Western Howard County residents will shine tomorrow night, as National 4-H week culminates with 4-H Achievement Night at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.
The Howard County 4-H All-Stars, a group of volunteers honored for their work with 4-H, will attend the 7 p.m. event, which also will include recognition of local 4-H members for their activities, projects and blue-ribbon record books.
The 4-H All-Stars include Margie Eyler, Jane Stull, Martin Hamilton, John Bewley, Charlotte and Gene Mullinix, Kim Sullivan, Dennis and Brian Warfield, Gloria Thorne, all from the western part of the county. All-Stars from other parts of the county also will attend.
In addition, County Council President Charles C. Feaga and County Executive Charles I. Ecker will present awards and a joint proclamation extolling the virtues of 4-H.
For information about 4-H or the 4-H Achievement Night, call 313-2707.
When Glenelg High School junior Helen Davis and her older brother Andy took their heifers to the Eastern National Livestock Show in Timonium last weekend, they knew they would compete against each other in the open class. Andy took first place and Helen third. In the 4-H and Future Farmers of America class, Helen came in second and was awarded a pink ribbon for Reserve Senior Champion.
Open fire houses
Watch for Helen and other volunteer firefighters this weekend at the open houses happening at fire stations throughout western Howard County. Here are the times and phone numbers for these events, which take place Sunday.
Visit West Friendship Station No. 3 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Information: 313-5403.
Helen Davis and the other Lisbon firefighters invite you to visit from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Information: 313-5404.
Clarksville Station No. 5 will be open to guests from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Information: 313-7305.
The new Scaggsville Station No. 11 will be open from noon until 4 p.m. Information: 313-3791.
Mae Musgrove, at "84 years young," and Megan Graydon, age 8, anchor the age span of the Pieceful Quilters of Glenelg. Drop in at Glenelg United Methodist Church any Thursday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to visit this 20-year-old group that makes lap quilts for senior citizens, quilts for the homeless and alphabet quilts for sick children.
To fund their work, the Pieceful Quilters will show and sell handmade quilts at their annual Pieceful Quilters Quilt Show from 12:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Oct. 13 and from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Quilts made by members and a few impeccably made Mennonite quilts will be for sale.
Prices vary, but Melanie Graydon reports that wall-hanging quilts sell from about $175 to $300. Bed-size quilts vary in price from $300 to $1,500, depending on the size and quality of the quilt.
At the show, you can see work by award-winning quilter Frances Soshinsky of Clarksville. Pieceful Quilters will exhibit nearly 100 quilts, from antiques to family quilts, one made from a family's collection of old neckties. Howard County doll maker and Pieceful Quilter Pat McIntire's Heartfelt Dolls will be for sale at the show.
Admission is $2. The Pieceful Quilters invite men and women of all ages to join their informal meetings and to visit their quilt show. Call Melanie Graydon at 442-1393.
New school technology
How will new school technology affect your child's education? Join parents and staff at Glenwood Middle School to see for yourself. Popular Resource Teacher Dianne Wells and others will show you how they plan to use the new equipment in the school to enhance instruction while introducing middle-schoolers to academic technology. You'll get an overview of the new equipment, hear about the software explosion, see on-line curriculum projects and watch equipment demonstrations.
The Tech Equity Night begins at 7 p.m. tonight at Glenwood Middle School. Call 313-5520.
"Get Tough" is a program the State's Attorney's Office has begun to make students and parents aware of what will happen to them for criminal acts in schools. Parents are responsible for up to $10,000 for their children's criminal acts. Some school offenses will be reported to the superintendent of schools by the police and State's Attorney's Office.
Want to know more? Join the PTAs of Glenwood, Mount View, and Patapsco middle schools at a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the dining room at Mount View. Call your local school for more information.
Tracy Brown, Liana Cohen, Amy Cole and Joanna Lobl will represent Pointers Run Elementary School in this year's Howard County Children's Chorus.
Herbs and flowers
Marge Katzenberger, Janet Cremeans, Paula West, Lainy Dunst and other members of the Cattail River Garden Club tend their gardens all summer, collecting flowers and herbs to dry and arrange.
They invite you to share the bounty of their gardens this winter through the club's annual Dried Flower and Herb Sale. Mark your calendar for 10 a.m. Oct. 28 when the doors of Union Chapel will open, and you can take home the beauty of dried wreaths, swags, herbs, and bouquets of every kind.
Proceeds from the sale benefit the Cattail River Garden Club's conservation and community projects. Union Chapel is at the corner of Union Chapel Road and Route 97 in Glenwood.
Poplar thrift shop
Volunteers at the thrift shop at Poplar Spring's United Methodist Church are busy putting out winter gear for sale. They have sweaters, woolen skirts, jackets, hats, mittens and boots. for sale.
Thursdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon, you can purchase next-to-new objects at bargain prices. The Thrift Shop, a joint venture of Poplar Springs and Jennings Chapel United Methodist churches, accepts and sells books, glassware, small appliances, shoes, pocketbooks, children's toys and clothing.
Drop donations off at the bin outside the thrift shop building on the grounds of Poplar Springs Church on Waterville Road just north of Route 144 in Poplar Springs.
Call Guenevere Warfield at 489-4851.
Youth basketball league
Pat Nolan of Glenelg was excited when the Western Howard County Youth Basketball League's travel teams started practice in September. The rest of the league will be organized and practicing soon.
If you'd like your son or daughter to play in this league, call (301) 854-5403.
"Goblins, Ghosts and Goodies," a program of Halloween stories and activities for children ages 2 through 5, will be presented at the Lisbon Community Library at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 25. Register beginning Wednesday at the library or by calling 489-4290.
UMC yard sale
Don't forget to stop by the big yard sale at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church on Route 108 in Clarksville from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday. Call 531-5653.