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Local chiropractor earns new title and neighbors' respect [West Friendship] 410-531-3516

Congratulations to Brian Morrison of West Friendship who was recently named director of chiropractic services for Integrative Health and Healing at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Morrison is a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he teaches chiropractic principles to fourth-year medical students. In addition, Morrison owns Morrison Chiropractic, with two locations in Howard County. Morrison's associate Reza Eftkehar was also appointed as a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the department of family and community medicine. Dr. Eftkehar is a practitioner at Morrison Chiropractic in the practice which offers chiropractic care, physical therapy modalities, massage therapy, acupuncture and health coaching.

"Brian Morrison is a fantastic teacher and a talented clinician," said Dr. Brian M. Berman, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in a press release. "His vision for holistic care encompasses a wide range of approaches and I am confident that his energy and drive will improve our practice."

Morrison is a long-time resident of West Friendship where he lives with his wife Haydee, also a chiropractor with a practice in Clarksville. The Morrisons have three sons, Peter, Michael and Alec. Morrison is also a faithful neighbor who single-handedly plowed out three families in West Friendship during Blizzard Jonah in late January — an accomplished professional and an invaluable neighbor. Congratulations Brian Morrison.

Local artist Ed Kidera is the newest contributor to the creative coalition of artists at the HorseSpirit Gallery in historic Ellicott City. Kidera, a renowned metal sculptor who lives in Woodbine in western Howard County, has been widely praised for his whimsical and funky metal sculptures located in a public area at the entrance to Columbia Mall. His creations include bells, mailboxes, furniture, lamps, clocks and more. Kidera joins fellow local artist Cecelia Battle of Zing by Cecelia as one of the many talented artisans displaying and selling their amazing wares at the HorseSpirit Gallery. Kidera's metal sculptures include works using steel, copper, brass and bronze. The whimsy must be seen to be appreciated. The gallery is at 8090 Main St. in the historic district of Ellicott City and is open Wednesday through Sunday , 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Congratulations to the wonderful musicians at West Friendship Elementary who have earned kudos for their great work and attitude. The musicians of the month include Luke Galloway, Daniel Warner, Kasey Hawk, Natalie Bennett, Lisa Yan, Dhruv Garg, Rachel Parkent, Grant Peffall, Landon Goonan and Luke Whalen. Bravo.

The monthly St. Andrew Episcopal Church feasts are back on track. Next up is an Italian feast prepared by the chefs at Glenwood's 'Smokin' Hot' on Feb. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. with all proceeds from the dinner funding Bridges to Housing Stability in Howard County. Dine- in or carry-out. $9 per person or $30 for an entire family. The church is at 2892 Route 97 between Union Chapel Road and the post office in Glenwood.

Many thanks from the West Friendship community to the hardworking, "always at the ready" firefighters, emergency medical technicians and volunteers of West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department's Station 3. During the blizzard of January 2016, these men and women worked non-stop to keep our community safe.

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