 13, 5:30 and 7:15 p.m., and on Dec. 14, 4:30 and 6 p.m. The shows will be held at the Columbia Ice Rink. For ticket information, go to the club website at http://www.columbiafsc.com.

Frances Dawson leads the Columbia Pro Cantare in one of Howard County's richest tradition with the chorus' performance of Handel's "Messiah" on Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre in Columbia. For last minute tickets go to the website at http://www.procantare.org.

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The annual Holiday Open House at the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum in West Friendship will be held on Dec. 6 and 7, noon to 4 p.m. A train garden, refreshments, tours of the museum, antique displays of Christmas time in days gone by and festive decorations are all part of the fun. The museum is at 12985 Frederick Road. No admission for this family-friendly event.

The Pink Cabbage at the intersection of Route 144 and Triadelphia Road is all decked out for the holidays. The community is invited to a Holiday Open House on Dec. 6 for desserts, hor d'oeuvres and shopping galore.

Peak Auctions brings the annual building materials sale to the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship on Dec. 6, 9 a.m. until all is sold. It's everything you need for building projects and home improvements.

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