Young and old in Western Howard County are preparing for the Howard County Fair, which will begin Aug. 12 at the fairgrounds in West Friendship.
Have you thought about entering something in the fair? You don't have to raise animals or live on a farm to do so.
Two years ago, I entered blueberry jam, whole wheat rolls and sweet pickles. I was delighted to win two ribbons.
A 4-year-old showed me her dozen ribbons in August and told me about the ribbons her grandmother had won. There is no mystery to entering. Browse through the 50th annual Howard County Fair Book to find the information you need.
Call 442-1022 to ask about receiving a book.
April Jackson has her book in hand and has undertaken many projects. An active 4-H member, April was sixth in the state last year in consumer judging. She is working on an entrepreneurship project, public speaking, visual presentation, crafts, photography, the 4-H Fashion Revue and sewing, all through 4-H.
Chris Nordvedt, a 17-year-old Glenelg High School senior, has raised market lambs and capons for nine years. He and brothers Tim, 15, and Joey, 12, have captured grand champion ribbons for capons five times. This year, Chris and Joey, members of the West Friendship Always in Action 4-H Club, are raising market lambs, breeding sheep and growing a vegetable garden.
Squash, watermelon, tomatoes, several types of herbs, beans, onions and potatoes fill the plot on their 2-acre farm in Dayton, which also has more than 20 sheep.
Chris will show white wool sheep at the fair. Joey, a seventh-grader at Glenwood Middle School, is growing flowers and preparing indoor exhibits to show at the fair.
With their parents, Ann and Blair Nordvedt, the brothers are very active in Gethsemane Baptist Church, including the youth group.
Tim, a Glenelg High junior, is a member of the adult and youth choirs. Joey is in the youth choir, for which Chris runs the sound system. The youth choir will go on tour in Tennessee the first week of next month.
Popular instrumental music teacher Mike Blackman, who directs the bands at Bushy Park, Lisbon and West Friendship elementary schools, spends Wednesday mornings at West Friendship Elementary School listening to band students play. He invites all his students to visit him Wednesday mornings in these very informal sessions.
Mount View and Glenwood middle school "bandies" are welcome to stop by, play a piece or two, and tell "Mr. B." what they are doing.
Students entering fourth grade who would like to talk about starting to play an instrument also can drop by to speak to Mr. Blackman. This week, he is playing host to two members of the Royal Center Band from Helmond, the Netherlands, at his home.
The Royal Center Band is performing with the Columbia Concert Band, in which Mr. Blackman plays clarinet.
Jennings Chapel and Poplar Springs United Methodist churches will jointly celebrate Camp Hope at Jennings Chapel at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The Camp Hope team from the churches is spending this week in a dorm at Frostburg State University. After morning devotions and breakfast, the team spends at least eight hours working on a project house, fixing it with paint, carpentry, landscaping and whatever needs to be done for residents who cannot do the work for themselves or afford contractors.
Veteran Camp Hope participant John Frank leads the team of six this year. His daughter Becky, a Glenelg High sophomore, is in her second year at Camp Hope. They are joined by Dedrick McCurdy-Dunbar, a recent Williams College graduate, and Valerie Barnes, John Shoffeitt and Michael Williams, all Glenelg High sophomores.
Valerie is attending Camp Hope for the first time; John and Michael are participating for a second year.
The work team raised money to attend Camp Hope by selling "stock" to church members and working on church fund-raising activities. The members of Jennings Chapel and Poplar Springs will have a craft show in November to raise
money for the 1996 work team, and they invite you to ask about selling your crafts by calling 489-4298.
As many groups slow for the summer, our local Lions clubs endure. The Glenwood Lions Club installed officers at its June 19 meeting, which was attended by members and guests, including the Rev. Roger Rinker, pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Woodbine; Ed Mullinix, past Lions Club district governor and director emeritus of the Clarksville Lions Club; Howard County Police Chief James N. Robey; Lisbon's firefighter of the year, Jeffrey Sirk; and West Friendship Fire Department representative Donald Ridgely.
New officers are president, Warren Strader; vice presidents, Paul Embrey, Adam Willie and Brian Clare; secretary, Jack Creameans; treasurer, Robert Poole; corresponding secretary, Bill Pindell; Lion tamer, Josh Dill; and tail twister, Jim Pfefferkorn.
Directors Ed Pelsinsky, Warren H. Boyer, Robert S. Pardoe and C. Thompson Pardoe complete the slate of officers.
Warren Strader of Woodbine and Frank Donaldson of West Friendship received the club's Melvin Jones awards for this year.
The Glenwood Lions presented $1,000 scholarships to new Glenelg High School graduates Jeffrey Feaga and Lia Dean.