Paper doll collection includes Shirley Temple, German set


March 19, 1996|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EAST COLUMBIA library visitors, young and old, are enjoying Jenny Elmore's paper doll collection, which is on display until the end of this month. The dolls range from Shirley Temple to a German doll set.

"I have always collected," Ms. Elmore said. "I started collecting postcards when I was 2 years old. After World War II, my grandfather was gathering household items from a Red Cross tent in the Netherlands. He found two sets of paper dolls, which he brought home for me.

"I have been collecting them ever since. There are at least 100 paper doll artists, and now I look for handmade paper dolls."

Ms. Elmore recalled dolls such as Betsy McCall, which were printed in McCall's magazine in the late 1960s.

(At the turn of the century, Good Housekeeping magazine did the same.)

Now, the quarterly magazine American Girl prints dolls whose clothes are interchangeable.

The paper doll hobby has grown to such an extent that major collectors gather at national conventions and events such as the Paper Doll Party held in Reading, Pa.

Super swimmer

Scott Herdson, an Oakland Mills High alumnus, swims the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke for the York College, Pa., Spartans. He won at 200 meters against St. Mary's and placed 12th at the Capital Athletic Conference at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va., as well as helping his relay medley team place seventh.

The college sophomore coaches the Oakland Mills neighborhood swim team during the summer and works as assistant pool manager.

His parents, Chris and John Herdson, lead his cheering section.

Hammond science fair

Ann Steelman's freshman and sophomore science students at Hammond High School completed 103 biology and science projects for last month's Science Fair.

There was a tie for first place, with both projects involving studies that can be applied to many households.

Lora Atkinson answered "Will Compost Piles Work in the Winter?" with positive proof. Amanda Harrison baked 15 cakes to determine which leavening agent works best. The answer: baking soda.

Art from the heart

A display of children's art at East Columbia Library is well worth your time.

The works are part of the second annual My Dream poster contest for homeless children, which is sponsored by the Howard County Board on Homelessness.

The children's art is from their hearts. They wish for homes, a place to play, a home without drugs.

One child would like to live on a cloud with the angels.

Coordinated by Linda Soule, director of Churches Concerned for the Homeless, the contest is representative of children living in transitional housing provided by CCH, Grassroots, Domestic Violence Center and Common Action Council.

"Sixty percent of the homeless are children," she said. "We hope that the people who see their small posters will understand that their homelessness is not of their doing."

Information: 531-3102.

Off to school

Here is a checklist for parents of kindergarten and first-grade boys and girls who will be registering at their respective schools next week: You will need your child's birth certificate, immunization record, Social Security number and two proofs of residence (driver's license, utility bill, apartment lease or house contract).

A child must be 5 years old on or before Dec. 31, 1996, to enter kindergarten or 6 years old to enter first grade.

For more information, call the elementary school your child will attend or the Board of Education.

Hunting for Easter eggs

The Easter Egg Hunt Partytime for children is March 30 at Kings Contrivance, Oakland Mills and Owen Brown villages.

Children who attend the Kings Contrivance party, 10: 30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m., may bring one dozen hard-boiled eggs to decorate and take part in an egg hunt. Call (410) 381-9600 for ticket availability.

Oakland Mills Egg Hunt party is sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 988 and the Oakland Mills Merchants from noon until 1 p.m. Preregistration, (410) 730-4610, is required.

Girl Scout Troops 777 and 998 and the Owen Brown Community Center are sponsors of their village party from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Children will learn crafts and have an egg hunt and refreshments. Call (410) 381-0202 for tickets.

Seeking donations

The food pantry at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center needs cereal, TTC oatmeal, pancake mix, sugar and instant coffee. Food barrels are in the lobby, and donations are welcomed any day of the week.

Volunteers are needed by the Coalition for Compassion at Oakland Mills Interfaith on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to help with emergency needs requests.

The coalition office helps families who are facing eviction or utility turnoff or who need prescriptions and food.

Citizens of the Week

Jeffers Hill Elementary School's Citizens of the Week of March 11 were kindergartner Lisa Berry, first-grader Daniel Swartz, second-grader Ryan Quinn, third-grader Jessica Durden, fourth-grader Kyle Murray and fifth-grader Monica Bachelor.

Book discussion

Irish author Cormac McCarthy's "The Crossing" will be discussed at the 7: 30 p.m. March 27 meeting of the Oakland Mills Book Group at the Other Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center.

Everyone is welcome to drop in for an informal critique of the Northern Ireland writer's work. His syndicated column is familiar to readers of the newspaper Irish Voice.

Pub Date: 3/19/96

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