FERNDALE/LINTHICUM — Congratulations to two young men in Boy Scout Troop 493.
The rank of Eagle Scout has been awarded to Degn Bowman and William Niebauer, an honor achieved by only 1 percent of Boy Scouts.
Scouting's highest award was given for their outstanding leadership qualities as they applied it to their chosen projects.
Each was responsible for all aspects of the enterprise, from drawing up blueprints to soliciting donations of material and money. They acted as foremen, supervising friends and other Scouts in the troop as they executed their projects. During construction each Scout kept a log and took pictures for documentation, which were submitted to the national Scout headquarters for review.
Bowman earned his award by devoting 116 hours over almost one year in the planning and construction of a sidewalk next to Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church. The sidewalk provided access between the church and its Christian Education Center and solved a drainage problem in the area.
He contacted Genstar Stone Products Co. and was able to negotiate a considerable discount for the concrete. He solicited a donation from Maisel Bros. for expansion joints, wire mesh and reinforcement bars. Ron Nadowny & Sons donated the back hoe and operator and tools for the job.
Bowman asked for, and received, a donation of $200 from the Methodist church community to buy some materials. Raymond B. Case donated $50 to help.
Bowman attends St. Philip Neri Church and is a graduate of its elementary school. He is a senior at Mount St. Joseph High School and is looking into colleges for next year.
If you walk the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail between Dorsey Road and B Street, take notice of the four flower boxes. They are there because of Niebauer's efforts.
Niebauer chose the location to help beautify the trail and solve an erosion problem, too.
Each of the four flower boxes measures 6-by-8 feet and is made of pressure-treated wood. They were filled with top soil, covered with filter cloth to keep down weeds, and mulched.
He was able to enlist the help of the Anne Arundel County Parks Department through Ranger Dave Dione to contribute some money for materials.
Niebauer devoted almost a year to the project, including two months when the actual construction and installation took place.
During the installation of the planters, Niebauer and the other Scouts picked up all the debris in the area, too.
Community volunteers and Evergreen Gene's Nursery provided the final touches, donating and planting bulbs for spring blooming.
Like Bowman, Niebauer is a member of St. Philip Neri Church. He attended Arthur Slade School in Glen Burnie and is a sophomore at Mount St. Joseph High School.
Scout Troop 493 meets once a week at the Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church in Brooklyn Park. Bill Ward is the troop leader.
Congratulations to Steven P. Jones, who has been promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is the son of Neil and Jean Jones of Glen Burnie. His wife, Donna, is the daughter of Roberta and the late Henry Dwyer of Linthicum.
Jones is a Marine aviator assigned to Marine EA-6B squadron VMAQ-2 detached to Iwakuni, Japan. He, his wife and three sons live at Cherry Point MCAS, N.C.
He is a 1982 graduate of Andover High School and a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights held its annual "Breakfast with Santa" on Dec. 15 at the clubhouse.
The 100 little guests enjoyed a meal of pancakes and sausage, which they shared with the man of the hour and his lovely wife -- Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus -- played by Roger and Edna Warren. Santa presented each child with a gift as they related their Christmas wishes to him. It was an enjoyable morning for everyone. A special thanks to Harriet Starr and Nancy Phelps, co-chairwomen of the event.
Frances Purper, the club's publicity chairwoman, said the Holly Mary in early December was a great success and she would like to thank everyone for their support of this annual fund-raiser.
Last week 11 members of the Ferndale Garden Club participated in a front-door Christmas decorating contest.
Judging was based on the use of natural greens and dried materials, creative use of color, theme and construction.
The first-place winner, Jeanette Lehman, of Gordon Lane, decorated her door with a handmade vine wreath accented with a spray of greens and dried thistle and highlighted with a burgundy colored bow. A coordinating garland topped the firewood carrier placed by the door. The overall effect was understated but elegant.
The second-place ribbon was awarded to Dorothy Malchester, of Forestdale Avenue. Rose colors and lace gave a slight touch of Victoriana to this front door and entrance. The fresh, dark greens were a good background for the lighter accents.