Want to serve on village board? Owen Brown to have 2 openings


June 04, 1996|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

OWEN BROWN residents who missed the deadline to apply for the April elections now have a second chance to serve their community. Two village board vacancies were created because board member Wanda Hurt was elected to the Columbia Council and Catherine Hester is resigning June 28.

Residents are asked to bring or mail a letter of interest to the Owen Brown Village Board, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, before 5 p.m. June 20.

Village Manager Ruth Bohse and the board extended their thanks to Karen Kuecker, who has represented Owen Brown on the Columbia Council since 1990. Before that, she was vice chairwoman and chairwoman of the Owen Brown board. Dick Diener also has the board's gratitude for his commitment to the village board since September 1994. He has been a member of the residential architectural and executive architectural committees.

Owen Brown volunteers who organized and worked during the election were Chairwoman Gloria Cohen, Elliott Cohen, Ron Bartyczak, Sue Neri, Antoinette Eckstrom, Othella Rogers, Carol Bartley, Jim Zehner, Dawn Cherry, Donna Ellis, Pura Murphy and Ottilie and Ronald Grim.

Kings Contrivance Village Manager Anne Dodd thanks her village election volunteers, too. Bob Palfy led the committee that included Velma Palfy, Angela Cruz, Catherine and Fred Niziol, Janet Riggins and Pearl Seidman.

Voters were asked to answer some questions. A majority said no when asked: "Do you think Columbia should be incorporated?" A majority voted yes when asked: "Do you support the Village board contributing money for a study of incorporation?" and "Do you support the Dickinson (neighborhood) pool taking a turn as the early close pool?"

Village youngsters had their own election -- which animal to adopt at the National Aquarium. The Strawberry Poison Dart Frog won; Huma Huma Triggerfish placed second and the Purple Gallinule third. Sarah Blake won the right to name the frog "Sunshine Ribbit Delight."

Toys for Bosnia

Guilford Cluster Girl Scouts are collecting used toys, books and dolls to send to Bosnia. The girls will rehabilitate the toys first. Information and pickup schedule: (410) 290-8213.

Summer sessions

Some Columbia facilities are offering programs to stave off summer boredom attacks.

The Columbia Art Center will offer programs in which children work with clay, paints, paper and fiber. Nadene Wright coordinates the Long Reach art center's children's programs and art camp. She is a graduate of Towson State College and received her teaching certification at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore. Information: (410) 740-4479.

East Columbian Bill Lea directs a nature camp where children can learn to swim, shoot a bow and arrow, paddle a canoe, work in crafts and camp out overnight. He teaches physical education at a Montgomery County elementary school. Information: (410) 715-3165.

Teens may attend Camp Esprit and Teen Adventure. Information: (410) 992-3726.

And don't forget the Howard County libraries for reading clubs. The East Columbia branch's number is (410) 313-7700.

Pub Date: 6/04/96

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