North County cheerleaders win big awards at camp NORTH COUNTY -- Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey

NEIGHBORS

August 23, 1993|By ROSLIE M. FALTER

Sixteen North County High School varsity cheerleaders have returned from a weeklong summer camp at UMBC with some big awards.

Girls sharpened cheerleading skills and learned new techniques at the camp, which is affiliated with the Eastern Cheerleading Association.

Each evening, the teams were evaluated on what they had mastered during the day, and the North County girls did very well. The first night they walked off with the top trophy for the "Cheer" competition. On the final evening, with their parents cheering them on, the team won the "Best Overall Team" award for the week.

The 175 campers also competed for individual awards. The top award, "Overall Best All-Around Cheerleader" was won by North County High senior Alison Crook. Classmates Chris Moseley, Jamie Mangum and Denise Grabowski also were in the running for the award. These four girls, along with Linda Varshal, Sandy Moore and Johanna Romero, assistant coach at the camp, were asked by Eastern Cheerleading Association officials to apply for staff positions for a spring camp in North Carolina.

"During camp at UMBC, they look for girls who have overall ability," said Margaret Smith, head coach for the North County cheerleaders.

The team has qualified to compete at the National Cheerleading Competition in March in Williamsburg, Va., and will defend its national championship.

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Two hundred ninety-one preschoolers and elementary school children enjoyed the county's Summer Reading Program at the Linthicum library. The program made reading fun for kids and helped them maintain their reading skills during the summer break.

The county library system estimated that 9,500 county children read at least 100,000 books during the six-week program.

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The adult members of Boy Scout Troop 550, sponsored by the Linthicum Elementary School PTA, have attended the annual Troop Fall Planning Conference at Fort Howard Park. They reviewed last year's activities and discussed the 1993-94 scouting year, including the troop's finances, fund raising, parents' participation and adult and junior leader training.

Troop members who attended the conference were committee chairman Joe Hyla; committee members Lyle Etzwiler, Joe LaSpina, Manu Shah, Bruce Hinkel and Cindy Senter; chartering organization representative Jerry Starr; Assistant Scoutmaster Bryan Senter; and Scoutmaster Larry Jennings.

The first troop meeting for the 1993-94 year will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Linthicum Elementary School, School Lane and Camp Meade Road. For information, call Joe Hyla at 766-8981.

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In a major emergency -- an airplane crash or conflagration -- rescue teams need a place to set up shop.

St. John Lutheran Church Social Ministry Committee and the Red Cross are working to establish an emergency center next year at the church, and they are seeking support from the community.

Committee organizer Debbie Hinkle said the church is an ideal site for an emergency center.

"St. John's facilities can be easily converted," she said. "We have large rooms and a kitchen which can be changed into stations quickly."

Residents with formal Red Cross training are needed as volunteers.

The next planning meeting is Sept. 13. For more information or to volunteer, call Ms. Hinkle at 551-8819 or Pat Dougherty at 859-0425.

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Ferndale United Methodist Church members David Dupert, Annette Buchanan, Bob Sponsler and the Rev. Susan Ducheaneau will represent the parish at a 7:30 p.m. meeting tonight to make plans for the Winter Relief Program for the Homeless.

The meeting, at Glen Burnie Methodist Church, will give North County churches in the program the opportunity to select the time they want to participate. Last year, a 16-week program provided overnight shelter in churches for local homeless men.

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