Cub Scouts running with their packs ELICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

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November 23, 1992|By JEAN LESLIE

This fall, Ellicott City Cub Scout packs have jump-started their yearly calendar.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, Ellicott City Scouts represented the county at the Naval Academy's annual Scout Day.

Cub Scout Pack 305 took more than 40 boys to the event. Den leaders in attendance were Judi Raglin, Stacie Lummus, Dave Scott and Cubmaster Bob Garrity.

The pack meets at St. John's Episcopal Church, and has a great supporter in the Rev. Bill Shiflet, an Eagle Scout himself who is minister at the church.

Fifteen boys from Pack 361, including Danny Allen, Adam Bishop, Nick Buckley, Danny Clark, Brian Glass, Matt Guarneri, William Hager, Phillip Kendall-Kuppe, Cole Ingram, Craig Patterson, Eddie Ryland, Charlie Ryland, Mark Trexler, Collin Wallace and Michael Walch, also attended Scout Day.

The day started with a tour of the Naval Academy grounds in Annapolis. Each tour group was led by a midshipman who earned the Eagle Scout rank.

After the tour, den leaders treated the Scouts to a tailgate picnic and then all attended the Navy-Tulane game, where the boys watched the mids enter the stadium in formation, and F-14 jets perform a flyover.

The Scouts were amused when they watched the plebes go through their football game routine: whenever Navy scored a touchdown, each plebe was obliged to rush to the field and do one push-up for each point. Navy won its first victory of the season, guaranteeing that the plebes got their exercise on the field.

Cubs from Pack 944, sponsored by Bethany Lane United Methodist Church, held an unusual and creative monthly Pack Meeting Nov. 21. The pack met outside to celebrate Thanksgiving by cooking breakfast for their families. The boys planned menus for home-cooked food such as French toast, eggs, and sausage.

Later this fall, Pack 944 plans to create Christmas gifts for Heartland residents and sing carols to them. Webelos scouts have an overnight trip planned to the Maryland Science Center.

Webelos Scouts from Pack 834, led by Cubmaster Wayne Bryden, attended the overnight trip to the science center on Nov. 7. Adult leaders included Chris Ohanian, Arthur Solomon, and Nancy Raab.

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Students and staff at Elkridge Elementary School celebrated National Geography Awareness Week last week, due to the efforts of teacher Mary Shiflet. Ms. Shiflet attended the "Workshop on Water" given last year by the National Geographic Society, held in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

She learned ways to advocate greater student learning on the subject of geography, specifically water resources.

To demonstrate our food-producing resources, in one lesson teachers quartered an apple. The apple skin represents the crust of the earth. One quarter represents the land, of which a tiny sliver of skin is arable land. Of the three parts of the apple that symbolize water, only a tiny sliver represents the water that produces sea life.

Children also learned that of 5 gallons of water, they could use only five drops for drinking purposes.

The purpose of the lessons was to encourage awareness of water -- where we get it, how we use it, and how we can conserve it.

The teachers' motto of the week comes from a Chinese philosopher: "We conserve only that which we love; we love only that which we understand; we understand only that which we are taught."

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On Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m., the Church of the Resurrection on Chatham Road and Paulskirk Drive in Ellicott City is sponsoring a very special concert, "An Evening with David Haas."

A guitarist, pianist and choir director, he has traveled extensively giving concerts and workshops.

The day after the concert, Mr. Haas will give a musical workshop from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. He will discuss such topics as vocal and instrumental music for churches.

The cost of tickets is $10 for the concert and $8 for the workshop, or $15 for both events.

Tickets may be purchased from Marty Bode at (410) 465-2717.

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Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite times of year. (The only time that gives Thanksgiving serious competition is the day I see the first crocuses bloom.)

At this time Americans pause to reflect on our good fortune, our prosperity, and our common national history, and to thank God for all our gifts.

Ralph Waldo Emerson must have loved Thanksgiving as I do. I'd like to share a grace he wrote in the middle of the last century:

"For each new morning with its light. For rest and shelter of the night. For health and food, for love and friends. For everything Thy goodness sends, father in heaven we thank Thee."

To all Howard Countians, I join the staff at the Howard Bureau of The Sun in wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving.

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