A personal connection drives a desire to aid fund-raiser


June 30, 2000|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BOB'S BMW motorcycle dealership in Jessup will be surrounded by tired motorcyclists Sunday afternoon. Riders participating in Pony Express 2000, a fund-raising ride for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation sponsored by the Women's Motorcyclist Foundation, will stop by the dealership to rest and change riders before continuing on to Missouri.

There's a personal element to this dealership's involvement: Owner Bob Henig's mother died of breast cancer. Employee Sue Knott, diagnosed with breast cancer, has been cancer-free for three years.

So Henig and Knott give back. For years Henig wrote checks to charities. When BMW sponsored a booth at a trade show for the Pony Express fund-raising rides, he helped build it. He got a charge out of constructing the booth with his all-volunteer crew.

Becoming a stop on the Pony Express tour seemed like a natural progression. "I had crossed paths with the organizers before. I can't recall if I tapped them or they tapped me," Henig said. "It seemed like the right vehicle to provide some extra energy."

This will be the third year his dealership provides riders a resting place. "I'm just really doing this because it feels in my heart like the right thing to do," he said.

The breast cancer fund raising took on more immediate significance when Knott, warranty administrator at the dealership, was diagnosed with cancer. Nine months after the end of her chemotherapy, while, she said, her hair was growing back, she joined the Pony Express as a rider. She didn't have her motorcycle license then, but she rode with Ed Abbott, one of the customers, to Virginia. Henig sponsored her trip.

"It was a natural to support her - a no-brainer for us," Henig said.

While in remission, Knott manages a busy life raising her daughter, Megin, 10, working at the dealership and running a consulting business reviewing wage compliance for job sites. She also volunteers for the Special Olympics, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and participated in the Race for the Cure in Washington.

"It's called the race, but I walked. I have a lot of opportunities to get people involved with volunteer groups: The Ride for Kids and the Special Olympics. Doing that stuff makes me feel good," she said.

As for her battle with breast cancer, Knott said: "Now it seems like a bad dream."

The reception will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bob's BMW, 10720 Guilford Road, Jessup.

Summer classes

School's out, gas prices are high, the storms are something fierce this year and it's too darn hot! Here are some suggestions to keep the summer doldrums from arriving.

The Glass Key, the area's newest glass craft store, is holding classes all summer. Among the most popular offerings are the Tuesday evening beginning stained-glass panel classes, which run for six weeks and are held throughout the summer.

On that same evening, the shop also runs Play Nights. It's inexpensive studio time for those who have some experience making stained glass, but are looking for a place to do it and congenial people with whom to do it.

It helps that the tools - came cutters, grinders and copper foil - are available. Came is the formal name for the lead channels that hold the glass pieces in a panel.

The shop is also offering classes in making a mosaic game table top, colorful stepping stones and the techniques necessary to make larger lead-framed panels. The shop offers most classes during the evening and on Saturdays.

Information: 301-483-6066.

Library changes

With the central branch of the Howard County Library closed, staff members there have been reassigned to other branches. All the branches are open more hours, a wonderful thing for bibliophiles.

There's also more staff for special programs. This summer at the Savage branch, scores of wonderful programs are available to delight small children. Many programs require registration and fill up quickly. Registration is open for two programs.

The first is "Sing Out America," featuring Jim Lee on guitar and Pam Verity on flute. This old-fashioned sing-along in honor of the nation's birthday will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

"Mark Jaster: The Maestro" will perform at 2 p.m. July 11. The program will feature miming and clowning around by Jaster, and is suggested for participants age 6 and older.

Registration opens tomorrow for "African Trickster Tales," a story and craft session to be held from 11 a.m. to noon July 11 for elementary-age children. Registration also opens for "Summer Clouds," a story session for the preschool set, running from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. July 15.

Many drop-in story times are scheduled for infants through 5-year-olds through Aug. 8. Some are for families, and some just for children. Some of these programs are so popular that staff members have added new sessions.

In particular, Play Partners, a lap game, tickle and bounces story time for infants through 23 months and their significant adult, has scheduled a new session Saturday mornings, beginning July 15 and ending Aug. 5.

Information: Savage branch library, 410-880-5978.

Student honors

Local students won honors in the Maryland PTA Reflections Program. This national effort encourages student participation in artistic activities. They may submit entries in four categories: musical composition, visual arts, photography and literature. The programs require these works to reflect on a selected theme.

Among children who did particularly well, congratulations go to Colin Miller, a Hammond Middle School sixth-grader who won an award of merit at the state level for his photography. Congratulations also go to Kenny Cheung of Hammond High for his award of merit for his story, "The Chinese SAT."

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