Dinner honors guardsmen for service

January 26, 2004

National Guardsmen and their families were honored at the Salute the Troops Dinner 2004 on Tuesday at the BG Thomas B. Baker Armory in Ellicott City.

John Linderman, proprietor of Carrabba's Italian Grill in Ellicott City, had the idea for the dinner, which fed about 350 people and was organized by a community group, said Ellicott City resident John Wafer.

"It wasn't a formal thing," Wafer said. "We all know each other ... and decided this needed to be done and decided to do it. Most of the people who were involved are Republicans ... [but] we didn't want this to become a political thing."

Carrabba's provided food. Desserts were supplied by Ms. Desserts.

Attractions for children included face painting, a clown, a balloon sculptor, a disc jockey, and the Orioles and Ravens mascots. Alan Walden of radio station WBAL served as master of ceremonies.

Speakers included Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett and County Executive James N. Robey. State, local and military officials attended, Wafer said.

The honored guardsmen had served in operations Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle or Iraqi Freedom, said Maj. Charles S. Kohler, public affairs officer with the Maryland National Guard.

"Oh, it was a big event," Wafer said. The soldiers and airmen "were extremely pleased that people actually wanted to thank them for what they had done."

Ellicott City resident Tommie Tarsell chaired the event. Ed Armanas of Woodstock served as liaison with the military. Kohler helped with publicity. Running Brook resident Linda Furiate was in charge of entertainment: She recruited the two mascots, the Orioles management team and two players from the Baltimore Blast soccer team, all of whom attended, Wafer said.

Kohler said about 44 businesses donated goods and services.

- Fay Lande

`Winter's Feast' planned at Patapsco Valley park

The Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway Inc. and Patapsco Valley State Park will co-sponsor "A Winter's Feast," a community storytelling celebration, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in Hollofield Pavilion No. 300 at the park.

Participants will share food prepared in the coals of an open fire, and music, storytelling and winter activities will be featured.

Participants can bring a side dish or dessert to share; the main course and beverages will be provided. Food will be served at 5:30 p.m. Storytelling starts at 6:15 p.m.

The cost is $5; $10 per family. Registration is required. Information: 410-480-0824.

Births

Gavin Thomas: To Timothy and Sharon Smith of Ellicott City on Nov. 20.

Kallie Alexandra: To Dan and Laureen Anagnos of Ellicott City on Jan. 12.

Around town

School open house: St. Augustine School, 5990 Old Washington Road, Elkridge, will hold its annual open house from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday. Parents can learn about programs and services at the school, which serves children from preschool to eighth grade, and discuss the application process. The open house will be from 9 a.m. and to 10:15 a.m. 410- 796-3040.

For seniors: Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring activities for seniors age 55 and older and people age 18 and older at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Duplicate bridge is played from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. Bring a bag lunch. Tea and coffee are available. Bridge, pinochle and other games are played from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Bring a bag lunch. Tea and coffee are available. Mah-jongg is played from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 410- 313-7279.

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