Ellicott City resident receives award for burial site restoration


November 11, 1996|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ELLICOTT CITY resident Sue Stein is the recipient of the Coalition to Protect Burial Sites' first Periwinkle Award, given to an individual who has shown outstanding service to a cemetery in the state of Maryland.

The award is named after the periwinkle flower, which in years past was widely planted in cemeteries.

Stein won the award for her initiative in the restoration of the neglected Dorsey Cemetery in Valley Mede in Ellicott City.

Characteristically, Stein wants to share the credit.

She says neighbors Pat Saleh, Deanna Goodman, Jim Goodman and Ruth Cook have been vital to the renovation.

The Knights of Columbus from the Church of the Resurrection and a military group from Fort Meade have helped her with some of the heavy work.

Landscaper Rick Anderson from Arnold volunteered to take down weed trees growing through the middle of the cemetery.

In addition, two ambitious Boy Scouts -- Chris Lay and Patrick Ryan -- are working on their Eagle badges by cleaning out the cemetery. These boys bring friends and supervise the work to earn their badges.

Although she has had recent shoulder surgery, Stein does not let that stop her.

"I can still pull weeds with my left hand," she says.

Stein, who had been sad to see the cemetery in such poor condition, said her biggest thrill was driving up Longview Road and seeing the stone walls of the restored site.

If you want to see the work in progress, look at the corner of Longview Drive and Hearthstone Court in Valley Mede, off U.S. 40.

Rockland bazaar

Members of Rockland United Methodist Church will sponsor a holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, selling crafts, plants and baked goods.

Items made by residents of Frakes, Ky., where the church has a mission, also will be sold, with the proceeds going directly to the mission.

Rockland United Methodist Church is at Chapel Avenue and Old Frederick Road in Ellicott City.

Pub Date: 11/11/96

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