At Calvary Lutheran Church in Woodbine on Sunday, church members celebrated the Rev. Roger L. Rinker's 10th anniversary in the ministry and at Calvary.
After a service of Holy Communion at 7:30 p.m., friends and family gathered for a reception honoring the pastor. The congregation gave Pastor Rinker a new clergy alb -- or robe -- and a stole.
When Eric Stonesifer was in third grade, I called him Eric the Red at our team soccer practices. His bright red hair and broad smile make him a standout in any crowd. He is preparing for the 50th Howard County Fair by raising livestock.
At age 10, Eric won supreme champion with his heifer, "beating out all the big boys," as his mother, Teresa, says.
Eric is a member of the Howard County Beef Club, a 4-H group that does many things, including raising beef. These busy 4-H'ers learn to judge, do public speaking and perform many service projects.
At the fair next month, Eric will show a cow and her calf, two steers, five market hogs and two heifers.
These are a few of his long-term projects, each riddled with triumphs and struggles. Eric has other animals on the West Friendship family farm owned by his grandfather James Hudson, and shared with his mother and his father, Gary.
If Eric's animals make the grade at the fair, he will auction a steer and hog at the 4-H livestock auction.
Advanced placement courses and exams give gifted students a head start on college. High school students take college-level courses, and, if they score well on a nationwide exam, they can earn college credit or advanced placement.
Matt Ford of Dayton, 16, a senior at Mount St. Joseph's High School, took advanced placement chemistry in his junior year. The AP exam is scored from one to five; examiners award fives to the best performers. Matt, the son of Janice and Ron Ford, scored a five.
He finished honors physics and honors calculus with A's, and will take advanced placement courses in physics, calculus and computer programming next year.
Local veterinarian Wendy Feaga took seconds to diagnose our 70-pound standard poodle. Pierre has Lyme disease.
Dr. Feaga urges animal owners living in western Howard County amid wildlife and woods to have their animals vaccinated against the disease. It takes only minutes, and it could save your favorite pet from illness or even death.
Pierre responded to antibiotics immediately, and he is an active, happy dog again. He's taking the Lyme disease vaccine, too.
Mark your calendar for July 22. The Ladies Auxiliary of the 5th District Volunteer Fire Department in Clarksville will serve a country fried chicken buffet dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The buffet table will groan with pan-fried chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, green beans, desserts, iced tea, lemonade and coffee.
L Adults pay $8, and children can feast for $4. Call 531-3984.
Western Howard County youth sports leagues balance teams for skill. All teams try for glory, but the system makes it tough to win more than half the games. The 9- and 10-year-old Bluejays girls softball team beat the odds and played much better than .500 ball this season: It was undefeated and untied to become the 1995 Western Howard County softball league champions.
Kelly Aronof, Christine Boley, Bryn Buckler, Jackie Congedo, Rachel Dehart, Kelly Fields, Risa Gordon, Katie Krumpotich, Chelsey MacBride-Gill, Margaret Schrader, Natalie Shaffer and Eileen Shibley batted and fielded their way to the championship under the direction of coaches Ron Shaffer and Dennis Dehart.
In midsummer, most people aren't thinking about after-school care for their children, but it's now that you must sign up for the Department of Recreation and Parks' full-day kindergarten care.
This program will be offered for Manor Woods Elementary School students at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center.
Students from West Friendship may also attend Kiwanis-Wallas, with an additional fee for transportation. Students from Pointers Run and Clarksville elementary schools may attend a program at River Hill High School, with an extra transportation fee.
The program is designed to enrich the kindergarten program and includes learning and social activities. Care is provided from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a biweekly fee of $198.
After-school middle school enrichment programs will be available at Clarksville, Glenwood and Mount View middle schools. Before- and after-school care is also offered at many local elementary schools.
Register by July 21. Call 313-4620.