Veteran twirler passes baton expertise to students


March 01, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS, Glenna Krebs has been teaching baton twirling to girls (and sometimes boys).

But only recently has the 65-year-old begun sharing her skills in Northwest Carroll through Taneytown Recreation Council. The council offers 10-week classes Monday nights at Northwest Middle School.

"It really has taken off," said Krebs, who moved to Taneytown a little more than a year ago, of the recreation council classes.

Krebs, who taught baton part time for 25 years in Baltimore County and 12 years in Harford County, began her twirling instruction at age 9.

"When I was a little girl, I had dancing lessons and twirling lessons," she said. "And I haven't stopped twirling."

Krebs, who teaches the classes with her daughter Joy Gilliam, 40, said the biggest challenges in teaching children are maintaining their attention and discipline. She said she adapts twirling to music and choreography to keep their interest.

Gilliam began twirling at age 3 and stopped competing when she turned 30. Baton twirling, she said, instills confidence.

"It really builds self-confidence and self-esteem," she said. "When you have to perform in front of thousands of people, it really builds your confidence."

But competing nationally was not easy, though she eventually won a national championship. She said she spent many Saturdays practicing for 12 hours or more.

"You have to learn discipline if you want to be a national champion," she added.

Gilliam's daughter, Kaytlyn, 11, a pupil at Northwest Middle School, is learning the skill.

"I enjoy doing it because it's something I can do with my family," Kaytlyn said. "I plan on sticking with it, and I'll probably compete."

Information: Bob Broderick, 410-756-2809.

Lions Club breakfast

Taneytown Lions Club will hold its St. Patrick's Day pancake breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 17 at the Taneytown Carnival Grounds building.

The all-you-can-eat breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, eggs, pudding and hominy and sausage gravy. Cost is $4.50 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 6 to 12.

"The funds raised help with the local Little League and other youth projects," said Claude Elmore Jr., a Lions Club member.

Elmore said the club promises not to serve green gravy.

Information: 410-751-1120.

Youth auction in March

New Windsor Youth Cluster, a youth group that includes several Methodist churches in the Northwest area, will hold its first auction at 7 p.m. March 24 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 200 Main St., New Windsor.

The youth group wants to raise money for its home-repair mission in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., according to Brenda Sebastian, who works with the group.

Sebastian said the mission is called Camp Joy and the youths have been going every summer for the past few years.

Auction items include one month of swimming at East End Athletic Club, home-baked items, a date with a popular young New Windsor man, a will drawn up or amended by a local attorney and more. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served all evening. A $2 donation is requested.

The churches in the New Windsor Youth Cluster include St. Paul's, Uniontown United Methodist, St. James United Methodist in Marston and Bethel United Methodist in the Marston area.

Basket bingo

St. James Lutheran Church will hold a basket bingo fund-raiser with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Francis Scott Key High School's cafeteria. Games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Information: 410-875-5484 or 410-635-6872.

Blood drive reminder

Taneytown Community Blood Drive will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Fireman's Activities Building on Memorial Drive.

Donors must be at least age 17 and in good health. They may donate blood once every eight weeks.

Information: 410-756-6077.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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