Spelling bee will raise funds for Literacy Council programs


November 07, 1996|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CARROLL COUNTY's first spelling bee for charity will be held Tuesday night, and and Linwood resident Hank Johnson will be there with spelling teammates Barbara Walker (Runnymeade Elementary School's principal) and Robert Jarboe.

Johnson says he and Jarboe, both now real estate agents, are "recycled academics." Johnson is a former director of the Maryland State Arts Council, and Jarboe was an English teacher at McDonough School in Baltimore County.

Those who know Walker may have watched her win on the television quiz show "Jeopardy." These formidable contestants are ready to face nine other teams of spelling aces in the bee sponsored by the Literacy Council of Carroll County. It will begin at 7: 30 p.m. at Wilhelm Caterers in Westminster.

Johnson says he was persuaded to participate by fellow real estate agent Lou Scharon, a former Uniontown resident and current president of the literacy council. "It's supposed to be half fun, half serious," says Johnson. "We'll be wearing silly T-shirts and hats, but we're supposed to spell the words correctly."

Johnson says he's an unlikely candidate for a spelling bee contestant because he was a terrible speller as a child. For others who never outgrew their terror of spelling, take heart. Johnson notes that the spelling of English words was solidified with the invention of the printing press -- at a time the language was in flux.

"Even Shakespeare spelled his own name several different ways in his own lifetime," says Johnson.

An estimated 28,000 county residents are in need of literacy services. Proceeds from the spelling bee benefit the literacy council, an organization of more than 100 volunteers. Information: 848-6506.

Lions club breakfast

Taneytown Lions will be cooking up a storm on Nov. 16, when they conduct an all-you-can-eat breakfast in the Taneytown Carnival Grounds Building. A ticket ($4.50 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 6-12) buys an old-fashioned breakfast.

The Lions cook everything from scratch, on the spot, so you'll get pancakes, eggs and sausage fresh off the griddle. Breakfast begins at 5 a.m. and lasts until 11 a.m. Proceeds benefit sight and hearing projects. Information: 751-1227.

The Lions have also placed a yellow mailbox at the Taneytown Shopping Center for the collection of used eyeglasses.

Mistletoe Mart

Starting today, Taneytown artist Laura Wailes will show and sell her clay houses at the Mistletoe Mart at Ascension Episcopal Church in Westminster. This is Laura's 10th year at the event, which includes other juried artists' work, a cafe and country store.

The crafts show runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Ascension Church is at 23 N. Court St. in Westminster. Information: 848-3251.

Heritage holiday

The Taneytown Heritage Committee is busy getting ready for the holidays. The group is sponsoring a Christmas decorating contest for doors and home fronts the week of Dec. 9.

Owners of homes and businesses who wish to enter must have their buildings decorated by 5: 30 p.m. each evening of the contest week.

Entry forms will be available beginning Nov. 20 at the city office, 17 E. Baltimore St., and at the Taneytown library Information: 756-2245.

Pub Date: 11/07/96

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