Marine helps keep peace in Kosovo


June 29, 1999|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PEACEKEEPING forces in the Balkans have at least one former Southeast Carroll resident as a member: Marine 1st Lt. Ryan E. Dunham.

Dunham is stationed aboard the amphibious assault ship and Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) flagship USS Kearsarge, which has Norfolk, Va., as its home port.

Sailors from Dunham's ship airlifted Marines and equipment into Macedonia, where they joined the U.S. contingent of NATO's multinational peacekeeping force in Kosovo and supplied humanitarian aid to ethnic Albanian refugees. The Marines are helping to ensure the safe return of thousands of ethnic Albanians to the war-torn region.

Dunham departed from Norfolk in mid-April headed for Italy and then to Kosovo, where he has been since June 1. As part of a Marine Expeditionary Unit, Dunham is expected to remain in the region until permanent peacekeeping forces arrive.

Dunham is a 1992 graduate of Liberty High School and graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 1996 with a degree in criminology/ criminal justice. He is the son of Pat and Ed Dunham of Sykesville and the husband of Kerri Dunham.

Family bingo

The Freedom Dolphins Swim Team is sponsoring bingo at Freedom Swim Club tomorrow. Gates open at 6 p.m., and games begin at 6: 30 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Local businesses have donated prizes for the 20 bingo games. Prizes include gift certificates to area restaurants, a beauty salon and bookstore; movie passes; miniature golf, driving range and batting cage passes; pool floats; a Longaberger basket; gift items from an antiques store; beanie babies; and Ravens autographed football cleats.

Cost is $6 in advance and $7 at the door. One dollar of each ticket sold will go toward a 50/50 raffle. Light fare will be available. All proceeds will help support the swim team. The swim club is at 1330 Johnsville Road.

Information: Gail Tabor, 410-795-6164.

Family Fun Day

The folks in Sykesville are gearing up for their second annual Family Fun Day & Music Festival, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 10 in Cooper Park.

Event organizers have planned food, activities and entertainment, including children's games, medieval re-enactors, raffles, farmers' market, face painting, clown show, entertainment, a petting zoo, pony rides and a butterfly demo and release.

No admission will be charged.

Information: 410-795-8959.

Vacation Bible Schools

Summer is the time when many churches hold Vacation Bible School.

Bethesda United Methodist Church at 328 N. Klees Mill Road will welcome ages 3 to 16 to its Bible school called "Jungle Journey -- Exploring God's Promises" from 6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. July 19-25. No fee is charged but nightly offerings will go toward a project called "Dogs, Ears and Paws," which trains dogs as aids for hearing- and sight-impaired people.

Information or registration: Dorrie Smith at 410-781-4029 or the church office at 410-795-7767.

"The Ultimate Adventure with Jesus" will take place from 9: 30 a.m. to noon July 12-16 at St. Stephen's Church at 2275 Liberty Road in Eldersburg. Boys and girls entering kindergarten through eighth grade are welcome.

Registration and information: 410-795-9406.

Summer softball

Registration is continuing for a co-ed softball league sponsored by Sykesville Parks and Recreation. Ages 18 and older may participate in this low-key, noncompetitive league that plays Sundays at Freedom Park beginning Aug. 24.

Information or registration: Jeannie Nichols, 410-549-0965.

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

Pub Date: 6/29/99

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