Heron frozen during winter is on display


July 08, 1996|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HERE'S A FLASHBACK to the cold winter of 1995-1996. When Ben Bauman of Elkridge found a heron frozen to death in his pond next to Elkridge Elementary School last winter, the school's PTA seized this opportunity to preserve an endangered bird.

While Bauman kept the bird frozen, his sister Nancy Grabowski, who is an Elkridge Elementary PTA member, applied for permits to stuff the federally protected bird. Grabowski consulted with taxidermist Ray Hitchcock, a former Elkridge resident.

Meanwhile, a contribution drive mounted to pay for the taxidermy costs. Thanks to a tremendous community response, including one $500 donation, the heron was delivered to the school June 7, complete with a water habitat of grasses, cattails and duckweed.

The bird is posed eyeing a small turtle floating below.

Jerry Shipley and Bill Prehn designed a glass case in which to display the bird.

The great blue is now being displayed in the school media center. The Elkridge Elementary School would like to thank its supportive community by inviting people to visit the school during the summer and see the bird.

The school is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Enter the school through the front door and check in at the main office.

Fourth festivities

Each Fourth of July, about 150 volunteers gather near Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia. They eat a delicious picnic together and then leave for work.

Their work is managing the details of the Fourth of July celebration for our enjoyment. They direct the car parking and trash details. For their work, they earn the money to pay for the fireworks, which cost more than $18,000, and to support their own community projects.

Oversight for the effort was provided by Columbia Kiwanis, which took over the fireworks six years ago.

Although the Columbia Association and the county government contribute financially, we would not see fireworks without the Kiwanis Club. Now, more than 12 community groups contribute to the effort.

This year, several of the volunteer groups were part of our community. Judy Peddicord, president of the Elkridge Kiwanis Club, tells me that her club provided 20 people to help park cars.

Ellicott City Boy Scout Troop 944 provided the daytime cleanup.

Explorer Law Enforcement Post 1952, based at the Ellicott City Armory, and the Police Search and Rescue Explorer Search and Rescue Post 616, based at Ellicott City's firehouse on Main Street, also helped.

Spaghetti supper

The cooks at Emory United Methodist Church will go Italian this weekend with a spaghetti supper, served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Watermelon will be served for dessert.

Tickets are $5.50 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 6 to 12; the family maximum is $12.

Emory Church is on Church Road, just off Main Street in Historic Ellicott City.

Information: 465-6162.

Class of '56 reunion

Howard High School's Class of 1956 is planning a 40th reunion in September.

Five of the members have dropped out of sight. Organizers would appreciate help locating the missing classmates-- Faith Connolly, Staylor Gough, Ronald Johnston MacDiarmond, Betty Jane Owens and Elizabeth Urban.

Information: George, 988-9404; or Peggy, (301) 854-3882.

Good citizens

Each year, St. John's Community Association holds a "good citizenship" contest for fifth-graders of Northfield Elementary School. This year, the theme for the bookmarks was "Our Community: What It Means to Me."

Sharing first place are Erica Hussey and Reed Chilton. Reed's bookmark proclaims, "Our Community is a big solution to a small planet!" and Erica's bookmark tells us to "Team Up for a Great Community."

Honorable mentions are shared by Lis Miskelly and Torry Parker.

Children's library program

The Children's Services Department of the Howard County Library presents "You and Me, Babe," a beginning library experience for 1-year-old children and their parents.

The program will be presented at:

Miller Branch Library at 10: 30 a.m. and 11: 15 a.m. July 19. Registration begins at 10 a.m. today and may be made in person or by calling 313-1955.

Elkridge Branch Library at 10: 30 a.m. July 20. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Thursday and may be made in person or by calling 313-5085.

Programs for children

Yes, school has closed for the summer, but here are two reasons for parents to plan ahead for next year:

Howard County Head Start, which meets at the Howard County Arts Center in Ellicott City, has openings for 3- and 4-year-old children in its 1996-1997 program. A free, federally funded, comprehensive preschool program for low-income children, the program is strongly correlated with success in elementary school. Limited transportation is available.

Information: 313-6443.

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will offer a much-needed middle school after-school program, beginning Aug. 26. Locations are Mayfield, Mount View and Patapsco middle schools.

Other child care is offered at public schools for elementary students, full-day care for kindergartners and therapeutic recreation.

Call (410) 313-4651 by Friday for information and space availability.

Pub Date: 7/08/96

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