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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer | December 3, 1992
Brian Backe was incorrectly identified in a headline and photo credit in Thursday's Carroll edition. He is the operations manager for SERRV in New Windsor.The Baltimore Sun regrets the errors.A desire to help end world poverty, and experience with non-profit groups and management, are what brought Brian Backe to the New Windsor Service Center's SERRV program about two months ago."I chose a long time ago not to work in the corporate world," said the 33-year-old director of operations for SERRV (Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation Vocation)
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1998
The Illinois-based Church of the Brethren has decided that a $5 million-a-year New Windsor handcraft business that supports Third World artisans should make it on its own.The church's general board voted 18-5 during its fall meeting in New Windsor to make Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation Vocations International, or SERRV, a separate, nonprofit organization. The change ends SERRV's 49 years of service as an agency of the Elgin, Ill.-based church.The organization, which sells handcrafts created by Native Americans and Third World artisans in 30 countries, "has no plans to move at all" from the Church of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, said Kathleen Campanella, the center's coordinator of public information.
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November 8, 1992
Photographs of artisans from Peru and Haiti, all of whom sell their products at the Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation and Vocation (SERRV) International Gift Shop in New Windsor, are on display in Western Maryland College's Decker Center.The pictures were taken during a recent trip by SERRV's staff photographer, Richard Foster. Along with the photos, samples of the artisans' handiwork will be exhibited. The display ends Nov. 23.SERRV was formed shortly after World War II to help economically devastated refugees.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Karol V. Menzie,SUN STAFF | July 19, 1998
Inviting toadsDid you know that one toad can eat three times its weight in insect pests every day? A very good reason to invite one into your garden - and you can do that in style with a Toad House from Mudbug Pottery in Annapolis. The 5-inch-tall, 6 1/2 -inch-diameter stoneware shelter, with its arched entrance, tiny windows and chimney for ventilation, provides perfect sanctuary. All you need is a sheltered site, a toxin-free environment and a small pool or ground-level birdbath. Potter John Jensen creates the toad houses, which cost $29.95.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1998
The Illinois-based Church of the Brethren has decided that a $5 million-a-year New Windsor handcraft business that supports Third World artisans should make it on its own.The church's general board voted 18-5 during its fall meeting in New Windsor to make Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation Vocations International, or SERRV, a separate, nonprofit organization. The change ends SERRV's 49 years of service as an agency of the Elgin, Ill.-based church.The organization, which sells handcrafts created by Native Americans and Third World artisans in 30 countries, "has no plans to move at all" from the Church of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, said Kathleen Campanella, the center's coordinator of public information.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 9, 1997
Conrado Conjelado can turn clamshells into delicate angels, a whimsical mobile or a bright sun catcher.Manila Bay, near his home in Manila in the Philippines, offers a bountiful supply for the Capiz artist who is visiting New Windsor for the International Festival tomorrow.What he cannot find on the beaches, deep-sea fishermen gather for him."I should not ever run out of material," he said.He has brought a large basket of shells and his tools so he can demonstrate his craft for festival crowds.
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By Judy Reilly and Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 8, 1997
HAVE YOU DREAMED of traveling to Southeast Asia, exploring South America or remote countries of Africa?Before you consult a travel agent, head to New Windsor onSaturday for the annual International Festival sponsored by Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation Vocations (SERRV).Flags from different countries will greet visitors on the grounds of Brethren Service Center. And "The Flagman," Bill Grimes-Wyatt of Baltimore, will be on hand to sell flags from around the globe.Entertainment will include music and dance from four continents.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer | December 3, 1992
"Oh, they're all decorated up for Christmas," said a woman who entered the International Gift Shop in New Windsor, which sells handcrafts made by people in developing nations.Not quite. The SERRV shop at the New Windsor Service Center was also dressed up for this weekend's Holidays Around the World celebration, which is about more than Christmas.The visitor was right about one thing: "It looks so nice.""I just love to hear that," said shop manager Helen Crouse, who had been working for a week stringing lights and decorating trees.
NEWS
May 4, 1997
Sylvan Learning Center coming to EldersburgSylvan Learning Center of Westminster is expanding with a new location in Eldersburg. An opening date has not yet been set for the Londontowne Square store.Sylvan offers tutorial courses in reading, writing, math, algebra and geometry, as well as an SAT preparatory class. It has earned candidacy for accreditation by the Commission on Elementary Schools Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Upon accreditation, students would be awarded credit for Sylvan classes.
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By Jane Lippy and Jane Lippy,Contributing writer | May 8, 1991
On any given day, the New Windsor Service Center may distribute blankets to Bolivia or goats to Ghana.This time, the world returns the favor, as "International Festival '91, A Circle of Friends" brings the cultures of the world to the center's grounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 9, 1997
Conrado Conjelado can turn clamshells into delicate angels, a whimsical mobile or a bright sun catcher.Manila Bay, near his home in Manila in the Philippines, offers a bountiful supply for the Capiz artist who is visiting New Windsor for the International Festival tomorrow.What he cannot find on the beaches, deep-sea fishermen gather for him."I should not ever run out of material," he said.He has brought a large basket of shells and his tools so he can demonstrate his craft for festival crowds.
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By Judy Reilly and Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 8, 1997
HAVE YOU DREAMED of traveling to Southeast Asia, exploring South America or remote countries of Africa?Before you consult a travel agent, head to New Windsor onSaturday for the annual International Festival sponsored by Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation Vocations (SERRV).Flags from different countries will greet visitors on the grounds of Brethren Service Center. And "The Flagman," Bill Grimes-Wyatt of Baltimore, will be on hand to sell flags from around the globe.Entertainment will include music and dance from four continents.
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By Karol V. Menzie | May 7, 1997
Rhubarb is the star of Pennsylvania festivalIt's a pretty select group, those who love rhubarb. If you count yourself among that tart taste lot, you might want to visit Kitchen Kettle Village's 14th annual Rhubarb Fest from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 17. Pastries, jelly, soup, muffins, chicken and ham, all with a touch of rhubarb, will be on the menu. The village is on Pennsylvania Route 340 in Intercourse. Call 800-732-3538.Benefit to fight hungerKnights in shining armor will crusade against hunger at the 5th annual Empty Bowls benefit for the Maryland Food DTC Committee Fridayat the Boumi Temple, 4900 N. Charles St. There'll be costumes, dancing and food donated by two dozen local caterers and restaurateurs.
NEWS
May 4, 1997
Sylvan Learning Center coming to EldersburgSylvan Learning Center of Westminster is expanding with a new location in Eldersburg. An opening date has not yet been set for the Londontowne Square store.Sylvan offers tutorial courses in reading, writing, math, algebra and geometry, as well as an SAT preparatory class. It has earned candidacy for accreditation by the Commission on Elementary Schools Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Upon accreditation, students would be awarded credit for Sylvan classes.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 10, 1996
On his first trip away from Haiti, Sadrole Louigene communicates mostly through an interpreter. But, he knows enough English to say what he wants to take home."
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By NATALIE HARVEY | December 6, 1994
The excitement of the holidays is in the air. Exchanging gifts with loved ones, friends and neighbors has become one of the happy experiences associated with the season.A very nice aspect is when you help others while buying gifts or holiday decorations. Columbia United Christian Church is selling SERRV handmade crafts from 9:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Sundays at Oakland Mills Meeting House.SERRV, Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation Vocations, began in post-World War II Germany as a way to help refugees earn a living.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 10, 1996
On his first trip away from Haiti, Sadrole Louigene communicates mostly through an interpreter. But, he knows enough English to say what he wants to take home."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | November 20, 1994
As Heidi Buttner drove through a Haitian slum last week, a small child banged on her car and begged for water."When I gave him bottled water, it was as if I had given him the best present he could ever have," said Ms. Buttner, 22.Her voice cracked as she spoke of the more than 20 children who later swarmed around her with cries for water. She had no more for them."It changed the whole way I think, to know people have to live like that," she said. "I saw children with distended tummies who have never seen a glass of clean water.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | November 20, 1994
As Heidi Buttner drove through a Haitian slum last week, a small child banged on her car and begged for water."When I gave him bottled water, it was as if I had given him the best present he could ever have," said Ms. Buttner, 22.Her voice cracked as she spoke of the more than 20 children who later swarmed around her with cries for water. She had no more for them."It changed the whole way I think, to know people have to live like that," she said. "I saw children with distended tummies who have never seen a glass of clean water.
NEWS
December 22, 1992
Haven't finished your Christmas shopping? There's a treasure trove of beautiful and unusual articles from around the world to be found right in our own backyard, at the International Gift Center in New Windsor.As a holiday bonus, purchases of handicrafts at the non-profit center will help artisans in 40 developing countries who make them, part of an world outreach effort by the Church of the Brethren.SERRV -- Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation Vocation -- started after World War II to provide relief to refugees in economically devastated parts of the globe.
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