Elkridge family's Disney character holiday display wins contest

NEIGHBORS

January 10, 1994|By JEAN LESLIE

Elkridge Business and Professional Association ran a contest during the holiday season to reward residents who knocked themselves out to give their neighbors a beautiful Christmas display. The contest ended yesterday, and -- pass the envelope, please -- the winner is William Beck and family, who live in the Dartmoor Woods area of Elkridge.

Mr. Beck won the award for his Disney character display at his home on Kyle Leaf Court.

For his efforts, Mr. Beck will be awarded $50 to donate to the charity of his choice, and another $50 for himself -- maybe to help pay the electric bill?

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If you have school-age children with a flair for the dramatic, Howard County Library has a program for them.

"Stories on Stage," a five-week creative dramatics series for children 7 to 10, will be presented at Miller Branch Library on Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Jan. 18 to Feb. 15.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. today and may be done in person or by phone at 313-1955.

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I recently returned books at Miller Branch after a children's program sign-up.

The kid's area was mobbed, and the librarian at the circulation desk told me that registering children and their parents had lined up to "way back here."

This speaks well for the programs, but if you plan to register your child, be prepared to wait for a slot.

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A call from Wayne Shugars of Rockburn Township reveals the 1994 Rockburn Township board of directors: Chris Coolidge is the newly elected president; Wayne Shugars is vice president; and Lynn Sikora will serve as secretary treasurer.

Congratulations to the officers, and to the community for having such committed members.

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One of the small pleasures of shopping during the holiday season is seeing people who don't ordinarily cross your path.

I had such an encounter returning a toy at Kmart. I bumped into Kay Fila, an Ellicott City resident who filled me in about Coast Guard icebreaker Capt. Sandra Stosz.

The Mount Hebron High graduate completed her master's degree in business and has a new appointment in Washington.

Now that she'll be living so close, I wonder if she might return home to offer some inspiration to Ellicott City schoolgirls?

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Burleigh Manor Middle School is grateful for all the help it received from local businesses during this fall's Turkey Trot, an event combining fun, physical fitness and food for the needy.

The school's PTA thanks JHP Realty of Enchanted Forest Shopping Center for its help, and Dak Carney of Freshens Yogurt, who coordinated the effort.

The kids and area businesses contributed 27 turkeys to FISH of Howard County, a community volunteer group that helps the needy.

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RTC Burleigh Manor parent volunteer Jan Carbary notes that the magazine drive again was a success, and that the PTA was able to treat participating students to an ice cream sundae to thank them for their great salesmanship.

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Burleigh Manor will have its next general PTA meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18. A brief business meeting will precede the program, in which five mini-workshops will be presented by school staff.

Workshop topics include Guidance, Health Education, Cooperative Learning, the Gifted and Talented program, and Maryland School Performance Assessment Program testing.

Each workshop will be repeated for those who are interested in more than one topic.

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Den 2 of Cub Pack 361 spent December working on Achievement 13, "Spending Well, Saving Well."

Each boy performed chores for his family to earn money.

The Scouts' parents acted as the "bank," adding 5 percent interest at the end of a two-week period.

Each Cub then went shopping with a parent and purchased either a pair of gloves or a hat with his earnings.

At the den meeting in December, the hats and gloves were boxed and mailed to the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, Ariz., which serves needy children on the reservation.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ellicott City, where the boys meet, sponsors the mission.

Congratulations to each boy who not only earned money by working, but then spent it to help someone less fortunate.

Participating Cubs were Andrew Bechta, Evan Calvert, Peter Kerwin, Eric Kronstadt, David Nakasone, Mark Nakasone, Jason Spencer, Grant Rizzi, Sidney Tarason and Peter Young.

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Elkridge bingo players know about the renovations that have temporarily suspended bingo activities at Elkridge Fire Station.

But those of us who don't play bingo may be interested in the improvements.

Rather than move the station, Fire Department volunteers chose to refurbish the existing one.

One needed improvement was the addition of a hall that would accommodate 200 people; another was the expansion of an engine bay to allow the new ambulances ample indoor space.

Perhaps you didn't know that the county is planning to purchase ambulances with larger chassis, which fire officials believe will outlast the ones with smaller versions.

By the time Elkridge receives its new ambulance, the new bay will be ready to accommodate it.

Contractors expect construction to be complete by April.

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