Linthicum fair to honor 10 of the community's `finest'

Neighbors

October 03, 1999|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A PARADE will lead the way to Saturday's 10th annual Linthicum Community Fair -- bringing together local nonprofit organizations for a fun day that will help raise money to help the needy and honor some of our most inspiring neighbors.

The parade begins at 9 a.m., on a route from Lindale/Brooklyn Park Middle School to the fairgrounds at St. John's field at Hammonds Ferry and Maple roads. Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Its main beneficiary will be the North County Emergency Outreach Network (NCEON), which provides assistance to the north county's needy. All who go to the fair are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for NCEON -- and those bringing the donations will receive a commemorative 10th anniversary key ring.

The Rev. William F.R. Gilroy, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, and Laura West will be honored as founders and organizers of the fair. West was also its chairwoman for the first four years.

They will be riding in the parade and honored at the 10 a.m. opening ceremonies along with "Linthicum's Finest" -- 10 people who have made significant contributions to community life. The number 10 symbolizes 10 years of the fair.

Two teen-age sisters named as community celebrities for their achievements in dance will perform at 2 p.m.

"Finest" finalists recommended by the community are:

Jo Barker, past president of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights Inc., for her work in organizing the Concerts in the Park series at Linthicum Park for the past 19 years. She is also president of the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum.

Robert Laprade, a founder of Boy Scout Troop 822, sponsored by Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, and assistant Scoutmaster for 17 years. Mary Lee Laprade will accept the recognition in honor of her husband, who died this year.

John McCarty, Scoutmaster for eight years and assistant Scoutmaster for 24 years with Boy Scout Troop 550, sponsored by the Linthicum Elementary School PTA. He also volunteers as exhibit coordinator for the Historical Electronics Museum.

Ray Robley, a founder of Boy Scout Troop 822 and Scoutmaster for 17 years.

Jane Soverns, for her work as director and teacher at St. John's Cooperative Nursery School (formerly St. Christopher's Nursery School) since its founding 31 years ago.

Jon and Sharon Squire for their activities in the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, North Linthicum Improvement Association, Friendship Church of the Brethren, Overlook Elementary, Lindale Middle and Andover High schools, and North Linthicum Recreation Association.

Eloise Vaughan, past president of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, for her work with the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum. Vaughan was extremely influential in the formation of PAAL, and is a past president of the group. She is also active in the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts.

Stewart Warnken, of the Linthicum Lions Club, for his efforts in organizing Little League baseball in the Linthicum area in 1954. Over the years, the league has grown to what is now the Linthicum-Ferndale Youth Athletic Association.

Donna Williman, an educator at Linthicum Elementary School for more than 10 years. Williman is one of two lead teachers at the school, where she assists both faculty and the administration.

Dancers Adrienne and Ashley Canterna -- daughters of John and Sally Canterna -- have been selected as the celebrities. Many of us have read about their achievements. They were excused from daylong classes at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington to appear at the fair.

Adrienne, 16, was a junior gold medalist in the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Miss., last year -- an event considered the "Olympics of Dance."

Her awards since 1998 include Teen Miss Dance of America, Grishko Award of Excellence in Ballet, Outstanding Young Italian-American, Dancer Magazine Dancer of the Year and a full scholarship to the Kirov Academy. During the past year, Adrienne has performed in the United States, Japan, Latvia and South Korea.

Ashley, 14, has received the following awards and titles in the past year: regional Miss Dance, regional high score soloist at the Starpower national competition, Junior Miss Dance of America, a full scholarship to the Kirov Academy, and selection to attend the Kennedy Center Master Class Series for 1998 and 1999.

Ashley has appeared as guest artist and principal dancer at the Kennedy Center, Russian Ballet Theatre in Wilmington, Del., and Wolf Trap.

The sisters plan to perform next year in Korea, Japan and Dallas.

The parade participants include: North County High School Band, Boumi Temple Camel Wheels, St. John's Preschool, North County High School Student Government, LTC (Love to Cheer) Cheerleaders, Cub Scout Pack 550, Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church Youth Fellowship, Linthicum Elementary School, Lindale/Brooklyn Park Middle Schools, Overlook Elementary School, Andover Pool, Linthicum Lions Club, Habitat for Humanity, and the Rotary Club of Linthicum.

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