With Memorial Day, a week is set aside for family observances ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE


June 01, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

Honoring soldiers who died fighting in battle began as a post-Civil War tradition when Southern women visited graveyards to scatter flowers picked in their home gardens. The national holiday was first officially observed on May 30, 1868.

Now, various groups celebrate Memorial Day by honoring the war dead. For example, area Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops placed flags on graves at the military cemetery on Frederick Road in Catonsville early in the evening on May 28.

The VFW Post 7472 held two memorial services on May 30, one at Meadowridge Cemetery and another at the post. Also on May 30, the Friends of Whipps Cemetery organized a Community Walk through the cemetery as a part of Family Remembrance Week.

It's a new observance, first proclaimed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer this year. Atwood Barwick, a member of the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites Inc., came up with the idea of setting aside a week for family observances, including sharing ancestry and respect for dead family members with children This might also mean going to the cemetery.

The idea has been taken up with enthusiasm. Comcast Cable has made two 30-second spots that are running periodically this week, Cable 15 TV is running a story on Family Remembrance week, and various libraries -- including our Miller Branch -- have shown an interest by creating displays.

Trinity School on Ilchester Road in Ellicott City is proud to congratulate two of its middle school mathematics teachers. Martha DeCastro and Sandra Margel have been selected to participate in the National Security Agency's Mathematics Education Partnership Program this summer.

The teachers will develop learning units designed to address a curriculum standard of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Here's hoping that you have a productive summer!

Congratulations to Bernadette Spielman of Beaverbrook in Ellicott City and John Welther of New Castle, Pa., on their recent engagement. The happy couple and the whole Spielman family -- parents Allen and Emily, younger sisters Donna, Linda, and Emily -- are involved in preparations for a September wedding.

Burleigh Manor Middle School PTA will elect new officers prior to the year's end band concert, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. All are invited.

Two Northfield Elementary School students who were troubled by speeding motorists on Northfield Road and St. John's Lane turned their concern into an independent study project then took action.

Steve Collins and David Lane contacted county officials, getting a response from County Council member Darrel Drown and Ed Walter, the county's chief traffic engineer. Their research led to presentations at the school's annual Enrichment Fair and at the St. John's Lane Community Association meeting, and to a schoolwide letter to parents.

The Community Association took up the boys' cause by sponsoring a slogan contest at Northfield Elementary School. It will vote on the winner at their June meeting. Prizes for the top slogans will be awarded at the close of the school year, and a bumper sticker will be developed using the best slogan, to help neighbors who use the roads in Dunloggin to drive carefully.

The Yingling-Ridgely VFW Post 7472 announces its installation of officers. Post Commander Bill Heber was reinstalled for the fifth year of service, and Ladies Auxiliary President Mildred Weatherley was reinstalled for her sixth year of service.

Bill Heber and Francis Beall Jr., Post Quartermaster, were selected for the Department Commander's All-State team, thus recognizing the outstanding job they are doing in their leadership of the Post. The honor is calculated on a point system, and Bill Heber ranked #5 in the state in points accumulated. "The Post members did an outstanding job," says Heber.

Mount Hebron High School held its fourth annual Art Exhibit May 18 through 20. Exhibited were over 800 artworks created by students, Hebron staff, and alumni from such far-flung locations as Kansas and Rhode Island.

Art teacher Mark Coates cited his group of 30 advanced seniors as the reason for the size of the exhibit, which is the largest showing of high school art in the county.

The Golden Brush Award was given to four top seniors, those who are most outstanding in the visual

arts. Honored were Lara Goeke, Mee Hong, Emily Morris, and Flynn Wolf.

It's time for a swim! Nob Hill Swim Club announces its opening on Saturday with an new, enlarged pool. The traditional Memorial Day opening had to be postponed a week because of construction delays caused by a rainy spring.

The Club, dating back 37 years, has replaced the old plumbing and completely rebuilt the pool, although the old structure was retained.

"We were able to borrow money to do this, even in the middle of a recession," says Pool President Gina MacLean. "This shows the depth of commitment of the community." There are still a few pool memberships available to Ellicott City residents. For details on joining, call Robin Truax at 750-1214.

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