Teens face off in environmental meet


June 23, 2000|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A team of Chesapeake High School students - members of the school's environmental club - traveled recently to Garrett County to compete in the annual Maryland Envirothon, a two-day outdoor natural resources competition.

Winners of the state high school competition will travel to Nova Scotia next month to compete in an international Envirothon, where more than 50 teams are expected.

The first Envirothon competition was held in Pennsylvania in 1979. Since then, more than 30 states, Canada and Australia have become involved in the program and sent teams to last year's event. The international competition is held in late summer.

Anne Arundel schools were participating for the first time, with Chesapeake winning the county competition and its members making the trip as novices in the statewide event.

"We had not competed at the state level before, so we were not really sure exactly what to expect," said Ginny Barnicoat, CHS science teacher and club sponsor.

To prepare for the state competition, students study four natural resources subjects - soil, aquatics, forestry and wildlife. They also must be well-informed on an environmental issue. This year's issue was wetlands.

Making a respectable showing at their first competition was important for the four seniors and two juniors making up the team. "It was especially hard on the seniors to come back from celebrating their graduation to study for this competition, but they did," Barnicoat said.

Members of the Chesapeake team were Ben Copley, Lindsay Ries, Caitlin Howard, Adam Tan, Susie Shrimpton and Stephen Cohn. Science teacher Tom Barnicoat, who is Ginny's husband, serves as a club co-sponsor.

At the state competition last week, teams rotated through test stations where they were asked to identify and categorize living resources, perform soil surveys and solve problems.

Chesapeake finished 11th out of a field of 21 teams. And the Pasadena group placed third in the wildlife division and fourth in forestry, a great first effort.

The winner - a formidable team from Joppatowne High School - has finished first for three straight years.

The state competition's sponsors are the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts and the State Soil Conservation Committee.

Carnival time

You are never too young or too old to enjoy a warm summer evening at a firemen's carnival. The sounds, sights, and mouth-watering smells entice you to forget about cares and worries for a little while and enjoy some wholesome family fun.

In Pasadena, the fun begins Monday, when the annual Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company's fund-raising carnival returns to the firehouse grounds at 8506 Fort Smallwood Road for a six-day run.

The carnival will be open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

The midway will feature loads of games to test skills and luck, rides for the little ones and quite a few rides for the big kid in all of us.

If your legs tire, there's always bingo. Games are played nightly in the firehouse's second-floor hall.

Returning by popular demand are ride-all-night-for-one price evenings Monday through Thursday, offering a chance to treat the whole family without wrecking the budget. And if you're really out for a super-saver evening, check with local merchants for bargain-night discount coupons.

Hard-working volunteers will be back in the food booth, cooking delicious crab cakes, pit beef, funnel cakes and fries, and selling sodas. The fire company will sell chances to win prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 in its annual raffle.

Come early Saturday, and watch the firefighters' parade, which starts at 6 p.m. Equipment from all over the area will be participating. The parade will start at the Riviera Community Improvement Association playground on Meadow Road, proceed down Fort Smallwood Road past the firehouse, and end at Rugby Road next to the post office.

Stop by, have some fun and give a little bit back to help the volunteer firefighters.

Information: 410-255-1314.

Recycling for school cause

Overloaded with empty inkjet printer cartridges? Recycle them and help St. Jane Frances School raise money.

Over the summer, the school is asking that people save the spent printer cartridges of specific brands, which will be sold for recycling. The brand names needed include Apple, Brother, Canon, Compaq, Hewlett Packard, Lanier, Lexmark, Panasonic and Xerox.

A listing of specific model number cartridges is available at the school on weekdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., through June 30. The school office will be closed July 3-31 and reopen in August.

Information: 410-255-4750.

Dance with the Democrats

The Stoney Creek Democratic Club, 8123 Fort Smallwood Road, will hold its monthly seniors dinner dance from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $7 and includes a hot platter, live music, beverages and snacks.

Information: 410-255-4611.

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