David Starr becomes Troop 550's 47th Eagle Scout

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February 02, 1997|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A NAME was added to the board of Eagle Scout honorees from Boy Scout Troop 550 during a recent Eagle Scout award dinner and ceremony at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church.

David Starr became the troop's 47th Scout to receive the highest rank conferred by the Boy Scouts of America. Troop 550 was started in 1964.

David, 16, is a junior at North County High School. He is a member of the school Drama Club and wrestling team and of the Young People's Fellowship at St. Christopher's Church.

For his Eagle Scout project, David landscaped the church grounds and cleared a shaded area for picnics. He spent many hours planning, collecting money and directing the Scouts who helped with the labor. David received support from St. Christopher's, parishioners and the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association. Area businesses gave discounts on materials.

David became a Cub Scout in 1986 and joined Troop 550 as a Boy Scout in 1991. He has held many positions, most recently senior patrol leader, and has received many awards and merit badges.

The ceremony began with welcoming remarks by committee member Joe Hyla Sr., and an invocation by the Rev. Christopher Pelper of St. Christopher's.

Assistant Scoutmaster August Severn introduced County Executive John G. Gary, who presented David with an executive citation and a county flag.

"It is exciting to be among people who are doing good things," said state Del. James E. Rzepkowski, as he presented David with a Maryland House of Delegates citation recognizing his Scouting achievements.

Citations were also presented by County Councilman George Bachman and U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.

Assistant Scoutmaster John McCarty read letters of congratulations and citations from President and Mrs. Clinton, Gov. Parris N. Glendening, the Boy Scouts Executive Board, members of the County Council, and members of Congress and the state Senate.

Scoutmaster Bruce Henkel conducted the lighting of the candles, and Assistant District Commissioner George Kline convened the Court of Honor.

David's father presented him with the Eagle Award. Customarily, the new Eagle Scout presents his parents with an eagle pin. David gave his father a tie tack and his mother a necklace -- the same miniature eagle on a chain that his father had presented to his mother when he attained the Eagle rank.

AARP chapter to meet

Linthicum Chapter 2244 of the American Association of Retired Persons will meet at 1 p.m., Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church.

The speaker will be Ann Rice from Chesapeake Health Plan-Advantage 65. The board will meet at 11: 30 a.m., at which time annual dues will be accepted.

The church is at 300 W. Maple Road. For information, call Mary Foster, president, at 850-4630.

Video on herbs to be shown

"Growing and Using Herbs," a video by Holly Shimizu, will be shown when the Friendly Thyme Herb Club meets at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ferndale Senior Center.

Reservations will be accepted for the club's bus trip to North Carolina May 12-15.

The cost of the trip is $410. For information, call 551-9409 or 859-3569.

Pub Date: 2/02/97

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