ON JUNE 22, Justin and Lita Parke of Columbia Presbyterian Church, on Route 108 in Ellicott City, led a team of 13 young people and adults into the interior of Jamaica -- but not to vacation. The team went to volunteer, to help build the school building for the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf, under the auspices of Mission to the World.
The Howard County team joined 90 others in the tropical heat to spend almost two weeks laying concrete block, making concrete and digging a cistern.
In the afternoons, some of the team held a vacation Bible school for local youths. Expecting about 100 kids, the team was overwhelmed with more than 300 children the first day and more than 400 the second day.
"This was a neat time," says Lita. "It speaks volumes for the need."
Elkridge resident Genelle Wecker, 14, was part of the team. Ellicott City young people included Christian Grab, 15, and Charles Lease, 12.
Martial arts mavens
Tai Kwon Do, a Korean martial art, has been a demonstration sport for the past two Olympic Games.
In 2000, the sport will become a fully medaled event. Let me introduce you to a few youthswho may be part of the U.S. team.
There's David Won, who won a bronze medal at Maryland State's Junior Olympics, sponsored by Maryland Tai Kwon Do Association. He will represent Maryland at the Tai Kwon Do Nationals in Orlando, Fla.
For three years, David has been studying under Master Chung K. Nam, of Nam's Tai Kwon Do in Ellicott City. David attends
Patapsco Middle School.
Three Ellicott City children won honorable mention awards in the Olympics: David Banach of Centennial Lane Elementary School, Linda Kwon of St. John's Elementary School and Peter Choi of Northfield Elementary.
Four other students, who live in other areas of the state, from Nam's Tai Kwon Do also placed in the Junior Olympics.
The day was crystal clear and temperatures were cool as Historic Ellicott City celebrated its annual Millfest the weekend of July 20 and 21. The crowd enjoyed the shops, historic interpreters and musicians.
John Durant, a strolling musician in Colonial garb, conducted a sing-along of authentic period tunes while playing his lute. Harpist Lee Davenport played Renaissance music in front of the Ellicott Theatre.
An actor dressed as Francis Scott Key sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" in old English, stumping everyone when they were asked to name the song. Actor Alan Gephardt played Key; Sonia Socha played Mrs. Key.
Mark Trattner traveled from Baltimore's Harborplace to ply his trade as Tony, the Strolling Magician, while Dale Jones, from Baltimore's City Life Museum, enacted the 1840s phrenologist, Mr. Fletcher.
David Guy was on the street as Charles Carroll, Howard County's Declaration of Independence signer.
Ellie Marine acted the part of his daughter Mary Carroll Caton.
Meanwhile, Micol Wilmoth did a chair-caning demonstration in front of Radcliffe Emporium.
"The day was very well-received," says Barry Gibson, owner of Gibson Dental Laboratory and member of the Ellicott City Merchants Association, which paid for the performers.
On Wednesday, enjoy the sounds of the Air Force Band's Silver Wings country western group, presented by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks Giant Food Sunset Serenades Series.
The music begins at 7 p.m. While admission is free, a $2 parking donation is charged per car.
Bring a picnic or purchase the chef's specialty, barbecued wings, available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Back in the states
Welcome back to Ellicott City to Susan and Bob Stackhouse, who have been on duty in England for the past two years.
Baby Sarah, 9 months old, was born during the stay in England.
Elkridge branch of Howard County Library announces two programs: Toddler Triathlon, a program of stories, music and movement for 2- to 3-year-olds.
The program will take place from 10: 30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday and again from 2 p.m. to 2: 30 p.m.
Make Mine Music, a multicultural music program of stories, activities and a craft for children ages 6 to 9, will be presented from 2 p.m. to 2: 45 p.m. Aug. 6. Call 313-5085 to register or speak with the children's librarian after 10 a.m. today.
Summer is a great time to visit Cash Bingo at Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, which begins at 7: 15 p.m. Fridays.
Two $500 jackpots are offered each Friday. Information: 761-6633.
Pub Date: 7/29/96