Cub Scouts' model sailboats ply Cascade Lake in competition


August 21, 1996|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CUB SCOUTS from Hampstead Pack 790 raced 12 homemade model sailboats at Cascade Lake on Sunday.

As during the America's Cup, creative use of wind power determined the winners. In the case of the Cub Scout Regatta, however, the wind was man-made; each boy blew against the stiff sail of his boat.

Typically, a Scout regatta takes place on rain gutters filled with water, enabling the boys to better guide the model sailboats. During Sunday's race, however, Ed Cross, den leader and race organizer, sent both boy and boat into the lake.

Like ocean races, natural factors affected the outcome. Capsizing was frequent. Boats set courses of their own: zigzagging, reversing direction or bobbing frenetically.

Boys, of course, like to win. Hence, "chin power" emerged: boys up to their necks in water stretched out their jaws to nudge wooden hulls along the lake surface.

Racers were divided by Scout levels: Wolfs (second grade); Bears (third grade), and Webelos (fourth and fifth grade). Each boat raced in three heats. The last was not boy-powered. Instead, each boat was left to the natural current of the lake.

Every Scout received a ribbon. Lots of medals were handed out, too. Wolf regatta winners were: Matthew Meckley, first; Mason Clinedinst and John Endres, both second; and Bobby Kane, third.

Bear winners were: Storm Blizzard, first; John Workman, second; and Patrick Hennessy, third. Also racing were Bear Scouts Chris Spriggs and Russell Schroeder.

Webelos winners were: Chadd Cross, first; Ryan Schroeder, second; and John Hennessy, third.

Hair cuts raise money

Schedule those back-to-school hair cuts for Saturday, when the North Carroll Jaycees hold a "cut-a-thon" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Greenmount Station, 1631 Hanover Pike, Hampstead.

Several area hairstylists have donated their services. Cuts only (no shampoo, no blow dry) will cost $5.

Proceeds benefit the Make-a- Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps seriously ill children fulfill their dreams.

New flea market

Anyone familiar with the former Super Thrift food market in Greenmount would be interested in its current incarnation as the Hampstead Flea Market.

The flea market opened Saturday with 40 permanent indoor vendors, who display tools, antiques, old books and records, newly crafted porcelain dolls, flower arrangements, custom and embroidered shirts and hats.

There are about 60 temporary indoor spaces for yard sales or inexpensive business ventures.

Information: 239-8924.

Sculpture stolen

"This couldn't have been a prank," explains Margaret Piatt, who lives on Fairmount Road in Hampstead. "Whoever took the wizard had to have a pickup truck and had to be strong."

The wizard is Piatt's 9-foot wood sculpture, crafted by chain saw. Its head and hat encompass two feet and the carved beard makes up the other seven feet.

On Saturday, while the family was out, the wizard disappeared. Piatt has reported the theft to state police.

"Everyone who travels Fairmount Road knows the wizard. People would stop and say he's gorgeous," Piatt said. "Please, just return the wizard. No questions asked."

If you've seen the wizard, give this columnist a call.

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

Pub Date: 8/21/96

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