Betty Lou Yoder, a first-grade teacher at Linthicum Elementary School, was surprised yesterday by the faculty and students with a day in her honor. She is retiring after 39 years of teaching in Anne ArundelCounty, 25 at Linthicum Elementary.
Yesterday was designated "Betty Lou Yoder Day" in her honor. Her family, past and present school officials, faculty and students surprised her at an assembly yesterdayto recognize the many years of dedicated service she had given to the community and the children.
The students presented her with gifts based on an "Apple For the Teacher" theme. Apple drawings, stories about apples, fresh apples and even jars of applesauce were a few of the gifts.
Invited guests included, Betty's husband, Olin Yoder, a teacher at Meade Senior HighSchool who is also retiring this year after 40 years; their daughters, Cindy and Meghan; and Betty's mother, Victoria Hott, who came fromWest Virginia for the occasion.
Others invited included: Evelyn Schmidt, former assistant superintendent of Anne Arundel County PublicSchools; Robert Harrell, former principal of Linthicum Elementary; Lauralee Whitmore, principal of Richard Henry Lee Elementary; and MaryEllen Street, principal of Shipley's Choice Elementary. Many other former teachers and secretaries of the school were present.
The Parent Teachers Association presented Betty with a gift of a sterling-silver apple pendent.
The North Linthicum Day Annual Fair sponsored by the North Linthicum Improvement Association at Overlook Park had everything going for it. The weather was perfect, and there was alarge turnout. Thirty craftspeople participated, and there were lotsof food and entertainment.
The North County High School Band and four elementary school bands played; Overlook, Park, Brooklyn Park and Belle Grove. The WJZ-TV players were the winning team in a softballgame with members of the North Linthicum Improvement Association.
McGruff, the crime dog, Mickey the Clown and the Noid from Domino's put in appearances. Activities for children included pony rides, MoonWalk and face-painting.
Donna and Kevin Miller built and painted five different bright and colorful toss games that were very popular with the children. Everyone enjoyed hearing the Sons of Severn sing and watching the Magic Show.
There were three winners in the money raffle; Frank Anderson, John Costa and Addie Buckenghan won first, second and third prizes, respectively, in the money raffle.
Other winners for the day were: Matt Anderson in the three-legged race, Tony Walters for the sack
race, and Matt Anderson and Arron Pointon forthe water balloon toss. Kim Turk guessed the correct amount of candyin the candy jar.
Brian Senter was the chairman of the fair. A special thank you to all who worked so hard to make this day a big success.
Each year about this time, the Four Rivers District has a Recognition Dinner when "special scouters" are recognized for theircontributions to scouting and the community. Last night at the Holiday Inn in Linthicum, five volunteers to the Boy Scouts of America received Awards of Merit.
Those chosen by the district were considered to be well-rounded individuals, involved in many areas, including scouts, church and civic organizations. Awards were received by: Nancyand Dean Allen, Gordon Mallonee, William King and Linda McCormick. More than 150 people attended.
The Four Rivers District covers mostof Anne Arundel County and is a part of the Baltimore Area Council.
Nursery school let out one day too early for the 3-year-olds of St. John's Cooperative Nursery School to know that the president of the United States sent a letter of congratulations for raising so much money for the Muscular Dystrophy Hopathon in March.
The letter, addressed to "Dear boys and girls," arrived just in time to be readat the graduation ceremonies for the 4-year-old children. Jane Soverns, nursery school director, had written to President Bush, telling him of the children's amazing accomplishment of raising $10,000.
Hoping to receive a reply before the end of the school year, she put her mailman on alert to watch for a letter from the White House. It arrived early the morning of the graduation, and he left it at the frontdesk so she could pick it up in time.
When told that a very special person had sent a letter, Soverns said some children tried to guess who it was from and came up with Elvis and Snoopy.
But they werevery happy that it was from the president of the United States. A copy of the letter will be mailed to all of the children soon.
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church is sponsoring a Spring Flea Marketand Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday June 15.
Also featured will be crafts, flowers, collectibles and a baked goods table. Lunch will be available.
Table space may be rented at $5 foroutside tables and $10 for inside tables. For information call the parish office at 859-5633 or the organizer at 859-3055.