Former Marines look to start service league

NEIGHBORS

April 30, 2001|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THOUGH HUNDREDS of current and former Marines live in Howard County, there has never been a detachment of the Marine Corps League here.

That's about to change, thanks to the efforts of Frank Kippenbrock of Elkridge and others. Kippenbrock is working to create a Howard County detachment of the Marine Corps League, a service organization established in 1937 and composed of Marines who have served honorably.

"Right now, we have the required number of members to get national recognition," Kippenbrock said. That number is 20, and he believes as many as 25 Marines have signed up.

The next step is to file the paperwork that will win the group state and then national Marine Corps approval, Kippenbrock said. He expects the national approval to come June 23, during a regional conference in Westminster.

Two main goals of the group will be to provide scholarships and to work with the Young Marines of the Marine Corps League in historic Elkridge, a group for youngsters ages 8 to 18.

The group will also pursue "anything else that a particular member may have an interest in," Kippenbrock said.

For now, though, the focus is on getting off the ground. Kippenbrock, 40, retired in 1998 after 20 years of active service and works full time as a contractor for the National Security Agency. Helping organize the Marine Corps League has been a labor of love.

"The Marines are a very special breed of people," said Kippenbrock, who served in the Persian Gulf war, Bosnia and Panama. "Once they make it through boot camp, they are a band of brothers."

That connection among Marines is helping the group grow because each Marine tells others about the organization, Kippenbrock said.

The group meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Montevideo Road in Jessup. Information: Kippenbrock, 410-579-4713.

Flower sale

Cross Country Garden Club of Ellicott City is holding its annual yard sale/flower sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parking lot of 9041 Chevrolet Drive in Ellicott City. Baked goods also will be sold.

The club, formed in 1955, will use the proceeds for beautification and garden therapy projects. Information: Ann Murphy, 410-730-6481.

New moms get fit

First Step Fitness in Ellicott City is starting a fitness class for new mothers and their babies. The class is for women six to eight weeks postpartum and will focus on helping them regain their muscles and figures. Babies will be included in some of the exercises.

The class will meet from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the B. Funk Dance Studio at 840 Oella Ave. The next session begins May 7. The cost per month is $50.

Information, registration: First Step Fitness, 410-440-4116.

Art teacher honored

John Howland, an art teacher at Mount Hebron High School, was selected as Eastern Region Secondary Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association.

The annual award recognizes one outstanding NAEA member, by region, within each division, for exemplary contributions, service and achievement.

Latin scholars

Eight Howard High School students took the National Latin Exam on March 12. For Latin I, Laura Bumiller received a gold medal and a summa cum laude certificate and Rebecca Gould received a silver medal and a maxima cum laude certificate.

In Latin II, Melissa Perrelli received a gold medal and a summa cum laude certificate, Rebecca Lambert received her second gold medal and a summa cum laude certificate and Bernie Gabin and Patrick Miles received magna cum laude certificates.

Mother's Day craft

Children age 6 and older can hear stories and create a Mother's Day gift at the Elkridge Branch Library from 4 to 4:45 p.m. May 10.

Participants should bring a 3 1/2 -by-5-inch photo of themselves.

Registration: 410-313-5085 or visit the library's children's desk.

Spring fair

Centennial Lane Elementary School will hold a spring fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the school.

Games, face-painting, a Mother's Day craft and a book and video sale will be featured.

Information or to volunteer: Diane Standeven, 410-461-6213.

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