Community group sponsoring a cemetery cleanup


September 11, 1998|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EVERY COMMUNITY is more than the sum of its residents. The places we inhabit include the memories of those who have gone before us, as well as the legacies we bequeath.

Savage is particularly rich in memories -- and in dedicated folk whose efforts nurture the community, sometimes for decades.

Our communities are built on the achievements of those who leave to go out into the world, and on the dedication of those who remain.

Some examples from Savage:

The Savage Community Association is sponsoring a community cleanup of Savage Cemetery.

The old cemetery, in town, is in some disrepair. On Sept. 19 and 20, the community hopes to remedy the situation.

Myra Phelps invites everyone to bring rakes and garden tools -- such as pruners and work gloves -- to the site. The association will provide garbage bags, graffiti remover and grass seed.

Jobs in search of willing hands include trimming exuberant bushes along the fence line, filling in sunken graves, righting small tombstones, removing trash and reseeding bald spots.

Information: 301-498-9133.

It's always nice to check in with Savage neighbors who have moved on. Case in point: Shane Houghton. This 20-year-old is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Catonsville and is studying computer science.

A 1997 graduate of Hammond High School, Houghton had a number of college acceptances, but chose the University of Maryland for two reasons: its engineering program and its financial aid package.

The school awarded him a full academic scholarship.

Houghton is a President's Fellow, an honor given to those awarded such scholarships. He has earned a 4.0 grade point average and was named to the dean's list in his freshman year.

His mother, Rosemary, fondly remembers her son's school days at Bethel Christian Academy, Bollman Bridge Elementary, Patuxent Valley Middle School and Hammond High.

Philomena DeVito is one of those whose devotion to community service shines brightly in our neighborhood.

Not only did DeVito coordinate the soccer sign-ups for the Savage Boys and Girls Club, but now she is organizing the Girl Scout recruiting drives for Bollman Bridge and Guilford elementary schools.

Major recruiting drives will be held at the two schools on their respective back-to-school nights Wednesday and Thursday.

Because DeVito cannot be at both places at the same time, she is getting help from her assistant, Jessica Kemper.

Kemper, who coordinated the recruiting drives and the cluster for years, wants a little rest now.

"If not for her, we would not have as strong a cluster as we do," DeVito says of Kemper.

DeVito is interested in recruiting girls into Scouting who might not attend either of the public schools. She would like to see more girls from local private schools and home-schoolers join the Scouts.

DeVito says there is room for girls in any age group, from kindergartners to high school seniors. She said she is willing to create new troops or help arrange places for troops to meet.

She noted that the Girl Scouts organize their troops and clusters (several neighboring troops) in public schools because that is convenient, but she has had troops meet in churches and in private homes, too.

DeVito and Kemper are proud of the range of activities offered to Scouts in our neighborhood. The activities include skating, camping trips, Halloween parties and explorations of various cultures on Thinking Day.

Cosmic Bowling for older girls is a sleep-over at a bowling alley -- after a night of playing with glow-in-the-dark pins and balls, surrounded by fake smoke.

In January, a Snow Ball is held at Bollman Bridge Elementary -- a father-daughter dance that girls may also attend with a favorite uncle or friend.

Information: Stop by Bollman Bridge or Guilford elementaries on their back-to-school nights, from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Or call DeVito at 301-725-0036.


Hammond High School welcomes these new staff members: Nichole Armacost, Stan Arnold, Mike Campbell, Christine Crandell, Melanie Curtis, Andrea Dickie, Paul DiRienzio, Chris Edwards, Susan Fagan, Alicia Feddor, Rose Friss and Kristen Frohnhoefer.

Welcome also to Barbara King, Brian Michael, Mary Middledorf, Mark Murray, William Neugebauer, George Tait, Barbara Tindall, Rochelle Van Nort, Karen VandeMerkt, Tressa Williams and Chris Winters.

Pub Date: 9/11/98

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