Teen to receive Scouting award for aiding injured boy

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September 20, 2000|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GLEN BURNIE teen-ager William Ringrose will receive a national Scouting award Monday for his quick thinking after a 10-year-old was injured playing in the snow last winter.

With time off from school because of a snowstorm Jan. 25, William had anticipated a carefree day of sledding and snowboarding on a hill near Glen Burnie Park Elementary - until he saw 10-year-old Tyler Green lose his tube coming off a snowy ramp.

"When he came down, the tube was not under him," William recalled. "When he hit the ground his face turned bright red, and he was reaching for the small of his back and he was screaming in pain."

Staying calm, William, 13 at the time, asked Tyler some questions and insisted that he remain immobile.

The leader of Tyler's Cub Scout Troop 873, William Armiger, who was there with several members, including his sons, came down the hill to assist. Some of the boys brought a blanket to cover Tyler.

William and Armiger remained on the scene until paramedics arrived.

Tyler had suffered two compressed vertebrae. He was hospitalized for three days, then wore a custom-made brace for eight weeks and went through physical therapy. The injury could have turned out much worse.

"It is because of the efforts of people like William Ringrose, as well as emergency medical technicians who are out in the field, that we are able to obtain such wonderful results, as we have in Tyler's case," said Dr. Lysa M. Charles, who treated Tyler during his recovery.

"I feel that the training William has received as a Scout has taught and prepared him with the skills necessary to handle this situation," Armiger said.

Now 14 and a student at Old Mill High School, William will be rewarded for his actions Monday, in front of his family, friends and fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 553, in receiving the Meritorious Action Award. The ceremony will take place at the Glen Burnie Moose Lodge, where his troop meets.

Other Scouts who assisted that day were Webelos Billy Armiger and Cub Scouts William England, Brandon Armiger and Michael Armiger.

"These young men can be proud to know that their help was greatly appreciated by Tyler, his family and the doctors," the Scout leader said.

Crop Walk

Area residents will raise money to help the needy and walk in solidarity with the hungry at the annual Crop Walk beginning at 1 p.m. Oct. 8 on the B&A Trail.

Walkers will start at Glen Burnie United Methodist Church. They'll have a choice of round trips to Marley Station Mall, about three miles, or to Jumpers Hole Road, six miles.

Participants request a flat-fee donation from family, friends and co-workers. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds go to the North County Emergency Outreach Network. The remaining funds will provide relief and development assistance in more than 80 countries, including the United States.

About 15 area churches are expected to participate by encouraging their members to walk. Last year, 148 local walkers raised $10,000.

Unlike other such fund-raisers, participants will not have the option of inline skating or bicycling on the trail. Spokeswoman Gayle Krol said the event's theme - "We walk because they walk" - sums up the idea behind the event.

"It's a symbolic walk," she said. "In Third World countries, the people walk for their food and water. They don't have the luxury of having transportation."

For more information, or to obtain a pledge form, call Paul Shaffer at 410-987-8015.

School partnership

Marley Middle School and BJ's Wholesale Club are planning to celebrate their new business partnership with a Carnival of Fun at the store from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event will include games and children's activities, entertainment and refreshments, with proceeds to benefit Marley Middle.

The partnership will provide fund-raising support, equipment donations, curriculum enhancements and community service opportunities for the more than 900 students at Marley.

"It's amazing to see what can be accomplished when businesses and communities partner in the spirit of supporting local schools," said Marty Tibert, general manager of the store at the Festival at Pasadena shopping center on Ritchie Highway.

"We're interested in helping [Marley] with the diverse resources we're able to offer. It's sure to be an exciting and productive school year, and this event will be a fun way to kick off our partnership."

The carnival is open to the public.

Bazaar exhibitors

Crafts vendors are invited to reserve tables for the Dec. 9 Marley Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association Holiday Bazaar.

Tables rent for $15 each. Proceeds benefit school projects. For a reservation, call Cindi Foard at 410-787-9174.

Flea, craft market

The Ladies Guild of the Knights of Columbus, Father McGivney Council, will sponsor a flea market and craft fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Proceeds will support the council's charity work within the community, especially in the area of education.

The event will take place at McGivney Point, behind the Marley sign near Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Furnace Branch Road.

Information: Pat Wild at 410-761-7782.

Back to GBHS night

Glen Burnie High will open its doors to parents Tuesday for Back to School Night.

The evening will begin with a group presentation in the auditorium from 6:30 p.m. to 6:55 p.m. Parents can then follow their children's schedules, visiting classrooms to meet teachers, hearing an overview on courses and reviewing textbooks.

Counselors and administrators will be available to answer questions in the cafeteria.

PTSA representatives will have a table with information on membership.

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