Sultry summer days have returned just in time to steam up July Fourth get-togethers. Whether you're parked in your own back yard, going off on vacation or attending local holiday events, the sticky weather is a reminder that we won't escape enjoying another typical Maryland summer.
Have a great Fourth of July!
Mountain Road Kiwanis Club recently had its annual awards night for winners of the John Wilson Sr. Memorial Essay Contest and Scholarship Awards, with club president Jane Nisser presiding. Student award winners represented eight local elementary schools and both high schools.
Walter Scott presented a $50 U.S. Savings Bond to winning contestants from the elementary schools. The winners included Stephanie Harrison, of Fort Smallwood; Jennifer Peeler, of High Point; Tracy Gero, of Jacobsville; Daniel Neall, of Lake Shore; Brandon Whipps, of Riviera Beach; Joanna O'Boyle, of St. Jane Frances School; Summer Perez, of Solley; and Mary Elizabeth Taylor, of Sunset.
A special plaque was awarded to Joanna O'Boyle for the best essay.
Contestants had to submit a 200-word-or-less essay on "What the Olympics Mean to Me." Entries were judged on content, style, grammar, spelling, sentence structure and neatness.
The club also presented scholarships to four graduating seniors: Rae Anne Dettrey and Jennifer Vickery from Northeast High School, and Mary Jane Burnett and Marcia Lucine Brown from Chesapeake High School.
In addition to supporting educational programs at local schools throughout the year, the Kiwanis Club also is involved in assisting youth groups, helping the disadvantaged and physically and mentally impaired and supporting civic and church projects.
For more information about the club, call Robert Baxter at 255-2252.
Mount Carmel United Methodist Church will have a reception to welcome its new pastor, the Rev. Carole Silbaugh, and her family at 10:30 a.m Sunday in the church hall, 4760 Mountain Road. Doughnuts and light refreshments will be served.
Silbaugh majored in English education at the University of Maryland and taught English at the old Annapolis High School and at Crossland High School in Camp Springs. She decided to enter the ministry in 1975, following the deaths of her nephew and sister-in-law in a traffic accident.
"God had been only a distant presence in my life until that time," she said, "but the assurance that came to me of their presence with God face to face changed my life dramatically."
She graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 1980 and a Doctor of Ministry in 1992.
Silbaugh and her husband, Jan, a supervisory patent examiner at the U.S. Patent Office, have two sons. Justin is at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and Jan-Michael will be a sophomore at Rollins College in Florida this fall.
The congregation's previous pastor, the Rev. David Cooney, has been accepted as a doctoral candidate at the Iliff School of Theology at the University of Denver. His studies will focus on religion and social change, with an emphasis on theology, ethics, sociology and history.
Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, will open its doors to children, ages 3 through fifth graders, for Vacation Bible School, from 9 a.m. to noon, July 27-31.
Dorothy Dempsey, lay minister of education, explained that the theme for the week will be "Festival: Come Make a Joyful Noise" and will feature time for summer fun and creative learning opportunities.
A nominal fee will be charged. Registrations will be accepted at the door.
For more details, call Dempsey at 647-7137.
Vacation Bible classes at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7859 Tick Neck Road, will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through July 10.
The planned activities include Bible stories, crafts, songs and a cookout.
Additional volunteers are needed to help.
Call Leslie Offutt at 437-2551 to volunteer or obtain more details.
The Methodist Men of Magothy United Methodist Church, 3703 Mountain Road, will be serving breakfast in the fellowship hall Sunday after the 9:30 a.m. worship service.
This week's menu will feature scrambled eggs, sausage, country toast, cereal, doughnuts, juice and coffee. The cost will be $3 for adults and $2 for children, ages 5 to 10. Youngsters under 4 can eat free.
Test your "digs, sets and kills" at the upcoming Volleyball by the Bay Tournament at Downs Park. The two-day event is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 11-12 in the park's day camp area.
The tournament, sponsored by American Youth Hostels, is open to co-ed teams and will feature five leagues, depending on skill levels. U.S. Volleyball Association rules will apply.
Teams should be pre-arranged and must include three men and three women. There is no age limit.
A $15 participation fee is required before the event. No registrations will be accepted at the tournament.
To register, call Kathy Karavitis at (202) 783-0717.
Hey kids, it's roundup time in Pasadena again. Lurking in your garden, blissfully munching on your prized vegetables, may be the big winner in this year's Crawl for the Gold turtle derby at Riviera Beach Library, 1130 Duvall Highway.
Heats in the sixteenth annual running will begin at 10:30 a.m. July 11, so you have some time to get your turtle in shape. The rain date is July 25. So get moving, time's a wastin'. There is no size limit. Just drop by the library to sign up. Need more details? Call 222-6285.