Ellicott City receives accolades for play, patience, volunteers


November 18, 1996|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THREE PEOPLE were singing the praises of Ellicott City this week.

Doris Taney called to praise Mount Hebron's Drama Club for its outstanding production of "A Few Good Men."

"I don't have teen-agers," she said, "but I attend Mount Hebron theater and other events. This play is the best I've seen in years."

Then Karen Parkison called to thank the residents of Sarah's Lane and Church Road for their patience Nov. 10 when their cars were routed around the filming of a mock accident scene in Historic Ellicott City.

"The accident was staged," she says. "It's just part of a film."

Parkison, a shock trauma nurse, is a member of the "You Are Responsible" group, which teaches high school students to make good driving decisions.

Other group members include Howard County police Officer Paul Yost; Sean Kelly of Emergency Medical Services; and Dr. Alfredo Herrera, father of Christian, a teen-ager who died in a truck accident.

Members speak from their experiences with teen car accidents.

And Sally Bright, president of the Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute, thanks the 100-plus students from River Hill, Howard, Glenelg and Oakland Mills high schools for volunteering in the "Ghosts of the Patapsco Female Institute" Halloween celebrations.

Under the direction of River Hill High School teacher Lee Preston, students wrote the scripts, set up and broke down the scenery and came out in the cold for four nights to entertain families and Girl Scout groups.

Rotary youth program

Elkridge Rotary Club heard from Howard County Police Department Youth Division's Sgt. Rick Maltz at its Oct. 23 membership meeting.

Maltz spoke on the DARE program, or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, and the GREAT program, or Gang Resistance Education and Training. The Rotary Club meets at Elkridge Furnace Inn.

Howard drama

Howard High School's Drama Club will present Mary Chase's "Harvey" -- made into a classic movie starring Jimmy Stewart -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The cast includes Korey Jackson as Elwood P. Dowd; Megan Holmes as his sister, Veta Dowd; Charisse Ferrer as Myrtle Mae; N'Jai An Patters as Ethel Chauvenet; Ashly Walton as Ruth Kelly; Jordan Fox as Wilson; Robert Knorr as Sanderson; Omar Bradford as Chumley; Jessica Binder as Mrs. Chumley; Bobby Hunter as Judge Gaffney; Shannon Siegert as E. F. Lofgren; and Ryan Hess as the butler.

You can buy a ticket in Howard High's front office for $4 or at the door for $5. Performances are at 7: 30 each night, with a matinee Saturday.

Going home again

Paul Skalny was in the graduating class of Mount Hebron High School in 1985.

What makes Paul different from his classmates is that he is returning to Mount Hebron as a lawyer to volunteer at the school.

The Ellicott City law firm Clark, Rappaport and Skalny contacted Paula Blake of the Department of Education to request a business partnership with a school.

Coincidentally, Hebron Principal Addie Kaufman also was seeking partnerships.

The match was made when she learned that Skalny graduated from the school. Skalny will work with the social studies department and speech and debate team. His law partner Dwight Clark is interested in environmental issues and will work in activities such as stream monitoring.

Books for needy children

Harwood Park United Methodist Church is running a holiday project to provide story and activity books for the children at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

The community is encouraged to donate new books before the 9 a.m. service Sunday or between 10 a.m. and 11: 30 a.m. Books will be accepted through Dec. 1. The church is at 6635 Euclid Ave. in Elkridge. Information: Richard, 796-5697, or Janet, 796-8169.

Youth and age

Older adults from Florence Bain Senior Center paired with fifth-grade students from Deep Run Elementary School to create "The Identity Project," which premieres at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Deep Run School in Elkridge.

The performance will be repeated at Florence Bain Senior Center at 11 a.m. Dec. 3.

"The Identity Project" was directed by artist-in-residence Ken Skrzesz, former artistic director of Kinetics Dance Theatre.

The performances are free and open to the public.

Deep Run School is at 6925 Old Waterloo Road in Elkridge.

Florence Bain Senior Center is in Columbia at 5470 Beaverkill Road. Information: 313-2787.

More from Deep Run

Deep Run Elementary welcomes four University of Maryland student teachers this quarter -- Brian Williams, John Gourley, Michelle Bryant and Amy Groetch.

Pub Date: 11/18/96

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