Ellicott City: Scouts pitch in for annual food drive

For the past 19 years, Dr. Jeff Muneses of Muneses Chiropractic has hosted an annual food drive to benefit the FISH food pantry. This year, he collected a whopping 1,000 pounds of food.

Through a partnership with Scouting for Food in Howard County, Muneses Chiropractic was able to transport the food collection to FISH.

The Scouts organized a group representing members from different troops — Michael Arsenault, Ryan Cavey, Matt Demme, Ben Landrum, Zach Newman, Stewy Slocum, and Edward Smith of Boy Scout Troop 361; Jeremy Meehan of Boy Scout Troop 874; Kelley Meehan of Girl Scout Troop 4205; Lindsay Meehan of Girl Scout Troop 533; and Collin Meredith of Boy Scout Troop 944.

Working under the guidance of veteran FISH volunteers Carroll and Frank Kitzmiller — who collectively logged over 60 years volunteering for FISH (40 years for Carroll and 20 years for Frank) — the Scouts collected the food from Dr. Muneses' office, delivered it to FISH and helped count, sort and store the donations.

According to Sori Meredith, the Howard County Boy Scouts of America Scouting for Food chairperson, with addition of the 1,000 pounds of food donated to the FISH pantry, the total contribution of food for the 2012 Scouting for Food campaign is 66,905 pounds collected in Howard County.

The 2013 Scouting for Food campaign's annual neighborhood collection drive will take place on April 13.

Congratulations to historic Ellicott City store owner Joan Eve, winner of the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation's annual holiday window decorating contest.

Joan, at 8018 Main St., won both the People's Choice and Judge's Choice award. Vintage Bliss Boutique at 8086 Main St. took second place, while Sweet Elizabeth Jane at 8125 Main St. took third place. Kudos to all the winners.

Mark your calendars for the Howard County Library System's Evening in the Stacks: Sparkle and Spurs gala on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., at the new Miller Branch.

The event will feature western swing by Dave Chappell and the Lone Stardusters, a silent auction and fine food. Drinks will be poured by celebrity bartenders Tom Coale, Mickey Gomez, Pam Klahr, Paul Skalny and Dick Story.

And, award-winning author Mary Doria Russell will also be at the gala to discuss her latest novel, "Doc," a biographical account of wild west dentist and gambler John Henry "Doc" Holliday, with the Washington Post's Ron Charles.

Tickets available at hclibrary.org/stacks or by calling 410-313-7750. Tickets are $100 each if purchased by Jan. 31, or $125 beginning Feb. 1. Proceeds benefit the library system's educational signature initiatives.

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