Reception will honor founder of Pre-School NORTH COUNTY/Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey

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June 07, 1993|By ROSALIE M. FALTER

There will be an informal reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, in the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the YWCA Linthicum Pre-School and to honor Brenda Stephens, director and co-founder.

The program was an idea hatched 20 years ago on Stephens' back porch.

Her friend since high school, Barbara Schafer, had a child on a very long waiting list to enter the Glen Burnie YWCA Pre-School. Realizing the child would probably not be accepted, Schafer approached Stephens about starting a preschool program here.

Schafer knew that Stephens had taken college courses in early childhood education and was president of the Y-Teens in high school back in Ohio. Schafer was an active member on the local YWCA board.

Stephens recalls the early planning: "We did something that was rather spectacular for then, we expanded the YWCA's program to be more than a mom's day out. In those days it was mostly a socialization group.

"With some advice from my mom, who was a teacher with the Head Start Program in Ohio, I set up a curriculum with an appropriate learning experience based on the developmental areas of a pre-school child which included physical, cognitive and psychosocial."

A member of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, Stephens approached the pastor, Rev. Harold B. Wright, about leasing space for the program and looked into zoning and licensing. The church agreed to let them use a room for one year on a contingency basis.

The Linthicum pre-school has evolved over the past 20 years, but Miss Brenda -- as she is called by children and parents -- has been the guiding force behind the program. Schafer stayed with the school for three years before moving on to adult education.

"When we began 20 years ago, we were lucky to have a great group of kids and parents. It was hard leaving," Schafer said.

Enrollment, which started at 30 children, is up to 80 now, and the school has recently received approval to expand by 10.

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The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society will sponsor the Second Annual Strawberry Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Benson-Hammond House. The rain date is Sunday.

The event will emphasize the Polish cultural heritage in the county during the time the truck farms employed "pickers."

Look for strawberry shortcake, strawberries and ice cream, kielbasa and Polish ham, pit beef, barbecued chicken and country ribs, crab cakes, french fries and chrusciki, or Polish bow ties.

Strawberry wine will be on sale with a Benson-Hammond House label by a local winery, and strawberries will be sold.

Live demonstrations will include presentations by the Friendly Thyme Herb Club, and displays about antique farm equipment, blacksmithing and basket weaving.

Polish folk tales will be spun by local storyteller Adam Mazorik. A local disk jockey will play Polish tunes.

Children's activities will include pony rides and barnyard animal painting.

The Benson-Hammond House will be open for tours. Stop by the Browse & Buy Shoppe and look for antiques and treasures.

Parking for this event is free in the BWI Satellite Parking Lot across from the house. A shuttle bus will provide transportation to and from the grounds. The house is at the intersection of Andover Road and Aviation Boulevard.

For further information, call 768-9518 or 859-0298.

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The Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Linthicum Elementary School.

On the agenda is the election of officers for the 1993-94 fiscal year and guest speaker Capt. Gary Barr of the county Police Department.

Captain Barr will discuss crime in Linthicum, how to protect yourself and your home from crime, how to use 911, when to call the police, the new police bike patrol and what to do when you have difficulties with a police officer.

Questions can be directed to Gerald Starr at 859-8026.

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Visitors to the 1840 House Museum, 800 E. Lombard St., are in for a treat Saturday. "Herb Day with the Friendly Thyme Herb Club" will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the museum's courtyard. Admission is free.

You are invited to stop by and chat with club members about the many uses of herbs. Learn how to plant a herb garden, make herbal butters, spreads, vinegars, potpourri and wreaths.

Herbal crafts, foods and plants will be available for purchase. Herbs from the club's garden in the courtyard will be used in the open-hearth cooking demonstration.

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Please note: The Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America has announced the cancellation of the baseball card show that had been scheduled for June 26 at St. Philip Neri.

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