GIRL SCOUTING stresses good citizenship, service to others, health, international friendship and the arts.
Of the 3.3 million Girl Scouts, few achieve elite ranks. One, the Silver Award, is given to girls who earn certain interest project patches and complete Silver Award Projects, demonstrating their strong values.
Four Clarksville Cluster Cadette Girl Scouts in Troop 10 received Silver Awards recently.
Mary Calomeris organized a fair for Brownies. The younger girls enjoyed the craft-making fair so much that Mary plans to make it an annual event.
Becky Frey made audio tapes of two new children's books for students at the Maryland School for the Blind. She recruited local businesses, scripted the work, obtained publishers' permission and assigned speaking parts to troop members.
Melissa Janoske provided material for the Junior Girl Scouts at the 1996 Columbia Mall Sleep-In Quilting Station. Nearly 300 girls worked on quilting at the sleep-in.
Kathryn Thompson organized quilt making for sick children at Mercy Medical Center. So far, volunteers have completed 45 quilts from "Quilts-in-a-Bag" kits Kathryn and her troop made. Kathryn received fabric and backing from Village Quilters and the Highland Applique Society.
Troop leader Monica Suchoski attributed the success of each project to each girl's mentor. Mentors were the girls' mothers, who "gave their daughters room to do things well alone."
Suchoski said, "Each was supported very strongly and effectively by her mother as a guiding spirit. These projects form a lifetime thread of friendship between mothers and daughters."
When you find your bookshelves overstocked, it's time to recycle old volumes and give them a new life. Here are three ways to lighten your load.
Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church in Glenwood wants your used books, videos, records, cassettes, compact discs and computer software for a fall sale.
Donations may be dropped in the box next to the side door of the church on Burnt Woods Road in Glenwood. Information: 442-1204.
Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, a high school attended by many western Howard County girls, is collecting used books for its fifth annual used-book sale.
Donations of books (no magazines, please), audio and video tapes and sheet music are being accepted in the school lobby. The donations may be dropped off weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: (410) 744-8498.
Used books may be turned in for cash. Take them to "Books With a Past," the new used bookstore in the Inwood Village Center on Route 97 in Glenwood.
The bookstore houses a collection of books on every topic. Owner Mary Alice Schaefer buys and sells books every day.
Dairy judging results
Entering a contest is always a risk, but the chances of even
being noticed in a contest with 51,000 entries are slim.
Members of Howard County Dairy 4-H Club were not only noticed -- they placed first in the Hoards Dairyman Cow Judging Contest.
Ten Howard County competitors placed in the top 20 nationally. They are Nathan Iager, sixth; Melissa Patrick, eighth; Amy Iager, ninth; Melissa Patrick, 10th; Jeff Stull, 11th; Rebecca Patrick, 12th; Will Iager, 15th; Jason Hartner, 16th; Jamie Hartner, 17th; and Brooke Hartner, 20th.
Kathy Patrick coaches this team in the pictorial judging contest. Students from all over the country judged pictures of cattle.
Hoard's contest, based in Madison, Wis., has been running for more than 70 years.
The young Howard County judges were the No. 1 team nationwide out of 834 4-H clubs in the contest.
Would you like to meet a person campaigning to be your next congressional representative? Steve Crawford will be at a picnic fund raiser from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. July 21 at former State Senate President Jim Clark's farm at 10380 Route 108.
Admission is $15 a person or $25 a family.
Information: (301) 854-6156.
Horse rescue training
Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon invites horse lovers over 12 to their volunteer at an orientation program Saturday.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants may learn the chores of Days End Farm volunteers.
They muck stalls, water horses and provide a good environment for the animals. Volunteers who show promise learn grooming and shampooing and eventually can become trainers.
The orientation program Saturday will explain the Days End Farm's mission, and lead tours of the facility.
Karen Gibson led a team of parents who helped organize a dance at Glenwood Middle School for graduating eighth-graders.
Students chose the Hollywood theme "Everyone's a Star."
Eighth-graders made stars for the cafeteria walls. The dance was on June 14. Parents cut, painted and strung hundreds of goldstars that hung from the ceiling between tiny white lights.
Party-goers had their picture taken beside an Eyre bus a limousine.
Minia Klisas organized and prepared a balloon drop for the dance. She also coordinated the printing and distributing of Class of 2000 T-shirts.
Gibson and her committee extend a warm thank-you to Eyre Bus, to McDonald's of Lisbon for giving free sundae coupons to each eighth-grader, to the parent volunteers who helped make the party a success and to community businesses who provided door prizes.
Pub Date: 7/11/96