King honored in interfaith celebration


January 23, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAVING ENDURED the Blizzard of '96 and the inevitable reshuffling of schedules, religious leaders in South Carroll gathered for the third annual Interfaith Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday at Wesley-Freedom United Methodist Church.

The public was invited to join the group for an evening that included a potluck supper, a guest speaker, group discussions and singing.

The Rev. Brian W. Jackson, pastor at St. Luke's and Mount

Gregory United Methodist churches, was host for the celebration. Mr. Jackson and a committee that included the Rev. Theodore K. Cassidy, S.M., Gertrude Fraser, Edna Johnson and Mary Pulick were instrumental in organizing the event.

Many representatives from various faiths enjoyed fellowship and sharing their ideas as they discussed Dr. King's dream and our country's strides toward making that dream a reality.

Cantor Al Stein was called upon to bless the dinner, and the Rev. Oliver Phillips from the Community of Hope Church of the Nazarene in Washington brought a message of hope and inspiration as the event's guest speaker.

Memorable event for St. Joe's

Tonight will be a memorable evening for Father Cassidy and members of St. Joseph's Catholic Community, as they are honored for their outreach to the needy in Maryland and to the Incas in Peru.

Cardinal William H. Keeler and Catholic Charities will honor the parish and others with a distinguished-service award at a dinner at the Stouffer Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore.

Under the guidance of Father Cassidy and members of the parish council, the church's 2,000 families were organized into 30 groups, with each group focusing on acts of charity and justice.

Included in the church's ministries are support of Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Baltimore, worship services for women prisoners in Jessup and aid to Peru's Mother of Redeemer Parish in Callao.

Firefighters honored

The Sykesville-Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary recognized and honored its dedicated men and women Saturday evening at their annual banquet held at the fire hall.

Robert W. Saville, treasurer of the state firemen's association, was on hand to install the fire department's 1996 administrative officers. They included: Dennis Beard, president; Robert Althoff, vice president; Larry Doyle, secretary; Mary Carole Anske, treasurer; and Steve Anske, Nick Bonacci, Robert Cassell, David Hoff Jr., Edgar Holman and Joseph McCauley as the board of directors.

The 1996 line officers are: Glenn Edward Ruch, chief; Bobby Chesney, deputy chief; Libby Luebberman, assistant chief; Bruce Fleming, captain, fire suppression; and Dale Becker, Adam Gesuele, Brett Pearce and Robert Platt, lieutenants.

Emergency medical services will be led by Libby Luebberman, Capt. Jeff Fleming and Lts. Kim Volkert and Robert Volkert.

Smith Williams and William Hudson Sr. became fire department life members after 25 years of service.

The auxiliary officers were installed by Kathy Garey, a past president of the Sykesville Auxiliary. They are: Susan Tarrant, president; Nancy Bowman, vice president; Debbie Stockdale, secretary; Jeff Tarrant, treasurer; Linda Shell, historian; Nancy Clark, chaplain; and Gladys Conaway, Evelyn Fleming, Connie Strohecker and Eva Whiteman as the board of directors.

Kathy Garey and Rita Lamb became auxiliary life members after 20 years of service.

They know the globe

Taking no chances that yet another storm would postpone their plans, the Geography Club at Carrolltowne Elementary School held its geography bee on the first day back to school last week.

Through the rounds of questioning, Brad Dyjak continued to answer correctly and was declared the winner.

Brad and Piney Ridge Elementary winner Clayton Brown recently took a written exam to determine their eligibility for the state bee in late March.

Redistricting hearing set

The much anticipated opening of our area's new middle school will mean some redistricting for students currently attending Sykesville Middle School.

The school board is considering options for proposed boundary changes that could also affect students at Westminster Middle and Mount Airy Middle schools.

The options will be presented at a public meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Liberty High.

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