8 Hampstead Girl Scouts honored with award from president

NEIGHBORS

May 31, 2000|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EIGHT HAMPSTEAD Girl Scouts received the President's Student Service Award from President Clinton for volunteering a combined 650 hours to community service in the past year.

It was the first presidential award for service given to Girl Scouts in our community.

The recipients were: Diana Hoffman, Melanie Passmore, Jenny Pitt, Kelly Rogers, Renee Rogers, Kim Spencer, Jessica Sullivan and Melissa Warren of Cadette Troop 1647. Each received a certificate, letter from the president and commemorative pin from the White House. Troop leaders are Karen Turner and Barbara Passmore.

Mary Ann Hoffman, Girl Scout community service leader, arranged for the award. She wanted to recognize the volunteer work of the girls after reviewing her daughter Diana's ceaseless volunteering. She knew her daughter's activities were a fraction of the hours given by the troop. She found most girls qualified for the president's gold award for volunteering 100 hours in one year. The silver award is given for 50 hours.

"Their volunteer work usually is in a leadership capacity, in helping younger Girl Scouts," Hoffman said. "They were leader's assistants at Piney Run Day Camp for Girl Scouts, and they ran the Daisy-Brownie Camporee, for example."

The hours are on record at North Carroll Middle School for the state's service learning requirement. Hoffman provided other documentation to show the girls had merited the awards.

Then, Hoffman kept mum. She wanted to present the awards as a surprise during the annual advancement ceremonies Friday at Spring Garden Elementary School. During the ceremonies, members of Cadette Troop 1647 advanced into Senior Troop 1647.

Manchesterfest on tap

The colorful history and culture of Manchester will be presented by Old World artisans and re-enactors from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Manchesterfest, on the grounds of Cygnus Wine Cellars, 3130 Long Lane, one block east of Main Street, Manchester.

This festival takes place in addition to the annual Manchester Day on Saturday at the Manchester Carnival Grounds off York Street.

Manchesterfest brings our small-town history and culture to life. The town was founded in the 1700s, and actors in period costume will portray citizens and soldiers from the American Revolution and Civil War. Walking tours through town will be given.

There will be a blacksmith at his forge, a weaver of sheep's wool, a potter shaping clay dishes and a wood craftsman working in wood. Crafts will be sold.

A craft work table for children will be available for making souvenir items.

Concurrently, wine cellar tours and tastings will be offered for adults 21 and older. The cost is $5 and includes a souvenir wine glass.

Admission to Manchesterfest is free.

Information: 410-374-6395.

Stream crossing

If you've wanted to take your horse through shallow streams but want expert help in teaching the horse, register for Stream Crossing 101, which will be held Saturday.

This horseback riding workshop is given by the Carroll County Equestrian Council. It's planned to give rider and horse exposure to crossing water in a trail ride situation.

Participants should meet at the Kowomu Trail parking lot near Union Mills at 11 a.m. Cost is $5 per person, and registration is necessary.

Information: Joe Zentgraf, 410-848-7208.

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

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