Group back from a 'safer, warmer, drier' project


August 11, 1998|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A GROUP OF 33 high school and college-aged people accompanied by seven adult facilitators returned last week from Flag Pond, Tenn., where they spent a week working with the Appalachian Service Project. The group, sponsored by Crofton Community Methodist Church, was divided into six teams, each working on a different home.

Steve Beegle, one of the facilitators, reports that this year's theme was "safer, warmer, drier." Each project was designed to help a local family enjoy a home with one of these qualities. Steve's group worked on a house built on the edge of a mountain. It built a retaining wall to help strengthen the house and added a ramp for the owner.

Steve's son Chris and his friend from Arundel High School Jonathan Uytewaal insulated another home. Steve's daughter Diana worked on a third team, repairing a leaky roof. In a few weeks, Diana will begin studies at Pennsylvania State University.

The church helped support the trip financially and logistically. The young people also paid for supplies and expenses through pizza sales, hoagie sales, carwashes and donations.

Steve was impressed by the commitment of the young people who gave up a week of vacation to help others in need. They lived in difficult circumstances and worked hard. In return they had what Steve called "spiritual fun" and could take pride in their work.

Meade winners

Congratulations to Rowena Custordio, a Hanover resident and recent graduate of Meade Senior High School. She has become the first Meade student to win the state competition sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America. Rowena also was part of the Meade team that took first place in the state teams competition.

After her statewide success, Rowena attended the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., where she was tested for and earned the designation of certified parliamentarian, presented by the National Association of Parliamentarians.

She plans to attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County this fall, majoring in information systems. She is still helping Meade's Future Business Leaders of America Club. Rowena has been preparing a packet of information and tips for next year's students to use in preparing for competitions.

Pub Date: 8/11/98

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