Troop 75 has its newest Eagle, Nick Thomas, in Scouting since '88


September 16, 1997|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NICK THOMAS is the newest Eagle in Boy Scout Troop 75.

His Eagle Court of Honor was held Sept. 7 in the theater at Slayton House.

The Court of Honor was opened by Scoutmaster Pat Roth.

David Buckler, Matt Green, Matt Murphy and Joe Blasi made up the Color Guard.

Eagle Honor Guards Jon Barnes, Eric Larsen and Stan Ward escorted Nick to the stage, where he was welcomed by assistant Scoutmaster and master of ceremonies Don Larsen.

The Rev. Mike Murphy gave the invocation.

The Scout Oath was led by Chris Jordan.

Paul Klink, Justin O'Donnell and Alex Perry read the Scout Law.

Representing their ranks, David Calder (Scout), Brian Hamilton (Tenderfoot), Jim Sanders (Second Class), Charlie Vorsteg (First Class), James Oltmanns (Star) and Mike Schaffer (Life) presented a brief description of each rank's badge to the audience.

Assistant Scoutmaster Dick Barnes presented the Eagle Charge Nick, and Eagle Scouts in attendance joined Nick in reciting it.

Those Eagles were Charlie Hedges, charter organization representative from Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church -- Troop 75's charter organization; Scoutmaster Roth; assistant Scoutmasters Paul Klink, Stan Ward, Larry Boyd, Mike Blasi, Eric Larsen, Bruce Marshall, Dick Barnes; and junior assistant scoutmaster Jon Barnes.

Assistant Scoutmaster Sharon Sowada presented Nick his Eagle certificates, medal and awards from the National Boy Scouts of America and the Baltimore Area Council.

George Wilson, unit commissioner, gave the evening's benediction.

Nick has been in Scouting since 1988.

He has held numerous positions in Scout leadership, including den chief, chaplain's aide, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader.

He was assistant senior patrol leader for Troop 326 which participated, as part of the Baltimore contingent, in the 1997 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree.

Among Nick's many honors is the Order of the Arrow, and he has been involved in community and church organizations and activities.

National Boy Scout rules require that an Eagle project be useful to the community.

Nick's Eagle project included recruiting scheduling and supervising volunteers at the Columbia Art Center to make more than 300 clay tiles that were decorated by Howard County schoolchildren and installed in the entry of the giraffe house at the Baltimore Zoo.

Zoo director Roger Birkel, Columbia Association President Padraic Kennedy, Columbia Association Art Center Director Rebecca Bafford and Program Director Liz Henzey, and Georgetown University graduate student Kathleen Carlson were present for the official ceremonies to celebrate the installation.

Refrigerator needed

Oakland Mills High's Booster Club needs a working refrigerator to use during the school's athletic events.

Lindsay Wilson, Booster Club secretary, promises that a Booster member will be happy to pick up any donated refrigerator.

The group sells refreshments at games and during the homecoming tailgate picnic Oct. 25.

They also sell the school's "Spiritwear" shirts and key chains.

All funds are spent on equipment and supplies for students.

If you can donate a refrigerator, call 410-381-7628.

Partners in learning

An educational partnership between Guilford Elementary School and the Living Classrooms Foundation has been announced by Paula Blake, educational partnerships superintendent for the Howard County public schools.

The arrangement has benefits for teachers and students.

The Foundation's goal is to interest and educate students about the environment and stream ecology.

The organization works with 3,500 students annually, taking them on field trips to the Chesapeake Bay and to historic 232-acre Mount Pleasant Farm in Woodstock.

The farm was given to Thomas Browne in 1692, and the property remained with the Brown family until 1992.

Browne was commissioned to survey the headwaters of the Patuxent River and watch over a nearby Native American settlement.

The land was presented to the Howard County Conservancy in 1993 with the understanding that it be preserved in its natural state for environmental programs.

Second language

Second Language education is being offered to pre-kindergartners at Phelps Luck and and Talbott Springs Elementary schools.

To qualify, children must live in a home where English is not the primary spoken language. Classes begin this month. Parents may register their children for the half-day program by calling 410-313-6886 or 410-313-6915.

Pub Date: 9/16/97

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