From part time to employee of the year


January 21, 2002|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MOLLY VINCENT of Ellicott City has had an impact on the Local Children's Board since joining it as a part-timer in 1998, and now she's the board's program manager. Vincent, 35, was recently honored as Howard County's Employee of the Year.

The county chooses its recipient from those named "employee of the year" of their departments, so Vincent knew she was in the running.

"Of course, I never thought it would be me," she said.

Vincent joined the board after moving from Colorado, where she was administrator of a residential treatment program for adolescents. After her daughter, Rachel, was born in 1999, Vincent began working full time.

The board, which has a budget of about $1.7 million from state and local sources, is part of the county's Department of Citizen Services. It organizes and funds local programs.

Vincent has been instrumental in raising money for programs, said Dale Jackson, the county's Children's Services administrator. She helped expand a Family Options program to assist young mothers and their children and started Men Encouraging, Nurturing and Supporting - a program that helps fathers without custody to stay involved in their children's lives.

Part of the board's job is to bring troubled children who have been placed out of state to meet their needs back to Maryland.

"Not only does Molly do things on a broader scale, but she cares a lot individually for kids," Jackson said. "She understands we're working with individual children here.

"Even around the office, she's somebody people feel like they can come and they can talk to. She's really got a very open and warm personality."

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Maryland honored the Bakers of Elkridge as its Outstanding Family in 2001 for supporting the organization and its athletes.

Bob Baker has been the director of Special Olympics Howard County for the past 2 1/2 years. Peggy Baker has worked with the cross-country skiing and aquatics programs.

Stephanie Baker, 17, a Special Olympics athlete, competes in aquatics, cycling, soccer, cross country skiing and golf. She helps publish a quarterly newsletter for Special Olympics Howard County. Kim Baker, 13, has volunteered as an assistant with aquatics, soccer and skiing. Her swim team raised nearly $10,000 for Special Olympics Howard County in the past three years.

Special Olympics Maryland named George Guthrie of Ellicott City as the Outstanding State Volunteer for 2001. He has raised money for the state and county organizations.

Howard County was honored as Outstanding Area Program for the second consecutive year for the quality of its sports training and competition.

Sgt. John Noonan of the Howard County Police Department received the Keeper of the Flame Award and was selected to carry the torch at the 2001 Winter World Games in Anchorage, Alaska.

Valentine's Dance

The big band sounds of the Blue Moon Big Band will be on tap Feb. 2 at a Valentine's Dance co-sponsored by the Mount Hebron and Granite Presbyterian churches.

The dance will be from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 2832 Nine Mile Circle, off Frederick Road, just east of Main Street in Ellicott City.

A silent auction will feature gift certificates and other items, including an out-of-print first edition of The Pictorial History of Howard County by historian Joetta Cramm.

Tickets are $25 or $40 a couple and include wine, beer and soda. They can be purchased at either church. Information: Mount Hebron at 410-465-3993, Granite at 410-461-5746.

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