Fall festival to benefit church ministry

NEIGHBORS

October 17, 1994|By ROSLIE M. FALTER

Artisans and organizers have been busy for months at Ferndale United Methodist Church preparing for their annual October Fest. Everything will be ready for presentation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Look for gifts, Christmas decorations and ornaments, floral arrangements, wreaths and woodcrafts. Add to that, scarecrows made to order, other Halloween items, homemade baked goods, pit beef sandwiches, soup and apple pies made by the United Methodist Men and other delectable items.

This event is one of the major fund-raisers supporting the ministry and mission goals of the church.

The church is at the corner of South Hollins Ferry and Ferndale roads.

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North County High School students Matthew B. Flechner, Sara E. Helms, Kathryn I. McCordic, Megan R. Miller and David L. Russell have been named Commended Students in the 1995 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The school will give them a letter of commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which conducts the program, said Principal William P. Wentworth.

About 35,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being honored for their exceptional academic promise. They placed among the top 5 percent of more than a million students who entered the 1995 Merit Program by taking the 1993 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Although the qualifying test scores of Commended Students are outstanding, they are slightly below the level required to continue in the competition for Merit Scholarships to be awarded in 1995.

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Perennials are flowering plants that die above ground in the winter but return to bloom year after year. As an added bonus, their roots grow and spread to produce more plants.

Linthicum resident and avid gardener Don Muchow planted 200 perennials around his house five years ago. To maintain their vigorous growth, they needed to be divided.

"When I pulled them up, I found I had 1,000 plants," he said. He shared some with his friends and now he is sharing many with his community.

Next year, these extra flowers will add color and beauty to the area. A few Saturdays ago park rangers Dave DeVault and Bob Hicks and community volunteers planted tulip bulbs in beds by the Linthicum stop of the B & A Trail.

Two bushels of day lilies, four varieties of irises, more than 100 daffodils and many black-eyed Susans are other perennials that will be planted soon.

Mr. Muchow said that there are several additional places along the trail from Linthicum to Dorsey Road that would be appropriate for these plants. Their placement will be worked out with the state Department of Natural Resources.

Mr. Muchow always has enjoyed gardening, but since retiring he has put in more perennial beds and expanded the ones he had.

The idea to donate his excess plants came about in a conversation with Ranger Devault, who Mr. Muchow met when he was singing with the Sons of the Severn at an event along the B & A Trail.

More plantings will take place this fall and volunteers are needed. If you would like to help, please call 222-6244.

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The Home School Association of St. Philip Neri School invites you to attend its annual fall craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

More than 85 craftsmen and women will be participating. Country designs, woodcrafts, dried floral crafts, quilting and much more will be available. The fair will take place rain or shine.

Order fresh greens for your holiday decorating now from the school. Wreaths of noble fir (20 inches and 28 inches), centerpieces, swags, 7-foot garland, holly and decorator kits range from $4 to $20.

NTC The live greens from Sherwood Forest Farms in Washington State will be delivered to you in December.

"We got the greens from them last year and we were very pleased with the merchandise," said Barbara Bryl, chairwoman of the fund-raiser.

Information: 850-4480.

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The District 32 Democratic Club will have a "Meet the Democratic Candidates Rally," Thursday at the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Hall.

The candidates will be available for individual chats from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., then they will be permitted to offer remarks. Food and beverages will be available.

Invited to the rally are the candidates for statewide and county offices, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives (Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5), courthouse positions, state Senate and House of Delegates (District 32) and County Council (Districts 1, 2 ,3 and 4).

Information: Evelyn Kellner at 969-9325.

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