Residents who contributed to community last year deserve praise


January 05, 1998|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AND A HAPPY New Year to you, too.

To celebrate the season, here's a list I've put together of people of the year for Ellicott City and Elkridge.

The Elkridge Landing Middle School students who put on a production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" -- quite an ambitious project for 12- and 13-year-olds!

EC225 activist Cynthia Hirshberg, chairwoman of the EC225 garden contest and planting frenzy, and her committee.

After three years of preparation, they created Ellicott City's 225th birthday celebration in 1997.

Many Historic District volunteers had their fingers in several pies last year.

Hirshberg, for example, is also a volunteer tour guide for Howard County Tourism Council and Patapsco Female Institute.

Janet Kusterer, a member of the EC225 committee, also poured uncounted hours into Historic Ellicott City's 13th Decorator Show House, Lilburn.

Ed Williams, director of the B&O Train Museum, was always on hand to emcee Historic Ellicott City celebrations.

Students of Dunloggin Middle School, who donated $2,238.46 in pennies to Cedar Lane School. And the parents and staff members who rolled all that coin.

Ninth-grader Willie Meyerson, who led Howard County into first place for the Capital Area Math Meet and continues to compete on Wilde Lake High School's math team.

He was 16th in the state in the Wilde Lake High team's first competition.

Ellicott City Lions Club, which celebrated its 50th year last year.

Over the years, Lions projects have included feeding and clothing flood victims after Hurricane Agnes swept Ellicott City homes away in 1972; furnishing equipment for the ill; promoting good vision by providing eyeglasses, vision testing, an eye bank and guide dogs for the blind; and giving land and money for Howard County Youth Program's ball fields.

Let's hope they're around for another 50.

Howard High musician Korey Jackson, who won the outstanding soloist award at the Fiesta-Val Competition, then won scholarship money from the County Executive's Charity Association.

He has performed at the White House, Kennedy Center and local venues.

He's now a freshman at Penn State University.

Centennial High School drama teacher Mo Dutterer, who performed in two community productions in 1997. He played the title role in Howard County Summer Theater's "The Life and Times of Will Rogers" and starred in "Sylvia" at the Spotlighters Theater in Baltimore.

Cordelia Hanson and her committee, whose four years of effort to get Elkridge its own ZIP code paid off in July.

Harrison Shipley who, at 80-something years old, co-wrote "Remembrances of Passing Days," a history of the Ellicott City Fire Department.

Herman Prehn, whose decades of selfless Elkridge community work were recognized in the summer with Kiwanis Club's Hixon Award.

Drew Stephens, who saved the life of his 2-year-old brother Matthew by using the Heimlich maneuver, learned at Worthington Elementary School.

You have made 1997 a big year for our community. Congratulations on completing your projects, accomplishing your goals and receiving well-earned recognition for your talent.

Gold salute

Ellicott City resident Ruth Masters was honored by television station WJZ-Channel 13 on Dec. 17 at St. Agnes Hospital in Catonsville, where she has been volunteering since 1989.

Her efforts on behalf of St. Agnes and the surrounding community won her the coveted Gold 13 Salute.

Masters, who is legally blind, knits baby caps for patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where they help the premature infants retain their body heat.

Most recently, she knitted hats for the participants in ROAR, Reach Out and Read, a program to help children served by St. Agnes HealthCare to develop early reading skills.

True to form, Masters' handiwork was impressive.

Masters also gives of her time to Howard County General Hospital and the Ellicott City YMCA.

And more stars

Members of the Howard County library staff have elected some of their own as 1997 Star Performers.

The Star Performer at Elkridge branch is Ronnie Baker, part-time library associate for 4 1/2 years.

At Miller branch, the Star Performer is Lynda Wilhelm, full-time circulation technician, who has worked for the system for nine years.

Wilhelm works with community volunteers as co-chairwoman of the Miller volunteer project.

Co-workers say that "everywhere you look in the branch, you can see something Lynda has helped to develop, create or enhance."

PTA achievement

Congratulations to Ilchester Elementary School's PTA, which received the Blue Seal Achievement Award at Maryland PTA's fall convention.

Ilchester's PTA President Tara Watts was on hand to accept the award.

Ilchester School PTA also qualifies for the "High Five" and "Top Ten" awards, presented to PTAs that increase their membership by 10 percent.

Annapolis exhibition

Ellicott City artist Grif Bates will soon have a solo exhibition of his paintings and collages at the AIR Gallery in Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.

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