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Appreciation week for gas station owner to culminate in parade


Red, white and blue signs declaring admiration for Lenny Hobbs began appearing in Dayton on Monday as Lenny Hobbs Appreciation Week began.

At 12:30 p.m. Sunday, promenaders, bicyclists, folks in antique cars and horses with riders will parade in tribute to Mr. Hobbs, who has owned and operated Lenny's Gas Station in Dayton for 50 years.

After a short trek down Ten Oaks Road from Morning Star Road to Lenny's Gas Station, with Mr. Hobbs riding in the back of a 1966 Mustang, festivities, including presentations and a picnic at Lenny's station, will continue.

Lucille Harp, who ran a familiar luncheon spot in Dayton for years, will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and sodas at cost after the speeches.

Brian T. Cunningham, a friend of Mr. Hobbs, organized the



If you are a western Howard County resident who grumbles because we have few parks and other facilities out here, plan to attend the meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Glenwood Middle School.

The Department of Recreation and Parks is planning a 181-acre park on the northwest corner of Route 97 and Carrs Mill Road in Glenwood. Planners want to know how to design this facility to meet the needs of western Howard County residents. Now you can voice your opinion.

The new park will be next to the proposed Glenwood Center, a multiagency complex that will include a recreation center, fire and rescue station, police satellite office, health office, facilities for the Department of Citizen Services and a library.

C7 Call Raul Delerme for more information at 313-4686.

Foreign languages spoken in schools are academic, rarely real. Listening to recorded voices of native speakers helps, but there is nothing like the real thing. On Friday, eighth-grade French students at Glenwood Middle School were treated to the warm enthusiasm of Ly Ly, resident of Cholet in France, who spent the summer living and working at Sharp Farms.

She answered prepared questions the young scholars posed in French, giving a snapshot view of her life in France to the rave reviews of teacher Judy Kontaxis, Principal Vince Catania, Assistant Principal Sam Davis, and the students. Chuck and Denise Sharp generously released Ms. Ly from her duties Friday morning so she could visit Glenwood.


Church fairs are unique reflections of church members. Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church on Burnt Woods Road in Glenwood offers a friendly fair each fall, and Saturday is the 10th of its kind. There you may buy crafts at the church table or treasures at the flea market and community yard sale. Church members cook great homemade food, including sausage sandwiches, hamburgers and platters with baked beans and cole slaw for lunch.

A favorite old-fashioned event at this fair is the cake walk, with prizes of delicate homemade cakes. From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. there is something to do. At 1 p.m., John Gray will auction memberships, tickets, gift certificates, dinners, flowers and more. This year's raffle gives the winners money in a 50/50 format, with 50 percent of the raffle money going to the church and the rest divided among three winners.

Children will enjoy games and a magic show that begins at 10:45 a.m. Information: 442-1204.


WeCARE, Western Community Action to Reach the Elderly, is rallying to raise money for the Allen House on Route 97 north of Carrs Mill Road in Glenwood.

WeCARE will hold an open house and live and silent auction at the site from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. Ellen Kilby, a WeCARE volunteer and professional auctioneer, will offer tickets Merriweather Post Pavilion, certificates to Sharp Farm, a computer, camera and more.

County Executive Chuck Ecker will auction some donated items, including lunch with Mr. Ecker, a chance to get the ear of the county's chief. Organizers hope that you and your family will join in the fun at this event, which includes entertainment, face painting, a magician, tours of the Allen house and a bake sale.

Call Kate Reinke at 531-3336, Don Miles at 531-2589 or Tiffany Hackney at 313-7213 for more information.


The Top of the Hill Gang, Calvary Lutheran Church's "lunch bunch" for seniors, will meet for fun and fellowship at noon Tuesday at Calvary. All seniors are welcome. Call 489-5280.


When a friend comes to your door to ask you to pledge for CROPWALK, you'll have an opportunity to be part of a Western Howard County effort to raise funds for the Western Howard County Food Pantry and hunger needs globally and nationally.

Among participants in the CROPWALK are Shepherd of the Glen and Calvary Lutheran churches; Lisbon, Poplar Springs and Jennings Chapel United Methodist churches; and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

The 3.9-mile to 8.6-mile walk begins and ends at Calvary Lutheran Church in Lisbon on Oct. 15. To help, you may walk, bike or pledge to raise funds. Sign up and obtain pledge sheets at local churches beginning this week.


Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church will begin a new schedule Sunday. The Rev. David W. Carter-Rimbach welcomes visitors to the informal service with Holy Communion at 8:45 a.m. and to the traditional service at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Nursery care is available at both services. Call 531-5653.

Glenelg High School's ninth-grade teaching team invites parents ninth-graders to visit the school from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight to learn more about the school and plans to help ninth-graders become successful Glenelg students. Call 313-5528.

Back-to-School Night at Glenelg High begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Following a general Parent Teacher Student Association session in the cafeteria, parents will meet their children's teachers in the classrooms. Call 313-5528 for more information.


The Howard County library announces "Lots of Letters," a program of alphabet stories and activities that will take place at the Lisbon Community Library at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 20. Registration can be made in person or by calling 489-4290.


Watch for Clarksville Lions Club members at locations around the county selling candy Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week. This is a continuing fund-raiser through which our local Lions raise money to meet the needs of the community.


Principal Andy Barsinger and the staff at Pointers Run Elementary School invite all Pointers Run parents to participate in the School Based Management meetings at Pointers Run. The next meeting is Monday at 4:30 p.m. Call 313-7142.


Is $10 a copy pricey for the commemorative booklet from the Howard County Fair in August? In truth, the 92-page full-color book is worth more than its price. It's filled with historical notes of the county and the fair. Hundreds of pictures and names familiar to western Howard County residents make the book lively. You can still buy a copy at NationsBank in West Friendship, Sandy Spring National Bank in Lisbon or at Gemini Flowers in West Friendship.

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