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Give a toy and auxiliary will do the rest [West Friendship]

Members of the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary ready the tree for the annual toy drive.
Members of the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary ready the tree for the annual toy drive. (Courtesy photo)

Nothing’s better than giving at this time of year. The annual toy drive at the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department’s Station 3 is in full gear. Bring your new unwrapped toys to the foyer of Station 3, at Routes 99 and 32, through Dec. 21. Members of the West Friendship Auxiliary have done a magnificent job in decorating the fire station tree in anticipation of loading it with lots of toys for little ones in need.

Speaking of the volunteers at Station 3. Once again Santa will visit the neighborhoods from 6:30 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 21. If you hear a siren in your neighborhood, know that it is Santa and his merry band of Station 3 volunteers. A wonderful tradition lives on.

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Congratulations to the stellar band musicians of the month at West Friendship Elementary who include Sarah Fitter, Faith Nieves, Rubi Levine, Allison Bonier, Avni Uniyal, Andrew Ko, Charles Lowther, Henry Milner, Nathan Dorsch, Lucas Qi, Riley Fitzgibbon, Leah Sabaka, Tavi Decker, Taylor Allen, Abel Abraham, Lawrence Shi, Lucas Spangler, Cooper Ellis and Hailey Corbin.

Area folks are delighted to see hometown gal R.J. Caulder has opened a branch of the shops of Breezy Willow Farm at the corner of St. John’s Lane and Frederick Road in Ellicott City, just next to Southern States. I have long been a fan of Breezy Willow’s signature hand made soaps.

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Need last minute gifts? Don’t forget the fabulous pottery of Becky Moy Behre at Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton ,the wonderful gift shop at the Shrine of St. Anthony on Folly Quarter Road where West Friendship author Ellen Nibali’s delightful children’s books are available as well as the stunning art pictorial books of local artist Shyami Codippily Murphy, the eclectic antique and mid century modern offerings of Ingrid Melber at Westwood Antiques on Triadelphia Road or the flea market funky gift displays at the Pink Cabbage at the intersection of Route 144 and Triadelphia Road.

Well wishes to all in the community at this glorious time of year. As in most years, I will borrow once again from Charles Dickens. To echo Tiny Tim’s joyful proclamation at the end of "A Christmas Carol", " God Bless us, Everyone!"

 

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