Volunteer group dresses up county with plants


August 15, 1994|By JEAN LESLIE

"In 1997, we just want to plant plants, look at our work and sing, 'Happy Birthday,' " says Cindy Hirshberg, creator and driving force of E.C. 225, the all-volunteer group planning for Ellicott City's next celebration.

More specifically, the group hopes to beautify Howard County with disease-resistant, modern cultivars of the trees, shrubs and perennials of yesteryear.

E.C. 225 is selecting the plants with the assistance of Dr. Mark Cathey, former director of the National Arboretum, and with the help of the horticultural experts at Baltimore's Hampton Mansion and the Paca House Gardens in Annapolis.

Twenty-two plants have been identified.

Three years before the event, the group is working to accomplish its goal.

Many of the plants it has targeted are perennials, which need time to sink their roots into the soil.

It's one thing to plant black-eyed Susans in your front yard.

It's a different matter to plant those Susans in the whole county.

For one thing, there's the expense; for another, there's the required energy to plant and maintain a county of gardens.

E.C. 225 is covering both needs with community volunteers.

Two planting events have been scheduled this year.

The first was held in June, when the group planted the vacant lot beside the Masonic Lodge on Church Road in Ellicott City.

Nine adults and five Patapsco Middle School students spent a damp Saturday morning bringing beauty to an eyesore.

The adults, members of E.C. 225, included Norton Crouse, Cynthia Hirshberg, Miriam Mahowald, Randolph J. Peters, Darlene Scheeberger and John B. Slater.

Patapsco Middle School faculty members Katherine Potocki and Susan Meomartino completed the group of adults.

Eighth-grade students included Chris DeWeese, Laura Ebbe, Chris Link, David Palewicz and Matthew Bader, who were working to complete their community service requirement for graduation.

Matthew's father, Ralph Bader, also helped.

"The work was grubby, but the Service Learning Students just hung in there and worked right along with the adults. It was exciting to see students come out of the academic arena and into the community," Ms. Hirshberg said.

Plants were donated by E.C. 225 members and other volunteers.

Business donors included the River Hill Garden Center, Clarks Do-It Center, Sewall's Hardware, Southern States and Meyers Seed Company of Baltimore.

In addition, the School of Vocational Technology's Future Farmers of America Club donated plants under the tutelage of faculty sponsor Joe Dymek.

The necessary maintenance is provided by Ezra Peters, Mache Peters and Randolph Peters.

The second planting event is planned for Community Service Day in October.

I'll keep you informed of the date and what plants the committee needs, closer to the event.


Elkridge's Cub Scout Pack 360 held its first fishing derby on a rainy Saturday morning in July.

Despite the weather, 21 Scouts and seven siblings took part in the derby, held at the Avalon area of Patapsco State Park.

The children were given bait and fishing tackle, taught the basics of rigging poles and casting, and sent off around the lake.

Within minutes, children could be heard shouting, "I got one!"

Prize winners for the most fish were Marcellus Wilson, first place, and Kevin Grooman and Damien Davis took second and third, respectively.

Kevin Grooman won two additional prizes: a second for the largest fish and a first for the smallest fish.

First-prize and second-prize winners for largest fish were Brian Groomes and Jim Sutton. Second and third prizes for the smallest fish went to Chris Miguel and Ray Curley.

The pack thanks Mike Barr, of Hooked on Fishing, who donated two prizes for the boys as well as a tackle box filled with fishing necessities.

Another big thank-you goes to Den Leader Lesa Curley, who organized the event.

The Scouts earned a fishing belt loop and the siblings received "The Big Splash Award" for their participation.


If you're a craftsman, the summer craft season just begins to slow down when fall beckons.

Then, your fingers busy themselves anew to ready more creations for Christmas bazaars.

Here's the opening shot of the Christmas bazaar season:

The Elkridge Fire Station Ladies Auxiliary has announced that its seventh annual Craft Bazaar will occur Nov. 12.

For the first time, the bazaar will be held in the new fire hall.

Crafts people should know that 8-by-8-foot spaces will rent for $25, with an 8-foot table an additional $5.

Profits from the bazaar will help to finish the hall, which is nearing completion.

Started late last fall, the building is waiting for the final touches: a tile floor, some paint and kitchen appliances.

Call Cathy Prior at 379-0315 to reserve a space for the bazaar, or with questions about activities of the Ladies Auxiliary Club.


Tomorrow, Centennial neighborhoods will be the hosts for volks marchers on a night walk through the community.

The volks march, a noncompetitive walking event, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of Burleigh Manor Middle School.

You'll be given a map for the Volksmarch Club's predetermined trail.

The six-mile trail, rated easy by the club, will take walkers about two hours to complete. The center of the trail is marked by a water point.

Who participates in the volks march?

Everybody from babies to seniors in their 70s, says club president Bruce Taylor.

"It's a great way to meet nice folks," he says.

A local event usually brings out about 75 walkers, although 99 people walked through Allview Estates in Columbia one evening this summer.

And here's a bonus: Volksmarching is free.

While some people get involved in the sport and pay a fee to earn credit for the walk, others pay nothing and just come out for the exercise and fellowship.

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