Snow offers benefits for children, adults

Neighbors

January 12, 1999|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LAST WEEK'S snowstorm meant a little more time to sleep and the chance to experience one benefit of being the mother of two teen-age boys. They went outside to help their father clear the sidewalk and driveway, and I got to stay inside, warm and cozy on cocoa duty.

The neighborhood children were trying out their snow toys. Sleds and snow tubes coasted down the slopes, carrying squealing, laughing, tumbling bundles of youngsters.

Even the older "kids" had fun with toys. About three years ago, at the end of a nasty winter, Bob Wright decided to be prepared for the next storm. He bought a snow blower. Let the snow pile up: Bob was ready. Then, he waited. And waited. The past two winters brought almost no snow. But Friday, his snow blower finally got a workout. He plowed his sidewalk and driveway, then a neighbor's. Then all the neighborhood guys gathered to marvel at the snow mover.

I kept thinking of Tom Sawyer and his adventure getting a fence whitewashed. It wasn't long before other neighbors wanted to share the fun of clearing the snow with the snow blower. Up and down the block they went, until our neighborhood looked terrific. Who knew "shoveling" could be such fun?

Eagle Scout honor

Douglas Carroll of Gambrills was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor Jan. 3 at Crofton's Community United Methodist Church.

Doug, son of Frank and Annette Carroll, was a member of Boy Scout Troop 115 for seven years. During his Scouting career, he took part in the camping program and set a troop hiking record. He also was senior patrol leader, the highest leadership position for Scouts in a troop.

His Eagle Scout project involved building and installing signs at the Antenna Farm camping area operated by the Air Force off Route 424 in Gambrills. This has been a favorite spot for Troop 115 over the years and was the site of Doug's first camping trip as a Scout. He said he was pleased to help ensure that future Scouts will be camping there.

Doug was active in the National Honor Society at Arundel High School. He graduated in May and is a freshman at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Pub Date: 1/12/99

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