After years of service, Merson to lead fire department [Elkridge]

It is hard to believe that summer is over and the season of pumpkin spice is here.

Also celebrated in October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, AIDS Awareness Month and National Disability Employment Month so take time to do a self-breast exam, contribute to your favorite AIDS charity and get familiar with the benefits of hiring a person with a disability and improve your workforce today.

On Sept. 1, Dan Merson, a life-long resident of Elkridge, became the interim chief of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services following 34 stellar years of public service to the residents of Howard County. Merson was a volunteer firefighter as a teenager with the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department. Merson is the son of Esther and the late Sam Merson, who was a life member of the EVFD. He is married to Diane and they have four adult sons, one of whom works for the Howard County Fire Services.

Clearly, the Merson family has created a solid legacy of public service for Howard County residents. Your hometown is very proud of you, Chief. Thank you for your service.

Stop by the Fall Festival at the Columbia Eastgate shopping plaza on Sat., Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. to get information about local organizations, including churches and service organizations, stroll through the sidewalk sale and see your neighbors. This shopping center is home for several businesses.

The Ladies Auxillary of the EVFD will host artist Karen Detrich on Sun., Oct.14 from 3 -6 p.m. Detrich will guide participants through the process of painting a pallet with a snowman on one side and a scarecrow on the other. The cost is $40 per person, which covers the art materials and instruction from Detrich. The doors open at 2 p.m. Participants are encouraged to BYOB and food. Proceeds will benefit the Ladies Auxillary.

The University of Maryland Extension Services for Howard County will offer the Food for Profit class on Wed., Oct. 17, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Extension officeat 3300 North Ridge Road, Suite 240, Ellicott City. The cost for the instruction, handouts and lunch is $65. Register for this class at eventbrite.com

The Elkridge Adult Athletic Association, an all-volunteer organization that enjoys activities that raise funds for good causes in and around Elkridge, will host The Haunted Experience and the Happy Haunted Hayride at Rockburn Park. The Haunted Experience will feature a spooky hay ride to a ghostly dwelling deep in he woods. This event is for people 7 years and older and the cost is $10 per person, cash only. The dates for the spooky event are Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 starting at 7 p.m. The Happy Haunted Hayride is designed for children ages 2-7 and costs $5 per person, cash only. This hayride is described as cute, friendly and not-so-scary. Come to Rockburn Park for some Halloween fright and fun.

Hungry for some delicious slow-cooked pit beef or pit turkey with yummy homemade sides? Join your neighbors on Sat., Oct. 20, from 12-4 p.m. at Dorsey Emmanuel United Methodist Church to enjoy these treats, as well as, a large variety of homemade desserts. Drinks will be on sale for $1 each by members of Amazing Christian Teens in Service, the youth group for Dorsey Emmanuel, Melville Chapel and Wesley United Methodist churches. Don’t miss out on this great food, friends and fellowship.

The Fall Flea Market and Festival at the Green Valley Market Place will be held on Sat,. Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be many flea market vendors, pit beef sandwich specials, farm market specials and more. Come and join the fun.

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