Elkridge 4th-grader begins school year as published poet


August 24, 1998|By Sally Voris | Sally Voris,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Paul Jester will start fourth grade at Elkridge Elementary School today as a published poet. He wrote "Leaf Lullaby" as an exercise in Marlene Young's third-grade class and submitted it to Highlights for Children.

Paul, the son of Ken and Helena Jester, studies viola and plays basketball, soccer and baseball in the Elkridge Youth Organization. He holds a purple belt in tae kwon do.

His poem was included in the "Our Own Pages" section of the September issue.

It is reprinted here with the magazine's permission.

Sleep, burgundy leaf, sleep!

Float back and forth into your autumn bed.

Dream of sunny days and bright flowers in spring.

Sleep, burgundy leaf, sleep.

Baier's death

The poem is a fitting way to start a tribute to Ginny Baier, a local artist, writer and gardener who died of cancer Tuesday.

Says Jean Leslie, "She painted watercolors more brilliant than real life."

Ginny was a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society and a contributing editor to Watercolor Magazine.

She wrote a series of articles on color for Watercolor Magazine that involved research into how pigments are made and how to mix paints.

She also edited Looseleaf, the local newsletter for master gardeners. In her last article in the April issue, she described how to sprout seeds -- including broccoli seeds, which some people believe prevent cancer.

She was direct, relaxed and thoughtful. She easily welcomed visitors into her home, where she had a near-constant dialogue with her large collie, Casey, who had a habit of stealing silverware off the table. She brought color, vitality, warmth and wit into many lives.

Sleep, dear Ginny, sleep.

Peach passion

Another poem, by Marge Piercy, celebrates "peaches warm/from the afternoon sun, amber/and juicy, flesh/that can make you drunk "

The Baugher family has been selling such fruit locally for more than 50 years, near the corner of Montgomery and New Cut roads. Russell Baugher is 98, but he still sprays the orchard and picks fruit on the 36-acre plot he bought in 1924.

His sons, Paul and James Baugher, inherited his love of trees. Paul sells apples, peaches, plums and nectarines from the 40 trees he has planted as a hobby on his acre lot at 4755 Montgomery Road.

James runs Baugher's Fruit and Vegetable Stand at 4775 New Cut Road with his wife, Joan, and their daughters, Debbie Hobson and Linda Urton. Debbie lives in Stonecrest and her children, Blake, 13, Mike, 10, Katelyn, 9, and Russell Hobson, 4, the youngest member of the latest generation of this family, often help at the stand. James also tends the 12-acre orchard.

Linda brings her five sons, Tim, Brad, Jeff, Nick and Nate Urton -- who range in age from 12 to 17 -- from Santa Ynez, Calif., for six or seven weeks to help with the harvest. The whole family gets together on July 4 to celebrate the holiday and James' birthday.

They sell a variety of fruits and vegetables, including corn, cucumbers, squash and melons. Year after year, their peaches drip with flavor.

They have nectarines, Sun High and Hale yellow peaches and Georgia Belle white peaches. Red and white Bartlett pears are just coming in; damson plums will be harvested soon; and apples, pears and pumpkins will be harvested in the fall.

Their favorite peach recipe? Grandmother Emma Baugher's peach cake. (Recipe below.)

Fitness classes

The Baugher peaches are so good they bring out the baker in people even amid the summer heat. When I spoke with Barb Kendrick of Elkridge, she was pulling two peach crumb pies -- another Baugher family recipe printed below -- out of the oven.

Kendrick is also preparing to start the fall season of functional fitness classes specifically designed for seniors, including three being offered in the Elkridge area, one at the Elkridge Senior Center and two at the Colonial Landing Apartments.

The program at the Elkridge Senior Center will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from Sept. 10 to Dec. 10.

The Shelter Group, managers of Colonial Landing Apartments, is sponsoring two programs every Monday and Wednesday. A class for active, mobile seniors will run from 9: 30 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m.; a functional fitness class for the less mobile will be conducted from 10: 40 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m.

Registration for the Colonial Landing classes closes Sept. 4; registration for the senior center class is open until the start of the session. Residents from the community are welcome to attend either program. The cost for the programs is $26 per participant. Call 410-796-2075

Eight or nine years ago, Kendrick -- who was an active homemaker, mother and PTA president -- was found to have lupus and experienced terrible joint pain.

After starting medication, she began teaching aerobics to children. The exercise helped her feel mobile and active, but at a certain point, her doctor forbade impact aerobics.

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