A pair of 'yuppie goats' helps celebrate spring at library


March 14, 1997|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MARLENE DUKEHART brought two of her pygmy goats to the Savage Library on Wednesday.

A Sykesville resident who lives on an 18-acre farm, Dukehart brought her two smallest goats to help the library and its young patrons celebrate spring.

Muffy and Buffy -- she calls them her "yuppie goats" -- were well-behaved for the approximately 30 children who came to pet them.

Dukehart has more than a dozen of the miniature goats.

Originally, she bought a single pair to breed with the idea of making a bit of money. But she liked them too much to sell them. So she kept them all.

Most have weather-related names, reflecting the atmospheric conditions at their birth.

But when she had run through Thunder, Lightning, Sunshine and Cloud, Dukehart began another naming tradition with Muffy and Buffy.

Next month, the library welcomes Porgy and Bess. Dr. Louis West will bring his two pigs at 2 p.m. April 17.

A few good men and women

The Patuxent Refuge is in need of volunteers.

The refuge is a gorgeous place, with all kinds of activities. There are nine miles of hiking trails, eight miles of scenic drive and another eight miles of horseback-riding trails.

Hunting is permitted in season.

There's a lake full of sunfish, catfish and smallmouth and largemouth bass.

The refuge also offers a series of wildlife walks, lectures and demonstrations. Nothing this complicated runs by itself. Sixty volunteers help maintain the trails, provide directions and encourage visitors to observe "trail ethics."

Some of these folks -- Jeanne Whitney, Steve Noyes, Fred Bowen and Rod Burley -- have been at the center almost since it opened five years ago.

The center is looking for more volunteers ages 16 and older to help with the summer crowds.

Service can count toward the community service hours required for high school graduation. Such service also can dress up college applications and resumes.

Information: 410-674-3304.

Laurel singers

Laurel Woods Elementary fifth-graders Kathy Pardoe and Matthew Gilbert got a day in Washington by singing well.

The two are members of the Howard County Children's Chorus, which was invited to sing at the U.S. Postal Service Museum to celebrate the dedication of a new stamp called "Helping Children Learn."

New Bethel church

Bethel Assembly of God held its ground-breaking ceremony last Sunday, celebrating a new chapter in the church's life.

The new church building will seat 600, contain an educational wing for Sunday school classes and ample space for parking.

The tower for cellular phone transmissions that stands on the 7-acre site is temporary.

The Rev. Ken Burtrum, secretary/treasurer of the Potomac District Assemblies of God, attended the dedication.

The Rev. Don Cox and Wayne Newsome, who donated the land for the new church, turned over the first shovelful of dirt.

Deacons, trustees and the Rev. Phil Cox also turned over the new soil.

Among the crowd of about 150 people, were Rose Marie Cox, Gary Richards, Mark Knox, Larry Sames, Jerry Rushing, Larry Simmons, Glenn Bulaon, Jerry Stanley, Steve Kahn, Alex Ksanznak, Jim Magill, Pat Hemler and Hollis Oakes.

Bethel Assembly of God will be host for traveling evangelists Greg and Robyn Hubbard from Sundaythrough Wednesday. Everyone is invited to hear them at 10: 45 a.m. and 6: 30 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Information: 301-498-3344.

Spring cleaning

Savage Community Association can arrange for a large trash bin be left for a weekend anywhere that residents organize a community clean-up.

So, it is time time to get together with your neighbors and get rid of junk accumulated over the winter.

To get a trash bin, call Bill Waff at 301-725-1089.

Pub Date: 3/14/97

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