Troop 424 50th anniversary dinner honors memory of Everett Phelps

Neighbors

November 15, 1996|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BOY SCOUT Troop 424 in Savage celebrated its 50th anniversary with a dinner Saturday at the Savage Volunteer Fire Company Hall.

It was a festive event.

The dinner was held in memory of Everett Phelps, founder and, for 25 years, Scoutmaster of the troop.

His sisters, Alice and Myrtle Phelps, were on hand for the celebration, as were his son, daughter, grandchildren and 207 other guests.

County Councilman Dennis R. Schrader and Del. Frank S. Turner appeared briefly at the dinner.

State Sen. Martin G. Madden sent a proclamation in honor of the event.

U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski had a flag flown over the Capitol in honor of the occasion.

The troop has had eight Eagle Scouts rise through the ranks over the years.

The five who were able to attend the dinner presented a brief history of the troop.

Former Eagle Scouts James Deininger, James Sawyer and James Habas were unable to attend.

George Williams remembered the earliest days, from just after World War II to 1975.

Billy Palmer and Todd Betler reminisced about the time from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s,and Michael Rouch and Matthew Cezar brought the troop up to the present.

Williams remembered Everett Phelps as a surrogate father to many of the boys in his troop.

He had particularly fond memories of the homemade ice cream served on Parents' Night. It attracted visits even from other Scoutmasters -- who just happened to drop by for a treat.

Palmer and Betler shared some of the pranks played on Tenderfoot Scouts at summer camp. Both denied knowledge of who lured animals to the tents by leaving food under the wooden floorboards.

It would be impossible to mention all the guests who came to remember this important time in their formative years and to celebrate the commitment of the Scouts, the United Methodist Church of Savage, which sponsors the troop, and the Scoutmasters.

But several who attended can be mentioned. Current Scout Andy Morgan received a $50 savings bond for the 50th anniversary patch he designed.

Howard Suter came the longest distance to the dinner. He lives in Olympia, Wash. Seems an alert reader noted his name in a column searching for "lost" Scouts, and informed him that his presence was requested.

Chester Lilley, who was assistant Scoutmaster under Everett Phelps in 1946, attended.

Past Scoutmasters Christopher Lash, Frank Habas and Kevin Arder also attended.

No enterprise of this complexity is successful without the efforts of many volunteers.

Praise goes to the people who put together such a fine evening: Elaine Williams, Ed Cezar, Marion Boring, Margarita Cartagena, Sandy Cezar, Carol Everett, master of ceremonies Ralph Heimlich, Joe Owens and Jack Roberts.

Interfaith Thanksgiving

One of the best things about the Savage area is its community spirit. Among the best traditions is the annual interfaith Thanksgiving service, for which many churches join together to bring a special service to the community.

This year, Countryside Fellowship Church will hold the service.

First Baptist Church Pastor Paul Viswasami will give the main sermon.

Bethel Assembly of God Pastor Don Cox will give the call to worship and the invocation.

Members of the United Methodist church will sing in the community choir.

The service will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 27. For details and directions, call Countryside Fellowship Church at (301) 490-5737.

The church is at 8850 Baltimore street in Savage.

'Nutcracker' time

We've had our first snow. Can the holidays be far off?

Take a break from the incessant running around to enjoy a holiday classic, "The Nutcracker."

"Nutcracker" fans will tell you that it has everything a rousing tale needs -- a mysterious old uncle with magical powers, a lovely heroine, an enchanted prince, a roguish villain and a spectacular final battle.

And that's just the first half.

The second half, when presented as a ballet, has our heroes -- the nutcracker and his Clara -- receiving the grateful tribute of their many new subjects.

It's a ballet fan's delight, but occasionally tedious for the rest of us.

The Columbia Figure Skating Club to the rescue!

If anything can improve the beauty of ballet, it is speed. And figure skating's acrobatics enhance the inherent grace of ballet's best moves.

The Columbia Figure Skating club puts on several inexpensive performances. Tickets are $5 a person to see a cast of nationally ranked young and older skaters perform. Come cheer neighbors Lora Anderson, Anna Campos (skating as the snow queen), Jennifer Flagg, Megan Freer, Brynn Harbert, Brittany Omess, Cynthia Schmidt and Bonita Sen.

For tickets, call Donna Burrows at 461-9948 or Brenda Penyak at 465-4479.

Performances are at 5: 30 p.m. and 6: 30 p.m. Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 at the Columbia Ice Rink in Oakland Mills Village Center.

The rink phone number is 730-0322.

Pub Date: 11/15/96

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