Society tends to a part of Brumbaugh heritage

NEIGHBORS

January 30, 1995|By JEAN LESLIE

The day I got in touch with Jack Bateman, the winter weather was rainy, raw and blustery. Yet he and friend Todd Robbins had been on top of the annex at Elk Ridge Heritage Society, preparing the roof for reshingling.

The oldest shingles they removed were 70 years old.

Mr. Bateman is the president of Elk Ridge Heritage Society. He manages a membership of more than 130 and tends to the upkeep and improvements of Brumbaugh House, where the society maintains records and a small museum.

The society purchased Brumbaugh House in 1986 from the heirs of Dr. Bruce Brumbaugh, who had been caring for the community's medical needs for more than 40 years when he died.

The house needs lots of tender loving care. In the fall, the society bought Brumbaugh House two new furnaces, partially funded by a grant from the Columbia Foundation, because the old furnace pipes and radiator system had deteriorated.

Now the house exterior needs to be painted, top to bottom.

The society is a nonprofit, volunteer organization. The group meets at Brumbaugh House every month on the evening of the second Tuesday.

Recently, the meeting featured Helen Voris' presentation on the "History of Levering Avenue." Alternate months are board meetings, so call to ensure a full meeting before you attend.

The group is slowly paying off the mortgage on Brumbaugh House with the help of occasional fund-raisers and grants.

Otherwise, the society relies on dues from its members. A single membership costs $7.50 and a family membership is $10. Copper membership costs $25, Silver costs $50 and Gold membership costs $100.

Join by mailing a membership donation to Elk Ridge Heritage Society, 5825 Main St., Elkridge 21227, or by calling Jack Bateman at (410) 796-2722.

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Mount Hebron High School Marching Unit represented Howard County in the "March of the Counties" portion of Gov. Parris N. Glendening's Inaugural Day parade Jan. 18.

All 140 members of the Viking Band, the Cavaliers (which includes the honor guard, flags and rifles) and the Lancers Drill Team piled into buses. Principal Dr. Sylvia Patillo and Assistant Principal Connie Lewis marched with the students, as did many parent volunteers.

The unit is under the direction of Senior Drum Major Kathy Oh and Junior Drum Major Aaron Rader. Faculty director is Robert Johnston.

Parent sponsors include Nancy Dougherty, Lancers sponsor, and Ann Johnston and Pat Preisinger, Cavalier co-sponsors.

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Ellicott City has a new 4-H Club.

Patapsco Valley Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is Wednesday.

Young people 8 to 19 are welcome to explore this program. Even though the group just started in September, it already had an outing to Ellicott City for a photography project.

The group meets at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church on Mount Hebron Drive in Ellicott City.

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Welcome to a new Ellicott City baby, James Nicholas Boyle.

James Nicholas was born at 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at Howard County General Hospital. He weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces. Proud parents are Janice Jordon and James Boyle.

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Congratulations to Elkridge and Ellicott City students who auditioned and were chosen for the two All-State choruses.

Joining the All-State Junior Chorus are Shayna Freedman from Dunloggin Middle School; Charles Crosby and Alex Perry from Mayfield Woods Middle School; and John Bruns, Shawn Doyle, Ann Metz and Larry Sama from Patapsco Middle School.

Joining the All-State Senior Chorus are Brad Terrill and Emily Winings from Centennial High School; Risa Binder, Kartik Dharmadhikari, Erin Frisby, Korey Jackson and Hawa Massaquoi from Howard High School; and Helen Bang and Todd Lesko from Mount Hebron High School.

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The Howard County Library system has published its Adult Calendar of Events.

Registration begins today for a reading and discussion series on "Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping," funded by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Peace.

The series is biweekly beginning Feb. 16, when four speakers discuss peace.

The program will take place at Miller Branch Library on Frederick Road in Ellicott City. Call 313-1950 for registration information.

Children 4 to 6 are invited to "Mad About Music," an introduction to classical music with stories and activities.

The program will be presented at the Elkridge Branch Feb. 16 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Friday and may be made in person at the library or by phone at 313-5085.

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Today is the last day for Deep Run Elementary students to enter the Book Float Contest. This contest is a culmination of National Reading Month, celebrated by most local elementary schools.

Each child designs and makes a miniature float -- like the ones high school students make for homecoming parades. The miniature float sits on a shoe box, where it displays the essential characters or plot of the child's favorite book.

Entries will be judged on neatness, appropriateness and creativity, and winners will be announced by Friday.

Last year, 450 of the 720 students entered a float in the parade, which circled the media center several times.

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