Kids' slogans ask adult drivers to spare them ELLICOTT CITY /ELKRIDGE

NEIGHBORS

July 06, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

St. John's Community wants county drivers to be careful. So, to raise awareness, it joined the PTA in instituting a children's slogan writing contest at Northfield Elementary School.

Fran Ferguson, corresponding secretary of St. John's Community Association, has now announced the slogan contest winners.

Awards for the winning slogans were presented by Gretchen Koch, community association vice president, at the school's final assembly on June 18.

First prize, a U.S. savings bond, went to fifth-grader Natalie Tom for her entry "Go Slow So Kids Can Grow."

Second-place winner was first-grader Christopher M. Smith, whose slogan was "Go 25 So Kids Stay Alive."

Third-place winner was kindergartner David Cannon, whose slogan was "Slow Down, Kids Around." Christopher and David each received a trophy for their contributions.

The three winning slogans will be printed on bumper stickers and distributed through the Northfield PTA in the fall.

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Isn't it a treat to head south from Route 40 on Route 29 and know that there is no light at St. John's Lane? Now, after the construction crews will finish up, we'll have a clear shot to points south.

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Twenty "new Scouts" left Cub Scouting behind in late April and joined Boy Scout Troop 944, and two weeks later attended their first camp out at Broadcreek Memorial Camp.

On May 15 and 16, "new Scouts" Robbie Adams, Chris Foster, Shelby Lane, Greg Rizzo, Mike Schoenen, Greg Will, Ben Carley, Matt Laun, Brad Murach, Seamus Ryan, Mark Trexler, Chris Wojtal, Einar Wulfsberg, Scott Afzal, Kevin Bair, Drew Bexter, Ben Drucker, Bill Horst, Ryan Kelly and Brian McGuire had their first experience cooking and preparing all their own meals and experiencing the "Patrol method" of Scouting.

They joined the Shark, Lobo, and Panther patrols.

The more experienced Scouts enjoyed cliff diving that sunny weekend, feet-first jumping from rock cliffs up to 40 feet high.

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Thanks for the iced tea hint from an alert but anonymous reader, who left a message to suggest that I add the mint leaves to the tea bags before adding the boiling water, for a stronger mint taste. I appreciate the pointer! Call me back and I'll thank you in person.

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Howard County Library announces its art instruction program, "From the Funny Pages." Children ages 6 to 9 years will draw a cartoon and create their own comic strips.

This program will be presented at Miller Branch Library July 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. July 20 and may be made in person or by phone at 313-1955.

And when you next visit Miller Library, take a look at the "Teddy Bear Patrol" display to your left as you enter the library.

It's an eye-catching display of teddies such as those emergency service personnel give to children they help. The display also gives information on ways you can help to keep the program going.

It's the generosity of Howard County residents that keeps the teddies coming.

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Here are some more teacher summer stories: Howard High World History teacher Betty Fennell plans to return to Xiang Fan, China, for her third year of teaching English. She left the U.S. July 6 to head up a program of 12 American teachers and their spouses who spend six weeks teaching English to Chinese teachers of English.

Xiang Fan, a city of a half-million residents, was a closed city until about five years ago. Because of the isolation of the city, the teachers had no chance to hear English spoken by natives, and she says they are "very appreciative."

Her life is very regimented for the summer, as she is monitored by the Communist Party and an interpreter for the length of her stay. Nevertheless, Mrs. Fennell feels that her summer is well-spent because she "is contributing something to the third world."

A novelty for her is her ability to walk the city streets late at night with no fear for her personal safety.

She has also gained an appreciation for Chinese culture, which enriches the history classes she teaches during the school year.

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Elkridge Elementary teachers sent a tablet around at the final 1993 faculty meeting, and all 32 staff members noted their plans for the summer. A sampling of them is probably typical of other county teachers. I'll share just a few with you.

Many of the faculty are furthering their profession. Freya Hill and Carol Cobb will both be writing curriculum for the county. Beth Lemberger will be completing her master's degree, then attending a Geography Institute in Massachusetts.

Christine Hipp will be leaving her husband and three children for two weeks to attend the Maryland geographic Alliance Summer Geography Institute at UMBC.

Stephanie Zarikow, Loree Cobb and Kathleen Griffith are taking courses.

Principal's secretary Nancy Sharp, teacher Carole Spranklin and Alisa Drimmer are traveling cross-country.

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