SEVERAL ATHLETES from west Columbia won medals in the Maryland Special Olympics 1997 Summer Games, held this month at Towson State University.
In aquatics, Swansfield resident Kyle Archard won a gold medal as part of the first team in the 4-by-25-meter free relay.
He also won a gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle and silver medals for the 25-meter butterfly and 25-meter freestyle races.
You may have seen Archard on Channel 2's late night newscast, which aired a video tribute to the athletes June 8.
Swansfield resident James Quinn won gold medals in the softball throw and men's shotput, as well as a silver medal in the 200-meter race.
Hickory Ridge resident Adam Pfenning won silver medals in the men's shotput and running long jump.
Pfenning took fourth place in the 50-meter race.
Men's team members Alexander Barnes and Nathan Freebody of Clary's Forest won gold medals in bowling. Barnes also won a bronze medal for individual bowling, while Freebody placed fourth.
The Howard County Softball Team won the gold medal state championship in its division, defeating teams from Harford and Anne Arundel counties. Team members include right fielder William (Bucky) Buchanan and short fielders Rosemary Gallo and Mary Beth Schenk, all of Hickory Ridge.
Hawthorn resident Lynn Richardson, who coaches bowling and equestrian events, headed the Howard County delegation.
Feedback on Sportspark
The Sportspark to be built in Harper's Choice will be on the agenda for the village's architectural committee meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Kahler Hall.
Residents are encouraged to attend. Plans for the park will be available.
While the village cannot decide whether to build the park, it does have to approve "the aesthetics of it," said Wendy Tzuker, the village manager.
She added: "If the plans meet the architectural guidelines, they will be approved."
One cent at a time
Students at Swansfield Elementary School learned that spare change can add up during a community service project called "Magic Pennies."
For two weeks, students collected pennies to be donated to Howard County General Hospital's new Children's Center.
The project was organized by the fourth-grade gifted-and-talented class under the direction of teacher Joann Olchowski.
The students contributed 437 pounds of pennies.
Then they were invited to guess the value of their penny pile in dollars.
No one guessed the exact amount ($761.91). But they came close, led by first-grader Sam Myers, with a guess of $762, and fourth-grader Daniel Bobrowsky, with a guess of $756.91.
Each child received two tickets to an Orioles baseball game, courtesy of the hospital.
Swansfield Principal Karen Ganjon said the project was especially meaningful because the school and hospital recently became partners.
TTC "Donating money to the Children's Center is one way for us to show our appreciation for the support that the hospital will be offering the school through this partnership," she said.
Read your heart out
The Howard County Central Library will kick off its summer reading program with a kids' carnival at 2 p.m. tomorrow.
Elementary school children are invited to enjoy games and face painting. No registration is required.
Children will also be able to sign up for the summer reading program, "Ticket to Summer Fun," which continues through Aug. 16.
Younger children can register as listeners. If they listen to 20 books, they can choose a prize. They also receive a certificate and a letter to take to school.
Students through fifth grade can register as readers. They make a contract with their parents for the number of books they will read. When they finish, they also choose a prize and receive a certificate and a letter to take to school.
Sixth-graders and up may participate in the young adult program. For every four books they read, they are eligible to attend a theme party at one of the libraries.
Planned themes are "Media Madness," "Spine-Tinglers" and "Intergalactic Exploration."
When they register for the reading program, children will receive coupons for the Baltimore Zoo, Bagel Bin and Adventure World. They will also get a game board with a list of activities they can do to earn stickers and a calendar of events at the library.
Two west Columbia students were among the winners of coloring and essay contests honoring grandparents.
Prizes were awarded at the Salute to Seniors June 7 at Chatham Mall.
Hawthorn resident Kimberly Porter won first prize in the eighth-grade division of the essay contest, in which students were asked to tell in 50 words or fewer why their grandparent should be Grandparent of the Year.
Clary's Forest resident Brian Ferrick won first prize in the first-grade division of the coloring contest. Students submitted crayon portraits of their grandparents.
The contest was sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging. Pictures and essays were judged by members of the Howard County chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons.
Pub Date: 6/18/97