Cockeysville: St. Vincent Villa library project leads to Scout's Eagle honor

Proud grandmother Mary McColgan, a resident of Mercy Ridge, was present at the recent Eagle Scout induction and ceremony for her grandson Andrew Rusk, a member of Troop 899.

Also in attendance were Andrew's parents, Michael and Christine Rusk, as well as his brother, Patrick Rusk, who is a seventh-grader at Hereford Middle School and also a member of Troop 899.

Andrew's Eagle Scout project was to disassemble and redistribute the library that was formerly used at St. Vincent's Villa, the local a residential treatment center for children. The books were organized and boxed and delivered to other charities within the area.

Andrew is the 21st scout to be awarded the Eagle Scout rank from Troop 899. He is a graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and is currently a freshman at University of Delaware.

He chose two gentlemen to receive a mentor pin for their assistance in helping him on his trail to Eagle journey — Ron Ziegler, former Scoutmaster of Troop 899, and the Rev. Msgr. John Collopy. He said both part an integral part of his accomplishment.

Collopy, also known as Father Jack, has a long association with Andrew's family, having been the officiant at Mike and Christine's wedding, as well as baptizing both Andrew and Patrick. Ironically, he is also currently residing at Mercy Ridge as well.

Congratulations to the entire family on this special moment in Andrew's life.

Dulaney High School's boys and girls varsity golf teams dominated the top positions in the Baltimore County championships on Oct. 17. Congratulations to Jane Moon, who finished first on the girls team with a score of 78; and Brian Park, who placed first on the boys team with a score of 71.

Other girls team members who placed are Sandra Moon, second; Kaitlyn Bingham, third; Danielle Chandler, fifth; and Lizzie Muangrat, sixth.

Alex Moon placed sixth; Tim Ford, seventh; and Chase Wassel tied with two other players for eighth position on the boys team.

The Greater Jacksonville Optimist Club is looking for high school juniors and seniors from the Greater Jacksonville area — which includes a good bit of Cockeysville — for the Club's 2012-2013 Outstanding Youth Awards, which recognize youth for their efforts in the arts, athletics, academics and community service. Nominations are due in by Nov. 2. For more information, contact Dave Ward at

Stella Maris is offering the following support groups and talks. Registration required, call 410-252-4500, Ext 7291.

• Grief and Holidays Monday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m., at Mercy Medical Center, 301 St Paul Place, Baltimore; Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium; and Monday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m., at Mercy Ridge, 2525 Pot Spring Road, Timonium.

• Bereavement Day Camp for Children, Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium. There is no cost for youth connected with the Hospice at Stella Maris. Otherwise, the cost is $140 for the first child and $80 for each sibling.

Also, Dr. Gauri Bedi, associate director of the Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy Hospital, will present the 15th annual Sister Louis Mary Battle lecture, "Breast Cancer in the Golden Years: Special considerations in diagnosis and treatment," on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Reception at 6 p.m.; lecture at 7 p.m., at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium, 1300 E. Northern Parkway. Free, but you must register in advance. Call 410-252-4500, Ext. 7208.

Don't forget that Baltimore County Public schools are closed on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 5 and 6. And also don't forget to vote on Nov. 6 — unless you already took part in early voting, that is!

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