Court of Honor recognizes Scouts' accomplishments

October 09, 2003

Boy Scout Troop 757 of Glenwood held a fall Court of Honor on Sept. 29 to recognize members' accomplishments during the past six months and install its newly elected young leaders.

The ceremony was held at the Howard County Fairgrounds and attended by members of the troop and their families. The older Scouts prepared dehydrated backpacking food for dinner - two chicken dishes and beef stroganoff.

Eight boys advanced in rank, and 16 Scouts received a total of 63 merit badges. Russell Bodine and Timothy Metzbower achieved Scout, and during the past six months Russell also advanced to Tenderfoot, as did Scott Eisenberg, David Mikulis and Michael McNeill. Tab Bannister moved up to Second Class and Cameron Brown to First Class. Walter Worley is the troop's newest Life Scout - one rank below Eagle.

Newly installed officers are Mike Marlow, senior patrol leader; Scott Fry and Matt Harvill, assistant senior patrol leaders; James Proctor, Adam Mikulis and Walter Worley, patrol leaders; Danny Gouker and Justin House, troop guides; Cameron Brown, historian; Tab Bannister, scribe; Jason Harvill, quartermaster; Ethan and Zack Condon, librarians.

Receiving merit badges were Brooke Appler, Tab Bannister, Russell Bodine, Cameron Brown, Ethan Condon, Zack Condon, Scott Eisenberg, Scott Fry, Nick Markowski, Michael McNeill, Timothy Metzbower, Adam Mikulis, David Mikulis, Ryan Skeberdis, Michael Worley and Walter Worley.

Members of the two crews from Troop 757 who backpacked for 11 days last summer at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico were recognized and awarded the 50-Miler Award patch. The boys trekked more than 65 miles and worked for 10 hours on environmental conservation projects to earn the patch.

Honored were Walter Worley, Ryan Skeberdis, James Proctor, Adam Mikulis, Mike Marlow, John LaPoint, Matt Jaso, Justin House, Matt Harvill, Jason Harvill, Danny Gouker, Scott Fry, Mike Englehart and Andrew Appler.

Troop 757 meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Any boy in sixth grade through age 18 who is interested in learning more should contact Scoutmaster Toby Gouker, 410-531-3878, or Senior Patrol Leader Mike Marlow, 15, at 410-465-9505.

- Diane Mikulis

Birth

Luke Thomas: To Niels and Christy Choi Johnson of New Market on Sept. 23. The baby was born at Howard County General Hospital.

Around town

Bird feeding: Central Maryland Audubon Society will present a short seminar, "Everything You Wanted to Know about Backyard Bird Feeding," at 7 p.m. today at the Mount Airy library. Cookies and cold cider will be served. Bill Becraft, 410-795-6546.

Chess club: The Glenwood library offers open play for chess fans of all ages in its Howard County Library Chess Club. The group meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Registration is not necessary. Chess sets are provided. 410-313-5577.

Open house: The Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department will hold an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the fire hall, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, in Clarksville. Fire engine rides, giveaways for adults and children, snacks and family activities are planned. 410-313-7215.

Nature walks: Howard County Conservancy will continue its series of fall nature walks with a Birds of Fall walk, co-sponsored by the Howard Bird Club, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 19 at the conservancy's Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. 410-465-8877.

Arts wing opens: Glenelg High School will open its new Performing Arts Wing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and performances by the school band, madrigals, orchestra, drama and barbershop quartet. An open house, when members of the community can tour the facility, will be held after the ribbon-cutting. Refreshments will be served. The event, originally scheduled for Sept. 21, was postponed because of Tropical Storm Isabel. 410-313-5528.

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