FAMILY, FRIENDS and guests state Sen. John C. Astle and Del. Michael E. Busch gathered at the Ulmstead Barn on Oct. 24 to see five members of Broadneck Boy Scout Troop 835 receive the highest honor in Boy Scouting: the Eagle Scout Award.
From the time a boy becomes a Scout, all the badges he earns and elective projects he works on go toward fulfilling the requirements for the Eagle award. One of the final requirements is to perform an individual community project.
The Eagle project of 17-year-old Nicholas Lindsay, son of Robin Lindsay and Melanie Lindsay, was to build a split-rail fence to protect an area on the Broadneck Peninsula that was being reforested. As if achieving Eagle status were not enough, the senior at Broadneck High School received word the same day that he had been accepted into the Class of 2007 at the Naval Academy.
Also a Broadneck senior, Ray Sandifer, 16-year-old son of Ray and Nancy Sandifer, built a 28-foot-wide double gate at Sandy Point State Park. The gate is at the entrance to the park's West Beach.
Sixteen-year old Joshua Watson, son of John and Mary Watson, built a picnic area at Grace Baptist Church in Bowie. Josh is a junior at Broadneck High School.
The youngest member of the group, Bryan Haglund, 15, son of David and Taryn Haglund, built a tire swing in the Bay Hills community. Bryan is a sophomore at Broadneck High School.
Not present was Thomas Powers, 18, son of Jeff and Carol Powers, who is a freshman at the University of Rochester in New York. His Eagle project was to build a bluebird trail at Towson Unitarian Universal Church.
Part of the Four Rivers District of the Baltimore Area Council of Boy Scouts, Troop 835 has more than 50 Scouts in middle and high school, and is led by Scoutmaster Mike Allen and Assistant Scoutmaster Dave Haglund.
For Troop 835 information, call Ray Sandifer, 410-757-8843.
Fairy tales go comic
The entire family will enjoy Severn School's production of This Is Where We Came In, a comedy based on a couple of "lightly fractured" fairy tales by British author Sir Alan Ayckbourn. The show is at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday in the school's Price Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For reservations, contact Michael Freitag at 410-647-7700, Ext. 424.
Show the write stuff
Pen In Hand, a group of multi-talented artists specializing in calligraphy, presents its annual holiday show and sale from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and from noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Greater Chamber of Commerce building at 1 Holly Ave. in Old Severna Park.
The collection by artists Lynne Carnes, Marilyn Gaver, Suzanne Heany, Jan Lynn, Joan Machinchick and Elizabeth McKee, features stationery, greeting cards, hand-bound books, holiday gifts, tree ornaments, children's items, framed and matted quotations, poetry and Scripture, a special selection of Chesapeake calligraphy. Be sure to see the group's eighth annual calendar, called "Sounds."
For more information, call 410-974-0139.
Discussing child health
Vineyard Child Care Center invites parents and children to its Child Health and Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the center at 255 Najoles Drive in Millersville, near Interstate 97 and Benfield Boulevard.
There will be information about safety cinema for kids, Internet safety, car seat safety and more. The center will distribute free Child IDENT-A-CARDs, and there'll be games for the children and refreshments for everyone.
The Vineyard center is associated with the Vineyard Christian Fellowship church. For more information, call 410-987-2040.
Event to aid grieving
Rainbows, an international support group program for parents and children ages 5 to 18 who have suffered a loss from separation, divorce or death, begins a series of 14 meetings at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 in the music room at Oakwood Elementary School in Glen Burnie.
Participants are encouraged to attend the entire series that is designed to help reinforce a belief in a person's own goodness and the value of his or her family. For more information, call 410-222-6429 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 410-647-1445.