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Shout It Out: This Week’s Best in Local Columns & Community News

We all have an opinion, especially when it comes to our community.

Patch readers know we’re all about objective news in and around our neighborhoods. But we also like to hear about the thoughts and personal experiences that matter to you. We’ve pulled together a bevy of great columnists, so if you want to find out what residents are saying in your neck of the woods, or local news of your area, read on for this week’s Columns and Community.

Lots of events marked National Night Out, including some in your area no doubt. Police officers, community leaders and residents gathered in neighborhoods in , Howard, as residents decided to stand up and be counted in the effort to prevent crime. Find details on Columbia Patch, Westminster Patch and Arbutus Patch.

The National Night Out in pictures. Take a look at Patch's photographic take on three crime prevention community programs in Reisterstown and Owings Mills. Read more on Owings Mills Patch.

An Eldersburg man tells about waking up with a shock to German tanks pointing guns at him. His story and others by local veterans are in a book by a Sykesville author released in July. Read details on Eldersburg Patch.

Ulysses Grant once visited the fair in tradition-filled Carroll County. How about you? Take a tour on Westminster Patch.

Kids and pigs. Kids and cows. Kids, and, well, kids (baby goats, that is). They all go together at the 4-H Fair. See the precious photos on Eldersburg Patch.

If you don't care for jumping mules or the Queen's Horses, how about a pie in your face? You can find that and more at the Howard County fair. More on Columbia Patch.

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