Cal Ripken wasn't the only Iron Man feted last week. Local siblings Kristen, Patrick and Lauren Gray were honored at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Sept. 3 for perfect school attendance.
None of the three youngest Gray children has ever missed a day of school. That is a total of 31 years and counting for Glenelg High senior Kristen, Glenelg High junior Patrick and Glenwood Middle School eighth-grader Lauren.
After older brother Steve tipped off the Orioles to their streak, the team arranged tickets for the family to the Sept. 3 game and whisked the youngsters to a VIP waiting area.
In a pre-game ceremony, the three were introduced to stadium-goers and awarded Iron Man plaques. Parents John and Penny Gray say that their children went through all the childhood diseases before they began school and don't get sick, because they take good care of themselves.
Lenny Hobbs got the royal treatment in Dayton Sunday for his streak of 50 years owning and operating Lenny's Gas Station. A long, heart-warming parade in his honor included convertibles, bicyclists, horses and antique cars.
County Executive Charles I. Ecker and County Council President Charles C. Feaga rode in the two lead cars behind Mr. and Mrs. Hobbs.
Elmira Seibert's streak of winning blue ribbons in all 50 Howard County Fairs is alive.
This year, she won a champion and a blue ribbon for her quilted pillow, a champion and a blue ribbon for bread and butter pickles and her canned mixed vegetables, an honorable mention for her canned string beans, a second place for her handmade white loaf of bread, a champion and a blue ribbon for her machine-made loaf of bread, and a first and champion for her sugar cookies.
If you're looking for bright garden mums, look no further than choir members from Glenelg High School.
Through next month you can buy mums and support the choir, too. Buy them at homecoming Sept. 30 or call Paige Johnston 489-9160.
Five hundred lots of antique carpenter's, blacksmith's and tinsmith's tools are on the auction block Saturday at the Howard County Fairgrounds.
Blair Shaw, a member of Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, will give one third of the sale proceeds to his church.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church worshiping at Union Chapel in Glenwood begins holding its 9:15 a.m. Sunday family service at Bushy Park Elementary School on Route 97 in Glenwood this weekend. The move, which the Rev. Harry Brunett, St. Andrew's vicar, says will complement St. Andrew's 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services at Union Chapel, will allow more space for church school, family worship and Holy Eucharist, and for welcoming new people to the church community.
With a warm contemporary worship service, St. Andrew's hopes to be a church home to many western Howard County residents. Call 489-4035.
Howard County is about to impose a new tax on residents. You can tell the powers that be what you think of it at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Glenelg High School. At this community meeting you'll hear about the proposed new trash fee.
Call 313-2022 for more information.
Since April, equestrians in western Howard County have competed in and enjoyed horse shows nearly every weekend. With only two more weekends to go before the finals of the Howard County Horse Show Association's season at McDonogh School, riders are preparing for a show this weekend at Ira Zimmerman Stables, followed by the Horse Show Association's finale Sept. 24.
The medal finals are Sept. 30. Call 379-6328.
It's Back to School Night season again. Call your local school for information.
Mount View, Glenwood and Clarksville Middle Schools will have Back to School Nights Monday. At Mount View, the general meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by an overview by Principal Marion Payne and team presentations. Call 313-5545.
Glenwood Middle School's Parent Teacher Student Association's Back to School Night begins at 7 p.m. Monday with a general meeting, followed by classroom visits. Call 313-5520.
Clarksville Middle School's Back to School Night is at 7 p.m. Monday. For information, call 313-7057.