DeGuzman family makes scouting a family affair EAST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

September 07, 1993|By NATALIE HARVEY

Brian deGuzman, of Boy Scout Troop 601, received his Eagle Scout Award this summer at a Court of Honor held at the Other Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

Earning Eagle Scout is exemplary in itself; being the 39th Boy Scout of Troop 601 to reach this plateau is worthy of note too. Brian, who has been in scouting since 1986, has participated in the Boy Scouts' annual Memorial Day decoration of American flags at the Baltimore National Cemetery.

This yearly event -- 40,000 flags are placed on gravesites in less than hour -- inspired his Eagle Scout project. He planned, designed and supervised other scouts in the construction and delivery of floral boxes that are used to store visitors' floral vases.

With the direction of Scoutmaster Butch Colby, he has been patrol leader, instructor, senior patrol leader and junior assistant scoutmaster of the troop, which prepared him for his Eagle Scout project.

Guests of honor at the ceremony included state Sen. Tom Yeager, state Del. Virginia Thomas, Douglas Smith Sr., director of the Baltimore National Cemetery, and representatives from VFW Post 7472.

Brian also holds 21 merit badges, two 50-miler awards and Order the Arrow. Chris Neperud, Eagle Scout advancement chairman, records Eagle Scout achievements and coordinates the Eagle Scout ceremony.

The deGuzman family is totally involved in scouting. Brother Daniel is a Boy Scout, and youngest brother Mark is a Cub Scout. Needless to say, their mother and father, Cyndy and Mel, are active, too.

The troop's sponsor, the Oakland Mills Village Association, will now add his Eagle Scout plaque to the second honorary "Eagle's Nest" case on display at the Other Barn.

Brian returns to his mechanical engineering studies at the University of Maryland at College Park this week.

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On Sept. 14, State Highway Association representatives and Delegate Thomas will meet at 7:30 p.m. with members of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 7246 Cradlerock Way, and Cub Scouts at the church to discuss the "Adopt A Highway" program.

Interested groups or organizations are urged to send a representative to the meeting to select a highway site of their choice.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. has adopted three acres of land near the Seneca Drive bridge and Route 29. Information: 381-0097 or 730-0485.

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Congratulations to Oakland Mills' Abby Ershow. Her strawberry jelly won first prize and grand prize in the home canned goods division at the Howard County Fair. It is the first time she has entered the local fair.

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Long Reach Village's Country Fair, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, is in need of volunteers.

If you've never helped before, you'll enjoy the experience. If you helped other years and just forgot to sign up for the fun again, call 730-8113 today.

The annual fall Country Fair has a plethora of crafts, games, fun and food. It's a wonderful day to tour the Columbia Arts Center too.

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For Sandy and Keith Kelley, the past few months have been filled with weddings.

Their daughter, Jennifer, was married June 26 to Baptist Knaven in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Mr. and Mrs. Kelley and family members attended the wedding and were guests at a family reception given by the groom's parents, Els and Frans Knaven, who also held a formal reception at the Dorient Hotel in Eindhoven.

While in Amsterdam, the Kelleys had the happy opportunity to see their daughter dance in the Amsterdam Ballet Company's production of "Giselle." Jennifer is a member of the ballet company and Baptist is a member of the company's orchestra.

The Knavens, a well-known family of concert musicians, perform in and produce concerts in Europe.

The Kelleys returned to Columbia and prepared for a July 17 celebration for friends and family in honor of the bridal couple and their son Keith's engagement to Nancy Proulx.

Mr. and Mrs. Knaven and their daughter Marjolein, as well as Nancy's family, attended the party.

On Aug. 7, the Kelleys, Knavens and newlyweds attended the garden wedding of Nancy and Keith at Chimney Rock Winery in California's Napa Valley.

Jennifer and Baptist have returned to the Netherlands, and Nancy and Keith are living in Washington.

Best wishes to both couples and their parents. The Kelleys report that the Knavens enjoyed their visit to the United States and were especially intrigued with Columbia.

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Lunchtime can be fun and informative, too. The Howard County Central Library will hold a "Noontime Book Discussion" next Sept. 13.

Roberta Rood will lead the discussion on Rosellen Brown's book, "The Family in Crisis, Before and After." Information: 313-7800.

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Columbia teen-agers Jane Collins, Lisa and Katie Kile, Beth Ann French, Lisa and Bethany Thompson, Maria Romano, Maria Jerardi and Scott Saffle, who were sponsored by St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, attended the 1993 World Youth Day in Denver, Colo. last month.

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