Injured 4-H'er is back on his feet again

May 06, 2004

Barbara Graybeal says her son John is on his feet again. The 13-year-old Mount View Middle School student was injured in a caving accident a year ago, on a trip to Laurel Caverns in Pennsylvania with his Scout troop.

"It was a seven-hour cave rescue, and they airlifted him to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh," she said. "Just this past weekend, he was showing his sheep at the fair."

John showed a yearling ewe at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The Graybeals live on a small farm of about 10 acres and keep about 20 sheep. John had planned to show sheep last year, as part of his 4-H project, but he was in the hospital, Barbara Graybeal said.

"It's a primitive cave. They went in with helmets. He was about a mile and a half under ground. They came to a big open room [and] he just took a funny step and fell about 20 feet down a ledge," she said. "He hit the ground and they said, `Are you all right?' and he said, `No, my leg's broken.' And then he tried to get up and he said, `Oh, my arm's broken too.' "

John's father, Jack Graybeal, is Scoutmaster for Troop 555. John's brother Adam, now 15, was also along on the trip. They stayed with John during his rescue. Barbara Graybeal drove to Pittsburgh with older son Drew, 18, and met them at the hospital.

"The week I was in Pittsburgh with [John], my husband and sons were home. So we had people sending food over," she said. Cards and messages arrived, as did concerned friends.

"We're so thankful for everything that our friends, the community - the things they did for us were really very nice," Barbara Graybeal said. "It's really comforting to live in this kind of a place."

- Fay Lande

Free family dinner to focus of preventing drug abuse

The Western Horizon Council and the Glenwood library will offer a free family dinner and workshop, "Guiding Good Choices: Substance Abuse Prevention for Middle School Students and Their Parents," from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 19 at the library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.; the program starts at 7 p.m. Parents and children will have an opportunity to talk separately and together. Anne Walker, substance abuse prevention coordinator for the Howard County Health Department, will lead the program.

Admission is free, but reservations are required. The Glenwood library is at 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

Information: 410-313-5577.

The Western Horizon Council advises the Horizon Foundation about community concerns.

Glenelg High jazz group sets family picnic, concert

The Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble will present its fifth catered family picnic and concert, "Jazz Under the Stars," at 5 p.m. May 16 at Chapel View Farm in Woodbine.

Guest soloist Deanna Bogart will perform.

Tickets for the catered dinner and concert are $25; $10 for children to age 12. Children to age 5 are admitted free.

To purchase tickets, send a note, a check and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Glenelg High School, 14025 Burnt Woods Road, Glenelg 21737, Attn.: Jazz Under the Stars. The deadline to order tickets is Monday.

Musicians slate concerts at River Hill High

The River Hill High School music department will present a concert by the school's concert band, symphonic band and wind ensemble at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

A jazz concert presented by student musicians is planned at 7 p.m. May 14.

Tickets, available at the door, are $5; $3 for children ages 6 to 11. Children to age 6 are admitted free.

Information: 410-313-6927.

Births

Greta Elaine: To Russell and Susan Shambeau of Mariottsville on March 24.

Gabrielle Marie: To Rob and Sheri Lewis of Fulton on April 15.

Around Town

Chess: The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will hold open play for chess enthusiasts of all ages from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, and May 13, 20 and 27. Chess sets will be provided. Registration is not necessary.

Library: The Mother-Daughter Book Club, an opportunity for mothers and daughters, ages 13 and older, to spend time together in an informal setting, will discuss The Boy Next Door, by Meggin Cabot, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Books are available at the library.

Gardener: A master gardener program on container gardening, with Carol McAllister, is planned for 7 p.m. May 17. Registration is requested. 410-313-5577.

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