June was a busy month for the Cub Scouts in Elkridge's Pack 360, as they practiced for the 20th Annual Frank Miles Memorial Olympics.
Committee Chair Joyce Miguel and the pack's dads clocked races, counted sit-ups, jumped the boys over trash can hurdles and ran them over an obstacle course on Deep Run Elementary's playground -- all in preparation for July 17, when the boys would participate in Olympic events.
On July 17, the boys in Pack 360 were ready: 24 Cubs attended the contest.
The event, which took place on Catonsville High School's field, began at noon, when all the Cub Scout packs marched onto the field, carrying their flags. The Olympic torch was lit with great ceremony, and the games began.
When the tired boys left the Olympics late that afternoon, they walked away with the Second Prize Overall trophy: they had garnered 21 medals, making June's practice sessions worthwhile.
Boys who earned medals included Jason Scott, Christopher Miguel, Jereme Scott, Damien Davis, Jim Sutton, Doug Mullikin, Brian Grooman, Kevin Grooman, Andy Wren, Niral Patel and Corey Cohen.
The pack also placed second in the 400-yard relay race.
Boys who didn't win a medal earned a Cub Scout Olympics patch, designed by Ellicott City Pack 834's Michael Ranlet, and a ribbon proclaiming "I did my best," reflecting the Cub Scout Motto.
Congratulations to all the hard working children and parents of Pack 360 who "did their best."
Six years ago, when Dorsey's Search was new, the Dorsey Hall Garden Club planted a shrub garden beside a walking path off Grey Rock Road. Just this spring, the garden has been expanded to attract the most beautiful of insects, the butterfly.
Ria Malloy, longtime chair of Dorsey Search's Open Space Committee, masterminded the butterfly garden, which is located across from Sunlit Passage. She researched her horticultural books to learn which plants attract them and located the plants at various nurseries.
The important thing about attracting butterflies, Ria will tell you, is that the garden must include plantings to supply the needs of all stages of the butterfly's life cycle.
A butterfly garden must attract not only the lofty butterfly, but also the lowly caterpillar. There must be leafy food sources for the caterpillars; nectar-filled flowers for the adult butterflies, large trees so the butterflies to escape from predators; a quiet place for the butterfly to lay its eggs; and a water source.
The new butterfly garden on Grey Rock Road is designed to meet all the requirements.
Butterflies in larval stages enjoy the black locust, parsley, dill and Queen Anne's Lace; adult butterflies are attracted by sedum, butterfly bush, purple coneflowers, daylilies, coral bell and lilacs.
At the Dorsey's Search butterfly garden, visual interest for all four seasons is provided by burning bush, viburnum and lilacs.
The Open Space Committee has another garden project in the works: a large-scale planting at Linden Hall to enclose the patio and create an "outdoor room."
The Columbia Association is constructing a privacy trellis as a backdrop for the plants, and the Dorsey Hall Garden Club is providing a $100 Kousa dogwood.
The Open Space Committee also plans an informal garden for the hill near the swimming pool.
These landscaping projects are expensive; in order to fund its projects, the Open Space Committee held an herb sale this spring that netted $688, which will be spent on the beautification of Dorsey's Search.
A "Professor Fletcher of the year 1861" was performing "phrenological readings" at the Ellicott City's Millfest Saturday, so Kara McCourt of Columbia decided to "get her head read."
Perhaps you did not have the pleasure of meeting Professor Fletcher, who was attired in the latest fashion of 1861: a white linen waistcoat, blue cravat and elegant black top hat.
Here's a little background on phrenology. In 1830, Dr. Franz Joseph Galt noticed differences in the formation of people's skulls. After performing experiments on hundreds of convicts, Dr. Galt decided the brain performed 36 different faculties and gave a location where each faculty was seated in the skull.
He produced phrenological charts in which the head is mapped out like geographical locations. This appears simplistic to us in 1993, but Dr. Galt's studies led to all modern studies of the brain.
Ms. McCourt was told that her moral or religious faculties were especially strong, and that she had a special love of children. She needed, however, to decrease the amount of caution, as that faculty was overdeveloped.
Mr. Fletcher told Kara McCourt that she could gently introduce activities which would frighten her a little, then gradually teach herself to become less cautious.
However, if this did not work, she was instructed that she could go to a reputable doctor, who would shave her head, lacerate her scalp until it bled profusely, apply leeches, and then pack it in ice. Then she would become less cautious.