Linthicum Heights club member wins poetry prize


August 29, 1999|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CELESTE RIDDLE, a member of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, has had many parakeets over the years. One, though, was very special and when it died four years ago, she felt as if she had lost a dear friend.

She tried to put her feelings down on paper then, but only fragments of sentences would come. Recently, she went back to her notes and expressed her feelings in a poem, "Death of a Pet."

Now it has been published -- in the 1999 Fall issue of The Maryland Clubwoman, a publication of the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs Inc.

Riddle entered her work in the poetry and short story category of a contest sponsored by the federation and won first place.

"I love to express myself with words," she said. "I was surprised, though, that I had won since the title was a downer and it was sad. But I guess the judges loved it."

In the past, Riddle entered her poems only in federation- sponsored contests and won prizes for two others, "Snow" and "India Encounter."

She also is an artist. One of her watercolors is on display at an art show at the North County Library on Ritchie Highway. The show -- with works of students from the Shiles Studio in Millersville -- will continue through the first week of October. Riddle's painting, "Seascape Pampas Grass," won first place and best in show in an art contest sponsored by the federation this summer. She also received a second-place award for "Cardinal with Berries."

Leaders for a new year

January may be the start of a new calendar year, but for most community clubs, organizations, and schools, this is the time when things really start anew after a summer hiatus.

Welome to the new school principals and good luck to the elected officers who will assume their duties in area schools and organizations: Paul D. Vandenberg is the new principal at Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School, 415 Andover Road. His last assignment was at Arundel High School.

The Friendship Squares Square Dance Club is starting the season with Pat Martin as president, Norva and Joe Pope sharing the vice presidency, Sherrie Herriman as secretary, and Ray Shannon, treasurer.

Sherry McGuire is president of the Ferndale Garden Club, Marge Dishman is vice president, Connie Pumphrey is secretary, and Mary Stafford, treasurer.

Crestwood Homemakers' officers are Cecelia Dietz, president; Mary Kelleher, vice president; Bonnie Menikheim, secretary; and Jane Jarzynski, treasurer.

Crestwood Improvement Association has re-elected Barry Catterton as president. Tim Tanda is vice president, Cecelia Dietz is secretary, and Doris Myers is treasurer.

At George Cromwell Elementary School, 425 Wellham Ave., Laurie Ullery is now principal.

Anne Arundel Alarmers Association officers are David Altvater, president; James King, vice president; Ray Neall, secretary; and Shirley Baker, treasurer.

The Free State Fashion Doll Club has Mary Cmiel as president; Amy Nardone, vice president; Melisa Bradford, secretary; and Sandra DeBow, treasurer.

The Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association has this slate: Gerald Starr, president; Karen Storey, vice president; Rick Forgo, secretary; Bill Mueller, treasurer. Board members are Bob Barrows, community action; Mike Daniels, police liaison; Paul DiBlasi, membership; Glen Holler, education; Tom Holland, airport committee; Marge Smith, community beautification.

Other board members are Will Hubbard, who writes "Will's World" for the association's newsletter, and Ken Griffin.

Herb fanciers

The Friendly Thyme Herb Club meeting at 10 a.m. Friday -- "What's Your Problem?" -- will address herb garden problems encountered by members. Adele Walter and her committee have called on Lou Shell, a master gardener in Anne Arundel County, to offer solutions to the problems submitted by members. An open forum will follow. Guests are welcome.

The meeting takes place at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Information: Sue Latini, program chairman, 410-766-1463.

Scouts earn camp awards

Margie Ehart, publicity chairwoman for Boy Scout Troop 447, reports that it had a successful and enjoyable summer experience during the last week of July at Camp Saffran, which was held at Broad Creek scout camp in Harford County.

Scoutmaster Bob Royer, Assistant Scoutmasters Tony Jarzynski and Lee Clark, and Scouting Coordinator Boe Marshall accompanied the scouts. With their assistance and the help of the Broad Creek staff, 19 scouts qualified for 56 awards and other achievements.

Bredon Alberico earned the Basketry merit badge and the Totin' Chip and achieved the ranks of Tenderfoot and 2nd Class. Jay Barnett earned fingerpainting, basketry and cooking merit badges, the Totin' Chip, and the ranks of Tenderfoot and 2nd Class. Bret Bohonek earned woodcarving, reptile and amphibian, camping and basketry merit badges, and the rank of Star. He was chosen for the Order of the Arrow, which recognizes scouts and adult leaders who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.

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