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Highland Day a hit under warm, sunny skies

It was very warm and sunny Oct. 6 -- a perfect day for Highland Day. I didn't make it up to the crossroads until early afternoon. The first stop I made was to the Highland post office where retired postmaster Bill Dailey had the car show. I made a spin around the parking lot, looking for a spot to park my truck.

I spotted Bill who was talking to one of the locals. "Hey, Chuck, good to see you," He called out to me as we shook hands. "Man, there are some awesome cars here," I said.

Dailey then told me that more than 60 vehicles were registered, from antique to modern. My favorites were the J series Jags, the Ford GT and Geneva Williams' Camaro. She works at the Highland post office and drives a Chevy Camaro fuel dragster. It does the quarter-mile in seven seconds, making Williams the fastest postal worker ever!

Hats off to Dailey for the fine job he did with the car show. My next stop was at Boarman's Market where I ran into Ben Feaga who was working behind the meat counter in the store. Out front, Terry Boarman and her youngest son Joe were manning the hot dog stand. It was mobbed! Georgie Boarman was working the grill, cooking up the dogs.

I bumped into George Boarman Sr., but he was too busy to talk. I saw most of the Boarman clan there, including parents Larry and Rosette Boarman and their daughter,

"Chuck, have you seen Chris?" Marlene asked me. I replied in the negative and moved in the direction of Smeeta's Pharmacy. It had been a while since I saw Smita Patel. She and her husband (I always forget to get his name; my apologies) own the pharmacy. Her name is really spelled Smita, but I guess we Americans would mispronounce it.

We talked for a few minutes and I moved on. I walked across the intersection into the new parking lot where the new buildings are going up. That's where the stage was set up this year. I stopped to talk with Liz Davis, vice chairman of the Greater Highland Crossroads Associaton.

"Now, is that vice chairman, vice chairperson or vice chairwoman," I joked. "I'm a bit of a traditionalist, so I'd have to go with vice chairman," she said as she laughed at my poor attempt at humor.

"It looks like we're having a really good day here," I said. "That we are, Chuck. It's been just fabulous and I think it's one of the greatest Highland Days we've ever had and it just shows that Highland is sticking to its traditions, but it's also growing up. We welcome anyone and everyone who wants to come to our crossroads in a safe and peaceful way," she responded.

Well said, Liz. Just to put this day into perspective, last year's celebration was very wet. It rained off and on the week before and then rained some more on the morning of Highland Day and turned the fields into muddy messes.

Shawn Hefferon, Davis' brother, was also there at the GCHA booth with his huge yellow lab. We talked about the car show up at the post office and he said that he hadn't had a chance to go up to see the cars yet. I was kidding around with Shawn and Liz, telling them that "if you ever need to know anything about what's happening in Highland, just ask postmaster Bill. He knows everything." Shawn replied, "Yea, he's 'AskBill.com.' "

One of the acts that performed on the stage was the Kangaroo Kids. These young lads and lasses showed that jumping rope is no joke. They performed many of their routines, including freestyle jump rope. The kids ranged in age from around 5 or 6 up to the late teens. Their show was very impressive.

Summer is over and so is this year's gardening season. But it's never too early to plan for your next garden. Georgia Eacker, the Master Gardener coordinator for this program, sent me a press release detailing next year's offering.

Training is scheduled to begin Jan. 28, 2008. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Maryland Cooperative Extension Office in Ellicott City. The cost of the training is $160. Registration deadline is November 30.

If you would like to receive a Master Gardener registration packet, call the Maryland Cooperative Extension -- Howard County office at 410-313-2707.

Well, that's all for this week. Look after your neighbors. Remember our troops who are serving in harm's way. Commit a random act of kindness.

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