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Boy Scout Troop 361 fundraiser will be in memoriam [Ellicott City]

On Saturday, June 13, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Boy Scout Troop 361 invites the community to join in their memorial walk/run (rain or shine) at Centennial Park to honor and remember two Scouts and three adult leaders who made significant contributions to the Troop.

"This walk/run is open to any walker/runner. No timer or timing system will be used. This is more of a relaxed (event) and more importantly a rally to recognize the families who have lost parents/Scouts from our troop," said Gary McNeil, who has served as Troop 361 Scoutmaster since 2010.


All funds raised will benefit the Matt Watson Scholarship Fund.Matt was a Troop 361 Scout and son of former adult leaders Gavin and Barbara Watson and brother of former Scouts and Eagle Scouts Paul and Stephen Watson. Matt died in 2007 from injuries sustained as the victim of a drunk driver while a student at the University of Maryland.

Five months after Scout Matt Watson died, Kevin Ryan, a former Scout and son of former adult leader and committee chair Charlie Ryan and brother of former Scout and Eagle Scout Daniel Ryan, also died as a result of a drunk driver while away at Towson University.


In addition to Watson and Ryan, three adult troop leaders who passed away from cancer will be remembered — Beverly Barone, a former assistant scoutmaster and committee member and mother of Eagle Scout Matt Barone; Dr. Kathleen Gandy, a former adult troop leader, committee member and mother of Eagle Scout Scott Gandy; and Doug Brown, a former committee member, adult leader and father of two Eagle Scouts.Doug's wife Barb Brown served as the troop's advancement chair for several years.

The walk/run will begin and end at the Matt Watson tree at Centennial Lake, located left of the covered amphitheater at the park's south entrance off of Route 108. At 8 a.m., there will be a short remembrance ceremony followed by a one lap run or walk around the two-mile lake.Refreshments and donuts will be served before and at conclusion of the event. Cost is $10 per person or $25 per family payable the day of the event.

This is the Troop's second memorial walk/run. Two years ago, the first event raised $2,500. The money was donated to Gilchrist Hospice Care in honor of troop leader Doug Brown, who received care at Gilchrist during his battle with cancer. For more information, contact Scoutmaster Gary McNeil at

Calling all swing dance fans. The Howard County Historical Society is hosting the "Ain't Misbehavin' Swing Dance Party" on Saturday, June 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the HCHS Museum.

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Under the direction of George Stelmach, this two-bass setup – string and tuba – complimented by the sultry sounds of vocalists Brenda Blackwell and Jody LoMedico, provide a vibrant sound of swing era and big band classics.

HCHS welcomes ticket holders to bring your own bottle of wine to the event or stop by the Wine Bin (8390 Main St., Ellicott City) on your way to the party, show your tickets to receive a 10 percent discount on purchases.

Tickets are free for HCHS members; $15 for singles; and $25 for couples. A portion of the ticket sales benefits HCHS. The museum is at 8328 Court Ave. off Main St. in Ellicott City. For more dance party information, including ticket purchases, call 410-480-3250 or or go to Learn more about the band by going to

Happy 60th Anniversary St. John's Lane Elementary School. The school celebrated this impressive milestone at its annual May Day event, Saturday, May 30.


Principal Vicky Sarro presided over the celebration that included the school song, colors presented by Boy Scout Troup 944 and a cake provided by the PTA. The event was attended by HCPSS Superintendent Renee Foose, Board of Education members Ellen Flynn Giles and Ann Delacey, Director of Elementary Schools Ron Morris, County Executive Alan Kittleman, and former principals Debbie Jagoda and Richard Douglas.

Douglas was the first principal when the school opened in 1954 and still lives in the neighborhood. He shared memories of the first May Day celebration, including how it had to be held inside because of the weather.

This year's May Day activities of games, rides and food were a big hit with the school community. The addition of a 60th Anniversary table staffed by faculty, where students decorated paper quilt squares that will be used to create a number "60" collage and hung in the school, will be remembered for a long time to come.