Community leader to be honored for service

Neighbors

September 29, 1997|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LONGTIME ELKRIDGE resident Herman Prehn has been a community leader for about as long as anyone remembers.

He is a charter member of the Elkridge Kiwanis and has 35 years of service to the chapter. He was a Boy Scout leader for more than 20 years.

For many years, he has been at the lectern of St. Augustine's Church. As his friend Judy Peddicord tells it, Prehn was in the habit of visiting his mother in the nursing home each Sunday after attending church.

His mother passed away, but Prehn continued to visit the nursing home, to see his mother's friends.

Prehn also runs Elkridge Food Pantry, where people can get emergency food supplies. He's there every Friday evening.

Once he got a call on a weekend from the Jessup truck stop, where a truck full of frozen vegetables had broken down.

The food, which would thaw before the truck could be repaired, would be thrown out.

Prehn located two unused freezers, got help to gather the frozen food and was able to save the vegetables.

At 7: 30 tonight, Prehn will receive the Hixon Award from his fellow Kiwanis Club members.

The Elkridge chapter is able to give him the award because it raised $10,000 to aid Kiwanis International's Iodine Deficiency Disorder project -- an accomplishment that allowed it to name an individual of its choice for the Hixon Award.

"Herman Prehn is getting an award because he's just good," says Peddicord.

Ellicott's birthday

For the next two Sunday afternoons, Historic Ellicott City continues to celebrate its 225th anniversary with historical fashion shows.

The show will be presented at the plaza of the B&O Railroad Museum on Sunday, and in the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute on Oct. 12. Both shows are at 3 p.m. A $5 donation is requested to help defray costs.

The sponsoring group, Our Town, Our Times, Our Clothing, began in January with 10 women who work or reside in Ellicott City's Historic District and who wanted to participate in its 225th anniversary.

Adele Thayer -- an employee of American Military Antiques who has been interested in vintage clothing since she was a teen-ager -- suggested that the group create a show of fashions through the town's history.

As volunteers for the Patapsco Female Institute, B&O Railroad Museum or Ellicott City Tourism Council, the group members wanted costumes to authenticate their roles.

Many of the women had to make their costumes, and a museum in Palo Alto, Calif., that manufactures patterns for historic clothing was contacted.

Volunteer models from Ellicott City Brownie Troop 1748 include Emily Adams, Emily Burne, Katelyn Canizaro, Eileen Forsythe, Michele Grosso, Caitlin McAnallen, Tatanya McFadden, Nishi Parekh, Brittany Pippen, Kelsey Plantas, Sara Rothleitner, Lauren Simenauer, MacKenzie Taylor, Katharine Watson, Clair Wilson, Emily Wilson and their leader, Sue Grosso.

Models from Ellicott City Troop 1057 are Sarah Holzman, Kelsey Leasure, Wei Leong, Amanda Strawitch, Brittany Yourstone and troop leader Betty Yourstone.

Models from Jeanette Lamphrom's Glenwood Middle School eighth-grade social studies class are Neena Bhutiani, Alley Brinda, Katie Chadwick, Alex Clark, Carolyn Contney, Susan D'Angelo, Kari Glassmire, Jenny Grim, Leandra Grimm, Erika Hogan, Alyssa Huber, Joanna Kasda, Carolyn Mech, Christina Rodriguez, Carrie Selmer, Siga Vaskys, Megan Watzin, Matt Bounds, Eddie Krumpotich, Pieter Lucas, Morgan Rodgers and Kevin Valsi.

Museum volunteer models include Cindy Hirshberg, Ann Ryder, April Baer and Jennifer Mattheai from the Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute; and Katherine Pipp, Ann Green, Karen Dirks, David Shakleford, David O'Toole, Daniel Arnold, Meredith Page, Dana Hurley, Angela Giuliano and Brian Woole from the B&O Railroad Museum.

Howard County Sheriff's Department is sending Judy Pasquantonio and Beth Ratliff.

Participating Ellicott City merchants include Ed Lilly from the Christmas Store and Melanie Durantaye from Sunflower Trading Co.

Howard County residents participating include Susan Pfau, Sally Voris, Don Elliott, Katie Carter, Kathleen Kasda, Rebecca Kasda and Judy Grimm.

Maryland Living Historians who are volunteering for this show are Sally Lewis and Jim Rockwell.

Oella tour

On Sunday, Oella resident and professional historic preservationist Lisa Jenson Wingate will lead a walking tour of Oella. The tour begins at 1: 30 p.m. and concludes at 3: 30 p.m.

Join the tour by meeting Wingate at the Oella parking lot.

Pub Date: 9/29/97

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