Carnival is over, but memories linger


June 29, 1998|By Sally Voris | Sally Voris,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TWO representatives from Grace Episcopal Church in Elkridge worked the gate at the Elkridge Carnival, asking for donations to the church for parking.

"Nickels, dimes, quarters -- whatever you can do."

The church plans to build a major addition to house an outreach program for teens.

The carnival ran from Tuesday through Saturday. Mostly, the rain held off.

On the first day, the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's rescue vehicle beeped while on display. Volunteers closed all its compartments, put on their equipment and twice left the carnival to answer calls.

Shaw and Co. provided rides and games. Community groups ran the booths.

Seven-year-old Bobby Babcock went to the carnival with his brother, Brian, and Brian's best friend, Wesley Clark.

"I lost my stomach on the Yellow-Jacket ride," Bobby said. "It was fun, but I liked the Ferris wheel best."

"Did you see that pig?" he asked, referring to Porky, advertised as the world's largest pig, 1,100 pounds and still growing, and winner of the Midwest Giant Hog Roundup.

Another carnival has finished. And another season of memories has been woven into our community's life.

Kiwanis projects

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City has participated in a number of community projects this spring.

The club sponsored all eight of the Howard County public school students who participated in the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation's 1998 Leadership Seminar held from April 30 through May 3.

The club awarded $12,000 scholarships to two of the 21 local high school students who applied. Both students graduated from Centennial High School this year.

William S. Gnagey will attend Catholic University as an architecture major, and Andrew T. Cothran will attend Towson University, where he plans to play football.

The Ellicott City club participated in the Kiwanis Global Iodine Deficiency Disability Day on May 2, an event held in 85 countries.

The day highlights Kiwanis International's world service project -- the eradication of iodine deficiency disorder.

The Ellicott City club has contributed $3,000 to the project -- $1,000 in the name of Donald Klein, one of the club's most active and dedicated members.

Klein has served as director, club president and as Santa Claus at numerous children's Christmas parties since he joined the Kiwanis Club in 1955.

Contributions to the IDD Day Fund should be sent to the Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, P.O. Box 126, Ellicott City 21041.

Donors should specify that the funds are to be used for IDD.

Good sports and heroes

Eric Wolven of Ellicott City is one of 25 young people selected as a grand prize winner in the Good Sport Awards, a nationwide contest created by Sports Illustrated for Kids and sponsored by the "milk mustache" campaign.

More than 34,000 children, ages 7 to 14, were nominated through their schools and through entry cards included in the magazine.

The winners were chosen for giving their best in school and for their good sportsmanship, generosity, compassion, humility and


Another neighbor, Adam Arnold, has been honored for his inner strength.

Adam, whose mother, Melissa Arnold, manages the Howard County Tourism Council's Visitor Information Center, has faced painful surgery every six months at Kernan Hospital in Baltimore to alleviate a rare birth defect.

The Baltimore Orioles invited Adam -- whose nickname is "Iron Man" because of his strength and grace in enduring the surgeries -- to bring his family to a game.

Adam had hoped to meet Cal Ripken Jr. -- his hero and the other iron man. Instead, he met Mike Mussina and another hero, Harold Baines. He got an autograph from Mussina.

Graduates honored

Two Ellicott City residents were honored as they graduated from the University of Baltimore's law school.

Faisal Siddiqui was awarded the Clinical Excellence Award for his performance in the Civil Clinic.

Gregory C. Ward received the Law Faculty Award, which recognizes a graduate who excels in scholarship, service and leadership.

Jessie Maizel, Michelle Massie and Kate Whalen of Ellicott City received diplomas from Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson in May.

Massie was a commended student in the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Black Students and was inducted into the French National Honor Society.

Among Ellicott City residents who graduated from college this year are Lynsey Ring and Jeffrey McMullen, who graduated from Houghton College, a four-year Christian college of liberal arts and sciences in western New York State.

Ring majored in art and creative writing. McMullen majored in educational ministries.

Another Ellicott City resident, Sarah Elizabeth Boyer -- daughter of Susan and David Boyer -- graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va.

Sarah Boyer's brother, Andrew D. Boyer, earned a 4.0 grade-point average in his freshman year at the Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Both are graduates of Mount Hebron High School.

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