His lifelong history as `Good Scout' has veterinarian prepared for honor


August 12, 2002|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DR. FRED LEWIS became an Eagle Scout nearly 60 years ago, but his involvement with Scouting didn't stop there.

Lewis, 75, has 10 children, all of whom have gone through the Scouting program. His seven sons all became Eagle Scouts, the highest Scouting level possible. His three daughters were also active and successful in Girl Scouts, he said.

Now, his grandchildren are getting involved in Scouts and "working on their Eagles," he said.

Lewis, who lives in Clarksville, was honored for his involvement by County Executive James N. Robey, who named Lewis the winner of the "Good Scout" award for 2002.

Robey, who lives in Ellicott City, was the 2001 winner and was allowed to choose who would next win the award.

"Dr. Lewis, his wife and family have truly lived the Scouting adventure," Robey said in a statement.

"Fred displays leadership skills, actively works with Scouts and has taught through example for more than four decades," his statement said. "Besides his own children, Dr. and Mrs. Lewis have influenced thousands of Scouts throughout the years."

The award is sponsored by the National Pike District, the Howard County section of the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The council's jurisdiction includes Baltimore and Anne Arundel, Carroll, Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties and it serves more than 5,000 youths a year.

Mike Milby, executive director of the National Pike District, said the Good Scout program, is about a dozen years old and typically looks for people who are involved in the community.

"Dr. Lewis is kind of a double whammy in this case," Milby said, because he has such a strong Scouting history.

Lewis will be formally honored at a breakfast Nov. 8. "It's a big fund-raiser, of course," Lewis said of the breakfast. Last year, Howard County raised more than $42,000 for the Good Scout program, the most money of any county in the area, according to a news release.

Robey, who is serving as the honorary chairman of the National Pike District, was a Scout as well, Milby said.

Lewis, a horse veterinarian, is still active with Scouting. "I'm a member of the National Pike District Foundation and a merit badge counselor, and I serve on the Eagle Board for the local Scout troop," he said.

He explained that Scouting has had an influence on his entire life. "You learn to work together, you learn to lead, you learn to follow," he said.

The Boy Scouts of America teaches youths "valuable skills that they will use throughout their life," he said.

Music classes

Olenka Bren, the owner of the Olenka School of Music, has been teaching music in Ellicott City for 10 years. Her pupils are as young as age 1.

Her music school, formerly known as the Ellicott Square School of Music, now has two new locations. One is at 3220 Corporate Court, Suite A, in Ellicott City, and the other is at 10015 Old Columbia Road in Kings Contrivance. A third location is at the River Hill Village Center.

Grand opening events will be held at the two new locations. The Ellicott City opening will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Kings Contrivance opening is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 24. Both events will feature live musical entertainment and free food. A T-shirt will be given to anyone who signs up for fall classes.

Several 30-minute trial classes are available through Sept. 7. For schedules, call 410-309-0770 or visit www.olenkaschool ofmusic.com.

Games at the library

Teen-agers can spend an evening playing Clue, Life, chess and other board games at the Elkridge branch library.

The event will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the library, 6540 Washington Blvd. No registration is required, and teens are invited to bring along a favorite game to share with the group.

For more information, call the library at 410-313-5077.

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