Swim club divers take part in championship trials

NEIGHBORS

August 01, 1994|By JEAN LESLIE

Ellicott City's Forest Hill Swim Club is proud to announce that it has produced a prize-winning diving team this year.

Nine members of the team have qualified for the 1994 Central Maryland Diving League Individual Championship trials, which took place yesterday at Waugh Chapel Swim Club.

Team members qualified for the competition by diving competitively and earning points all summer.

"They practice every day for hours" said club member Susan Kuhn. "The older girls even go to UMBC [University of Maryland Baltimore County] to practice gaining height on the trampolines."

They practice at UMBC under the direction of their diving coach, Vic Corbin, who has worked hard with the divers this year. But Forest Hill is doubly fortunate to have him as a club member; in the winter, Vic is the diving coach at UMBC.

Two boys qualified for the trials: Sean Stevens and Chris Rubright. Seven girls will be there: Heather Crouse, Emily Cooke, Julie McCartney and Cortney Stevens in the 11 to 12 age bracket, and Amy Brandt, Elizabeth Corbin and Debra Pinkston in the 13 to 14 age bracket.

Elizabeth Corbin and Debra Pinkston have been diving since they were 5 years old, and recently won an award for their 10 years of diving.

The results of the trials will come out later, and I'll report them next Monday.

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I recently attended Trinity Episcopal Church's crab cake and ham dinner in Elkridge, with two hungry sons in tow.

We went early at 5:15 p.m., hoping to beat the rush, but the rush was already there. The parish hall was full of large round tables surrounded by eaters; every time a satisfied diner would stand up, a hungry one would be there to occupy a still warm seat.

While I'm not a food critic, I can tell you that this meal was traditional Maryland's home-cooked best.

Beside a slab or two of honey ham was a light and fluffy crab cake. The cakes were masterminded by church member Kitty Baker who, along with other church members, spent a day making 530 crab cakes.

The all-you-can-eat vegetables included green beans (with ham, of course), potato salad, coleslaw and applesauce. Iced tea and sherbet capped the meal.

Sitting with us at a table were two other families, and the camaraderie gave us the sense of being distant cousins. One fellow at our table said that he eats at a church dinner each week. Sure beats a restaurant for prices, food, and company, he said.

Trinity Episcopal gives another church dinner in the fall.

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Every five years, members of Howard County Senior High School Class of 1964 meet for a reunion. This year, they're coming up on a big one -- the 30th -- and want other members of the class to know about it. This year, the class will gather in Ocean City from Oct. 21 to 23.

Every reunion, a few people are missing, says organizer Cathy De Grange. "Since we don't meet but every five years, we aren't always in contact each other. And after five years, the post office lists no forwarding address," she said.

If you or someone you know would like information on this reunion, call Cathy Albers De Grange at 667-5327 or Linda Paul Mitchell at 795-7899.

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The Audubon Society of Central Maryland, the local chapter of the environmental conservation group National Audubon, needs your voice to educate the public and bring pressure on elected officials to protect wildlife.

An entirely volunteer organization, Audubon Society is involved in national issues such as the Endangered Species Act, as well as local issues such as cleaning up Columbia's Lake Elkhorn, working to protect the Benson Branch Environmental Area between Folly Quarter Road and Triadelphia Road, and running a Wildlife Sanctuary in Lisbon.

An introductory membership will give you the nationally known Audubon magazine, a chapter newsletter and opportunities to learn more about the wildlife in our area.

For information on the society's programs or for a membership form, drop a postcard to the Audubon Society of Central Maryland, P.O. Box 1326, Ellicott City 21041.

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The Elkridge Area Jaycees have announced their second social event of the summer. All Elkridge area residents are invited to join them for "Dinner at Toby's" Aug. 16.

The Jaycees will meet at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia for dinner and an 8:15 p.m. performance of "Ziegfield Night at the Follies." Toby's doors open at 6 p.m., and the dining room starts serving dinner at 6:15 p.m.

For additional information and to reserve tickets, call social director Kim Haskiell at 796-5527.

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Tiffany Trask is an 8-year-old third-grader at Phelps Luck Elementary School. She is a member of a Brownie troop, plays softball, swims competitively for the Long Reach Marlins, and takes ballet lessons with Cindee Velle.

But there's another side to this little girl: She's the Maryland winner of the Miss American Princess Pageant which was held July 23 at the Crystal City Hyatt in Crystal City, Va.

Tiffany performed a dance to win the pageant, in which 110 girls from across the state participated. She won cash and a travel allowance totaling $700, a trophy, crown and banner.

Next, it's on to the nationals. Her parents, Karen and Tim Trask, and little brother Timmy, will accompany Tiffany to Tampa, Fla., from Nov. 22 to 26 to compete in the national pageant.

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