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Hardesty Haven Catering of Prince Frederick should be commended for supporting youth in Calvert County. Businesses are inundated year after year with donation requests from groups all over the county, and they need to plan ahead as to how their money is to be spent and to which organization it will go.

Hardesty Haven Catering each year budgets its money to spend on local youth who work hard in school and raise livestock. Jacob Bowen, 10, of Prosperity Acres in Sunderland was the recipient this year of Hardesty Havenís generosity and would like to say thank you to them. Jacobís market goat, Lightning McQueen, won Grand Champion market goat at the St. Maryís County Fair, and Hardesty Haven was the highest bidder supporting Jacob and letting him know how much it appreciates all the work that goes into raising livestock for food consumption to the public.

Jacob has been raising goats since he was 3 years old, and this is his second year in 4-H to have entered a bred and owned market goat and won Grand Champion. Jacob owns the mother and father and is working hard each year to develop better genetics for meat with his goats. Jacob is learning about ethics, respect, trustworthiness and leadership with his animal projects and is very grateful to Hardesty Haven for supporting him.

Mary T. Bowen, Sunderland

The writer is the owner of Prosperity Acres.