Ex-aide Mathias honored at playground opening


June 01, 1999|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE PARADE of children moved around the new playground, up a ramp and down the bright blue slide, led by one of Freedom Elementary School's most beloved adults, Bea Mathias.

Mathias was the honored guest Thursday evening as the school's newest playground was dedicated. Although the parade and ribbon-cutting marked the playground's formal opening, Freedom students have been enjoying the new equipment throughout the school year.

Mathias was a secretary at the school for more than 20 years and served as a parent volunteer and cafeteria, health room and playground aide when her daughters were students at Freedom. She retired in 1997.

PTA President Ginger Halvorsen lauded Mathias for her long dedication to Freedom students and families.

"Whenever there was a need, one could depend on Miss Bea," said Halvorsen. "No one has given so much with such a warm smile."

"Miss Bea has a gift for optimism," said Dottie Jett, a secretary at Freedom and longtime co-worker.

"It's the proudest day of my life," Mathias said.

A grant from the Department of Recreation and Parks and a donation from Sykesville American Legion Post 223 helped make the project possible.

Strawberry festival

Messiah Lutheran Church will conduct its annual Strawberry Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sykesville- Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department grounds, Route 32 and Freedom Avenue.

The event will feature family games and entertainment, crafts, a flea market, face painting and hay and pony rides.

Scheduled entertainment includes local dance troupes and karate demonstrations, a gymnastics and tumbling team, the Elktones of Elkridge, Carroll County School for the Performing Arts and multicultural storyteller Mark Rosenfeld.

New to the entertainment lineup is the Northern Lights, a young rock group whose members, Tim Bracken, Shane Cress, Ryan Weber and Sam Weber, promise to deliver a hot sound.

Information: 410-795-0494 or 410-549-0855.

Fishing tourney

The annual senior citizen fishing tournament will take place 7 a.m. to noon June 9 at Piney Run Park.

Anglers may fish from shore or boat and will be eligible for cash prizes in yellow perch, crappie and bluegill divisions. Participants must be 62 or older.

No entrance or registration fee will be charged, but a $20 boat rental fee will apply and must be paid at registration.

Information: 410-795-3274.

Thespians wanted

Young actors and actresses can perfect their craft over the summer in the Drama Conservatory's summer camps.

A puppet workshop for children entering kindergarten through second grades will run 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 14-25. Cost is $110 per student.

"Charlotte's Web" will be the focus of a workshop for students entering grades three and four from 9 a.m. to noon July 19-30. The cost is $140.

Students entering grades five through eight may participate in a play workshop featuring "Alice in Wonderland" from 9 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. July 6-16. The cost is $140.

Workshops will be held at Oklahoma Road Middle School. The performance for each workshop will be on the final day of each camp.

Information and registration: Valarie Mares, 410-795-3562.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears Tuesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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