Kudos to Loch Raven resident Dick Shine who was awarded the Silver Beaver award at a Boy Scouts of America banquet at Martin's West last week. Of all the possible adult volunteers in the Dulaney district, Shine was selected as the recipient of this award for 30 years of volunteer service to Boy Scouts of America.
The Silver Beaver award is a council level service award "given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, sel- sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service". The actual medal is a silver beaver pendant suspended from a blue-and -hite ribbon worn around the neck. Silver awards are the highest awards given in Boy Scouts.
Shine, along with his wife ,Mary, have spent the last 28 years volunteering with Troop 730, a troop that serves kids with disabilities and meets at White Oak School. Shine reports that he has seen many Scoutmasters and boys come and go. Currently he is assistant Scoutmaster and advancement chair person, but he says he also serves as a shoulder to cry on and helps to keep everybody happy! There have been many success stories and happy moments associated with the troop but one of the best was when his son Ricky earned Eagle Scout in 2000.
Shine's wife also serves as an assistant Scoutmaster with the troop, and she and Ricky were on hand to see Shine receive his award.
Pleasant Plains Elementary School artists are currently displaying their creations at the Parkville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library (9509 Harford Road). All grade levels from the school are represented. Kindergarten artwork features still-life paintings influenced by Henri Matisse. First- and second-graders did their project using the theme "a beautiful place" while third- and fourth-graders used the theme "postcards from paradise." Fifth-graders used warm and cool colors to create still-life paintings. The art will be on display at the library for the entire month of March.
An open house was held at the library on the evening of Thursday, March 21 to honor the artists.
Immaculate Heart of Mary church invites the community to an organ recital featuring the organists from the following churches: St. Ursula, St. Isaac Jogues, St. Joseph-Fullerton and Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Sunday, April 14 concert will be performed at 4 p.m. on the church's 33 Rank Schantz pipe organ at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 8501 Loch Raven Boulevard.
On April 28 at 4 p.m., the choirs of Calvert Hall College High School will present Brothers, Sing On! featuring the Hallmen, Madrigal Singers, Concert Choir, and alumni. The concert also is at Immaculate Heart of Mary. Both concerts are free and do not require a reservation.
Get out and enjoy nature at the Cromwell Valley Park Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. till noon. In addition to the egg hunts, the event will feature a variety of related activities including games, egg dying, and spring bonnet design. Hunts will be divided into four age groups from three-year-olds through ten-year-olds and scheduled at different times. The free event will be held in the Sherwood Farms section of the park located 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road.
Buying mulch from Boy Scout Troop 792 is a win-win situation for everyone. The chocolate brown mulch will make your yard prettier and eliminate weeding. All profits from the sale go to the Assistance Center of Towson churches which provide help to the needy in the community. The cost is $5 per bag with free delivery for orders of ten or more bags to homes within the troop's delivery area. Paid orders must be in to Larry Bearden at 1564 Putty Hill Avenue, Towson, MD 21286 by April 5 and pick up or delivery is on April 13 at Loch Raven United Methodist Church at 6622 Loch Raven Boulevard.
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