Kids give birthday gift to fire department

October 06, 2003

Three children from Centennial Lane Elementary School whose birthdays fall on Sept. 11 presented $1,902.81 to the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department last month.

Jacob Sorak, 9, Vivian Wang, 8, and Michael Baruch, 10, signed a flier requesting donations from children and staff at the school.

"I wanted to take something that was a sad event and be able to make it something positive for the birthday children," said Jacob's mother, Bonnie Sorak, who came up with the idea.

The flier was distributed Sept. 9, and the school community responded. "We had one [donation] that was $9.11. ... Some envelopes just had pennies in them," Sorak said.

Deputy Chief Craig C. Proffen and Carolyn Klein, firefighter and administrative officer at the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department, accepted the gift in a ceremony Sept. 11.

The money will go toward the purchase of a rescue squad, the truck that carries rescue equipment to the scene of a disaster, said Proffen, who expects delivery in a few weeks.

- Fay Lande

Elkridge firefighters to hold parade, open house

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department will hold a parade and open house Saturday at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road.

The parade will start at 10 a.m., and the open house will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fire engine rides, giveaways and family activities are planned.

Information: 410-313-4901.

High schools to hold 10-year, 20-year reunions

The Howard High School Class of 1993 will hold its 10-year reunion at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 30.

Information: Florrie Ton, 410-902-6986.

The Mount Hebron High School Class of 1983 will hold its 20-year reunion Nov. 28. Information: Chris Pfister McComas,


Promoted: Navy Chief Petty Officer Louis M. Steele, a 1984 graduate of Centennial High School, was recently promoted to his current rank while assigned to the guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas.


Riley Michael Donovan: To Gary Donovan and Noelle Kapp of Elkridge on Aug. 24.

Curtis James: To Gregg and Sandi Gilliece of Ellicott City on Sept. 2.

Around town

Young firefighters: Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior Firefighter Program seeks new members, ages 9 to 15, to learn basic firefighting skills. The Junior Firefighter Program, which meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of each month, conducts training and fund raising, and assists with department functions. 410-966-2831.

Peer support: The Department of Citizen Services' Office of Aging is sponsoring a 10-week SPRING peer support group with the theme "Ac-cent-chu-ate the Positive!" from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays in the community room of Colonial Landing Apartments, 6391 Rowanberry Drive, Elkridge. The free group, SPRING Sunbeams, is focused on creating positive relationships with family and friends, and is open to older adults from the Elkridge area. 410-313-7466.

Elkridge meeting: The Greater Elkridge Community Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Elkridge firehouse, 6275 Old Washington Road. Representatives from ReVisions, public officials and a neighborhood police officer will discuss the plan to build a ReVisions group home on Bauman Drive in Elkridge.

Moms meet: The MOMS Club of Ellicott City - South Chapter, a support group for stay-at-home mothers, will meet at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 14 at Emory United Methodist Church, 3799 Church Road, Ellicott City. 410-461-3364 or ofec.

Volunteers needed: Patapsco Valley State Park seeks volunteers to provide information to the public, speak about the environment and interpret local history at its Avalon Visitor Center. The building is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Anne Kernan, 410-737- 0451.

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