It hardly rains in Carroll, except at most inconvenient times SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber


December 22, 1992|By MAUREEN RICE

In yesterday's Carroll County edition, the caption of a photograph from the Eldersburg Care Center incorrectly RTC identified two people and what they were doing. The caption should have said Lynn Warfield was helping Nora Howard with a puzzle.

The Baltimore Sun regrets the errors.

It never rains but it pours, the salt slogan goes, and nowhere, I am convinced, is that more true than in Maryland. Specifically, in Carroll County.

For years we suffered drought, and towns made people stop watering lawns. I told my mother, who planned to move to Maryland, that if you hate rain, this is the place for you. My mother is now trying to sue me for false advertising.


Perhaps this latest break in the weather will provide some respite. We need it; last week I had to hang up on an important call to retrieve my son from the bus in a downpour. "I understand," the caller told me sadly. She says she's starting to mildew.

Check yourselves for spots, folks.

Red and green are the colors for seniors in the Eldersburg Care Center tomorrow. Even being seriously visually impaired or diabetic doesn't stop participants from joining the festivities.

"We're having a Christmas party," said Lynn Warfield, the director. "We'll have party favors, gifts given out as if from Santa, lots of party refreshments -- some are fine for the diabetics -- and reminiscing talk. Everyone is supposed to wear red and green."

The participants have been preparing by making holiday crafts and decorations.

"We design the crafts so that everyone can take part," Ms. Warfield said. "We have several visually impaired participants. They do the things that can be done by feel. The others do what they can do, and I do what nobody else wants to do."

Ms. Warfield put up Christmas balls made by the participants out of old Christmas cards, hanging some of them from the ceiling while she stood on a chair.

The center, which opened just this fall, offers care and fun for seniors during the day, including chauffeuring to doctor visits, serving meals and snacks as well as providing a time and place to share old memories and create new ones.

"We're new," said Ms. Warfield, "but we're doing a real service for the seniors and the community. We try to make this an enjoyable place for participants to come, and some have become good friends in just the short time since they met here."

Eagles may be on the endangered species list, but Sykesville is adding one to the roles. James Matthew (Matt) Zeigler -- lately returned from Parris Island, S.C., where he completed his basic training for the Marine Corps -- will receive recognition for attaining the status of "Eagle" in the Boy Scouts of America in a ceremony tonight.

His father, Herb Zeigler, a scoutmaster, is very proud.

"He did his community service work at Piney Run Park," Mr. Zeigler said, "under the direction of Don Smith [a park manager]. He cut down trees and planted others. The new trees in the parking lot area were planted by Matt."

Many other scouts pitched in to help with the rigorous workload, accumulating between 55 and 70 man-hours of muscle strain.

"The ceremony is designed by the Eagle candidate," Mr. Zeigler said, "we've done Eagle ceremonies at Piney Run. However the scout wants it, it's his night."

Two of Matt's scoutmasters, Bill Goode and Bob Reigel, will speak. Bill Reigel, a good friend of Matt's, will be master of ceremonies and provide a description of Matt's scouting history. Matt's recruiting sergeant, Sgt. Kevin M. Dulaney, will be there, and all of the troop's Eagles will stand as he joins their ranks.

The ceremony will be held in the old chapel of Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m.

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