Scout leader honored for tireless service


June 20, 1999|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ASSISTANT Scoutmaster William D. MacLeod's 19 years of loyal service to Linthicum's Boy Scout Troop 550 has been recognized with the 1999 Unsung Hero Award for the Four Rivers District.

MacLeod's service began while he was in the Army and stationed locally. He offered his services to Boy Scout Troop 550.

His first involvement was to organize the troop's advancement program, shaping it so Scouts could keep the program fun while moving up the ladder. He spent many hours counseling Scouts on the best way to meet their objectives.

Besides his contributions to the advancement program, MacLeod has attended numerous camp-outs and camporees, and participated in troop fund-raisers. Over the years, he has spent hours driving to Scout camps with programs that addressed the troop's needs. Several of Troop 550's Eagle Scouts are a testimony to the success of MacLeod's activity and enterprise.

During two tours of overseas duty with the Army, the last of which was Operation Desert Storm, he maintained contact with Troop 550. Each time he returned with new vigor and enthusiasm for the Scouting program.

"William has served as a unit commissioner, a summer camp Scoutmaster, an instructor, a recruiter, a counselor and a motivator," said Assistant Scoutmaster John McCarty. "He has worked tirelessly over many years, sacrificing personal time and funds to assure young men get the most out of the Scouting program."

Troop 550, sponsored by Linthicum Elementary School PTA, meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Linthicum Elementary School. Information: Scoutmaster Butch LaWall, 410-636-6154.

Community meeting

The Crestwood Improvement Association will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Northern District Police Station on Hammonds Lane to discuss school redistricting and community improvement projects.

Board members will be elected. Some elected officials have been invited to make a brief presentation and answer questions. Residents are invited.

Information: President Barry Catterton, 410-859-8672.

Encyclopedia donation

The World Book Encyclopedia purchased by the GFWC (General Federation of Women's Clubs) Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights has arrived at Overlook Elementary School in North Linthicum.

This month, Barbara Greco, the school's media specialist, Bernadette Simon, chairwoman of the club's literature and education committee, and pupils put bookplates in the new acquisition. The bookplates are printed with GFWC Libraries 2000, the Libraries 2000 logo and the notation that the book is a gift from GFWC Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights.

The Libraries 2000 project for the 1998-2000 biennium is to donate $12.5 million in books and materials to public libraries and public schools. One of the projects of the club's literature and education committee was to participate in the Libraries 2000 program by adopting Overlook Elementary. The committee kicked off the project at the club's September tea with the theme "A-B-C -- Adopting Books for Children."

When the school expressed the need for a World Encyclopedia, which costs about $800, the committee looked for ways to raise the money because no funds had been allocated in the club budget for such an expenditure.

It set about earning it through the sale of fruit cups at the Linthicum Community Fair, a holiday open house at the home of club member Shirley Beck, sale of handmade creations, and donations from members.

In addition, speakers at the club's December meeting (Polish storyteller Adam Mazurek and Dennis Klima, artistic director of Ojczyna, a Polish folk song and dance ensemble) donated their speaking fees to the encyclopedia fund. Club members have been guest readers at the school and collected and donated books in excellent condition for the pupils.

Dictionaries also were awarded to pupils for their creative writing ability at six area schools:

North Glen Elementary: Heather Pillis.

Linthicum Elementary: Kayla Castleman.

Overlook Elementary: Jason Baumier.

Ferndale Elementary: Derrick Lilley.

Hilltop Elementary: Ashley Merson.

George T. Cromwell Elementary: Eric Matthew Abbott.

Heart disease discussion

"New Treatments for Heart Disease" will be discussed by Debbie Van Orden, cardiac case manager of North Arundel Hospital, at the next meeting of the Heart to Heart Cardiac Support Group. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 116 at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane.

Heart to Heart is an ecumenical support group based at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church. The group meets monthly except in July and August to provide inspiration and education for cardiac patients, their families and others. The meetings offer programs, speakers and discussion.

Information: Nan Duerling, group facilitator, 410-987-0494; or

Linthicum fair

Organizers of the annual Linthicum Community Fair have extended the deadline until Aug. 1 for nominations for "Linthicum's finest" -- people with Linthicum ties who have made significant contributions to the community or have become celebrities.

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