Boy Scout Troop 828 presented the William Bayne Scout of the Year Award for 2012 to James Heuser at its annual Court of Awards and Dinner on Feb. 14 at Havenwood Presbyterian Church, which sponsors the troop.
The award recognizes the Scout's achievements and contributions to the troop. James received his Eagle rank on Dec. 5, 2012, and has served the troop in many roles, including senior patrol leader, den chief, scribe, quartermaster and instructor, as well as serving as chaplain's aide for Philmont in 2011. Currently a junior at Loyola Blakefield High School, he initiated and is president of the Games Club, and has been a member of the chess, German and robotics Clubs. Proud parents are Leslie and Mark Heuser.
In addition to the Scout of the Year award, rank advancements were presented and new patrol leaders installed during the Court of Awards. Congratulations to Daniel Krugman, Star; Xander Ehascz, Second Class; and Blane Thomas, Tenderfoot, on their rank advancements. New patrol leaders are Scott Finney, senior patrol leader; and Brendan Thomas and Daniel Krugman, patrol leaders.
Our local Girl Scout troops have been busy also. Hollywood was the theme of the year's Me and My Guy dance and quite a few celebrity lookalikes were present. Many of the Scouts and their "guys" dressed up for this annual father/daughter event, which is in its 19th year.
Girl Scout Thinking Day was celebrated last Sunday, Feb. 24, at the American Legion in Towson. Asia was the focus of this year's event, which included booths on geography, flags, language, dance and food. Junior Troop 2264, under the direction of leader Deb Baker, organized Thinking Day to earn their bronze award.
While chatting with Ellen Birkenthal, my source for local Girl Scout news, she told me she just graduated from CCBC Catonsville Nursing program. Her pinning ceremony was Jan. 16, and she passed her boards the next week and will begin working at Johns Hopkins Hospital starting at the end of this month. Ellen will be working in the surgery department, on the same floor where she has been serving as a student nurse extern. Congratulations Ellen, and good luck in your new career!
As spring approaches and we see birds returning, we would like to keep them coming back to our yards and gardens. Grant Healy of Wild Birds Unlimited will be talking about just this when he visits the Lutherville Garden Club next Thursday, March 7. Among other topics, he'll be talking about hummingbirds and when they will appear. Club meetings are held at Providence United Methodist Church and begin with a business meeting at 11 a.m., followied by lunch and the speaker. For more information, give membership chairman Carol Kakel a call at 410-252-8662.
The Baltimore County Public School's Citizens Advisory Committee for Gifted and Talented education presents Supporting and Engaging Your GT Student In and Out of School next Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at the Cockeysville Middle School. Dr. Elaine Hansen, executive director of the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth, will share best practices and strategies for raising a "gifted" child. In addition, Tim Hayden, coordinator of BCPS' office of school counseling, will provide advice on how to work with your child's teachers along with insights on how to navigate the schools system. A Q & A session will follow. Parents and children at all grade levels are invited. The schools' Citizens Advisory Committee for Gifted and Talented education is an all-volunteer advisory group to the superintendent working to support GT education in all county schools. Call 410-494-9008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.