Fourth-grader uses lessons to aid choking brother, 2


November 17, 1997|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DREW STEPHENS and his family are happy that Drew paid attention in class and read his Weekly Reader.

After reading about the Heimlich maneuver in his school Reader, the fourth-grader went home to his mother, Cathy Stephens, and 2-year-old brother, Matthew.

Stephens walked up the steps to check on her children and saw Drew, behind Matthew, with his hands in position to administer the Heimlich maneuver.

"Just as I walked into the room, I saw a piece of something come out of Matthew's mouth and then he began to cough and cry," says Stephens.

She was impressed with Drew's ability to perform the maneuver and his calm attitude throughout the ordeal.

Drew attends Worthington Elementary School in Ellicott City.

Teachers present

Three staff members of Ellicott Mills Middle School traveled to Indianapolis this month to present programs at the National Middle School Association Convention.

Music teacher Lee Pogue and technology teacher Dan Wood discussed ways that related arts teachers make cross-curricular connections with their academic colleagues.

For example, Ellicott Mills Middle School teachers developed lessons on sound waves and music, connecting physics and music, and on bridge construction, connecting math and technology.

Assistant Principal David Scuccimarra presented information on the SST -- Student Support Team -- which addresses the needs of at-risk students -- and the Technology Team, which introduces new technologies into the classroom.

New art

Two art exhibits opened at the Howard County Center for the Arts on Friday.

In Gallery I, "ArtHoCo," a multimedia arts exhibit, are works by 33 visual artists who live, work or study in Howard County.

Barbara Gillette Price, president of the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, selected the work.

Jonathan Kay's bold, abstract works are displayed in Gallery II.

Kay has been a resident artist at the Howard County Center for the Arts for three years. He teaches at the center and has exhibits in galleries throughout Maryland, West Virginia and Washington. The exhibits, which are free and open to the public, will be open until Jan. 2.

The Center for the Arts is at 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-2789.

Art lovers might also want to stop at Gallery 1 in Historic Oella Mill, where 89-year-old Ellicott City resident Sotero Nieves' 32-painting exhibit continues until Dec. 7.

"Not only is he an incredible painter," says guild President Gina Somerlock, "but he's also an architect, college instructor and fiddle player in the popular band Golden Aires.

PTA honored

At the Maryland PTA Fall Convention, our community schools' parent-teacher organizations were honored for having a significant increase in membership from the 1995-1996 school year to 1996-1997.

Membership committees have been very busy!

Schools honored include Burleigh Manor Middle, Centennial Lane Elementary, Elkridge Landing Middle, Ellicott Mills Middle, Ilchester Elementary and St. John's Lane elementary schools.

Elkridge's Main Street

Over the years, Elkridge's Main Street has been shortened and bypassed by U.S. 1.

Too few people -- even Howard County residents -- know it exists.

But, yes, Virginia, Elkridge does have a Main Street.

Main Street was bisected in 1915, when Old Washington Road was built to create a safe railroad crossing for cars.

In time, Old Washington Road became U.S. 1.

Now, upper Main Street and lower Main Street are connected by a walkway for pedestrians, but cars must return to U.S. 1 and jag right to find lower Main Street.

To highlight the charm of Main Street, the shops on lower Main are holding open house for holiday shopping.

On upper Main, the Heritage Society is holding open house Nov. 29 and 30, Dec. 6 and 7 and Dec. 13 and 14.

Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with entertainment at 3 p.m.

The gift shop, craft shop in the Annex and exhibits will be open.

The early issue historic plates showing Elkridge scenes are discounted for the holiday.

Turn off upper Main Street onto Furnace Avenue, where the historic Furnace Inn is holding an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30.

From U.S. 1, turn right onto Brumbaugh Street, then proceed onto upper Main Street.

Rotary news

Elkridge Rotary Club announces its new officers for 1997-1998.

President is George Haker, vice president is Jim Cunningham and secretary-treasurer is Elbert Arrington.

Club Awards were given for 1996-1997.

Charles E. Toomery won the Community Service Award; Phillip Owens won the Club Service Award; Edward V. Doyle won the Past Service Award; the Past President Ring went to Hans Reichnach; and an Appreciation Award was given to Dave Wecker and the Elkridge Furnace Inn.

One of the Rotary Club's projects was to purchase 35 Walt Disney movie videos, which President George Haker presented to Howard County General's Child Care Center on Oct. 29.

The videos complement a donation of television sets and videocassette recorders donated by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

The Child Care Center opened in April and has treated more than 6,000 patients.

Thanksgiving service

Emory United Methodist Church's new pastor, the Rev. Katherine Moore, will preach a Thanksgiving service at 10: 30 a.m. Sunday.

The occasion for thanks will be Emory's 160th anniversary.

A covered-dish dinner will follow the service.

Emory Church is at Church Road and Emory Street in historic Ellicott City.

Assisting residents

Ellicott City's Melissa Cook, a 1996 graduate of Mount Hebron High School, is serving as a resident assistant at Gettysburg College for the 1997-1998 school year.

The resident assistant is a source of information for dorm residents, works with college staff, and plans and implements programs for the residence hall.

Cook's parents are Christine and Steve Cook of Ellicott City.

Pub Date: 11/17/97

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