Senior center director chose career path in college

NEIGHBORS

July 27, 1999|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHILE Edie Roscher was in college, she worked with the elderly, an experience that led her to focus her career on senior citizens' issues.

"This is a wonderful generation to work with," Roscher said.

For the past nine years, Roscher has been involved in various programs for seniors around the county, most recently at the Pascal center in Glen Burnie. Her newest role is as director of O'Malley Senior Center in Odenton.

"I love my job," said Roscher, who assumed the post in May. "There is something new every day."

The senior center offers activities and resources for county residents 55 and older. Lunch and transportation are provided daily. There are also programs in yoga, aerobics and dancing. Several courses are also offered, including some by Anne Arundel Community College. Among the most popular are art, language and computer classes.

Roscher is involved in planning day-to-day activities and making arrangements for special events, such as the December Christmas Bazaar fund-raiser, a flu immunization program in October and trips to such popular destinations as Florida.

Members also are involved in planning activities and running the center. They help organize trips, serve as advisers, answer phones, greet the public and lead tours.

The center is on Odenton Road. Hours of operation are 8: 30 a.m. to 4: 00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For further information, contact 410-222-6227.

Diving in

One hundred and thirty-two young divers from Central Maryland celebrated the end of the summer competitive diving season at the annual Dunleavy Novice Meet at Crofton Swim and Tennis Club on Sunday.

James Dunleavy was a longtime commissioner of the Maryland Officials Commission, which oversees the work of officials in swimming, diving, and track and field. He was respected for his knowledge of sports issues and officiated at four Olympic games.

Ruth Lee Smith remembers Dunleavy helping out at meets years ago when she first became involved as a volunteer.

"He was a wonderful man," she recalled. He loved going to competitive meets, particularly diving, Smith said, and he enjoyed watching children grow through their involvement in the sport.

Dunleavy died three years ago, but his name lives on in the Dunleavy meet, an opportunity for novice divers to showcase their skills.

Carol Eakins, a diving parent from Crofton Swim and Tennis Club, organized this year's meet, which she said featured nice weather, good sportsmanship and fine displays of diving.

Thirteen clubs belonging to the Central Maryland Diving League participated, including the Waugh Chapel Swim Club and Crofton Swim and Tennis Club. Among area divers to win ribbons were: Kevin Loftis, Tiffany Myrga, Amanda Frye, CeCe Hollingworth, Malarie Novotny, Justin Eakins, Bradley Hartwell, Lauren Adams, Morgan Loftis, Siobhan Steen, Beth Pallotta, Reilly Adams, Mary Pendleton, Amanda Wright, Jaclyn Strouse, Kristen Brookman, Randall Winter, Tara McMullen, Lindsay Stanko, Robert Michels, Katie Edwards, Stephanie Osborne, Matthew Baldridge, Andrew Mlynarski, Michael Pendleton, Jessica Piercy and Diane Walkowich.

Pub Date: 7/27/99

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