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Middle school student speaks to Senate about agricultural [Lisbon/Woodbine]

Howard County Times

Ellie Feaga, a Glenwood Middle School eighth grader, attended the Senate hearings in Annapolis on Feb. 24.In addition to being acknowledged by Senator Gail Bates and Senate President Mark Miller for her fundraising for various local causes throughherannual Ellie's Bake Sales held on her parents' farm in Lisbon,she also testified along with eight other folks on behalf of Senate Bill 770. Senate Bill 770which was sponsored by Senator Bates, speaks to including agricultural education in the school curriculum in the Howard County Public Schools. Ellie spoke to the many technology, math and science skills needed in agricultural production which alignsperfectly with the STEM curriculum already in place.She also highlighted for the audience the career opportunities available in this field that extendbeyond working on a farm and managing livestock. In a legislative wrap-up posted by Senator Bates, the Senator wrote the "most effective testimony came from Ellie Feaga, who educated our committee on the multitude of ways that Agricultural Science impacts our lives every day and the variety of related careers available to young people"It is reported that this bill passed. Kudos to Ellie who along with her other activities,also serves as president of Glenwood Middle School's Leo Club.

Members of the Lisbon farm community voiced concern when on a Friday night in February, a young manfrom out-of-the-area was caught riding around in several fields doing doughnuts in his pick-up truck and causing damage to two separate farmers'sod and wheat fields.The damage to the fields is estimated to be between $5,000 and $7,000.The driver was apprehendedquickly since he wasseen and his plates reported by folks in the neighborhood. The driver was contrite and is cooperating in a restitution plan. He reportedly said he had no idea that his joy ride and night of fun was going to cost so much and he seemed unaware of the inconvenience to the farm owners in terms of damage to crops.He also was not aware of the possibility that hecouldbe facing felony charges.Property owners are hoping that mention of this case will inform others that farm lands are expensive to maintain and to seed and that these lands need to be respected the same as a well kept lawn, a golf-course or a public park.

The Lisbon United Methodist Church issponsoring its annual spring ham and oyster dinner on March 19 at the church.Doors open at p.m. and dinner is served until 5:30 p.m..They are always looking for volunteers to help with preparations, to serve and to assist withclean-up.To volunteer or for prices and other information, contact the church at 410-489-7245.

The Howard County 4-H Dairy Club is hostingits first Relay for Life Bag Bingo on Friday, March 18, at the Lisbon Fire Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m. The Dairy Club is involved inyear-round fundraising effortsfor the AmericanCancer Societyby selling T-shirts and sweatshirts, the proceeds of which alsosupport itsRelay for Life team. These items will be available for sale at the bingo. Food will be available throughout the evening.They ask that the community come, have fun, win prizes and becomepartners insupporting the Cancer Society.

Glenwood Middle School, along with the Glenwood Lions Club, sponsors an Eyeglass and Hearing Aid Collection effort.The Lions Club is scheduled to pick up collected glasses and hearing aids on Saturday, April 9 to be delivered to the Maryland School for the Blind's state-wide sorting and recycling center. After the sorting process, the items are sent to identifieddeveloping countries.If youhave eyeglasses or hearing aids to donate, drop them off in the Lions Club Box in the front office of the middle school to be picked up.

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