We know that it's almost time for school to start when the Howard County Fair is over. This was a great year for 4-H members; but especially for Poplar 4-H. Poplar's Recording Secretary, Katie Loveless, was chosen as the 2011 Farm Queen. Katie will be representing Howard County at the state fair, Aug. 26-Sept. 5, in Timonium, and will spend her year promoting agriculture in Howard County.
Several members won Champion ribbons, including Becky Connor, Will Connor, Brian Loveless and Vickie Phillips. Vickie won Grand Champion in Home Environment for her latch hook rug. She also participated in the Mini Fashion Show and volunteered at the Glenwood Lions Club Food Stand. Congratulations to one and all!
The University of Maryland Extension Howard County Masters Gardeners will be sponsoring the 2011 Bay-Wise Garden Tour Sept. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. The location of this free event is 10130 Maxine St., Ellicott City. The focus will be on storm water management, how to take advantage of rainfall, prevent erosion and how to keep pollution out of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information, email email@example.com or call 301-741-7183.
The Howard County Government and the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County are soliciting nominations for "Volunteer of the Year." This program recognizes youth, adults, nonprofit groups and businesses that have demonstrated commitment and dedication to our community. The deadline for nomination is Sept. 16. Nomination forms can be found at http://www.howardcountymd.gov and click on the Volunteer of the Year nomination form link under "What's New."
Howard County Libraries are launching a new project called "Kill A Watt." The libraries will have "Kill A Watt" monitoring devices available for loan with a library card. The monitor plugs into an outlet and indicates electricity usage in watts, kilowatt-hours, costs and other measures. It can also be set to record energy use over a period of time. The monitors are available for a 21-day loan period. They were donated to the libraries by the Howard County Sierra Club. The goal of the project is to help residents to identify ways to save energy and money.
St. Michael's Catholic Church will be holding its monthly breakfast Sunday, Aug. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The menu consists of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, pancakes, baked apples, biscuits, chip beef gravy, assorted quick breads and pastries, cereal, toast, bagels, English muffins, and beverages. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-10.