Looking back on close-knit community

NEIGHBORS

January 03, 1995|By ROSALIE M. FALTER

At this time of year, news decreases a bit. The break gives me a chance to look back over 1994 and think about my community. Linthicum and Ferndale are not large areas, yet have a lot to offer: churches, schools, a library, shopping, recreation and many services. We are a close-knit community. We look out for one another, are happy for our neighbor's good fortune and sad for anyone with problems. When someone falls on hard times, neighbors pitch in to help. This is what a close-knit community is all about, people caring and sharing with neighbors.

Happy New Year Linthicum and Ferndale!

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It wasn't supposed to be a nice December weekend, but luckily the extremely cold weather that was forecast did not materialize. The mild weather allowed the members of Boy Scout Troop 550 a chance recently to practice many of the Scouting skills usually limited to other seasons of the year.

During daylight hours at Briarwood Scout Camp, the Scouts did nature studies and worked on woodcraft skills. They also cut logs for the evening fire. Adults and Scouts alternated in cooking meals.

Eli Senter, the senior patrol leader, led the Scouts during the weekend. Scoutmaster Bruce Henkel and Assistant Scoutmasters James Dunne and John McCarty were the adults present.

The troop's next outing will be to the Klondike Derby Jan. 14. For more information, call Joe Hyla at 766-8981.

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Linthicum Chapter 2244 of the American Association of Retired Persons will meet Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church on Maple Road.

The board will gather at 11 a.m. when the new officers will take over. Members and guests are asked to bring a sandwich for lunch. The chapter will furnish coffee and tea.

At 1 p.m., Yvonne T. Hicks of the county Department of Aging will speak about the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. The program encourages seniors age 55 and older to give their time and talent in areas of need.

The program, which has 600 volunteers and is run by a nonprofit organization, helps get seniors into the work world in places such as hospitals and schools. Attend Thursday's meeting to learn more about the program or call Mrs. Hicks at 222-6825.

For information on Chapter 2244 AARP, call 789-1588.

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The Friendly Thyme Herb Club will have its first meeting of the new year at 10 a.m. Friday at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center. Members are asked to bring glue guns and dried flowers for a workshop on making small topiary standards. Other materials will be provided.

Richard Hood, the club's new president, said the meeting will give members an overview of the club's plans for 1995. The club plans to participate in Ferndale Day, Herb Day at the 1840 House, the Baltimore Herb Festival, the Linthicum Community Fair for NCEON and the Anne Arundel County Fair. A tour of members' gardens might be arranged. Possible bus trips and tours of the area's public herb gardens also will be discussed.

The Friendly Thyme Herb Club meets at 10 a.m. the first Friday of each month at the clubhouse on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. Meetings include a speaker or a workshop on herbal crafts. For more information on the club, call June Burton at 766-8113.

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