Busy as bunnies you might say when describing the members of the Hare Raisers 4-H Club. On April 21, the club membership set up and cleaned up for the Baltimore and Howard Rabbit Club Show which was held at the Howard County Fairgrounds.

The event boasted more than 1,000 rabbits and 100 cavies (guinea pigs). On April 7, the Hare Raisers 4-H Club Easter Outreach found club members at the Bethany United Methodist Church where the kids entertained more than 100 children in an Easter Egg hunt and an opportunity for the youngsters to hold baby bunnies and learn all they could about rabbits.


Club reporter Anna Reich admits that the grateful church members were delighted with the forty two baby bunnies and one adult Flemish Giant rabbit which the Hare Raisers brought with them to the church event. Never a dull moment for the Hare Raisers.

Boy Scout Troop 007 has welcomed a new crop of scouts to the troop. In late March, the Webelos from several local Cub Scout troops bridged up to Scout troop 007. From Lisbon Elementary came Webelo Evan Roeterling who bridged to Boy Scouts along with Bushy Park Elementary Webelo Scouts Payton Jaap, Jeffrey Read, Kevin Hansberger, Joshua Alder, Willie Brock, Patrick Held, Charlie Schell, Tyler Smith and Cole Hufman.

The new Boy Scouts lost no time in planning spring and summer trips. Excursions in the works include backpacking treks along the Appalachian Trail in April and in May, canoeing in the Antietam Creek, white water rafting in Pennsylvania and summer camp in Goshen, Va.

The scouts are also involved in collecting canned goods and non perishables for the annual Scouting for Food drive. Several of the older scouts of Troop 007 are participating in an extended backpacking adventure to the Philmont Ranch in New Mexico in August. Preparation for the Philmont trip, which is considered the "mecca" of the Boy Scout experience, has already begun. This active and involved troop meets on Monday nights at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

Come out to the Greenbridge Pottery Spring Cleaning and Clean Sweep yard sale this weekend for new work in the gallery and new bargains. The artisan potters at Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton are cleaning out the shelves to make room for new wares. On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 from 1 to 5 p.m., new bargains will be added to the spring fling spring clean out.

Greenbridge Pottery is beautiful at this time of year, with flowering trees and shrubs and a yard full of chickens and rural charm. Greenbridge is at 5159 Greenbridge Road in Dayton.

Just a reminder. Carole Kramer, coordinator of the yearly Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church book sale is announcing a flea market and "mini" book sale set for June 2, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you would like to participate as a vendor for this sale, call Carole at 410-442-2475 or email her at churchbooks@hotmail.com. Spaces are free. Six-foot long tables are available for rent for $5 for the vendors.

Don't forget that this is the weekend for a flea market at West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Station 3. The sale which will benefit the Auxiliary of the Fire Station is set for Saturday, April 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a rain date of May 5. Flea market vendors will set up their wares in the lower parking lot. Come out for bargains and for support of Station 3.Station 3 is at the intersection of routes 32 and 99.

All that jazz. That's what's in store for local members of the Columbia Pro Cantare who include Sharon Stewart, Sara Cronk, Jean McCulley and Carol Anne Bucher. The chorus members will be a part of the Pro Cantare's Jazz Master the Choral Works of Dave Brubeck on May 5, 8 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre in Columbia.

Selections from Brubeck's Mass "To Hope! A Celebration", "Forty Days" and "Hold Fast to Dreams" are part of the program. For ticket or information, call 410-799-9321 or visit the website at http://www.procantare.org.

The deer have begun their annual ritual of feasting on our gardens. My brother- in-law insists that a sprinkling of finely grated Irish Spring soap placed around the base of each plant will serve to deter the pests. Scored on a bundle of the soaps at a discount shop up in Woodbine. I'll keep you posted on my success with this easy and sweet smelling foil. This system surely beats the foul smelling sour milk spray method I employed several years ago. Email me if you have any tips.

Actually, for gardening tips I don't need to pass beyond the West Friendship town limits. Dennis Whittaker has never steered me wrong. Whether it's gardening, photography or wise kernels on life in general, Whittaker has the secret. For those in the community who yearn for the days when Whittaker's Flowers was open all season, take heart.

Dennis and Sylvia will open the doors to Whittaker's Flowers on weekends through June 2. Fridays from noon to 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A special bonus for senior citizens, too. Fridays are Senior Days with 10 percent off the purchase of plants.