Fun nights make a splash at the Hampstead pool


September 02, 1998|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FAMILY FUN NIGHTS at the Hampstead pool have been popular summer events. The final fun night Aug. 21 attracted more than 25 families.

Children lined edges of the pool for the splashy games organized by lifeguards Greg and Ryan Fisher and Becky Towns. In the concession stand, Laura Thornton poured syrup on the snowballs awarded to each winner.

As a sure method to get contestants wet, the first game was the water balloon toss. Father-and-son team Jim and Brandon Tomlinson, 9, out-tossed several dozen teams.

"We were throwing overhanded," Brandon told his mother, Janet Tomlinson, describing their winning technique.

Two age divisions of kick board races were held, in which a swimmer holds a flotation board and relies upon strong kicking to cross the pool. Kayla Oxendine, 5, led the youngest group by at least one length of the kick board.

Stacy Slessinger, 9, who won the kick board race at the July fun night, returned for a triumphant repeat performance. Alyssa Ray, 11, placed first in the oldest age group.

Greased watermelon polo was played, too. Younger children used a honeydew melon and older children played with a watermelon.

A big splash contest was held at the slide. Each contestant made three splashes and the displaced water was measured in width and height by lifeguard Ryan Fisher. As each of about two dozen children whizzed down the slide, it seemed every splash was larger than the last. Michael Bryson, 12, easily splashed the largest wave every time.

The chubby bunny marshmallow contest was initiated by lifeguard Heather King at the July fun night.

"You just pack them in tight, and you have to say chubby bunny after each one," said Maureen Laderer, who helped run the contest. "I tried, I got about four. I could probably do minimarshmallows."

The youngest contestant was 2-year-old Catherine Wahl, who could say chubby bunny only before eating a single marshmallow.

Brandon Tomlinson and Stacy Slessinger competed marshmallow to marshmallow. Brandon managed to cram seven of the sticky puffs in his mouth and Stacy took six.

The night's champion was Donley Cook, 13. He stuffed 13 marshmallows into his mouth and could carry on a conversation. A winner without reaching his limit, he was awarded the free snowball.

Cub Scout roundup

Any boy in grades one through five can join Cub Scouts, part of the Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts are organized into packs, which are subdivided into dens of about eight boys. Adult leaders organize projects.

Elementary schools and churches in North Carroll sponsor many Cub Scout packs.

In Manchester, boys interested in joining Cub Scouts should attend an informational program at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Manchester Elementary School. Information: 410-338-1700.

In Hampstead, a program for prospective Scouts interested in Cub Pack 791 will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Spring Garden Elementary School. This pack holds a pinewood car derby and space rocket derby, and a picnic at Cascade Lake. Information: 410-239-1492.

On Sept. 22, Cub Pack 791 will sponsor a recruitment night at 7 p.m. at Hampstead Elementary School. This pack holds an annual pinewood car derby and a Cub Scout Olympics.

Information: Denise Malbrough, 410-239-6373.

Business association meets

The general membership meeting of Hampstead Business Association will be held at 7 p.m. today at Hampstead Town Office, 1034 S. Carroll St.

Featured will be Bob Mitchell, president of Silver Financial, a mortgage brokerage that Mitchell began in Hampstead two years ago. The company employs 25 people.

Mitchell coaches lacrosse at North Carroll High School. His company sponsors local sports teams and community events.

Information: 410-239-6111.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/02/98

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