Student reconstructs trail for Eagle Scout project


August 25, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TO ACHIEVE THE RANK of Eagle Scout, a young man is required to perform a noteworthy service project and see the job through from inception to completion.

Jared Praniewicz of Sykesville looked just beyond his back yard to Piney Run Park for his Eagle Scout project. A reconstructed trail now runs from the park's largest pavilion to the lake, thanks to the hard work of the South Carroll High senior.

One of the goals of an Eagle Scout project is to teach the Scout how to plan, organize, secure materials and supervise the work on a large project. Jared enlisted the help of numerous fellow Scouts, friends and adults for the trail reconstruction.

"The goal is to bring a difficult project like this to fruition," said Jared.

"Getting people together and motivated is difficult, and I'm very thankful for the help I got on this project."

More than two dozen people put in about 162 hours on a recent weekend, replacing 19 railroad ties and laying 19 tons of crush 'n' run (recycled, crushed concrete) after tearing out the old overgrown trail.

Materials from Second Glance Beauty Salon (leftover railroad ties the business had used for parking lot stops) and Genstar Corp. (stone for the trail) and the use of a "bobcat" from Balsamo Lawn Service were donated to the effort.

Since completing the trail, Jared has presented his records to Scout Master Conference and will soon face a Board of Review to finalize his Eagle Scout project. The son of Richard and Sandra Praniewicz, Jared is looking forward to officially receiving his new rank in the coming weeks.

Linton Springs PTA

Now that the doors of our area's newest school have opened, parent and teacher volunteers at Linton Springs Elementary School are working to form the school's PTA.

The Organizing Committee of the PTA will hold a general PTA meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the school's cafeteria. Parents of Linton Springs students and educators are encouraged to attend.

Free child care will be provided by ABC Care for the meeting, which is expected to conclude at 9 p.m.

The agenda will include discussion and ratification of the Linton PTA bylaws and election of individuals interested in serving on the first Linton PTA board.

Nominations for the following offices are being sought: president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, delegate and legislative liaison. Descriptions for each role will be available at the meeting.

Several other PTA committees are forming, and parents may volunteer at the meeting.

Sports store

Carrolltown Center will soon be home to a sports collectible and memorabilia store.

The Dugoutzone Collectibles and Superstore will open Sept. 1 and will contain more than 3,000 square feet of sports cards, memorabilia, comic books, gaming products, Beanie Babies and supplies.

Grand opening events are scheduled for Sept. 11-13 beginning with a collectible card game tournament, "Magic: The Gathering," at 6 p.m. Sept 11. Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson will sign autographs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 12.

Carrolltown Center will celebrate the event with performances by a steel band from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 12. A live auction of more than 150 lots of sports cards and memorabilia will begin at 1 p.m. Sept 13.

Information: Dave Palasek, 410-552-4452.

Concert series

The final concert of the summer series presented by Sykesville's Department of Recreation and Parks will be held Friday evening at Cooper Park, adjacent to Sykesville Middle School.

Blue Condition will perform from 6 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. The band, featuring guitarist Eric Byrd, bassist Jeff Hiner and drummer Jeff Hankin, plays a blend of music described as 75 percent Chicago Blues and 25 percent vintage R&B.

Everyday People will perform from 7: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Members of this five-member group have performed widely. The group encourages audience participation and requests.

Information: 410-795-6390.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 8/25/98

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