Book mentions World War II veteran from Linthicum

January 31, 1994

William Hild Jr., who retired from the Linthicum Post Office in 1984, is mentioned in "Little Friends," a pictorial history of the 361st Squadron Fighter Group in WWII. Mr. Hild, a member of the group, is a close friend of the author, Steve Gotts, from Cambridge, England.

During the war, the 361st Squadron was stationed in England, Belgium and France, the only fighter group to be stationed in all three countries. In England, airfields used by the group were located in Bottisham and Little Walden. During a 1984 trip to Bottisham, Mr. Hild met the author and they became friends.

On each of his five trips to the United States, Mr. Gotts stayed with the Hilds in Linthicum while doing research for his book in Washington, D.C. The friends would then travel to the squadron's reunions, which were held in different locations throughout the United States.

Mr. Hild is treasurer of the 361st Fighter Group Association.

"Little Friends" is about the pilots who flew 441 missions in the European Theatre, flying P-47 Thunderbolts and later P-51 Mustangs. Several pilots of the 361st Fighter Group were residents of Maryland, including Capt. John W. Guckeyson, killed in action in 1944. He was a resident of Chevy Chase and a graduate of West Point. His former high school, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, has an athletic field named Guckeyson Memorial Stadium.

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The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum will present its first concert of 1994 at 8 p.m. Saturday in the North County High School Auditorium. NCHS, formerly Lindale, is at 10 E. First Ave. in Ferndale.

Taking the stage will be banjo player Andrew John "Buddy" Wachter, a Baltimore native who began formal studies on the mandolin at age 9 and quickly became proficient on the guitar and banjo. He gained national attention in 1969 when Boston's Vega Banjo Company arranged for him to perform with legendary banjo player Eddie Peabody in an exhibition at the Palladium in Hollywood. The next year, he began his professional career as a featured performer with Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians.

Mr. Wachter has performed more than 2,000 concerts in musical styles ranging from jazz to pop, as well as his own adaptations of classical works.

Accompanying him will be Ed Goldstein on tuba and Linthicum resident Leonard William on bass violin.

Tickets for this and the remaining two PAAL concerts are available for the subscription price of $20.

To purchase a subscription, call 636-2579 or 859-8047.

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Two programs are planned for the parents and students of Linthicum, Ferndale, Overlook and George Cromwell elementary schools. Both are scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Wednesday and will continue every Wednesday through March 16. The programs will run concurrently at Ferndale Elementary School.

The first program, "Raising Adolescent Pride," focuses on self-esteem for children ages 6 to 11. Children will engage in discussions and perform activities on the following themes: building self-esteem, child and drug abuse prevention, conflict resolution and goal-setting.

The second program, "RAP III (Reaching All Parents)," will be a parent-centered support group that will explore various issues of concern to parents. Parents will decide the topics for discussion. Developing responsibility in the child, the child's self-esteem and how to do homework without tears are some topics discussed in past groups.

The guidance counselors from all four schools are involved in the programs. In addition, Linda Atkins of Linthicum Elementary will assist with the RAP I program and Pat McIntyre, a kindergarten teacher at Linthicum, will assist with the RAP III program.

Registrations will be accepted until the start of the sessions.

For more information, call Pat McIntyre at 222-6935.

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The Linthicum Elementary PTA is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner and karaoke night Saturday at the school. The meal, consisting of spaghetti, salad and Italian bread, will be served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Karaoke will be available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3.25 for children ages 3 to 11. Children ages 2 and younger will be admitted free.

Tickets will be sold at the door and at school during the lunch shifts. The sixth-grade class is sponsoring a bake sale during the spaghetti dinner.

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Linthicum Chapter 2244 of the American Association of Retired Persons will meet Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road.

The doors will open at 11 a.m. for a board meeting and socializing. Dues will be accepted and must be paid by the March meeting. Members are invited to bring a brown bag lunch. The chapter will serve coffee, tea and cake.

Susan Knight from the Anne Arundel Department of Aging will speak at 1 p.m. on the Senior Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program. She will discuss how to solve problems regarding Medicare health insurance, long-term care insurance and related issues. The business meeting will follow.

For additional information, call Helen Del Brocco at 789-1588.

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The artwork of three Linthicum Elementary School fourth-graders was on display at the North County library in January.

Fourth-grader Amy Brocious displayed her tissue paper collage, called "Paper Mosaic." Amber Biddinger exhibited a collage made of construction paper, also called "Paper Mosaic." "Landscape" is the name of Mikaela Moury's tempera painting.

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