CONGRATULATIONS to Mike Duck, who has earned his Eagle Award in Boy Scout Troop 944.
A 10-year Scout, Mike began his Scouting career with Cub Scout Pack 361 and Pack 362.
He joined Troop 944 in 1991 and quickly earned the troop's bronze medal -- awarded to Scouts who achieve the First Class rank within one year of joining the troop.
For his Eagle service project, Mike chose to do something to benefit Troop 944's sponsor, Bethany United Methodist Church.
He planned and carried out soil preparation and landscaping of an area created by a newly installed wheelchair access ramp at the church. The project required 120 hours of work.
It saved the church a significant amount of money, improved the appearance of the site and prevented soil erosion.
A junior at Centennial High School with a 4.0 grade point average, Mike is production manager of the school newspaper, Wingspan, and editor of the school magazine, Vanguard.
He is also active in youth activities at his church -- the Church of the Resurrection -- where he serves on the Youth Committee, Sunday Night Planning Team, and as a peer minister and retreat team member.
Speaking to each other
An Ellicott City resident, Dr. Philip Robison, will offer a talk on "Communications Skills for Couples" at 8 p.m. Aug. 5 and at 8 p.m. Aug. 12 at his office, 9005 Chevrolet Drive, Suite D in Ellicott City.
Robison is a psychologist who specializes in communication and relationships.
Registration is required.
Singles 50 plus
Margaret Dedeian-Smith and the staff at the Department of Recreation and Parks are feeling the satisfaction of seeing a need and being able to do something about it.
Single people older than 50 needed a way to get together socially. Dedeian-Smith was in a position to start a group.
The 50+ Single Club, formed this spring, has a social calendar that would dizzy many younger people.
On Wednesday, the group is meeting at Centennial Park for "New Hots Jazz" -- this week's Sunset Serenade offering.
People may either meet at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education parking lot or at the concert.
Look for the yellow balloon.
On Saturday, begin the day at 10: 30 a.m. with an Old-Fashioned Corn Roast at Union Mills.
Continue the celebration at 5: 30 p.m. at Clyde's Restaurant and at 7 p.m. at a Lake Kittamaqundi concert, featuring Carl Filipiak.
Complete the weekend with yacht races and dinner at Kent Narrows Yacht Club on Sunday.
Events are scheduled through the fall, when a general meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 will be held to make plans.
Information: Dedeian-Smith, 410-313-7311.
The Howard County Center for the Arts is offering a series of drop-in sessions for those who would like to draw or paint from a model.
These classes -- from 7: 30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Classroom 9 on the main floor of the art center -- are monitored but have no instructor.
The Tuesday monitor is Jim Adkins, and the Wednesday monitor is Thomasine Spore -- both resident artists at the center.
A live model is provided at each session. There are short poses for gesture and longer poses for more detailed work.
Participants should bring art supplies. The cost is $7 to drop in or $35 for six sessions, if paid in advance.
Call 410-313-ARTS for details about the classes or about modeling opportunities.
Children ages 4 and older are invited to "Get Back on the Bus" -- the Magic School Bus, that is, for a fantasy journey to the ocean floor.
The Howard County library staff will present the program at 10: 30 a.m. Aug. 15 at Elkridge branch library and at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at Miller branch library.
Pub Date: 7/28/97