New plants along pathway add beauty to Dorsey's Search ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

NEIGHBORS

June 21, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

On June 6, Dorsey's Search Pathway system was enriched by a project conceived of by board member Ria Malloy and Village Manager Ann Darren, carried out by a group of volunteers and funded by the Chesapeake Trust.

To refresh your memory, the Chesapeake Trust was created to donate funds to Bay-saving projects. Each Maryland driver who has the blue heron license plate adds to the Chesapeake Trust.

Ms. Malloy, concerned about local waterways, applied for a grant to help stem pollution into the wetlands along Gwynn Park Trail, and was given $1,000 to carry out her ideas.

Her grant requested money to purchase shrub and tree plantings to hold the soil in wetlands and along small brooks in Dorsey's Search. The silt and pollution that are swept down brooks in Columbia become part of creeks, then rivers, and eventually the bay. If vegetation holds the inland soil, that vegetation aids the bay.

Amazed but delighted, Ms. Malloy won the award for Dorsey's Search, then bought specialty plants at a nursery in St. Michaels, called Environmental Concern, recommended by the Trust for its wetland specimens.

Among more exotic plants, she purchased such plants as the button bush, persimmon trees, and dogwood.

Then she had to find enough people to help her plant all 145 shrubs and trees. The grant stipulated that labor to carry out the project be all volunteer.

The Open Space Committee advertised for volunteers, and June 6, "had a nice response in the way of volunteerism," said Ann Darren.

About 20 people came to plant trees, and all 145 specimens were planted by 4:30 p.m.

"The day was cool and sunny, and we had plenty to drink," shreported. "We have the best pathway system I've ever seen. Yesterday morning I had three does standing next to me, right in Dorsey's Search."

The Dorsey's Search Village Board invites everyone to carefully visit the beauty of the wetlands, where deer, small mammals, owls and hawks, beavers and mallards live comfortably. Please keep pets on a leash.

To see the newly planted trees, wood chip paths, raised wooden boardwalks and observation lookouts, you'll take the path that leads west off Columbia Road. If you go east, you'll see the beaver dam, which is also interesting.

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We have a wealth of reasons for little celebrations in mid-June.

On Friday, students and teachers alike celebrated the end of another school year. With a little luck and a lot of toil, students moved along to the next grade, and teachers sighed with relief as they looked forward to a chance to recharge their energies for next fall.

We parents also sighed with relief, as we anticipate a couple of unscheduled months free of school obligations, and frenetic sports competitions, Scout activities, and music lessons. And a chance to do some fun things with the kids.

Parents, show this summer hint to your kids: "Kids, do yourselves a favor and spend 45 minutes each day reading. Just about any book that interests you is OK. Then, not only will you have fun learning about what you want to know, but you'll also be finding books that you can use for book reports next year. Write down the books' titles, and keep them in a safe place."

Yesterday was Father's Day, our annual opportunity to make iall up to Dad.

Thanks, Dad, Bill Pfefferkorn in Annapolis, and thanks to husband Steve Leslie for being a great Dad to our kids.

Thanks, too, to those who have been fathering Sam and Bridgette: Cub Scout Pack 834, dads Chris Ohanion and Wayne Bryden; CYBA 9-10 league Royals, dads Larry Trapuzzano, Dean Cook and Rick Bradberry; Centennial High School's Bruce Smith, "the father of the school," according to my daughter Bridgette; and neighbor Matt Duff, who gives Bridgette college tips on Towson State.

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In honor of summer solstice, I'll share my heirloom iced tea recipe, an old county favorite.

First, find a friend who has spearmint or peppermint growing in his or her yard and beg a chunk of it for your garden. To make the iced tea, pour a quart of boiling water over three tea bags after you make your morning coffee. A mix of decaffeinated and caffeinated tea bags is fine. Let the strong tea steep until it's cool.

Pour it into a glass half-gallon container (plastic pitchers give their taste to the tea).

Then add a long sprig of the mint, one-half cup or less of sugar and cool water to fill the pitcher. Stir, and pour this elixir over plenty of ice.

Then you'll know why instant tea is not allowed in my cupboard.

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The Howard County Library announces "Newspaper Fun and Games," a program in which children ages 6 to 9 will learn to turn old newspapers into hats and games. "Newspaper Fun and Games" will be held at the Miller Branch Library on Monday, June 28 from 2 p.m. to 2:45 and 4 p.m to 4:45 p.m.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and may be made in person or by phone at 313-1955.

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