Oakland Mills student reaches Eagle Scout with trail project

NEIGHBORS

May 03, 1994|By NATALIE HARVEY

Joel Ian Hampshire was presented his Eagle Scout Award and the Bronze Eagle Palm at an April 24 ceremony at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, which sponsors Troop 75.

Completing an Eagle Scout project is a large commitment, and Joel also completed 75 hours of community service to earn the Bronze Eagle Palm.

Rockburn Branch Park, Ellicott City, is the site of the mulched walking trail, picnic bench and rest area which Joel and Troop 75 Boy Scouts installed as his project.

He began scouting in 1984 as a Cub Scout and has progressed through the ranks including Order of the Arrow, Arrow of Light, Patrol Leader and has received Baltimore and Gettysburg Historic Trails Medals.

He has attended BSA Philmont, Florida National High Adventure Sea Base and Council Green Blaze Junior Leader camps.

His parents, Sue and John Hampshire, are as proud of his scholastic achievements as of his newly earned Eagle rank.

Joel has been on Oakland Mills High School's varsity cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams, is an Honor Roll athlete and National Honor Society member.

During the ceremony, Scoutmaster Don Larsen introduced honored guests including 10 other Eagle Scouts, and read citations from President Clinton and Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden.

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East Columbia Girl Scouts have been busy, too. They are actively involved and concerned with our environment.

In honor of Earth Day, Junior Girl Scout Troop 1325, sponsored by Thunder Hill Elementary School, visited the Chesapeake Wildlife Sanctuary in Bowie last month.

They had planned to work in the gardens, but inclement weather forced them inside where they built shelves. They were able to tour the sanctuary, which is home to many birds and small animals.

Girl Scouts, accompanied by troop leaders Maureen Bumiller and Lisa Skillington, who were on the trip included: Laura Bumiller, Kelly Bylsma, Robyn Foreman, Michelle Grazio, Meaghan Harris, Alexis Hartman, Sarah Ingber, Becky Lambert, Corinna Lehman, Dana Lokitis, Lori McDonnell, Ashley Miksch, Kelly Noonan, Amy Roberts, Beth Skillington, Amelia Skillington, Dennyelle Spangenberg, Laura Van Velzen and Julia Wallace.

Parents, Patty Bylsma, Tom Grazio, Ron Lambert, Debbie Miksch, Patti Noonan and Ray Roberts came along for the fun day too.

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Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 1072 represent the sixth grade of Oakland Mills, Dunloggin, Mayfield Woods and Mount View middle schools.

The scouts traveled to Patapsco State Park on April 23 prepared to help plant hundreds of seedlings and to help construct tree shelters in for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' "Rites of Spring".

The troop leaders Colleen Beaumont and Marilyn Edwards report that they were all very disappointed to arrive and discover that all of the seedling trees had been stolen.

But the girls, Sarah Beaumont, Robin Black, Amy Bumiller, Amy Cohen, Jackie Corwin, Jennifer DeMinco, Elisabeth Edwards, Laura Schneider, Alexandra Stevenson and Susan Trapuzzano and moms Kathy Corwin and Elaine Schneider found other work that needed to be done.

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The competition was strong for the second "Perfect Attendance" contest at Stevens Forest Elementary School in Oakland Mills Village.

The winning classes were: Joanne Mezei's morning kindergarten, Cara Cassell's first grade, Deborah Osborn's second grade, Ruth Barth and Kim Gardner's third-grade classes, Ilene Levin's fourth grade and Mary Anne Nolting's fifth-grade class.

Each student received a free cinnamon stick from the cafeteria. Great effort with a sweet reward!

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Whether you are a beginner or focused on a particular specialty, there is a photography class for you at the Columbia Art Center in Long Reach Village Shopping Center.

Classes on "Make Your Cameras Work for You" (7 p.m.) and Nature Photography (6:30 p.m.) begin this evening.

"Existing Light Photography" begins Thursday, May 12 and "Portrait Photography" begins Tuesday, May 17.

Registration and information: 730-0075.

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St. John's Roman Catholic Parish is sponsoring its annual golf outing May 23 at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club.

The game is "Open To Everyone and We Don't Care How Bad You Play".

The $75 golf contribution includes: camaraderie, carts, unlimited range balls, 18 holes of golf, lunch, verbal replays, TV replays, raffles, gross and net prizes, sore feet, sun burn, penitence and renewed interest in bible studies.

Non-golfers are welcome for lunch; cost is $15. Entry deadline is May 13. Information: 964-1425.

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Whoops!!

My apology to Jeffers Hill Elementary School's VIPs for the week of March 14. The list was inadvertently attached to another announcement.

But, better late than never!

Citizens of the Week were: Stephen Riggins, Glori Morris Carter, Chris Earles, Mazahir Thaver and Craig Wilton.

Readers of the Day were: Parvaneh Fatahi-Yar, Robert Tucker, Lauren Johnson, Denise Moore and Bryn Holmes.

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Ramchandra Yoga Center, at 8950 Route 108, has announced a yoga workshop series, May 13, 14 and 15, with Manouso Manos, one of the most experienced Senior Certified lyengar yoga instructors in the United States.

He studied in Pune, India for 10 years and has practiced in the U.S. for the last 20 years.

% Information: 720-4340

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