Lutherville-Timonium rec council honors trio as volunteers of the year

Three longtime volunteers — Peggy Lea Gosnell, Scott Shipley and Pat O'Conner — were recently honored as the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council's Volunteers of the Year.

Gosnell retired after serving with the council for 26 years. She has served on the executive board, and as chairwoman of the Square Dance Leaders Association. She has also chaired council special events such as the bull roast and crab feast, among others.

Shipley has served the youth baseball program as chairman of youth baseball, the league commissioner, a board member, travel commissioner and registrar. He has also pitched in as a temporary webmaster for the LTRC website.

O'Conner has been active in the youth lacrosse program as coach, age group coordinator, uniform manager, chairwoman and financial manager.

The LTRC also honored 8-year-old Cooper Beeson, who raised more than $1,900 this year with a lemonade stand at Seminary Park, partially sponsored by council. Cooper is donating the money to the Baltimore County Communities for the Homeless.

Council President Larry Shackelford presented Cooper with a check at the September council meeting.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1609 Kurtz Ave., Lutherville, will host a classical music concert, "Music for the World," on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. in St. Paul's historic church.

The concert, which will benefit the World Hunger Appeal, features clarinetist and flutist Noelle Presby Lipa, pianist Chungwon Chung, and the Arioso Reed Trio, performing a collection of pieces on the theme "Journey Through the Woods." Selections will include "Listen Through the Rustling Leaves" from Voices of Trees, composed by Rachel Matthews, as well as the compositions of Messiaen, Haydn, Debussy and others.

Proceeds will be donated to the World Hunger Appeal, a charity that works to alleviate hunger around the world. A reception with light refreshments will follow the concert. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children under 12 years of age. Contact the church office for information, directions or tickets, at 410-252-3768, or send an email to

November's operation of the Ridgely Activity Center will be Friday, Nov. 16. The RAC is a supervised event for middle school students held at Ridgely Middle School about once a month during the school year, on a Friday, from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Students can pre-register once for the entire season and enjoy many activities, including a DJ/dancing, board games, ping pong, gym activities and video games.

Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Parental volunteer help is essential to the program.

For more information and to volunteer, contact RAC chairwoman Kelly Scheel 410-560-5737 or e-mail co-chairwoman Hilary Harrington at

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