Elkridge Cub Scouts, families brave cold for Klondike Derby


February 03, 1997|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DO YOU REMEMBER how bitterly cold it was Jan. 18, when all you wanted was to sit by the fire with a cup of something hot?

Cub Scouts and a large group of adults from Elkridge's Pack 432 were outside that day, attending the Klondike Derby at McKeldin State Park.

The Klondike Derby is an outdoor winter skills competition for the boys in the Baltimore National Pike District.

Webelos Scouts, including Matt Grabowski, Elliott Kerechek, Dennis Raines, Keith Fleischmann, Brian Phipps, Jonathan Phipps, Spencer Renehan, Chris Burton and Danny Duvall went in for a tough competition.

They made two dogsled-style sleds and competed with other Webelos dens in a skills trail that wound through the woods.

Younger Scouts competing were Chris Prehn, Josh Duvall, Kevin Hodge, Jameson Helfrich, Danny Russell, Matt Russell, Jordon Weber, Scott Tomaszewski and Kevin Elva.

Brave family members included Karen Raines, Nancy Grabowski, John and Linda Kerechek, Bob Duvall, Jerry and Kathy Fleischmann, Steve Tomaszewski, Debbie Weber, Bill and Verna Prehn with son Spencer, Dan Helfrich, Denny Hodge, Keith Elva, and Tim and Pam Russell.

The pack held its annual Pinewood Derby at Grace Parish Hall on Jan. 25.

The derby is a race for toy wooden cars that the boys create from kits that contain a block of wood and four wheels.

This year, each boy received his kit from Santa at the pack's Christmas party.

After the day's competition, first place went to Van Furrow, second place to Chris Oursler, and third place to Mark Mathis.

Science leaders needed

Rebecca Mason Simmons of Hands On Science Outreach seeks applicants for paid adult leader positions for its after-school science enrichment program.

Leaders, whose goal is to spark elementary-school-age children's interest in science, are trained, given lesson plans and materials -- and paid $12 an hour.

To qualify, you should have a bachelor's degree and experience working with young children.

The course will be offered at Rockburn, Waterloo and Worthington elementary schools. The next session begins April 7.

Leaders are assigned to the school that is most convenient to their home.

Call Simmons at (301) 776-8926 for details.

Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, traditionally was the day when housewives used all the sugar, fat and eggs in the house to prepare for the Lenten fast.

Harwood Park United Methodist Church will celebrate Shrove Tuesday with a pancake supper and games evening, beginning at 5 p.m. Feb. 11.

Church members will cook several types of pancakes and breakfast meats.

The meal is free.

Lent begins the next day with a traditional Ash Wednesday service at 7: 30 p.m.

Harwood Park Church will share the events with Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

Both events will be held at the church, 6635 Highland Ave., Elkridge.

Pub Date: 2/03/97

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