Community projects earn Boy Scout rank of Eagle


September 24, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT IS A PROUD MOMENT when a Boy Scout earns Eagle rank.

It represents leadership and organizational skills used to plan, pay for and complete a large-scale community service project.

Matthew Nestorick of Troop 665 in Manchester attained the rank on Saturday at Bear Branch Nature Center, in the company of about 80 people involved in the project, including members of his family and Scout troop.

Matthew, 16, a junior at North Carroll High, financed, gained approvals for, and built three information centers for Hashawha and Bear Branch. Two free- standing kiosks that show information under glass were mounted in November at the wetlands and raptor areas. He attached a bulletin board this summer to a shed at Bear Branch.

About 28 people helped, including professionals in planning and construction. The project cost about $1,500, paid through donations from businesses and individuals.

"If I hadn't been organized, I would've been lost," Matthew said. "The Eagle is more than an act. It's to get others involved, to show leadership. Leadership such as getting everybody together, knowing what you're going to do, having materials ready."

"The big thing is, he can't do it all himself, he's required to get help from other Scouts, other people. It has to show leadership all around," said his mother, Doreen Nestorick.

The Eagle rank also requires 21 merit badges; Matthew has earned 39.

Selecting a project, and picking Hashawha and Bear Branch were probably the easy part for Matthew, who enjoys backpacking and the outdoors.

"I've always enjoyed being at Hashawha, had a lot of good times there, and this was a way to give back. I'd been a student there [in Outdoor School], and next week it'll be my first time as a counselor," said Matthew.

When Scoutmaster Wayne Leppo was to award Matthew the Eagle rank, he called upon Matthew's older brother, Marc, 26, to do the honor. Marc attained Eagle rank 10 years ago with Leppo as his scoutmaster.

Matthew then presented Eagle pins to his parents.

Dancers offer lessons

The Carroll Promenaders, a local modern Western square dance club, offers square dance lessons from 7: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Tuesdays at North Carroll High School, 3801 Hampstead-Mexico Road, Hampstead.

The dancers provide lessons on the steps and calls. When you've learned the basics, you can join the club.

Twice a month, the club has a dance at the high school. The next dance is a School Daze square dance from 6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Sunday.

The Sunday dance costs $3 per person. Young people are welcome. The level is plus. Doren McBroom is caller and also teacher for the Tuesday lessons.

Information: 410-239-8958 or 410-239-0324.

UFO researcher to speak

An astronomer and contributing editor of Sky and Astronomy magazine, James Mullaney of Exton, Pa., approaches the subject of unidentified flying objects with a scientist's trained eye. He recently testified before the U.S. Senate on the subject.

Mullaney will offer the public a three-hour slide show and discussion from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Charlie Horse, on Route 30 opposite Black & Decker, Hampstead.

Admission is $30.

Johnny Appleseed

John Chapman, who traveled from his hometown of Leominster, Mass., to Kentucky distributing apple seeds and trees, became known as Johnny Appleseed.

On Saturday at the North Carroll Library, the tree commissions of Hampstead and Manchester, with library branch manager Lisa Peeling, have created an all-day birthday celebration of Johnny Appleseed, who was born Sept. 26, 1774.

Children are invited to dress up like Johnny Appleseed for a pageant and parade at 10 a.m.

Apples are the theme for a story time for preschool children at 10: 30 a.m. At 11 a.m. and 1: 30 p.m., children can watch a new video about Johnny Appleseed.

At noon, children are invited to decorate an apple seed bag (materials supplied) followed by an apple-decorating craft activity at 12: 30 p.m. At 1 p.m., Hampstead Mayor Chris Nevin and Manchester Mayor Elmer Lippy will present the library with books valued at $500 that were donated by the tree commissions.

The town tree commissions will also present the library and all five North Carroll schools with a videotape on the life of Johnny Appleseed.

Information: 410-374-1212.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears Wednesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/24/97

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