Speaker mixes tears, laughter

NEIGHBORS

February 22, 1994|By MAUREEN RICE

Sandy Queen is coming to town.

If you missed her last year, don't make the same mistake this year.

Ms. Queen, the founder and director of Lifeworks, a training and consulting firm in Columbia with the ambitious goal of helping people take a better look at their lives through humor, laughter and play, will speak to area third- and fourth-graders, school faculties, parents and the public Thursday.

"Last year we hired her to come and speak with the 'Just Say No' clubs in the schools," said Karen Wright, special education instructor at Freedom Elementary School. "It was such a great experience for all the kids and their parents that the PTAs got together this year to hire her to come in and speak with different grades, so that a larger base of children would benefit from her program."

4 The program is free; the PTAs have paid her fee.

Ms. Queen is an expert at implementing the old adage, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade."

The mother of several children, Ms. Queen has suffered from the usual hard knocks of life, and suffered along with her children in theirs. She discusses what she found to enjoy in dark times, gearing her discussion to the age of her audience.

Ms. Queen will speak to third- and fourth-graders at Eldersburg, Freedom and Piney Ridge Elementary schools, as well as at Sykesville Middle School.

She will finish her day with a talk for faculties and parents -- and the public is invited.

She can make you laugh, she can make you cry, and in the midst of tears you'll laugh again.

If you'd like to enjoy a marvelous evening that may improve your life -- run, don't walk, to the cafeteria at Freedom Elementary on Thursday. Be there at 7 p.m. so you won't miss a word.

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It finally happened.

It was supposed to happen in January. Twice, in fact.

Snow and ice-covered parking lots prevented it from occurring on either its original or "rain" dates, but Saturday the much-anticipated and longed-for annual Carroll County Klondike Derby took place.

Troops of parents and Scouting officials, 875 boys and 169 leaders, agreed that the snow was welcome.

The Klondike Derby, an annual Boy Scout and Cub Scout event, was designed to celebrate winter weather activities.

Snow was available for Carroll County's derby for the first time in almost 20 years.

A generation of boys have pulled their handmade sledges full of useful equipment for making fires, food and other tasks over grass, but this year the boys experienced the ease of pulling the heavy sled over a more favorable medium.

The boys got an opportunity to work together as a group to accomplish goals.

Teamwork is a major focus of this Scouting event, and most of the activities encourage boys to work, and make decisions, as a team.

Cub Scouts have to pull one of their own in a sled across a course while the boy in the sled snares bricks representing gold nuggets.

In another event, Scouts must take their team across 30 feet or so without touching the ground -- they can only move on two small wooden wedges.

Boy Scouts have to pull the heavy sledge, start fires, cook food and move a platform balanced on barrels.

All of this takes teamwork.

This year, nature joined the team and gave snow and spring-like temperatures to the hundreds gathered in Piney Run Park.

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