Cancer society's Relay for Life is Friday, Saturday


June 13, 1999|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LIVING IN an area where the word "cancer" is heard much too often, it is good to know there are people doing something about it -- namely, participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

The overnight event is designed to promote cancer awareness while raising funds to fight the disease. Relay for Life -- to be held Friday and Saturday on the grounds of Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School, 415 Andover Road -- is for cancer survivors and anyone who has been touched by the disease.

The opening ceremony is 6 p.m. Friday, and the event ends at noon Saturday. According to Joyce Gigliotti, president of the Linthicum Rotary Club and volunteer in the planning, cancer survivors will wear purple sashes and take the first lap. A reception will follow. "The opening ceremony honors survivors, but everyone is invited to show their support," she said. From that time on, Gigliotti said, the object is to keep someone on the walking track at all times until the conclusion of the event.

During the 18-hour relay, teams of eight to 15 people will take turns walking, running or using a wheelchair around the track. Churches, community organizations, families and groups of friends and work associates are invited to form a team. When not on the track, members can enjoy music, food, games, prizes and camping out. To raise money for the fight against cancer, each team member is challenged to raise $100 or more before the event. Teams pay a fee of $10 a member. Everyone will receive a Relay for Life T-shirt, and those who raise $200 or more will get additional prizes.

The American Cancer Society is also selling luminaries for $10. At sundown Friday, they will be placed around the track. "We invite cancer survivors and everyone else to join us for the lighting ceremony," said Susan Bauman, organizer for the American Cancer Society.

To participate or to make a donation: 410-721-4304.

Roadrunners trips

Seats are available on two bus trips sponsored by the Ferndale Roadrunners. On July 9, the group will travel to Reading, Pa., for a shopping trip at Vanity Fair Outlets. Participants will leave Ferndale Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore and Annapolis Blvd., at 8: 30 a.m. and return at 6: 30 p.m. The cost is $10 and includes a voucher for lunch. Seating is limited.

The second trip -- to Connecticut from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 -- will include stops at Mystic Seaport Museum, Old Mystic Village, USS Nautilus Memorial, Submarine Force Museum and Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. A trip on the Valley Railroad and a boat trip on the Connecticut River also are planned. The cost is $310 a person, at the double-occupancy rate. The deadline for reservations is July 15.

Information: 410-761-0484.

Area meetings

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin will be at the Linthicum library, 400 Shipley Road, at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss topics such as Medicare, gun control and Social Security.

Patapsco Valley Chapter 3850 of the American Association of Retired Persons will hold its annual banquet from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday at La Fontaine Bleu on Ritchie Highway. Music for dancing will be provided by Key Revue.

The chapter will conduct its regular monthly meetings during the summer -- at noon on the fourth Wednesday of the month during July and August at St. Christopher's Church hall, 116 Marydell Road in Linthicum.

Information: Betty Hidey, 410-519-3092.

District 32 Democratic Club will conduct its regular monthly meeting at the club's annual picnic on Thursday at Sulin's Farm, 85 Crossing Road in Severn. A cookout dinner of hamburgers and hot dogs will be served, beginning at 6 p.m. The dinner is free. Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr., Dels. Mary Ann Love and Ted Sophocleus and Victor Sulin sponsor the dinner. County Executive Janet S. Owens will speak. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

The District 32 Democratic Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at Ferndale Senior Center. Information: John Riggin, president, 410-987-1557, or Evelyn Kellner, vice president, 410-969-9325.

Scouting honors

It was reported at the June 1 meeting of Boy Scout Troop 447 that four Scouts qualified for awards. Alex Demyan, Gregory Ehart and Robert Mackin completed the requirements for the Swimming Merit Badge, and Justin Szech, who received his Eagle Award on April 9, earned a Bronze Palm.

St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic School sponsors Troop 447, which meets from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the school. The Scouts are returning today from a weekend trip to the Gettysburgbattlefield.

Information: Scoutmaster Robert Royer, 410-768-9183.

New senior pastor

The congregation of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, will welcome its new senior pastor July 1. The Rev. David A. Shank graduated from Messiah College in 1977 and from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1981. He has served churches in West Virginia, Western Maryland, eastern Baltimore County, and most recently, Montgomery United Methodist Church in Damascus. He and his wife, Cindy, have two sons, David and Jason.

Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church is offering a vacation Bible school for children from 9: 30 a.m. to noon June 21-25. This year's program is "GOOD NEWS@GOSPELROCK." A suggested donation for materials is $2 a child or $5 a family of three or more children.

Registration is required. Information: 410-859-0990.

Arts group officers

The annual meeting of the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum was June 8 at the Linthicum library. Officers serving the next term, 1999-2000, are Jo Barker, president; Eloise Vaughan, vice president; Don Reusch, second vice president; Carol Lewis, recording secretary; Joan Maynard, corresponding secretary; Bill Skillman, treasurer. Also, two new board members were elected, Pat Ericsen and Victoriana O'Keefe.

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