Donation to historical society the picture of generosity

November 17, 2003

When the Howard County Historical Society decided its latest fund-raiser would be a calendar of full-color artworks depicting county scenes, it had a perfect resource in artist Alice Webb of Clarksville.

An active member of the society as well as a professional artist and art teacher, Webb has been painting Howard County scenes for almost three decades.

"I gave them a CD with all of the paintings I have ever done of Howard County, and it was a lot," Webb said.

A committee chose 11 watercolors and two etchings for the 2004 calendar. Webb donated the use of her work and made a new painting for the cover, depicting the society's headquarters, a former church in Ellicott City.

The calendar includes scenes of local landmarks, such as Clarkland Farms, Historic Belmont and the Elkridge Furnace Inn in a variety of seasons.

The money raised by the sale will help cover operating costs for the society, said John Wafer, the group's second vice president. A part of the proceeds also will go into a fund to expand the society's library, adjacent to its headquarters.

"We've run out of room," Wafer said of the current library, which contains documents on local history and genealogy.

"Right now, the place where they are keeping stuff does not have any temperature or climate control," Webb said. "They are getting lots and lots of historic documents and books. They really need a place to preserve this stuff."

She added, "I definitely feel good about donating my talents."

Wafer hopes to sell all 2,000 copies of the calendar for a profit of $20,000. The calendar costs $15, of which $10 is tax-deductible.

The calendars are available in numerous local stores or through the historical society Web site, www.hchsmd.org.

Information: 410-750-0370.

- Sandy Alexander

St. Augustine School plans two Christmas bazaars

St. Augustine School in Elkridge will hold its annual spaghetti dinner and Christmas bazaar from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

The school's homemade authentic Polish luncheon and Christmas bazaar will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Both events include bake sales, artisans, pictures with Santa Claus, children's games and Santa's Workshop.

The school is at 5990 Old Washington Blvd. Information: 410-242-4954 or 410-796-2214.

Howard High to welcome visitors for education week

Parents and members of the community are invited to visit Howard High School during American Education Week, today through Friday. Guides will conduct tours of the school, and refreshments will be provided.

Visitors, who can drop in at any time, should register in the lobby.

An overview of advanced programs is planned from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow in the school's media center. Administrators and teachers will discuss the Gifted and Talented Education Program, which includes a mentoring program, and Advanced Placement courses.

Information: 410-313-2867.

Births

Alexandra Moosbruggur Boos: To Bruce Boos and Betsy Moosbruggur of Ellicott City on Oct. 5.

Cody Daniel: To Richard and Kellie Spitznogle of Elkridge on Oct. 27.

Around town

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, stresses creating positive relationships with family and friends, and is open to older adults from the Elkridge area. 410-313-7466.

Reunion: The Mount Hebron High School Class of 1983 will hold its 20-year reunion Nov. 28. Chris Pfister McComas, cdmc comas@netzero.net.

Young firefighters: The 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 at the fire station. 410-966-2831.

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