Roots go back far, deep into Howard's history ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE


September 28, 1992|By JEAN LESLIE

Welcome to the new Sun! We hope you share our excitement in this, our inaugural edition.

Since I have been asked to write the weekly column appearing here every Monday, let me bend your ear while I tell you something about myself.

I have a long personal history in Howard County. My grandparents, the Ramsburgs and the Pfefferkorns, raised their families here. Then my parents left the area to pursue my dad's military career. But when I was a child, my family spent summers visiting the family.

I can remember when Route 32 was a little residential street, and when geese and chickens walked where Chatham Mall now stands.

Later, as a young adult, my new husband Steve and I spent some time in Minneapolis. While there, my homesickness did not bring me memories of Annapolis, where my parents had settled, but memories of Howard County with its green rolling hills and friendly residents.

When we returned to Maryland with a baby boy in 1973, we moved to Howard County, as Steve had landed a job at the beautiful Agronomy Research Farm on Folly Quarter Road. Since then, excepting a three-year hiatus in Columbia, my family has always lived in Ellicott City.

We spent seven years in the Historic District, another seven in Ellicott Hills off Rogers Avenue and two years in Columbia Hills.

Both Steve and I have established businesses in our home.

We now have three children, who have attended a total of seven public schools and several preschools. The baby boy has grown up and left for college. And, we have met wonderful neighbors and made good friends.

Currently, I am teaching writing for Howard Community College, maintaining my involvement in my children's education and activities (I keep score at baseball games and organize Blue- and-Gold Cub Scout Banquets), as well as play softball on summer evenings with Columbia Hills neighbors. In free time I enjoy reading and attending the theater.

Most recently, I added to my list of "to do's" the writing of this column. My sincere hope is that Elkridge and Ellicott City folk will call me with community news of all types. I will be sure to try to get your group the publicity and recognition it deserves. Just pick up the phone and call me!

Did you know that each month Dr. Sylvia Pattillo, principal of Centennial High School, treats the parents of her students to breakfast?

"Breakfast with the Principal" meetings have no agenda, but act as forums to allow parents to ask questions, air concerns and learn of current activities.

"It helps me with rumor control and allows everyone to feel comfortable and open," said Dr. Pattillo. The first breakfast of the year will start at 9 a.m. Oct. 6.

If you are a Centennial parent who wishes to attend, call Sharyn Smith at 313-2856 for reservations.

Welcome to the Jones family, who recently moved to the Centennial area of Ellicott City from Vancouver, Canada.

Sylvia Jones, family spokeswoman, said that British Columbia is beautiful -- "everywhere you look is like a picture postcard" -- and that, because of the minimal pollution, the area is really clean.

However, when hit with the metric system, the climate (it rains most of the time) and the French language, Sylvia found that she missed the United States, and she would occasionally cross the border into Washington state to remember her roots.

The family is now anxious to "dig in and do some day-tripping," says Sylvia, as the Baltimore-Washington area has much to offer.

Originally from Texas, the Jones family moved here on a job transfer. This is their 21st move in a 25-year marriage. Their 13-year-old twin boys attend Burleigh Manor Middle school.


This weekend, there will be a dinner to benefit one of Ellicott City's churches. Epiphany Lutheran Church, on Sybert Drive in Columbia Hills, is sponsoring a crab cake and baked ham dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Ticket prices are $7.50 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12 years.

Green beans and fresh fruit salad will also be served, and a bake sale will feature homemade goodies. For ticket information, call David Berg at 730-6626 or Judy Katzmark at 461-0936.


Our Lady of Perpetual Help, at 4795 Ilchester Road, is cooking turkey with all the trimmings on from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. icket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for children under 12.

Organizers are raffling off a $1,000 prize; chances cost only $1. For more information, call Larry Schubreth at 750-7964.


Centennial High's class of 1995 is sponsoring a holiday wreath sale. The wreaths are double-faced balsam fir. They cost $10 for a wreath with an outer dimension of 20 feet and $12 for a wreath with an outer dimension of 24 feet.

The deadline for ordering is Oct. 19, and pickup at the school will be in early December.

Order forms may be picked up at the school or call Kathleen Meizel at 465-7820 for further information. You will be contacted on an exact pickup date after you place your order.


Section 3 of Burleigh Manor has announced a community meeting Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Centennial High.

The meeting will address motorist speeding and reckless driving in Burleigh Manor.


Fall is a lovely time for walking around Ellicott City, so this year, reacquaint yourself with the charms of the historic district. While you're there, check out the Howard County Firehouse Museum, housed in the little yellow firehouse at the intersection of Church Road and Main Street.

The museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. On display are artifacts representative of all county firehouses as well as firehouse history books compiled by the older fire stations. A knowledgeable volunteer will answer your questions.

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