Brownie troop delivers help by the basketful


March 31, 2000|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BROWNIE TROOPS are required to perform community service work every year.

Troop 1345 of Bollman Bridge Elementary in Jessup recently earned a community service badge for its efforts to help three area families.

Assistant Principal Kimberlyn Pratesi learned that three local families needed help with groceries and asked the troop to help.

Under the organization of Sue Marino, a Brownie mother, the girls gathered two baskets of pantry items and one basket of cleaning supplies.

On March 23, they met with Brownie parents Bob Dodson, Betsy Diehl and Clara Hendrick to assemble the goods. The troop decided not to put the items into regular baskets, but into laundry baskets -- practical packaging at its best.

The troop also included a $10 gift certificate to Weis supermarket in each basket.

Diehl said of the baskets: "They were so heaping with goods we could hardly lift them."

Thanks goes to all who helped complete this project, including the parents and Brownies Rachel Jones, Hannah Diehl, Shelby Dodson, Amanda Dye, Deborah Firestone, Carolyn Harpster, Sharnise Hendrick, Andrea Hricko, Heather Jarrell, Erica Lanspa, Erin Linahan, Brittany Livak, Alyson Marino, Morgan McClure, Stephanie Owens, Olivia Owens, Katie Pfeiffer and Maggie McCleary.

Flower sale

The Southern Howard Land Use Committee (SHLUC) will hold a spring flower sale April 15 outside Carroll Baldwin Hall in Savage.

SHLUC, an organization of local community associations, presents community concerns before the Howard County zoning commission on proposed zoning changes.

Local author

Vera Filby, author of "Savage, Maryland," a brief history of the town until 1965, gave a brief talk at Borders bookstore in Columbia on March 22.

The audience enjoyed a humorous and informative retelling of Savage's early days.

Someday, someone might write a second volume to Filby's book.

In an effort to gather more early Savage history, Bill Waff, former Savage Community Association (SCA) president, has asked that community members take a look around attics and in cabinets for such information.

The SCA would especially like records of the SCA, because the organization has very few before 1990.

Waff would love copies of family reminiscences and records.

Information: 301-725-1089.

Blood drive

Cadette Girl Scout Troop 792 is planning its fourth blood drive at Hammond Middle School. The blood drive will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 1.

Although the troop is on hiatus this year -- the Cadettes are in high school and have many more activities to do -- they covened to organize this event.

Kathy Mattos, the troop's adult leader, president of the Hammond Middle School PTA and writer of the Atholton High newsletter, credits Hammond Middle School Principal David Oaks with a great deal of the drive's success in previous years.

According to Mattos, Oaks has asked the Cadettes' teachers to assign less homework on drive night, made the cafeteria available and helped schedule teacher visits to the drive.

"The drive has been very successful," Mattos said. "The American Red Cross didn't think we would get that many donor units. We got 60 and each unit saves three lives."

A good deal of the drive's success is because of the troop's understanding of donors' needs. The troop offers free baby-sitting and provides baked goods and snacks.

Donors must be 17 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors are able to give blood every 56 days.

Information: Kathy Mattos, 301-206-3287.

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