Christopher P. Roth joins others in family with Eagle Scout rank


January 13, 1998|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHRISTOPHER Patrick Roth is the latest member of Boy Scout Troop 75 -- and his family -- to attain the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout.

Chris earned the rank of Eagle last year, but the ceremony Jan. 4 at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia had to be scheduled to coincide with his winter break from Florida State University, where the 1997 Howard High School graduate is studying computer sciences.

His Eagle project was clearing brush, trees and debris from an extensive area in the western section of Centennial Park in Ellicott City to provide additional space for visitors. Chris planned the project and assigned Scout crews to help him with the work.

On his way to becoming an Eagle -- the top rank in Scouting -- Chris has held other leadership positions from den chief to assistant senior patrol leader. He also was voted a member of the Order of the Arrow, recognition of his dedication to Scouting, and earned the Silver Medal Award.

The troop's senior patrol leader, Paul Klink Jr., introduced the master of ceremonies: Assistant Scoutmaster and Eagle Richard Barnes.

Chris' color guards were his brother, Scout Danny Roth, and Eagle Nick Thomas. They presented Chris to the audience.

Eagles Matt Green and Bobby Rodeborough read the Scout Oath and Law, and Eagles Randy Fulcher and Jonathan Barnes read the Voice of the Eagle.

Scoutmaster Eagle Pat Roth, Chris' father, read the Eagle Charge, which notes the responsibilities that go with the honor. After the presentation of Chris' Eagle rank -- and his Eagle "pinning" of his parents Pat and Karen -- Chris related some of his experiences as a Scout.

On his first Scout camping trip, he said, he forgot his sleeping bag.

And he named as the highlight of his life in Scouting a 1995 trip to Philmont, N.M. -- in spite of the fact that, during the trip, he managed to injure himself while sharpening a knife.

In addition to the Eagle Scouts who participated in the ceremony, visiting Eagles present at the event were Paul Klink -- father of the senior patrol leader -- and Marty Lechin and Phil Eckstrom.

Chris' brother James -- who is a Cub Scout Webelo -- was in the audience, too.

Remembering Heschel, King

The Columbia Jewish Congregation at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center is sponsoring a series of programs in coming weeks to mark both the 15th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rabbi Mark Panoff of Temple Isaiah and the Rev. Richard Tillman of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church will lead a discussion titled, "An Overview of the Lives and Thought of Heschel and King," on Jan. 21.

Rabbi Bob Saks of the Columbia Jewish Congregation and the Rev. Ramonia Lee of Columbia Baptist Fellowship will lead a Jan. 28 discussion, titled, "Their Social Justice Work and Teachings."

On Feb. 4, Rabbi Steven Pik-Nathan of Columbia Jewish Congregation and the Rev. Bill Hayman of the Lutheran Church of the Living Word will discuss "Heschel and King on Prayer and Spirituality."

The Rev. Richard Fernandez, former director of Clergy and Laity Concerned, who was a friend and colleague of Heschel and King, will be keynote speaker at the Feb. 11 program, "Interfaith Celebration," at which the clergy and choirs of Oakland Mills Interfaith Center will present a musical and spiritual celebration of the lives of Heschel and King.

All programs will be from 7: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center. Reservations are requested to ensure adequate seating. Call 410-730-6044.

Honoring King

"Respect the Dream: Live in Harmony" is the title of a program honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at 6 p.m. Sunday at Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, Columbia.

It is the 13th annual celebration sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission.

"Living the Dream" awards will be presented to local high school students. East Columbia groups participating in the entertainment include the Oakland Mills High School Jazz Band, Long Reach High School's Ballet Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra and the Young Columbians.

WMAR-TV (Channel 2) news anchor Stan Stovall is returning for his fourth year as emcee.

Admission to the event is free.

The tribute will be followed by a reception and refreshments.

Tom Baity of the Howard County Office of Human Rights says sign language interpreters will be available from his office if the request is made at least five business days before the event. Please call today if you need this service.

Information: 410-313-6430 or TTY, 410-313-6401.

Rolling Bones

Matt Fein has returned to his hometown and opened a new business, the Rolling Bones carryout.

Chicken, ribs and shrimp are available at the new establishment, which also delivers food to homes and offices. Fein, an alumnus of Stevens Forest Elementary and Oakland Mills High schools, earned his marketing degree at Syracuse University. His interest in culinary art started with his work in Columbia at Clyde's, Subway and Vennari's Pizza.

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