Youth Day will include race cars and tractors


September 23, 1998|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MANCHESTER Youth Day will rally programs and community groups that serve local youth from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Manchester Carnival Grounds on York Street.

Church groups, Scouts, dance troupes, school PTAs and recreation councils will provide an array of race cars, tractors, watercraft and live entertainment for children all day.

"Suddenly, Youth Day is huge. It will be visually spectacular," said Joe Jordan, the Manchester town councilman who is organizing the event. Admission is free.

Jordan organized the day with the theme "Race Against Drugs" to send a positive message to youth and parents. He plans to unveil the town's drug watch program that day.

"We're showing them better options and choices. You can't do drugs and this both. Everyone thinks money will make the drug problem go away. But if we could buy our way out, it would've been long gone," Jordan said.

After meeting extensively with community members, he saw a how a positive message could thwart drug use. He decided to address lapses between family and community.

"As a council person, I can affect the risk factors -- the feeling of attachment or detachment to the community, and the organization or disorganization of the community," Jordan said.

So he decided to bring together members of every current program on one day. "We'll go beyond our own circle of friends to see the circles entwine," he said.

With the assistance of the hometown racing champion and former Scoutmaster "Dizzy Dean" Renfro, a sizable display of race cars will arrive from Pennsylvania.

Several Eastern Shore hydroplanes will be on display, including one 22-foot hydroplane built around an F-16 fighter cockpit. The Sea Explorer Scout Troop from Manchester will bring its 21-foot sailboat. Large, four-engine tractors used at tractor pulls will be displayed.

Live entertainment includes a Christian rock music group, a child-safety puppet show, Street Commotion drum corps, radio- controlled trucks, a ballet and tap show and a Cub Scout Pinewood Derby.

The North Carroll Recreation Council, in addition to exhibiting rec council programs, will sell food and drink as a fund-raiser.

"I didn't look for corporate sponsors, but today BGE put a banner across Route 30," Jordan said.

Additional groups are welcome to participate.

"Nobody gets turned away," Jordan says. "Everyone is invited. It's your day, your program, your fund-raising or membership drive or recognition of sponsors. I hope everyone gets the same sense of community that I do. People are already talking about next year."

Information: 410-239-3200 or 410-239-8746.

Hampstead Women's Club

The Greater Federation of Women's Clubs, Women's Club of Hampstead, will begin its year of civic activities with its annual fall luncheon at Piney Branch Golf Club at noon Oct. 6.

Vice President Edna Murray and committee members will present a program celebrating the club's 70 years of community service.

They will honor Marie Eburgh, who holds the longest women's club membership in the state. Sally Marks, president of the federation's Western District, will be a guest.

Annual membership books will be available at the luncheon, as will tickets to the Nov. 21 pancake breakfast at the Hampstead Fire Department Hall. Members will sell tickets within the community.

Tickets cost $4 for adults or $3.50 in advance; tickets for children ages 6 to 12 cost $2.50. Proceeds benefit the fire department.

The Women's Club, with about 60 members, has announced its officers for the 1998-1999 year: Victoria Garrettson, president; Edna Murray, vice president; Phyllis Osborne, recording secretary; Evelyn Knott, corresponding secretary; Doris Finney, treasurer; Thelma Lombardi, custodian; and Elsie Cooper, press correspondent.

Members are encouraged to bring guests to the luncheon. New members are sought who wish to generate and participate in a broad range of community-service activities.

Membership inquiries may be made to Elsie Cooper at 410-374-6842 or Doris Finney at 410-239-2638.

Girl Scouts create keepsake

The Girl Scouts of Cadette Troop 1647 of Hampstead are finding a way to fund their dream of flying to the Savannah, Ga., home of Girl Scout founder Juliette Low.

"This has been our goal since we joined in kindergarten," said leader Barbara Passmore. "I'm still their leader and loving every moment."

While in Savannah, the 12 Girl Scouts will participate in a Victorian dinner in period costume. They'll also take a horse-and-carriage tour.

"We want to make it fun for the girls while raising money to make it more affordable for their families," she said.

They've designed a glass Christmas tree ornament that can be ordered before Oct. 1.

HTC The ornament features the modern Girl Scouting symbol in gold on an opaque white sphere. Each costs $6.50, which includes shipping Dec. 1.

"It's a nice gift if you know a Scout or previous Scout," Passmore said.

To order, call Barbara Passmore at 410-239-2158 or fund-raising organizer Mary Ann Hoffman at 410-239-8562.

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

Pub Date: 9/23/98

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