Members of Sheen's Colleens open hearts to elderly


February 15, 2000|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HEARTS, FLOWERS and candy may be the familiar gifts of Valentine's Day, but not the only ones a group of area women had in mind this year.

Love and caring was the message spoken with each bud vase of flowers arranged and delivered by members of Sheen's Colleens of St. Joseph's Catholic Community yesterday and Sunday to residents of area nursing homes and retirement communities.

Some members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus (Sheen's Colleens) spent most of Saturday gathering supplies, making bows and filling about 400 bud vases with flowers for residents of more than a half a dozen nursing home facilities in South Carroll.

The county's Department of Aging provided the group with the names of residents in each facility so no one would be forgotten.

"We wanted to be able to reach out to these people and let them know that someone somewhere was remembering them on Valentine's Day," said Valerie Piechocki, who serves as the group's president.

Funding for the project came from members of St. Joseph's, who donated more than $780. Local florists -- Hutchinson's, Dixon's and Ripple's -- allowed the group to purchase flowers at a reduced cost.

"I was overwhelmed with the response we got from church," said Piechocki. "The florists were also very generous in the amount of flowers we were able to buy."

Judging from the smiles and hugs of appreciation, the recipients enjoyed a very happy Valentine's Day.

Reading champions

Children in Jeanne Henderson's first-grade class at Carrolltowne Elementary School were rewarded for their reading efforts with a magic show.

Henderson's class was chosen as a Champion of Reading by 9, a feature of The Sun's program, which aims to improve reading skills and encourage daily reading.

The magician, Damien, awed the class with his tricks involving newspapers. He created a banana tree from rolled and taped newspaper, pulled a live rabbit from newspapers and also brought forth a bird from the pages of a book.

As part of the class effort, Adam Degenhardt, 6, read 11 books, including his favorite, "Bath Time for Biscuit." Thomas Franz, 6, read 13 books and especially liked "The Velveteen Rabbit," which he said reminded him of his beloved stuffed rabbit named Buttons.

"Toy Story 2 -- The Rescue" is a favorite of Elizabeth Howard, 6. She has read 35 books since the school year began.

Career fair

Oklahoma Road Middle School is planning a career fair and needs your help. Organizers are looking for people in the community willing to talk with pupils about their careers.

School officials would also appreciate the participation of area businesses.

The fair will be held at the school in early April. Information: Mike Polk at 410-552-1081.

High school orchestra

The following Liberty High School musicians were named to the 2000 All-County Orchestra:

Cassandra Hitchcock, Alisha O'Malley, Leslie Dragan, Amy Cashell and Kate Hartman, violin 1; Erin Surette, Amanda Sutton, Eunny Kim, Stephani Hartman and Jennie Beck, violin 2; Julia Loy, viola; and George Liu, cello.

Also: Kelly Tasch, flute; Catie Sirko, oboe; Charlton Hughes, bassoon; Jessica Hughes and Caitlin Eubank, horn; Jonathan Barnes and Adam Loy, trumpet; and Darren Stephens, percussion.

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

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