Musicians are invited to join band for 102nd year


January 19, 2000|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF YOU ENJOY PLAYING A brass, reed or percussion instrument, you are cordially invited to join one of Carroll County's oldest community bands.

Alesia Band has filled summer afternoons with the music people remember. This year it will include "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael, with a selection of marches and polkas.

The band is holding rehearsals from 7: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Thursdays in the North Carroll Middle School band room.

It is the 102nd year for the band. Francis Staley has been director since 1977.

The band has about 30 members, and students in middle and high schools are welcome to join. Uniforms purchased in 1998 include a maroon jacket with gray trousers. No auditions are held or membership fees charged.

Information: Francis Staley, 410-374-5117.

Scouts donate blankets

Boy Scout Troop 9, sponsored by Emory United Methodist Church, collected and washed more than 60 blankets for the needy this winter. Thursday evening, Scouts and parents delivered the clean blankets to Shepherd's Staff in Westminster.

Motivated by the thought of homeless people in the cold without blankets, the Scout troop started shortly before Christmas. The troop established a collection center, with the help of True Value Hardware in Hampstead, which offered to hold donated blankets.

The hardware store encouraged donations with a message on its marquee on Main Street. Storm Blizzard, a Scout, distributed fliers during the tree-lighting ceremony in Hampstead and at the local Weis market parking lot.

The community responded generously. The troop, which originally had planned to distribute blankets before Christmas, collected blankets into January.

"True Value kept calling us, as more and more blankets were donated," said Maureen Laderer, mother of Scout Scott Laderer, who gathered the blankets for washing.

Washing blankets became the task for a cadre of Scouts, including Paul Dwyer, Matt Clark, Chris Spriggs and their mothers, Claire Clark, Sue Blizzard and Cathy Dwyer. The Soap Opera coin-operated laundry in Hampstead offered free use of washing machines.

Scouts who took clean blankets to Shepherd's Staff include Patrick Welsh, Clay Fischer, Scott Laderer, Freddie Fischer, Storm Blizzard, Paul Dwyer, Chris Spriggs and Peter Haas.

Mothers who assisted are Vickie Haas, Cathy Dwyer, Sue Blizzard, Maureen Laderer and Charlene Fischer.

Quilt for Y2K

In the spring, before Y2K was a buzzword, the special areas team at Hampstead Elementary began devising a month-by-month program to inspire and educate pupils about 2000.

The special areas team focuses the creativity of the teachers of enrichment subjects. Together they brainstorm on how to involve every person and aspect of the elementary school in schoolwide programs.

The team includes Barbara Hammond, art; Julie Hollenberg, vocal music; Iva Martin, media center; Doug Blackiston and John Brown, physical education; and Kim Keeler, instrumental music.

When a quilt project was proposed, art teacher Barbara Hammond seized the opportunity. Starting in September, she looked for volunteers to cut and sew with Nancy Ogletree, a professional quilter from Snydersburg.

Ogletree became a consultant for the convivial gathering of volunteers, including Carol Reightler, occupational therapist and quilter; Ruth Bell, whose child attends middle school; Lee Davies, a grandmother of first-grade pupil Jack Doherty and mother of substitute teacher Kellie Doherty; Lavina Basler, whose daughter teaches at Hampstead; and Gina Mullinix, the media center assistant.

Last week, the group met for the second time, to lay out quilt squares and border strips cut by Nancy's husband, Larry Ogletree. When the decorative top is done, machine stitching will combine the back, middle and top of the quilt.

Every classroom has depicted itself on a square of the quilt, in paint, applique, embroidery, photography, buttons, fabric or felt.

Hand embroidery holds paper dolls with hearts between them, cut by the PTA. One class is shown with heads of painted buttons and triangle bodies of printed fabric. The custodians are there, too, in tools of cut felt.

Debbie Peregoy, who helped her daughter Danielle's class create a collage of fabric from each child's past, also designed nine Special Olympics symbols for her son Darrin's class.

With a digital camera, Martin has captured the quilt project for a global share folder on the school's computer system, so every classroom can have access to the progress.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 1/19/00

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