Seventh-grader is honored for work with pets


September 19, 1996|By Sally Buckler | Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

JENNIFER MELICHAR, a seventh-grader at Mount View Middle School, would make any mother proud. For her work as a volunteer in Fidos for Freedom and Pets on Wheels, and her active membership in Happy Hounds 4-H Club, Jennifer received an invitation from the county executive's office to attend the Howard County Volunteer of the Year Awards ceremony and reception Sept. 26.

Her mother, Sandy, is proud, and very happy that her daughter has been honored by the invitation.

At the annual event, outstanding volunteer groups and individuals -- usually adults -- are recognized for their selfless contributions to our community.

Jennifer raises and trains dogs for Fidos for Freedom, an organization that offers dog helpers to disabled people who need the kind of help a well-trained canine can give.

In Pets on Wheels, Jennifer takes her dog to visit elderly patients at local nursing homes, giving the residents a break from their routine and an opportunity to pet a dog and take pleasure in an everyday event we take for granted.

A friend of mine who is in a nursing home said a visit from Pets on Wheels is one of the major events at her residence, since a pet is everyone's visitor.

Jennifer is a spirited 4-H member who won a champion ribbon with her iguana at the Howard County Fair and a second place ribbon in the Subnovice Intermediate class of dog obedience at the Maryland State Fair.

She also won a third place ribbon in Fitting and Showing in the Novice Intermediate class at the state fair with a Fidos for Freedom dog she is training.

Congratulations to Jennifer and her mother -- who encourages Jennifer, drives her everywhere, helps her with her pets, provides all the love she can, and sponsors the Happy Hounds Club.

Dayton turkey shoot

Members of the Dayton Rod and Gun Club begin their annual Turkey and Ham Shoots at 1 p.m. Oct. 6.

Each Sunday afternoon, sportsmen gather to target shoot with 12-gauge shotguns. Prizes for the best marksmen are turkeys and hams, about 20 prizes each week.

Admission is free, and you pay only if you want to try your skill at shooting.

Paul Brown of Dayton says the afternoons are "almost like a picnic." You can purchase refreshments, mingle with neighbors and enjoy a fall afternoon. For more information, call Brown at (410) 531-3238.

Mulch sale

Did you watch your garden mulch float away during the recent downpours?

If you'd like to spruce up your yard with some new mulch, call the folks at Glenelg United Methodist Church to order mulch for delivery or pickup Sept. 28.

One yard of mulch delivered is $25. Prices drop slightly as you order more. Pickup is $22 a yard.

Call Ruth Ann Niemi at (410) 489-4838, Dot Asendorf at (410) 531-2705 or Sally Stone at (410) 531-2064.

Meet the candidate

Sixth District congressional candidate Steve Crawford appeared in our area several times recently. He attended a Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company pancake breakfast and a debate at the Mount Airy Senior Center.

If you'd like to meet the candidate and ask him a few questions, stop by the pancake breakfast at the Fifth District Fire Department in Clarksville on Sunday about 9 a.m.

Enjoy a home-cooked meal between 8 a.m. and noon.

Music boosters

River Hill High School's Music Boosters Inc. is energetically marching forward in its major drive to raise funds for choral and instrumental music programs at the school.

Now through Oct. 11, individual patrons and business sponsors may donate money to the music program and have their names engraved on a permanent plaque that will be unveiled at the school's Winter Concert, which is Dec. 17.

Booster Joyce Tarricone, one of the organizers, says, "This is your chance to be immortalized."

The Music Boosters hopes to fund summer teaching camps, uniforms, instruments and music to enhance band, orchestra and choral programs at the school.

If you'd like to contribute, drop your check off at the school office or mail it to Music Boosters, River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville 21029.

Call Bonnie Richmond at (410) 531-3952 or Robyn Frank at (301) 490-5898.

Glenelg fund raiser

Glenelg High School's Choral Department is hoping to buy new uniforms for its talented singers.

Nancy Buckel leads the Choral Department and always coaxes fine music from her students.

To help the fund-raising effort, choir members will sell mums Saturday at Glenelg's football home opener against Atholton. Come to the 2 p.m. kickoff and purchase mums for $5 each.

Students will sell pizzas during the first two weeks of October, so save space in your freezer for a few easy dinners. Contact any member of the choir or Madrigals to order pizza.

If you'd like to make a tax deductible contribution to the Choral Uniform Fund, contact Nancy Buckel at 313-5528, or by mail at 14025 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg 21737.

Scout Olympics

Cub Scouts proved their mettle at the annual Frank Miles Memorial Cub Scout Olympics at Centennial High School last month.

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