HASN'T THIS been a great summer? The weather cooperated with most recreational plans, the gardens were made gorgeous by the rain and cool weather, and the kids happily shook off the constraints of school.
The Patapsco Valley 4-H Club in Ellicott City has produced some gifted public speakers who won awards this summer.
In a recent competition, Kathryn Lessels won a first place at the county level, Cara Lessels was named a county champion, regional champion and reserve state champion. Courtney Conklin was named a county champion and reserve regional champion.
Six club members competed in Visual Presentation Day, when 4-H members demonstrate how to make or do something. Elyse Evans, Cara Lessels and David Wainland each were named a champion in visual presentation. Blue-ribbon winners were Christine Dixon, Jessica Pruitt and Kathryn Lessels.
The children cleaned up at the Howard County Fair by gathering piles of blue and red ribbons, says adult leader Nellie Arrington.
Two consumer judging teams will go from Howard County to the State Fair in Timonium to perform product evaluation, including Patapsco Valley 4-H members Deana Franz, Courtney Conklin and Elyse Evans at the junior level. Elyse also was named the junior county champion consumer judge.
Cara Lessels and Kathryn Lessels will be part of the intermediate consumer judging team. Cara was named intermediate county champion in consumer judging.
In other events, Julia Lemich was named junior champion in crafts and grand champion in photography. Christine Dixon was chosen champion for her exhibit on small pets, and Elyse Evans was selected junior champion in yeast breads and wool garments, reserve champion in junior clothing and had the most points overall in the clothing competition for the junior level.
Students learn leadership
Howard High students Alecia Frisby, Maria Higgins, Darius Hodge, Alice Oglethorpe, David Reiner, Anjali Sharan and Amber Vinton were chosen to attend Leadership U, a new program launched by Leadership Howard County.
Ellicott City's Worthington Elementary School is 20 years old this year, and the school community is marking the milestone Friday by learning 1976 dance steps from the longtime dance teacher and performer Kinderman John Taylor and sharing a huge birthday cake, reports parent volunteer Lisa Emmerling.
The fun continues Sept. 6, when students and parents will don their best leisure suits, platform shoes and polyester for an evening of disco fever.
Worthington's 1995-1996 PTA executive board -- Linda Betts, Deborrah Tipton, Debbie Spano, Colleen Dodd, Alyce Newton and Lynn Walterhoefer -- has been nominated for the Volunteer of the Year Recognition Award.
Past President Betts says, "It's a very special feeling to have worked so hard and then have your hard work honored."
The winner will be announced at the Maryland You Are Beautiful Award Ceremony on Sept. 25.
The new PTA executive board will include president Susan Helmrath, vice presidents Debbie Hobson and Joanne Brooks, recording secretary Tipton, corresponding secretary Barbara Forrester, treasurer Colleen Dodd, PTA Council delegates Janet Murray and Newton and administration representatives Fran Donaldson and Lauren Bauer.
New preschool program
Recreation programs for children and adults are up and running at the recently expanded Roger Carter Neighborhood Center on Fels Lane in Ellicott City, including a new program for little Howard County residents. The Preschool Academy, a licensed day care and preschool, will serve children ages 3 to 5 beginning Sept. 3.
Call (410) 313-7275 for times, costs and space availability.
The adult programs division of the Miller library will present a family slide show and discussion, "Sex and Gluttony on the Delaware Bay," at 7 p.m. Sept. 10, The talk by ecologist Charlie Stine will examine the relationship between migratory shorebirds and the horseshoe crab.
Call (410) 313-1950 to register for this free program.
Have any extra books?
If you were to do some bookshelf spring cleaning, you'd probably find some books that could use a new home. If you check your books quickly, you'll be able to help the League of Women Voters in their annual book sale, which will be held Sept. 5-7.
The sale, which will take place at The Mall in Columbia, is the League's main fund-raiser.
Money raised is spent on such public service projects as the voter guides printed before each election.
If you can donate books, call the league's office at (410) 730-0142. Textbooks and magazines are not accepted.
Pub Date: 8/26/96