PATAPSCO HERITAGE Greenway is an initiative of the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation, stemming from former Gov. William Donald Schaefer's March 1990 call for a Maryland greenways program.
The goal is to create a statewide corridor of trails and wildlife areas that would connect the existing framework of Maryland stream buffers.
Patapsco Heritage Greenway is focusing on the area between Ellicott City and Elkridge, potentially linking its green area with Patapsco State Park and, eventually, Annapolis.
When complete, an unbroken path would run from Gwynns Falls to the Patuxent River Greenway system, providing an off-road recreational and historical trail system of about 200 miles.
The first segment of the trail is under construction. Boy Scout Steven Barth, a member of Troop 613, is working to restore the first leg of the greenway trail as his Eagle Scout project.
Under Steve's supervision, volunteers are doing trail maintenance, working against flooding in wetlands and collecting trash.
A greenway event will take place Saturday.
Peter Martin, senior naturalist from Irvine Natural Science Center in Baltimore County, will spin folk yarns created to explain why animals look or act the way they do. Then, with the aid of live animals, he'll discuss the scientific reasons behind animal behaviors and appearances.
"Animal Tales" will be held at 1 p.m. at the Oella parking lot.
Patapsco Heritage Greenway is holding a naturalist training class to teach new volunteers to lead nature hikes for the greenway.
Qualifications are enthusiasm for the outdoors and the desire to make a difference.
Training is held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays July 22 to Aug. 16.
Other volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks -- from public relations to historical research to trail maintenance. Information: Maggie Weil, 410-480-0822.
Howard High superlatives
Numbers talk -- in the case of Howard High School's Class of 1997. Here are a few that make you take notice.
Three-hundred-47 students earned 150 scholarships, with an approximate value of $1,800,000.
And 232 students, or two-thirds of the student body, plan to continue their educations after high school. This class held its graduation May 28 at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Speakers from the class included Senior Board members Joshua Rosenblatt, Bruce Voge and Haley Wicklein; Michelle DeYoung, Megan Holmes, Korey Jackson and Brian Kile presented their reflections on the occasion.
Class faculty sponsor David Ditman introduced the class, with a faculty address by Donald K. White Jr. and student address by N'Jai-An Patters. Space does not permit recognition of everyone who received an award, but here is a sampling.
The PTSA Award was won by Laura Watson and Daniel Hong, and the Principal's Awards were won by Jordan Fox, Christopher Sollitto and Maya Harris.
The faculty chose Brian Kile and Elisabeth Yee as recipients of the Unsung Hero Award; the Achievement Award went to Alonzo Bolden and LaKeisha Richardson; and the School Service Award went to Christopher Sollitto and Angela Tang.
Among departmental awards, Susan Mancho won the Outstanding Female Athlete and Carroll Burley won the Outstanding Male Athlete from the athletic department.
The business department awarded its Excellence in Business Education award to Carissa McCleary and Lisa Pasteur.
Joshua Everhart won the Food and Nutrition Award from the home economics department.
Angela Tang won the Frank Lupashunski Social Studies Award.
Timothy Harvey, Elizabeth O'Brien, Terry Walker, Drew Metta, Mark Peterson, Casey Ballentine, Rod Hodges, Tawab Wakil, Chris Gardner, Ron Mabe, Donald Davis, Jason Redmond, Allison Jones and Edward Lund won awards from the technology education department.
In the cosmetology department, Shannon Bonner, Mandi Ballard, Nakina Stewart and Keishon Graham won awards.
In the math department, Jordan Fox won the Math Team Award, and Emily Adams and Christopher Sollitto won the Departmental Awards.
Pub Date: 6/23/97