Francis "Butch" Colby, of Oakland Mills, was honored last month for being a good Scout.
Actually, he has been in Scouting a good part of his life. He recently retired as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop #601 and was recognized at a Court of Honor ceremony held at Talbott Springs Elementary School in Oakland Mills Village recently.
The audience included Scouts he has guided since they were Weblos in Cub Scout Packs #613 and #601, adult Boy Scout leaders, and friends.
During his nine years of Scouting in Columbia, Mr. Colby has been Pack Leader for Weblos, #601's Assistant Scoutmaster and has guided 39 Boy Scouts through planning and completion of their Eagle Scout projects.
Three of his sons are also Eagle Scouts.
He has earned the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor in Scouting, and currently is leading adult Scouts through their Wood Badge course.
Before moving to Oakland Mills, Mr. Colby was a Scoutmaster in Redwing, Minn. His wife, Barbara, has done her share of Scouting as well. When their sons were younger, she was den mother for a Cub Scout Pack.
In appreciation of his dedication to the Scouts, Mr. Colby and his wife were given a gift of a weekend at a resort in Virginia.
Assistant Scoutmaster Burt Marsh has been named to replace Scoutmaster Colby.
Chris and John Herdson attended ceremonies at York College, York, Pa., last month when their son, Scot, received a Dean's Academic Scholarship.
Scot, a 1993 graduate of Oakland Mills High School, is a criminal justice major. This past summer, he was assistant coach for the Stevens Forest swim team and a lifeguard at the Stevens Forest pool in Oakland Mills.
If you would like to know how to design your own personalized, calligraphy holiday greeting cards, you will want to attend the 8-week class at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia.
Carol Zika will teach Uncial alphabet, spacing and layout techniques. Class fee is $50. Information: 381-0097.
New residents of Oakland Mills Village are invited to attend a Welcome Reception at the Other Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, Monday at 7:30 p.m.
There will be a video explaining how the Oakland Mills Community Association works for its residents, gifts from the Oakland Mills Merchants and refreshments.
Reservations and information: 730-4610.
The public is invited to the opening reception, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Thursday evening, of Kristen and Doris Aymar's basket and rug exhibit at the Columbia Art Center, Long Reach Village Shopping Center.
The mother/daughter team create nontraditional baskets and traditional rugs.
Newly renovated Stevens Forest Neighborhood Center will be the location for today's meeting of the Oakland Mills Village Board at 7:30 p.m.
Residents are invited to visit the center and attend the board meeting, which always is open to the public.
Information: 730-4610 or 596-5237.
Saturday will be a good date to remember to start your holiday shopping at Dasher Green Elementary School Parent Teacher Association's Flea Market and Craft Show.
The artisans will be selling jewelry, clothing and holiday decorations.
Food and beverages also will be sold during the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. market held on the school's parking lot.
Rain date is Sunday from noon till 4 p.m.
Middle School students are invited to join the "Youth Club" in the Barn at Oakland Mills Village Teen Center, Oakland Mills Village Shopping Center.
The program offers assistance with homework, craft projects and recreational programs, from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost for Columbia residents is $48 per month; $63 for nonresidents.
Men and women interested in caring for people in their Howard County homes are invited to enroll in the Catholic Charities Training Session at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center.
The two-week training ($25 fee) is scheduled for Nov. 3 and Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
After completing the course, trainees' names will be placed on the Caregivers Listing Service. Potential employers are given the list to arrange interviews with caregivers.
Information is available from St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 964-1434.
The Athelas Institute, Red Branch Road, needs volunteers who would like to work with mentally retarded adults, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Social worker Cathy Klein stresses that no experience is necessary, just a desire to show support, encouragement and patience for retarded citizens of the community.