Fine tuning changes at Emory Methodist Church

NEIGHBORS

September 12, 1994|By JEAN LESLIE

Emory Methodist Church has been sitting on the first curve on Church Road in Ellicott City for more than 200 years.

A beautiful stone building with dramatic stained glass windows, its interior shines with dark antique wood. It's a treasure, that's true, but a treasure that its congregation must work hard to maintain.

The church's organ, almost 100 years old, has played for church services and weddings, but now the stops are broken and the tone is deteriorating. It needs to be replaced. Ella Mae Hare and the Organ Committee entertained 15 estimates, finally settling on Luley & Associates from Pittsburgh to do the work, to the tune of $75,000.

Luley's plans are ambitious.

Some of the pipes will be cut in half so the congregation can enjoy the stained glass behind them, others will be completely renovated, and the rest of the organ will be replaced. The renovations will take about a year to complete, during which time the congregation will use its piano.

The committee has been working to find the money for a year. Members are holding a yard sale Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. "until whenever."

The yard sale will dovetail with Department of Recreation and Parks Country Fair. So while the kids are making their scarecrow, slip up to Church Road and buy a treasure, or make a donation. Watch for announcements of the crab cake and ham dinner next week, and the Christmas Tea and silent auction in December.

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Here's a surprise: that innocent-looking battery powering your watch or calculator actually contains a broth of mercury and other highly-toxic metals, in large quantities for its size.

These little round button batteries are so toxic that they should not be included in the regular waste stream. They're poisonous enough that if a button battery should leak, you should lift it with a plastic-bag covered hand.

And someone who accidentally swallows one should call the Poison Center at (410) 706-7701.

To recycle these little troublemakers, the Department of Public Works has arranged for battery bins to be placed with 30 businesses around the county where residents can dispose of their used batteries.

Call Ray Ehrlich at 313-SORT for a list of the cooperating businesses. If your business would like to participate, Mr. Ehrlich can help place you on the list.

Other dry cell batteries, such as AAA, AA, C, D and nine volt, can be dropped off at the Residents' Convenience Center at Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville.

Hours are Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of Wednesday, when the hours are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Are you a local history buff? Or would you like to learn more about your adopted hometown? Consider "Introduction to Howard County History," a fall offering by Howard Community College's Continuing Education series.

Author/historian Joetta Cramm will lead you from the early days in Elk Ridge to the present day, using slides and lectures.

An all-day bus tour of the county concludes the course.

"Introduction to Howard County History" begins Sept. 22 and runs for eight weeks.

The class will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For registration information, call the college at 992-4825.

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Ellicott City's new Manor Wood Elementary School thanks all the volunteers who helped set up the school last month, and celebrates its smooth opening day.

At 7:30 p.m. today, Manor Woods' instrumental music teachers will hold "Beginning Band Night."

All third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students who are interested in studying a musical instrument are invited to attend with a parent.

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The Col. Thomas Dorsey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution resumes its monthly meetings Saturday .

The Dorsey Chapter of the DAR includes more than 60 members. Each member has proven her direct descent from a citizen who fought in or made a significant contribution to the American Revolution. The women are knowledgeable about their genealogy, because family members probably belonged to the DAR before them.

Besides historical and social activities, the DAR founded and supports a school for Indian children in Tennessee, gives donations to war veterans, and sponsors an essay contest for high school seniors.

The DAR meets the third Saturday of each month during the school year, except in December. I'll try to keep you posted on some of its activities.

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Burleigh Manor Middle School is screening students who are new to Howard County for inclusion in the gifted and talented program.

If you wish to nominate your child for a screening test, call the school office to request a consent form for the test.

All consent forms must be returned no later than Sept. 19. For

more information, call the school at 313-2507.

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Epiphany Lutheran Church on 9122 Sybert Drive in Ellicott City is sponsoring an informal barbecue and bingo night from 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Barbecue, hot dogs and snacks will be served before the games.

For directions or more information, call Pastor David Berg at 730-6626.

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Here's one more plea for Republicans and Democrats to vote tomorrow. Take a moment to acquaint yourself with the candidates and go pull some levers.

Voting is a privilege that we must not take for granted.

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