Severna Park man to discuss ancestor at British RAF reunion


August 29, 1996|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NOT EVERYONE can claim for an ancestor a globe-trotting adventurer who made his fortune mining for gold and building railroads in Africa in the late 19th century. But then there's Robert M. Heany of Severna Park.

His great-great-uncle was Maj. Maurice Heany, who spent more than 50 years in southern Africa, part of the time as an officer in the Pioneer Column of the British South African Company, part of it mining gold and part of it building a railroad spur to the town in Zimbabwe that bears his name.

That railroad led the British to build a Royal Air Force Base there, where more than 10,000 British pilots were trained during World War II. A memorial hall was also built in the community country club in the town of Esigodini to honor the major, who died in 1927.

Next month, Bob Heany will travel to Daventry, England, for the reunion of the RAF Heany Rhodesia Association, where he will be the keynote speaker. His address will focus on the Heanys of Maryland and the life of his adventurous ancestor.

Voter registration

Here's a startling figure: 36 million women in the United States are not registered to vote. More than 475,000 of these voiceless Americans live in Maryland.

That is one reason the local YWCA has joined the national Women's Vote Project, an effort to register all voters in time for the November general election.

County residents can register at the YWCA in Arnold from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The last day to register there for the November election is Oct. 4.

Information: (410) 626-7800.

Support for mothers

Moms and Tots is a support group for women who choose to stay home with their children.

Two self-directed groups begin eight-week sessions Tuesday and Sept. 5. Both groups meet from 11: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the YWCA building in Arnold.

Children enjoy play time while mothers share ideas. Topics and speakers are chosen by the participants.

YWCA membership is required, and a fee is charged. Information: (410) 626-7800.

Model rocket program

Expect to hear the whoosh of model rockets taking off from Kinder Park at 9 a.m. Sept. 7.

Dennis Christopher, an aerospace education specialist at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, will explain how to build, launch and track model rockets.

Information: (410) 222-6244.

Pub Date: 8/29/96

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