Fruit sale helps send students on foreign adventures

NEIGHBORS

October 17, 1994|By JEAN LESLIE

Mount Hebron High School's two American Field Service travelers returned at the end of the summer, their lives enriched by their experiences.

Julie Rollek traveled to Costa Rica, where for three weeks she worked on a team cleaning up the environment.

In keeping with her interest in the environment and rain forests, Julie cleaned up a beach and a trashed mountaintop and helped with the construction of a wing for a bilingual school.

She traveled with 10 other teens from various states in the U.S. and a leader.

Julie picked up some basic Spanish in two short home stays, visited the Costa Rican congress and toured San Jose and Alajuelo, the two largest cities in Costa Rica.

"It's a great country," Julie said. "The people are hospitable and seemed happy to talk with us.

"But," she added, "there are no recycling programs, so you walk around and there's trash on the street." She cited education as a possible solution to this problem.

Michelle Richute spent six weeks in Italy, first at a Italian language camp in Bologne, then five weeks living with the Todeschini family in Milan.

Michelle consciously avoided English-speaking friends while she concentrated on improving her Italian.

"It's amazing that I understood almost everything my family said by the end of my trip," she said. The Todeschinis also helped her by taking day trips to Venice, Varese and Rome during her stay.

The Italian family called her after her return to Ellicott City to wish her a happy birthday.

The AFS helps teens such as Michelle and Julie with travel expenses by selling citrus fruit each school year. A case of navel oranges costs $17, a half-case $10. A case of grapefruits costs $15, a half-case $9.

This year's first order is due Nov. 4, with pickup at the school Nov. 12. Call Dorothy Richute at 750-9372 for an order form.

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The Parish Youth Group of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Ilchester is working to earn money for another young traveler.

Last year the parish sent 26 members to Denver, Colo., for World Youth Day.

This year, World Youth Day will be held in Manila, the Philippines, and the cost of 26 plane tickets would be prohibitive.

So the youth group is sending one teen-ager, Chris Schob, a high school senior from Ellicott City.

He'll be traveling with the small delegation of teens from the Washington, D.C., archdiocese.

To help Chris, members of the youth group spent their Saturday last week washing cars at Columbia Pike Shell on Montgomery Road and Columbia Pike in Ellicott City.

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On Oct. 28 the Elkridge Area Jaycees have invited small spooks and goblins, ages 1 to 7, to celebrate Halloween at the Brumbaugh House in lower Elkridge.

Children can arrive at 6:30 p.m. and enjoy a costume parade, party and refreshments. The festivities will close at 8 p.m.

Call Carol Rodeheaver at 796-5527 for more information.

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We summer devotees feel melancholy at this time of year.

Never mind that we can buy peaches and corn at the grocery store or take a swim at an indoor pool. These experiences aren't authentic and don't feel as warm and golden as the real thing.

Never mind, too, the dreadful humidity we suffered throughout July this year. A true devotee minimizes the discomfort and recalls the pleasures.

So we'll be gritting our teeth as the cold weather approaches.

You'll know us by the sun hats we wear atop our ski masks and the old stains of peaches dribbling down our chins.

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This Saturday is homecoming for Centennial High School in Ellicott City.

The day begins with the annual PTSA All-You-Can-Eat Pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

It's the Parent Teacher-Student Association's biggest fund-raiser of the year. For $4 for adults and $3 for children under age 12, you'll be served pancakes, sausage, muffins, bagels, fresh fruit and beverages.

The purchase of a ticket automatically enters each breakfast attendee in a drawing for a 1995 Entertainment Book.

At 11 a.m. a parade will feature floats from each class, the drill team and band.

Last year's homecoming king and queen will ride in a convertible, as will this year's court.

The football game will take place in the afternoon, and this year's homecoming king and queen will be crowned at half-time.

The day will close with a dance from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Entertainment Books will be sold for $35 during the breakfast. The book will cover one of three areas: D.C., Baltimore North or Baltimore South. Howard County is in the Baltimore South edition.

For information, call Denise Eastham at 313-2856.

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You have two more weeks in which to visit the award-winning exhibit, "The Civil War: A Local History" at Ellicott City's B&O Railroad Station Museum. It closes on Oct. 30.

This living history exhibit is unique and has received accolades from educators and historic preservationists. More than 20,000 visitors have enjoyed the volunteer corps of living historians.

The Museum is open Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 5 p.m.

For information, call (410) 461-1944.

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Rockburn Elementary School students have been enjoying a variety of activities this month.

Kindergarten students are taking a field trip to Green Meadow Farms, making apple sauce and canning tomatoes as part of their class harvest unit.

Professional race car driver Ben Smith drove his race car to Rockburn, visiting the first grade team and sharing his experiences.

The third grade team enjoyed a visit by Robert Rizzutti, a Maryland cartographer who spoke to the children about map making in conjunction with their unit on North America.

Mr. Rizzutti is a former fourth-grade student of teacher Dee Walsh.

The fifth grade will be going to the Annapolis Gardening Center where they will participate in a Chesapeake Bay Ecotour, a 45-minute boat ride departing from Annapolis City Dock.

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