One of Columbia's own excels at figure skating

NEIGHBORS

August 09, 1994|By NATALIE HARVEY

C Columbia has a potential Olympic ice skater! Tiffany Mead, who attends Owen Brown Middle School, skated in the summer program at Ice Castle International Training Center, Lake Arrowhead, Calif.

Two hundred and fifty-eight skaters representing 31 states and 10 countries trained at this year's program.

Michelle Kwan, Stephanie Stiegler and Lance Travis were among the California center's skaters who competed at last week's Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia. The coaching staff, headed by Olympic coach Frank Carroll, includes skating legends Irina Rodnina and Carlo Fassi.

The double-toe wally, double lutz and double flip are Tiffany's specialties, but she really enjoys choreographing routines to music of her choice.

Tiffany has taken first place in 1993/94 East Coast juvenile category competitions. She began skating at the Columbia Ice Rink when she was 7 and now trains at Baltimore's Northwest Ice Rink. She is a member of the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club.

Skating is not Tiffany's only interest. She won the principal's award for academics; won a mile run; and enjoys swimming.

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Congratulations to the Oakland Mills Swim Team members who competed in two recent meets.

Coached by Debbie Reese and Scott Herdson, the 111-member team, ages 5 to 18, has practiced since June 1, competed weekly and completed 3,621 laps in a team swim-a-thon. One member won an award for swimming 315 laps.

Swim team managers Helen Birzak and Cindy Petro organized team meets, team events, sales of refreshments and team shirts for the kids from Stevens Forest and Talbot Springs neighborhoods.

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The alumnae association of Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville has announced the officers of the 1994/95 Alumnae Association Board. East Columbian Mary Heim O'Connell will be recording secretary.

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On Sept. 21, the Kings Contrivance Village Board is inviting village residents to attend a discussion to plan the 1995 swim season. Bring your suggestions on pool openings and closings for next summer to the Columbia Association representative who will be present. Information: 381-9600.

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The Columbia Association nursery in Long Reach is accepting registrations for the 1994/95 school year. Children ages 3 and 4 may attend morning sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Four-year-olds may attend Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons; 3-year-olds can attend Thursday and Friday mornings. Registration and information: 964-3291.

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Kings Contrivance Village Board extends a "thank you" and appreciation to board member Shayna Van Meter for her work for the community. Ms. Van Meter is resigning due to other commitments.

The village board is accepting letters of interest (until Sept. 2) from residents who would like serve on the board until April, when elections will be held. Board meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

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The Village of Owen Brown is losing a faithful member, too. Dorothy Hersi has resigned to become dean of academic support at Harford Community College. Ms. Hersi has served on the board since 1990, was vice chairman in 1991-92, and has been chairman since April 1993.

The board is accepting letters of interest from residents who would like to fill the vacancy. Board meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month.

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Residents of all east Columbia villages are reminded that they are responsible for upkeep of "street" trees adjacent to their property. This includes pruning lower branches that interfere with pedestrians.

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