Elementary school students tell why their mothers are best


May 10, 1994|By MAUREEN RICE

Let's hear it for Karen Trimble and Darlene Bleach, Carroll County's Mothers of the Year.

And congratulations to Thomas Trimble and Kristen Bleach, Freedom Elementary fourth- and second-graders, respectively, who wrote the award-winning essays in the first "Mother of the Year" contest at Carrolltown Center.

Carroll County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge congratulated Ms. Trimble and Ms. Bleach, who were given Orioles tickets and other gifts from the center's merchants Saturday after their children read their prize-winning essays to an enthusiastic audience.

Thomas' first-prize essay told of a mother -- a nurse -- who wants so badly to be with her son that she works from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. so she can spend time with him before and after school.

According to her son's essay, Ms. Trimble also treats her son fairly, teaches him good ideas, explains why something he has done is wrong, and discusses the importance of not trying to fit in with the wrong crowd.

She is his personal taxi and sports supporter, she cheers him up and makes sacrifices for him. She always cares about his feelings, he said.

"I've got the best of the best Moms," Thomas, wearing his baseball uniform, read at the conclusion of his essay. "Dad and I love her so much, and I am glad I got the chance to write how I really feel about her so she can treasure this forever."

Kristen's essay said her mom is the best because she is there for Kristen to talk to when she is angry, mad or sad.

Ms. Bleach is the one Kristen turns to for help, and gives her hugs and kisses when she needs them.

And, who else would tuck her in at night?

She doesn't give Kristen her way just so Kristen will love her -- but Kristen loves her very much, anyway, Kristen said.

Other winners -- chosen from more than 200 essays in the contest -- were awarded gifts from mall merchants.

Second-place winners among children in third, fourth and fifth grades were essays by Kelly Roy, an Eldersburg Elementary fourth-grader, and Katie Owens, a Freedom Elementary


Kelly's mom, Linda Roy, washes the dog "when he smells deathly."

Katie said in her essay that, "When you see my Mom [Cathy Owens] walking in the mall or driving down the road, you might think she is just a regular old person, but you're wrong because my mom is not just a regular old person. My mom is a hero."

Second-place winners among first- and second-graders were second-graders Ashton Lee Keefe of Freedom Elementary and Scott Epling of Eldersburg Elementary, whose mothers, Vonnie Lee Keefe and Charlene Epling, accepted flowers and gifts with proud smiles.

Honorable Mentions were presented to Marguerite White and mother Margo Smith; Sarah Reid and mother Linda Reid; Aaron Haser and mother Peggy Haser; Shannon Mokry and mother Eryl Mokry; Joe M. Traegeser and mother Sarah O'Neill; Matt Rains and mother Karen Suskie; Jamie Hein and mother Judi Hein; Lauren Blair and mother Kim Blair; Tracey Manner and mother Pam Manner; Colleen Currie and mother Jean Currie; Jackie Rettberg and mother Kathleen Rettberg; and Lauren Locklear and mother Eileen Locklear.


Calling all auction lovers.

Court St. Joseph, the Catholic Daughters of St. Joseph Parish, is holding its third annual Charity Auction Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gym at St. Joseph Catholic Community on Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

Doors will open for a preview of auction items at 9 a.m.

Items to be auctioned include antiques and collectibles, headboards, a crib and a vanity sink, other furniture, housewares, sports equipment, toys and new books from publishers' overstocks. Auctioneer Neal Owings of Snyder's Auction Inc. will guide the proceedings.

The "Sheen's Colleens," wives of the Knights of Columbus, will serve light refreshments, including hot dogs and barbecue, and a sweets table will be included.

It's fun and for a good cause.

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