Tree commissions plan all-day birthday party for Smokey Bear


July 31, 1996|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FOR 52 YEARS, Smokey Bear has helped children learn about forests and fire prevention. On Aug. 9, the tree commissions of Manchester and Hampstead are sponsoring an all-day birthday party for Smokey at the North Carroll public library, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount.

Smokey will arrive at the party at noon, and children's films about the famous fire-prevention bear will be shown at 1 p.m.

"We have a full schedule so parents can bring their children and teach the value of trees," said Charlotte Collett, a member of the Manchester Tree Commission.

At 2 p.m., the commissions from both towns will present "$1,000 worth of books on trees, landscaping, and that sort," she said. Partial funding for the books was acquired from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

Children's story times for ages 4 to 6 will be at 11 a.m. and 2: 30 p.m. Registration is required for story times only.

Firetrucks from Hampstead, Manchester and Lineboro will visit the party at 11: 30 a.m., 1: 30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

A video on the planting and care of trees will be shown at 3: 30 p.m. There will be refreshments and children's surprises throughout the day.

Information: 374-1212.

Weather instruments

Weather instruments old and new will be featured in a exhibit at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Manchester Town Hall, 3208 York St. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Manchester Historical Center will be open to the public.

There's strong interest in weather in Manchester.

An Automated Weather Service station went online in December at Manchester Elementary School, providing up-to-the-minute data that is televised in the Baltimore area and available across the country. (It's possible that this will be open on Sunday.)

At 2 p.m., there will be a discussion with Larry Myers of Westminster, Herb Close of Manchester and Bobby Miller of Millers, backyard weather watchers. Close specializes in weather history, including data that span almost a century.

Information: Collett, 374-9247.

Pageant contestant

Kelly Stracke, representing her new hometown, Hampstead, was named the junior division winner in the Miss PreTeen Maryland pageant held July 19-21. This honor for 9-year-old Kelly includes a $1,000 scholarship and engagements throughout Maryland until next July, when she will be able to compete in a national contest. The national winner receives a $25,000 scholarship.

"This is her first pageant. She was nominated through the honor society at her school," said her mother, Denise Stracke.

Kelly attended Randallstown Accelerated Elementary, a prototype school for the gifted and talented. She has five years of perfect school attendance, is a Girl Scout, plays softball and studies ballet, tap and jazz dance.

After Kelly's grades and statewide test scores were reviewed, she took a general-knowledge test and was interviewed by pageant officials.

Kelly won four trophies at the pageant, including one for Best On Stage Presence, for which she was chosen from the final 59 contestants.

"You have to give your children the opportunity" when they want to enter a pageant, said her mother. "This pageant stresses scholarship and poise."

Two other Carroll County girls competed with Kelly, Nicky Beiden and Jaime Ridgely, and the girls formed "a strong bond," said Stracke. "We were all rooting for each other."

Sponsors for Kelly were Cassetta Associates of Hampstead; New York J&P Pizza, Liberty Discount Lawn and Appliance Center, Mark's Motors and St. John's Jewelers of Howard County; and Edrich Farms Nursery of Granite.

Scouts fly rockets

Rockets flew in Hampstead Saturday, when 15 Cub Scouts from Pack 790 brought handmade shuttles and missiles to the Space Derby.

The carved foam rockets were hung about six feet up, from fishing line about 100 feet long. A sizable propeller on each was powered by several twisted rubber bands inside the rocket body. The distance traveled by each rocket in three races was totaled to determine the winner.

"I think the boys had fun," said Jack Hennessy, the den leader who organized the summertime event. "A number of rockets looked like the space shuttle. There was a real variety in the different colors of paint and design of fins.

"It showed some real creativity. The only factor we couldn't control was the wind, so we placed the lines to give them all a tail wind."

Awards for Wolf- and Bear-level Scouts went to Patrick Hennessy, first; Chris Spriggs, second; and John Endres, third.

Awards for Webelos I and II went to Scott Laderer, first; John Hennessy, second; and Adam Brodowski, third.

The next race will be the Raingutter Regatta, said Hennessy. "That's a balsa wood block sailboat that the boys build. They walk next to rain gutter [in which the boat floats] and blow on the sail. It's all wind power by the boys."

The regatta will take place during a picnic in August. Scouts in Pack 790 who wish to enter the regatta should call Hennessy.

Pat Brodowski's North Neighborhood column appears every Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 7/31/96

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