Local folk willing to try another round of resolutions

NEIGHBORS

January 03, 1994|By JEAN LESLIE

Happy New Year! New Year's celebrations passed this weekend while Ellicott City and Elkridge folks made their annual resolutions. It's my pleasure to share some of them with you.

Elkridge resident Jamie Kendricks, freshman at the University of Maryland and contender for this year's school board race, resolves to work hard in school and maintain a social life, while continuing to make a positive contribution to the community.

Jamie is pleased that in 1993, his fund-raising efforts yielded $2,400 of his $8,000 goal, and also that during his important first college semester, he was able to make a 3.5 grade point average.

He hopes to do at least as well in 1994.

Barbara Smith, new resident of the Briarcliffe community on Route 108 in Ellicott City, resolves to finish decorating her new house. A second resolution is to mail all the birthday cards in time this year; but then, she says she resolves this every year.

Elkridge's Melville United Methodist Church pastor, Terry Thrasher, resolves to be more patient and loving in 1994, but he's lucky: He has a new teacher to help him. First-born Alexandra Susan Thrasher was born Nov. 3 to teach her Dad the patience he wants.

Ed Williams, director of Ellicott City's B & O Railroad Museum, resolves to make his living history program bigger and better than last year's. He'll open the program in May this year, rather than in July, to accommodate groups of school children.

Barbara Seig, of Friends of Whipps Cemetery, resolves to turn apathy into awareness, to prevent the loss of culture and history through the plunder of our cemeteries.

The destruction of burial places is an abandonment of our human moral code and of our ancestors that she will continue to highlight throughout 1994. A new thrust is the protection of American Indian and African-American grave sites, which are particularly threatened because their descendants' economic conditions prohibited large showy gravestones.

My resolution? I resolve to keep my desk clean.

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If you're resolving an exercise regime in 1994, drop in on Howard County YMCA's Open House Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Perhaps the YMCA can help you to stay fit.

1993 was a year of change for the Y. Renovations of the building began in March, and continued throughout the summer. The much-improved YMCA held a grand opening in September 1993.

If you visit the Y this Saturday, you'll be pleased with the changes. The reception area has been opened up, with an attractive new front desk and new furnishings in mauve tones. The locker rooms have been modernized, the pool has been upgraded and a new computer system registers members for classes more efficiently.

The most dramatic change is in the new area downstairs. Walls surrounding the small weight room were knocked down to create a large and airy fitness center. Twenty pieces of new cardiovascular equipment, stair-step machines, treadmills, exercise cycle, rowing machines and Schwinn bicycles were added to the remodeled Universal gym and to the existing free weights. The room is carpeted, and large windows reveal the meadow behind the Y.

Other YMCA offerings include a parent-child Indian Guide or Indian Princess program, an active aquatics program and winter swim team, aerobics and various other health-related classes.

The Howard County YMCA is located at 4331 Montgomery Road in Ellicott City. Executive Director Roy Felipe, Office Manager Julie Hofmann and Program Director Theresa LaMotte invite your calls and visits.

Phone 465-4334 for further information.

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Howard County Center for the Arts, a partner of the Howard County school system, is holding an exhibit titled "Ritual and Ceremony: In Celebration of the Year of the American Craft."

The exhibit showcases county student interpretations of American folk crafts. Homemade paper, weather vanes, Indian jewelry, ceramics and an Indian totem impress the viewer with the variety of folk art.

The first thing to strike the eye is Burleigh Manor Middle School's Puppet Wall. Life-sized papier-mache puppets wearing "people clothes" were created by students Stacy Ausfresser, Sarah Ordaz, Jennifer Connor-Coulson, Chris Stulginsky, Sarita Subramania, Matt Nelson, Christal Hurd, Jacqueline Fiore and Rayanne Lane.

Mount Hebron High School's Indian totem was created by the stacking of individual students' sculpted figures to create an impressively tall totem. Participants include Magda Malak, Jeff Hadaway, Cody Richardson, Kyung Son, Visinie Omer, Carrie Lutjen, Nick Wissel, Tom Niemeyer, Eric Resneck and Greg Shoukas.

Elkridge Elementary teacher Bruce Wong helped his students make convincing Navajo-style jewelry, whose finish beautifully imitated silver and turquoise. Students who exhibited jewelry include Robert Reda, Amanda Gerwig, Deon Aaron, Brian Correia, Gwynne Mitchell, Shauna Kennedy, Jennifer Algar, France DeHart and Meghan Harrison.

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