Piney Run Park showcases children's pets


June 15, 1999|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CRITTERS WERE crawling, prancing and preening Saturday afternoon as Piney Run Park held its annual Children's Pet Show.

Several dozen pets and their owners vied for prizes in a variety of categories.

In the dog classes, Best in Costume was won by Hope Ellis, Kimberly Moore and Allison and Lydia Dearie. Best Tricks were performed by Samantha Mayo, Kristina Bollard and Stephanie Dickerson.

Most Spots went to Zach Silverman, T.J. McLaughlin and Allison and Lydia Dearie.

The Largest Dog winners were Nick and Kate Korzie, Zach Silverman, T.J. McLaughlin and Marisa Etheridge.

Smallest Dogs were owned by Jamie Mayo, Danielle David, Rebecca Vogel, Hope Ellis, Casey McLaughlin and Stephanie Dickerson. Best Groomed were Katie Debandi, Emily Higdon and Owen Weaver.

The dogs with the Longest Tail were shown by Nick and Kate Korzie, Zach Silverman and T.J. McLaughlin. Dogs owned by Allison and Melisa Davis, Emily Higdon and Marisa Etheridge had the Longest Ears.

The Saddest Face category was won by Christopher Bowman, Allison and Melisa Davis, Samantha Magruder and Rebecca Vogel.

The Champion Dog was Dolly, owned by Katie Debandi. Anne Gearhart, humane educator at the William Snyder Foundation for Animals, served as judge for the dog classes.

Katie Horvath and Faith Frampton entered the only two cats in the class, judged by Piney Run volunteer and cat lover Doreen McLeod. Pets Stanley and Meow shared the honors in the cat class, with Stanley claiming the Champion prize.

The miscellaneous class had these winners:

Best in Costume or Decorated Cage were Holly Ellis, Annie Hurlinger and Caitlin Riebau. April and R.J. Binick won in the Small Farm Pets class with their pair of chickens. Reptiles and Amphibians was won by Cailin Leonard, Brian Mihm and Dalton Holland. Rabbits and Rodents winners were Danny McMorrow, Joseph Riebau and Sarah Dyff.

Birds and Poultry winners were Mike McCormick, Tiffany Duff and April and R.J. Binick. Brian Mihm, Nicholas Riebau and Cailin Leonard were the winners in the Most Unusual class.

April and R. J. Binick were the champions in the miscellaneous class.

Sherry Fisher, a naturalist at Bear Branch Nature Center, served as judge in the miscellaneous pet class.

Piney Run volunteer Dot Sumey was organizer and chairwoman of the pet show.

Promotion ceremony

Like most elementary schools in Carroll, Freedom Elementary School honored its fifth-grade pupils with a ceremony to mark the conclusion of the grade school years.

During the event, teachers and administrators recognized the academic, musical, artistic and physical education achievements of the fifth-graders.

These ceremonies are always precious to parents and grandparents, myself included, as the youngest Graham brother is now a middle schooler.

Freedom's promotion ceremony was made even more meaningful by the presence of Principal Larry Thompson, who was injured in a farm accident and missed the last few weeks of school. The effort Thompson made to be there merited applause from pupils and parents.

The occasion was also marked by a poem written by Freedom parent Lillian Smith dedicated to the parents. I thought Smith's poem so lovely that the words would have meaning for parents no matter the age of their children.

The composition is titled "The Promise of Time."

Fifth grade at Freedom and now they move on,

Six years from sixth grade and then they'll be gone.

Hug them and kiss them each day of the year.

These precious times, you'll want to keep near.

Freedom helped nurture and taught them so well.

How will they finish? It's hard to tell.

Success is measured in ounces of love,

which parents and teachers gave plenty of.

Guide them and teach them the best we know how,

caring for classmates is what we allow.

Morals and discipline, a must from the start,

and parent involvement plays a great part.

Children are special and grow up too fast.

Cherish each moment before time has passed.

Be involved with your children in all that they do,

for they remember and love each day spent with you.

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

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