In Clarksville, change is a way of life


March 02, 2000|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I'd like to introduce myself -- I am The Sun's new community correspondent for western Howard County. My name is Lorraine Gingerich. I live in Clarksville, in the same house my husband, Larry, built with his own hands almost 20 years ago.

Since we came to Clarksville, we've seen changes in the character of our community -- new schools, roads, stoplights and many interesting people.

There have been losses. In my neighborhood, a road runs through what used to be our yard. and the huge pines that lined our driveway are distant memories. Where five houses formerly stood on 16 acres of land, two of our neighbors' houses have been demolished and almost 20 houses are being built or have recently been built.

Seeing land developed is an everyday reality in Clarksville, Highland, and other western Howard County towns. We have watched as homes replaced open fields where horses or cows once grazed. We live in the midst of construction. Change is a part of our lives and will continue to be.

My husband, who is a builder, has been building a house for us in a development in Fulton, and when he gets it done, we plan to move there. We'll have an acre with room for a yard and a pool. My two children are excited about it.

Now that you know something about me, let me hear from you. I want to know what's happening with you and your neighborhood.

Do you have major changes in your community? An idea you would like me to explore or express? Are you involved in a community program that you would like to announce?

Please e-mail me at western or call at 410-531-5844. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Thinking Day

Clarksville-area Girl Scouts gathered Friday night at Clarksville Elementary School to celebrate Thinking Day, a worldwide celebration by Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.

The event recognizes Girl Scouting as a worldwide organization.

Organized by troop leader Liz Williams, the local celebration had a Celtic theme -- an imaginary trip to Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales.

The girls began the night by receiving a passport and air-sickness bag, and boarding an imaginary plane, two rows of seats with an aisle in the middle.

After landing in Scotland, they were treated to demonstrations of Scottish dancing.

Cheryl Kirby of the Davidson School of Scottish Dancing in Clarksville directed Stephanie Green, 7, of Monkton, and Kate McFee, 8, of Clarksville, in the Highland Fling and the Sword Dance.

The audience of nearly 130 Girl Scouts sat on the floor and gave the dancers their total attention.

Kirby and Karen Rubach, both former U.S. Scottish dancing champions, performed a few steps.

Then the girls were divided into four groups and taken to other countries -- three classrooms across the hall from the cafeteria. Members of Junior Troop 358, led by Williams, served as chaperones and helpers.

Parent Madonna McDonald played Shakespeare's nanny in England. Julie White helped the girls make brass rubbings of knights and royal ladies.

In Ireland, the girls kissed the Blarney Stone (made of cardboard) and learned an Irish blessing. Parents Joan Doyle, Margaret Williams and Beth Malone assisted.

In Wales, the girls threw a penny into a wishing well (a bucket of bubbly soda) and made a wish. With help from Mary Fran Fry, Helen Ann McCormick and Kathy Underwood, they made love spoons -- given to Welsh girls as a prelude to courtship -- and drew a coat of arms.

The children packed their projects into their air-sickness bags to take home.

Then they listened to bagpiper Don Zack of Ellicott City play and explain the history of the bagpipe. Parents who had come to pick up their daughters crowded in to enjoy the performance.

Liz Williams, who has been a troop leader for three years, had the help of her troop in planning and organizing the event. Participating were Caroline Cusack, Gina DiFerdinando, Erin Doyle, Laura Fry, Lanae Johnson, Jillian Kennedy, Melanie Kennedy, Katie Kralowetz, Jessica Legg, Devan Malone, Katie Marcotte, Fallon McCormick, Colleen McDermond, Colleen O'Neill, Janushe Patel, Brianna Schlecht, Jessica Tabacca, Kathryn Underwood, Anna White, Caitlin Williams and Ellie Williams.

Parents also helped.

"I couldn't have done it without my mothers," Williams said.

While Girl Scouts usually spend their time in troops of 12 to 18 girls, community events held several times a year -- Thinking Day, father-daughter dances and field trips -- bring the entire cluster together.

For information about joining a Girl Scout troop, call Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, 410-358-9711.

Pom dancers

The River Hill and Hammond pom squads will be hosts for a pom-dance competition from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at River Hill High School in Clarksville.

Pom squads from Howard, Glenelg, Centennial, Long Reach, and Laurel high schools will compete with one another and other Maryland and Virginia schools.

Admission is $5.

Information: Leidre Galloway, 410-313-7120.

Shrove Tuesday dinner

Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Mount Airy will hold its Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 5 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday in the church's parish hall.

Pancakes, sausage, applesauce and a beverage will be served.

A freewill offering will be accepted.

Information: 410-489-4411.

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