Friend of songbirds is Troop 601's 43rd Eagle Scout

NEIGHBORS

January 10, 1995|By NATALIE HARVEY

James Crifasi became the 43rd Eagle Scout of Troop 601 at ceremonies held Dec. 22 at the Other Barn, Oakland Mills Village.

Oakland Mills Community Association, sponsor of the troop, established Troop 601's "Eagle Nest" plaque at the Other Barn in 1980, six years before James joined Scouting.

James has been bugler, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and troop instructor while earning merit badges and before creating his Eagle Scout project.

Howard County Executive, Charles I. Ecker commended his project's "goal of increasing songbird population in the county by designing backyard habitats for songbirds."

With his leadership, Troop 601 Scouts built 25 birdhouses to give birds a "home" in the neighborhood.

Assistant Scoutmaster James O'Keefe Sr. presented the Eagle Award; Assistant Scoutmaster Bruce Spaulding gave the Eagle Charge; and Assistant Scoutmaster Butch Colby, the Eagle oath.

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Last month, 16 Stevens Forest Elementary School fifth-graders celebrated the holiday season with a visit to Owen Brown Place.

They sang, danced, served cake and presented colorful place mats and cards that had been made by SFES students in all grades.

A sense of community was enjoyed by everyone and there's a check on their respective 1995 calendars to have a second annual fun day.

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Middle-schoolers are reminded that the Columbia Association's Teen Centers invite them to "drop in" for pool, table tennis, cooking, craft projects, football and basketball on school days after 2:45 p.m.

In addition to the Teen Center at Oakland Mills Village, the association also sponsors a Teen Center at Kahler Hall, Harpers Choice Village. The recreation programs are free. Information: 992-3726.

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The PTA of Stevens Forest Elementary School now publishes the "Forest Flier," courtesy of Nonnah's Mail, 9437 Farewell Road.

It is sent to students' homes with the weekly SFES notices.

Not all parents get involved or support the organization's programs. It is hoped that having a printed list of PTA activities and helpful information for students and parents will raise the interest of parents.

PTA committees coordinate volunteers, sponsor cultural arts, implement school and student safety measures and recognize the school's staff for its dedication to all of the girls and boys.

Thank you to this year's PTA Board: Beth Bohac, president; Trish Trahanm, first vice president; Susun LoPresto, second vice president; Edy Hekimian, secretary; Cyndi Rogers, treasurer; Susan Beare and Ruth Cargo, PTA/CHS delegates; and Judy Gottsagen, teachers' representative.

The PTA needs volunteer carpenters or masons to help design a school sign. Call 995-4069 for details. (If other PTAs have a similar communication, please send a copy to the East Columbia column, 5652 Stevens Forest Road, 21045)

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Sandi Chapasko, director of the Columbia Association's Nursery School, 8995 Lambskin Lane, Long Reach Village, has announced registration dates for 1995.

Children of families who live or work full time on Columbia Association assessed property may register noon until 3 p.m. Feb. 13.

Open registration begins Feb. 20 at 9:15 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m.

Information: 410-964-3291.

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The Peabody Prep invites the public to a free Peabody Children's Chorus concert, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which is dedicated to the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The vocal ensembles of students 6 to 16 years old will present the traditional and culturally diverse selections at Mount Hebron High School at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Members of the audience are asked to bring only children older than 5.

Information: 410-997-0800.

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Bet Yeladim preschool and kindergarten classes invite parents to make appointments for Observation Days at the school through Jan. 27.

Day care is 9 a.m to noon. Nursery school sessions are 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Kindergarten meets at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Presently there are openings in the parent-child class (18 months old), half- and full-day preschool for 2- , 3- and 4-year-olds and full day kindergarten.

Bet Yeladim preschool is in Hickory Ridge Village; day care is in Long Reach Village Center; nursery schools are in Jeffers Hill and Phelps Luck Neighborhood Centers.

Call 997-7380 for preschool and 997-7378 for kindergarten information.

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Howard County Arts Council is presenting "ABC's of Art: Multimedia Fun" for children in kindergarten through second grade at Chaselle Learning Center, 9645 Gerwig Lane, Owen Brown Village.

Riselle Schectman will teach projects that encourage learning vocabulary via collage, abstract, shapes and texture using the fundamentals of the alphabet as a guide.

The Saturday afternoon classes will be held through Jan. 28.

The cost is $40 for HCAC members; $45 nonmembers.

Information: HCAC, 410-313-2787.

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Group ice skating lessons began at the Columbia Ice Rink, Thunder Hill Road, Oakland Mills Village this week.

Open registration for Session IV, (Feb. 18 through March 31) begins Feb. 11.

Parents and skaters are reminded that children must be picked up at the rink within 30 minutes of the end of lessons. Food and beverages may not be brought into the rink, and skaters leaving the facility during a public session may not re-enter during the lesson.

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