Savage area to pay tribute to victims of Sept. 11

NEIGHBORS

August 30, 2002|By Susan Harpster | Susan Harpster,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE SAVAGE-area community is invited to participate in a Sept. 11 "Remembrance March and Ceremony" commemorating last year's tragic events.

Participants are asked to assemble at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 on the parking lot of Bollman Bridge Elementary School, 8200 Savage-Guilford Road in Jessup.

At 7:15 p.m., the march will proceed down Savage-Guilford Road and end at Carroll Baldwin Memorial Hall, 9035 Baltimore St., in Savage.

Luminarias will light Baltimore Street, Foundry Street, Savage-Guilford Road and the area surrounding Carroll Baldwin Memorial Hall, where a candle-lighting ceremony will take place about 7:30 p.m.

Uniformed members of the Savage Volunteer Fire Department will join the procession and the ceremony as a tribute to emergency workers across the country and to those who perished in the terrorist attacks.

All military personnel and emergency service workers who attend are asked to dress in uniform.

Representatives of the Savage Volunteer Fire Department will raise an American flag during the ceremony at Carroll Baldwin Memorial Hall. The Children's Community Choir of Savage, directed by Joy Hemler, assistant pastor of Bethel Assembly of God, will perform.

"As Sept. 11 quickly approaches, many Americans are still searching for comfort and hope in light of the tragedies of one year ago," Hemler said.

A number of churches in Savage are planning the ceremony. They are Bethel Assembly of God, Countryside Fellowship Church, 1st Baptist Church of Savage, St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church and United Methodist Church of Savage.

Community members who are unable to march from Bollman Bridge Elementary School can join the ceremony at Carroll Baldwin Memorial Hall.

"Our desire is that all who join us will find hope and leave with a renewed sense of American pride," Hemler said.

`Street captains'

The North Laurel Civic Association seeks community representatives, or "street captains," to act as liaisons between the association and neighborhood residents.

Community representatives will work with the association to identify and serve the needs of North Laurel residents.

Current community representatives are: Pam Peseux, Karen Harvie, Oscar Perales, Kay Perales, Donna Thewes and Mary Rekus.

According to Harvie, also a North Laurel Civic Association board member, "This is an opportunity to meet your neighbors and have a meaningful impact in your community."

The association wants to know about issues or concerns that residents might have, and they want to provide outreach services to any resident who needs assistance.

They are also trying to build community support for initiatives such as additional recreation facilities, road improvements and development oversight.

The association monitors state and county legislation and corresponds with local officials regarding matters that affect the North Laurel area.

"People living in North Laurel are the best judge of what we need," Harvie said. "You shouldn't give up the decisions of what goes on here to people who don't live here."

The association has volunteer opportunities to suit most levels of interest and availability.

Information: 301-725-7521.

Girl Scout news

Janet Deutsch is the new troop coordinator for the Girl Scouts who meet in the Bollman Bridge and Guilford elementary schools area cluster.

This cluster also includes the troops that meet at Hammond, Murray Hill, Owen Brown and Patuxent Valley middle schools and Hammond High School.

These troops are administered locally by the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and nationally by the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. Deutsch is taking over for Dawn Stewart, who held the troop coordinator position for the past two years.

Stewart will work with the local Girl Scout service team unit, which provides support for a range of Scouting activities.

Deutsch's primary responsibilities as troop coordinator are processing registration forms, placing new Girl Scouts in existing troops, and establishing new troops.

She is looking for troop leaders to work with kindergarten girls at the Daisy Girl Scout level.

About 100 girls make up 13 troops in the Bollman Bridge and Guilford elementary schools area cluster.

Deutsch became involved with Girl Scouts four years ago when her daughter, Cathy, 10, joined a Brownie level troop when she was in the second grade.

"Because of her, I am where I am today," said Deutsch of her daughter, who is a Junior Girl Scout in the sixth grade at Owen Brown Middle School. "If you are going to work with girls, the Girl Scout organization provides resources and training so you can be the best support possible."

Information: 410-381-7127, or e-mail cnjscrapbooking @aol.com.

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