Old Crows honor John McCarty as Crow of the Year


December 28, 1997|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RECENTLY THE Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Roost of the Association of Old Crows held its annual holiday party and awards ceremony. The group takes its name from the World War II organization that worked on sensitive, classified projects that developed countermeasures to defeat German radar. That World War II program was known as Project Raven.

John McCarty, a longtime Linthicum resident, was named the chapter's Crow of the Year. He is retired and is an exhibit coordinator at the Historical Electronics Museum at West Nursery and Elkridge Landing roads in Linthicum.

In his combined role of museum representative and Old Crow Association member, he did special service for the chapter.

On one notable occasion in the spring, McCarty heard that the Air Force was looking for artifacts to display in celebration of its 50th anniversary. He knew that the radar countermeasures in the Linthicum museum were just what that service wanted. So he and his wife, Betty, rented a truck and, sharing the driving, drove them to the celebration in Las Vegas.

"It was very interesting," McCarty said of the display. "People came by and said how they hadn't seen this equipment in years, or they talked about how they used it."

McCarty said he intends to continue his work at the museum as well as his membership in the Association of Old Crows. And Betty says, "Where he goes, I go."

Herb club meeting

The Friendly Thyme Herb Club is having its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Members who wish to participate in a craft project, decorating hotel-size bars of soap with dried flowers and herbs, should bring the soap. Other materials will be provided.

The executive board will convene at 9 a.m., and the newsletter committee will meet after the regular meeting.

Information: 410-969-3025.

Dance lessons

Intermediate country-western line and partner dance lessons are being sponsored by St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 8.

Partners are not necessary, and families are welcome. Dick Benjes of the Dancin' Cowpokes is the instructor.

Dance descriptions will be available for all dances taught. The fee is $5 per session. The proceeds will benefit the church's building fund.

Information: 410-859-0020 or 410-859-4433.

Communion service

At 6 p.m. New Year's Eve, Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, is having a Communion service in Holly Run Chapel. The chapel is on Church Circle off School Lane. Information: 410-859-0990.

St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 6405 Orchard Road, is having a New Year's Eve Mass at 5 p.m. Masses on New Year's Day are at 8 a.m., 9: 30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12: 30 p.m. Information: 410-859-0571.

Pub Date: 12/28/97

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