Lake Elkhorn Festival set for Saturday


September 15, 1998|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF YOU'RE looking for fun, you don't want to miss this Saturday.

The 25th annual Lake Elkhorn Festival begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.

Food, arts, crafts, live entertainment, pony rides, pet show, fishing contest, auction, games and moon bounce will be available.

Bring your appetite and buy hot dogs and drinks at the booth of Boy Scout Troop 613.

The food is satisfying, and so is the knowledge that your money will be helping children with cancer.

Boy Scout troop mother Tracie Clark reports that the boys are donating their profits toward the purchase of Spinoza Buddy Bears.

Each toy bear is equipped with a cassette tape. Parents, family and friends may record a message or favorite story on the tape.

The child then has the bear to hug and hear a familiar voice for company while in the hospital. The bear can even be taken into the operating room. Each bear costs $135.

Your support will be appreciated and will make a child's difficult time a bit easier.

Roy Walls is scoutmaster of the troop, which is sponsored by the village of Owen Brown.

Jack Cathcart has coordinated the festival booth.

Senior Patrol Leader Philip Hall and his assistant, Nick LoPresti, will supervise the troop members.

Barb Cathcart is the troop's committee chairwoman.

For information about the bear project, call 410-505-0855.

The festival is an opportunity to meet representatives from local businesses, churches and nonprofit organizations.

You may even discover the perfect place to spend your volunteer time.

For information, call 410-381-0202.

Children's clothes

Before you go to the Lake Elkhorn Festival, you might want to stop at the Long Reach village shopping center.

Stonehouse, the Long Reach community center, is holding its Kids Clothes Swap in the village center courtyard.

Manager Sarah Uphouse reports that swap items usually go beyond clothes. In past years there have been gently used baby and small children's equipment, and toys of all kinds.

The rain date is Sept. 26.

Information: 410-730-8113 or 301-596-3265.

Village representative

Long Reach village board Chairman Henry Dagenais has announced the board's appointment of Rudolph Baker as the village representative to the Columbia Association's Senior Advisory Committee.

The board also approved a $100 donation to Triad, the senior citizens safety fund.

Long Reach residents with suggestions, comments or questions may also contact the Long Reach board via fax at 410-730-5882 or e-mail:

Memorial trees

On Saturday afternoon, two maple trees were planted on the front lawn of Oakland Mills High School.

They are memorial trees donated by members of the youth group of St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

The Rev. John Liebler accompanied the group for the dedication.

Oakland Mills High School graduates Matt Wichita and Kevans Hall II were killed in the spring while on vacation in the Florida community.

They had attempted to protect a young woman during an altercation with a group of local men. The men returned that evening, and Matt and Kevans were killed. Their friend, Seth Quebeck, was seriously injured.

Immediately, the young men and women of St. Peter's sent a letter of apology on behalf of their community to Matt's and Kevans' families and to Deacon George Martin of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic parish in Columbia.

The Florida youth group collected donations from community and church members to create a memorial honoring the slain young men.

Oakland Mills High School Principal Marshall Peterson said it was the first time that a graduate's memory had been honored in this manner.

Liebler said the trees convey a healing message for both communities.

Imagining romance

Maryland authors Ruth Glick and Robyn Amos will discuss developing a story and give writing tips during their visit at the East Columbia library at 7 p.m. Sept. 24.

Librarian Pat Bates has called the evening "Imagining Romance" because both authors specialize in the topic.

Columbian Glick (who writes with a partner under the pseudonym Rebecca York) has written more than 70 books. Her latest, "Nowhere Man," is set in Western Maryland and is part of her "43 Light Street" suspense and romance series.

Amos has written six novels.

"Into The Night," her most recent, includes, as usual, characters from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

Both authors' books will be available for sale and signing.

Registration is continuing. Call 410-313-7700.

Join the Scouts

At 8 p.m. Thursday, St. John the Evangelist Church is the site for Boy Scout Information Night.

Boys and their parents are invited to meet Scout representatives to discuss forming a troop.

Although sponsored by St. John's, the troop is open to boys of all religions who are residents of Columbia, Clarksville or Ellicott City.

Information: 410-740-8994.

Singers, bake sale

St. John the Evangelist choirs -- adult and children -- are resuming rehearsals at 7: 30 p.m. Monday after a summer break of singing at summer services.

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