Joanne F. Neil,: of Sykesville, is Piney Run Park's...

VOLUNTEER OF THE WEEK

January 17, 1993

Joanne F. Neil,: of Sykesville, is Piney Run Park's Volunteer of the Year. She has served as a member of the park's Recreation and Conservation Council since the park opened in 1975.

Organization's comments: "Joanne's willingness to volunteer hours of her time has enriched the Nature Center's programs. She has led bread-baking demonstrations, taught wheat weaving and works each year at the Country Christmas workshop," said Deanna Hofmann, park naturalist. "She also shares her time at fishing tournaments and for seven years has been chairperson of the food committee at the Apple Festival."

Volunteer's comments: "I am humbled that the center's outstanding staff chose me," said Mrs. Neil. "It's a privilege to work there. The park offers us a recreation facility with a natural setting right in our area. We can also work in conservation activities. I have always been interested in natural crafts and broadening people's perspectives. I enjoy teaching bread baking. People think it's difficult, but I show them it's not.

Background: Mrs. Neil, 55, has taught child development and home economics at Liberty High School since 1980. Previously, she taught at South Carroll High. She is the wife of Ted Neil, a personnel manager for a Baltimore company. Their daughter, Cindy, is an occupational therapist in Buffalo, N.Y. Their son, Doug, is director of marketing and sales for Hawaiian Airlines.

To nominate someone, call 751-7900 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Nominations may be faxed to the office

at 751-7916.

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