West Friendship: Fundraiser to celebrate life of former West Friendship youth and fire department volunteer

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 8 when the members of the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department, along with family and friends of the late Luke Hoffman will celebrate Luke's life with a fun-filled fundraiser to honor him. The family day event will be held at Circle D Farm, 15535 Carrs Mill Road, in Woodbine, from 1 to 7 p.m.

I knew Luke when he was grade-school boy at West Friendship Elementary back in the late 1980s. Years later, Luke would serve as a volunteer at West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department and work as a Montgomery County police officer. Luke lost his life in the line of duty in 2007.


A portion of the proceeds from the family event will be donated to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and to Maryland COPS, a statewide nonprofit organization which provides programs and services to the survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Maryland.

Some of the activities planned for the gala include a moon bounce, a horseshoe tournament, live bands, all-you-can-eat food and beverages, miniature golf, face painting and lots more. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

For more information, call Staci Slade at 443-546-4270 or e-mail

Speaking of West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department, this weekend marks the annual Station 3 open house when the community is invited out to see the fabulous fire station and let the little ones get a kick out of all those shiny red engines Sunday, Oct. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. Nothing says fall more than the annual West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Open House.

This is the day when kids get an up close view of all the great shiny red ladder trucks and the interior of the fantastic new Station 3. The event will feature a roster of fire apparatus displays, a visit from Sparky the Fire House Dog, Station 3 tours and demonstrations galore.

Come out and see the inner workings of West Friendship's Station 3 at 12535 Frederick Road, at the corner of routes 32 and 99, in West Friendship. Activities for all ages are promised.

Just when you thought you missed out on the bargains at the Kids Nearly New Sale, comes another day of "snips" as the British might say. If deals on kids clothes, Halloween costumes, kids electronics and equipment is on your mind then head over to the fairgrounds in West Friendship this weekend.

So popular was the early September sale, that the Kids Nearly New Sale has returned to the Howard County fairgrounds for a fall sale spectacular Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Essentially this sale is one big huge indoor yard sale with everything one can imagine (and more) for kids.

The indoor mammoth yard sale is dedicated to all things kid-sized. From children's furniture, clothes and books to toys and baby gear, the bargains are as amazing as the amounts of gear provided by the dozens and dozens of vendors.

Questions on the sale? Call 410-823-6039, go to the website or email inquiries to

Did someone say, "Boo!" Woods, fields, streams, scary costumed ghouls and goblins — just a few of the thrills in store for those who join the spooky fun during the third annual Three Mile Haunted Hay Ride, in West Friendship.

The Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum presents the scary, spooky jaunt during a series of rides. Proceeds from the hair tingling event will benefit the West Friendship museum.

"This is a perfect way to enjoy some good, clean, spooky fun while helping to preserve Howard County's farm heritage," said Virgnia Frank, of the farm museum.

The hay rides are set for Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. The Farm Museum is at 12985 Frederick Road (Route 144) in West Friendship.


Questions? Call 410-489-2345 or go to the club website at

Brother Gerry Seipp, one of the Franciscan Friars at the Shrine of St. Anthony on Folly Quarter Road, loves trains. Seipp has been collecting trains, train accessories, train postcards, well anything that is connected to rails, since he was a youngster growing up in East Baltimore. Now Brother Gerry is sharing his passion for trains with the community.

The friar has set up a fabulous fall theme train garden for the month of October. Come to the Manor House at the Shrine of St. Anthony to see Brother Gerry's Halloween Train Garden. Families are invited to come out and enjoy this free event Sundays, Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. The Shrine of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road, inEllicott City.

A fall festival is slated for the Main Street area of Sykesville Saturday, Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. Food, artisans wares, fall displays, entertainment and shopping galore.