MARTY HAMILTON, Hope Jackson, Jane Stull and many others in the 4-H office and Cooperative Extension Service never stop working.
Though many think of 4-H'ers and their projects when county and state fairs roll around, these folks contribute to Howard County's 4-H all year.
They send out enrollment forms, organize annual reviews and workshops, recruit and train adult leaders, make a college loan ,, fund available, attend meetings, prepare the Howard County 4-H Annual Achievement Night and offer classes.
They are the cheerleaders for our children.
They keep clubs on track, offer a helping hand and lend wings to our children's daily lives.
Their ideas and personal attention are what make the extensive 4-H program in the county work so well.
Next week is National 4-H Week.
If you see one of our 4-H extension agents or program assistants, you'll be looking at an unsung hero who deserves our thanks.
Small town charm
Those who enjoy small town charm won't want to miss Sykesville's Annual Fall Festival on Saturday.
You can have breakfast at Beck's, visit Sykesville and Patapsco Railway Train displays, go on a historic townhouse tour, watch Civil War living history and participate in all kinds of fun.
Organizers promise a marching band, classical music, barbershop quartets, crafts and food.
The festival lasts until 5 p.m.
When Stuart Dearie bought Baldwin's restaurant in Sykesville, he was clever enough to retain the venerated Baldwin name.
The new restaurant, which opened in August, is now Baldwin's Station and Pub.
The site on Main Street -- the old railroad station -- is a perfect spot for a classy, yet relaxed eating place, which was Dearie's goal.
On Sundays, beginning at 2 p.m., you can sit on the deck near the Patapsco River and enjoy dining al fresco to the music of the Satyr Hill Bluegrass Band.
Sunday -- the first Sunday of the month -- marks the day that church members in western Howard County unite for a 5 p.m. potluck dinner and, at 6 p.m., activities for all ages.
This month, First Sunday is at Jennings Chapel United Methodist Church.
There will be a Hymn Sing, activities for preschool through fifth-grade students, and the United Methodist Youth Fellowship will put on a puppet show.
Poplar Springs, Jennings Chapel, Lisbon, Simpson, Daisy and Howard Chapel-Ridgeville United Methodist churches sponsor First Sundays and welcome all western Howard County residents.
Tomorrow is the day to get flu and pneumococcal shots at the Western Howard Senior Center on Route 97 in Glenwood.
Shots will be available from 9 a.m. to noon.
The suggested donation is $3 for a flu shot and $5 for a pneumococcal vaccination.
Medicare patients should bring their cards to obtain free flu shots.
If you can't get your shots tomorrow, mark your calendar for Nov. 11, when the Health Department offers vaccinations at Lisbon Fire Hall.
Information: Jennifer Shemer at the Health Department, 410-313-7500.
Register soon for lunch with County Executive Charles I. Ecker at the Western Howard Senior Center at noon Oct. 16.
For a suggested donation of $1.50, enjoy lasagna, salad, mixed vegetables and conversation with your county's top elected official.
Events like these at the senior center are always lively.
Registration is open through Oct. 10.
Cherish the child
"Cherish the child," entreats Helen Tuel, the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center director and founder.
She acts according to her own precept.
Her center is a place for children with disabilities -- ranging from orthopedic conditions to neurological disorders, blindness and autism -- to ride horses and gain independence, confidence and enjoyment by doing so.
She invites you to join her in a "Cherish the Child" dinner and concert Saturday evening at the riding center.
After a catered dinner in the riding arena, a concert by Glenwood recording artist Deanna Bogart will include songs ranging from boogie to "gospel harmonies and funky beats," according to Tuel.
Proceeds will help restore the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center's conference center.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. The cost is $50 for the dinner and concert; $20 for the concert alone. A reception after the concert caps the evening.
Ham, turkey shoots
Dayton's Rod and Gun Club's Annual Ham and Turkey Shoots begin at 1 p.m. Sunday and will continue every Sunday through Dec. 7.
At the clubhouse on Greenbridge Road, sports enthusiasts shoot shotguns at targets for $2.50 a shot.
Winners of each round take home hams and turkeys.
Information: Paul Brown, 410-531-3238.
Pub Date: 10/02/97