Congratulations to two young men in Boy Scout Troop 493.
The rank of Eagle Scout has been awarded to Degn Bowman and William Niebauer, an honor achieved by only 1 percent of Boy Scouts.
Scouting's highest award was given for their outstanding leadership qualities as they applied it to their chosen projects.
Each was responsible for all aspects of the enterprise, from drawing up blueprints to soliciting donations of material and money. They acted as foremen, supervising friends and other Scouts in the troop as they executed their projects. During construction each Scout kept a log and took pictures for documentation, which were submitted to the national Scout headquarters for review.
Bowman earned his award by devoting 116 hours over almost one year in the planning and construction of a sidewalk next to Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church. The sidewalk provided access between the church and its Christian Education Center and solved a drainage problem in the area.
He contacted Genstar Stone Products Co. and was able to negotiate a considerable discount for the concrete. He solicited a donation from Maisel Bros. for expansion joints, wire mesh and reinforcement bars. Ron Nadowny & Sons donated the back hoe and operator and tools for the job.
Bowman asked for, and received, a donation of $200 from the Methodist church community to buy some materials. Raymond B. Case donated $50 to help.
Bowman attends St. Philip Neri Church and is a graduate of its elementary school. He is a senior at Mount St. Joseph High School and is looking into colleges for next year.
If you walk the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail between Dorsey Road and B Street, take notice of the four flower boxes. They are there because of Niebauer's efforts.
Niebauer chose the location to help beautify the trail and solve an erosion problem, too.
Each of the four flower boxes measures 6-by-8 feet and is made of pressure-treated wood. They were filled with top soil, covered with filter cloth to keep down weeds, and mulched.
He was able to enlist the help of the Anne Arundel County Parks Department through Ranger Dave Dione to contribute some money for materials.
Niebauer devoted almost a year to the project, including two months when the actual construction and installation took place.
During the installation of the planters, Niebauer and the other Scouts picked up all the debris in the area, too.
Community volunteers and Evergreen Gene's Nursery provided the final touches, donating and planting bulbs for spring blooming.
Like Bowman, Niebauer is a member of St. Philip Neri Church. He attended Arthur Slade School in Glen Burnie and is a sophomore at Mount St. Joseph High School.
Scout Troop 493 meets once a week at the Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church in Brooklyn Park. Bill Ward is the troop leader.
Congratulations to Steven P. Jones, who has been promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is the son of Neil and Jean Jones of Glen Burnie. His wife, Donna, is the daughter of Roberta and the late Henry Dwyer of Linthicum.
Jones is a Marine aviator assigned to Marine EA-6B squadron VMAQ-2 detached to Iwakuni, Japan. He, his wife and three sons live at Cherry Point MCAS, N.C.
He is a 1982 graduate of Andover High School and a 1986 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights held its annual "Breakfast with Santa" on Dec. 15 at the clubhouse.
The 100 little guests enjoyed a meal of pancakes and sausage, which they shared with the man of the hour and his lovely wife -- Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus -- played by Roger and Edna Warren. Santa presented each child with a gift as they related their Christmas wishes to him. It was an enjoyable morning for everyone. A special thanks to Harriet Starr and Nancy Phelps, co-chairwomen of the event.
Frances Purper, the club's publicity chairwoman, said the Holly Mary in early December was a great success and she would like to thank everyone for their support of this annual fund-raiser.
Last week 11 members of the Ferndale Garden Club participated in a front-door Christmas decorating contest.
Judging was based on the use of natural greens and dried materials, creative use of color, theme and construction.
The first-place winner, Jeanette Lehman, of Gordon Lane, decorated her door with a handmade vine wreath accented with a spray of greens and dried thistle and highlighted with a burgundy colored bow. A coordinating garland topped the firewood carrier placed by the door. The overall effect was understated but elegant.
The second-place ribbon was awarded to Dorothy Malchester, of Forestdale Avenue. Rose colors and lace gave a slight touch of Victoriana to this front door and entrance. The fresh, dark greens were a good background for the lighter accents.
June Kellner, of Williams Road, won third place for her door and porch arrangement using evergreens and the more traditional colors of red and gold. A bare tree with colorful birds perched on the branches sat to the side.
Honorable mention was awarded to Tricia Focht, of Williams Road. Her door wreath using many different varieties, shades and textures of fresh greens was artfully constructed. She incorporated large cinnamon sticks, giving the wreath the overall appearance of a well-thought-out arrangement.
The churches of Linthicum and Ferndale would like to extend an invitation to all to attend any of the services listed below.
Tonight at 6:30, the Fellowship Baptist Church of Ferndale will have a family oriented service at the Ferndale Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore and Annapolis Blvd. Services will be conducted by Pastor Michael Hubers.
Pastor Jack Cassel will conduct services this evening at the Ferndale United Methodist Church, 117 Ferndale Road. Family service will be at 7 p.m., with a live Nativity play by church youth. There will be a candlelight service at 11 p.m.
An 11 p.m. candlelight service will take place tonight at the Friendship Church of the Brethren, 217 Mansion Road, with Pastor Bruce Huffman presiding.
Donald L. Emge, pastor of the Linthicum Baptist Church, 611 S. Camp Meade Road, will conduct a candlelight service at 7:30 p.m. On New Year's Eve, church members will be preparing for the Helping Up Mission.
The Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, will be having a Family Service tonight at 7. The 11 p.m. candlelight and carol service will be preceded at 10:30 p.m. with Christmas music led by the adult choir. Pastor Donald Llewellyn will be officiating.
Pastor Mark Chavez will lead a candlelight folk service with Communion at 6:30 at Peace Lutheran Church, 416 Wellham Ave. A carol and Communion service begins at 11 p.m. Tomorrow, the church will have an 11 a.m. carol and Communion service.
Christmas services at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church have been announced by the rector, the Rev. Robert W. Watson. Tonight at 7 p.m., there will be a family Eucharist and Sunday school pageant, followed by the children's Christmas party. At 10:30, there's a half-hour of Christmas music by the senior choir and organist-director, John Sorbo. At 11 p.m.
will be the choral Christ Mass.
Tomorrow, St. Christopher's will have a 10 a.m. Christmas Eucharist (without music). The church is located off West Maple Road between Camp Meade and Hammonds Ferry roads.
At 5:30 p.m., Dr. William F. R. Gilroy, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road, will conduct a family service. The children's choir will perform a prelude with instrumental music supplied by the young people of the church. Gilroy will present a special children's message.
Christmas Eve Holy Communion Service will take place at 8 p.m. At 11 p.m., there will be a candlelight Holy Communion Service, with brass accompaniment and adult choir.
St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 6405 Orchard Road, has announced the following schedule for tonight: a folk mass at 5 and 7 p.m.; and a midnight Mass, with choir carol service starting at 11:30 p.m.
Tomorrow the church will have Masses at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Monsignor Francis X. Zorbach is the pastor.
Ferndale and Linthicum -- May the true spirit of Christmas bring you peace and happiness.
Rosalie M. Falter