7th-grader looks to take path to geography glory


January 28, 2001|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE QUESTION was, "In August 2000, a team from Russia, Norway and Great Britain attempted in vain to rescue the crew of a Russian submarine that sank off the coast of Russia to the floor of which sea?"

Got it?

Seventh-grader Allan Dickens did - answering, "Barents Sea," and becoming Lindale Middle School's champion in the final round of its National Geographic Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

Allan has taken a written test to qualify for one of the 100 spots in the statewide competition scheduled April 6. The winner on the state level will represent Maryland at the national event in Washington on May 22-23.

Phil Solloway, Lindale's social studies department chairman, said the society has sponsored the national bee for the past 13 years to promote the teaching and study of geography. The contest is open to pupils in grades four through eight in schools that want to participate. This is the fourth consecutive year that Lindale has taken part.

The preliminary round of questions took place last month, with more than 80 children in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades participating. Twelve qualified for the final round of competition, in which seventh-graders Joshua Van Horne and Sarah Tyzack were runner-up and third place, respectively.

The other pupils reaching the final rounds were Victor Carr, Elissa Clark, Andrew Neall, Sabrina Knott, Roger Akin, Leanne Miller, David Harig, Shaun Ensey and Behwon Gaba.

"Good luck to Allan and congratulations to all of our participants for making this the most successful competition to date," Solloway said.

First Sunday music

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church is sponsoring another of its First Sunday performances, and people are invited to the program at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4.

Suzanne Miller, author of the recently published book "Spirituality 101," will play the harp and dulcimer, using music and accompanying narrative to introduce a novel way of thinking about the spiritual side of our existence.

St. Christopher's is at 116 Marydell Road in Linthicum.

Information or directions: 410-859-5633.

Mulch ado about gardening

"Mulch, Mulch, and More Mulch" is the program for Friday's Friendly Thyme Herb Club meeting at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. A social hour begins at 9:15 a.m., followed by the program and business meeting at 10 a.m.

Earl Adams, owner of the Gambrills Retail Garden Center for nearly four decades, will share his knowledge about the how, why and where of mulch in the garden.

Club member Marie Gish will give the herb report on St. Fiacre, patron saint of the garden, and a book report will be given by member Lois Wilson.

Guests and prospective members are welcome.

Information: Audrey Roat, 410-636-2151.

Democratic club roast

The District 32 Democratic Club is sponsoring a bull-and-oyster roast from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, with music by the Bulldogs. A basket of cheer raffle will be held and a cake wheel available.

Tickets are available at the door or by calling 410-987-5299.

Officers and directors for this year were sworn in at the club's Jan. 18 meeting at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center.

New officers are: Kathy Sauble, president; Evelyn "Pete" Kellner, vice president; Jaclyn Dixon, secretary; Victor Sulin, treasurer; and Jim Thomas, sergeant-at-arms.

Board members are Len Beidle, immediate past president; and Tyras "Bunk" Athey, Earl Barnes, Joseph Corcoran, Thomas Dixon, Walter Dow, John Riggin and Edward Shipley.

The club holds regular meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the senior center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Dues are $10 a year. Guests are welcome.

Information: 410-672-6850.

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