Betty Lou Yoder, a first-grade teacher at Linthicum Elementary School, was surprised yesterday by the faculty and students with a day in her honor. She is retiring after 39 years of teaching in Anne ArundelCounty, 25 at Linthicum Elementary.
Yesterday was designated "Betty Lou Yoder Day" in her honor. Her family, past and present school officials, faculty and students surprised her at an assembly yesterdayto recognize the many years of dedicated service she had given to the community and the children.
The students presented her with gifts based on an "Apple For the Teacher" theme. Apple drawings, stories about apples, fresh apples and even jars of applesauce were a few of the gifts.
Invited guests included, Betty's husband, Olin Yoder, a teacher at Meade Senior HighSchool who is also retiring this year after 40 years; their daughters, Cindy and Meghan; and Betty's mother, Victoria Hott, who came fromWest Virginia for the occasion.
Others invited included: Evelyn Schmidt, former assistant superintendent of Anne Arundel County PublicSchools; Robert Harrell, former principal of Linthicum Elementary; Lauralee Whitmore, principal of Richard Henry Lee Elementary; and MaryEllen Street, principal of Shipley's Choice Elementary. Many other former teachers and secretaries of the school were present.
The Parent Teachers Association presented Betty with a gift of a sterling-silver apple pendent.
The North Linthicum Day Annual Fair sponsored by the North Linthicum Improvement Association at Overlook Park had everything going for it. The weather was perfect, and there was alarge turnout. Thirty craftspeople participated, and there were lotsof food and entertainment.
The North County High School Band and four elementary school bands played; Overlook, Park, Brooklyn Park and Belle Grove. The WJZ-TV players were the winning team in a softballgame with members of the North Linthicum Improvement Association.
McGruff, the crime dog, Mickey the Clown and the Noid from Domino's put in appearances. Activities for children included pony rides, MoonWalk and face-painting.
Donna and Kevin Miller built and painted five different bright and colorful toss games that were very popular with the children. Everyone enjoyed hearing the Sons of Severn sing and watching the Magic Show.
There were three winners in the money raffle; Frank Anderson, John Costa and Addie Buckenghan won first, second and third prizes, respectively, in the money raffle.
Other winners for the day were: Matt Anderson in the three-legged race, Tony Walters for the sack
race, and Matt Anderson and Arron Pointon forthe water balloon toss. Kim Turk guessed the correct amount of candyin the candy jar.
Brian Senter was the chairman of the fair. A special thank you to all who worked so hard to make this day a big success.
Each year about this time, the Four Rivers District has a Recognition Dinner when "special scouters" are recognized for theircontributions to scouting and the community. Last night at the Holiday Inn in Linthicum, five volunteers to the Boy Scouts of America received Awards of Merit.
Those chosen by the district were considered to be well-rounded individuals, involved in many areas, including scouts, church and civic organizations. Awards were received by: Nancyand Dean Allen, Gordon Mallonee, William King and Linda McCormick. More than 150 people attended.
The Four Rivers District covers mostof Anne Arundel County and is a part of the Baltimore Area Council.
Nursery school let out one day too early for the 3-year-olds of St. John's Cooperative Nursery School to know that the president of the United States sent a letter of congratulations for raising so much money for the Muscular Dystrophy Hopathon in March.
The letter, addressed to "Dear boys and girls," arrived just in time to be readat the graduation ceremonies for the 4-year-old children. Jane Soverns, nursery school director, had written to President Bush, telling him of the children's amazing accomplishment of raising $10,000.
Hoping to receive a reply before the end of the school year, she put her mailman on alert to watch for a letter from the White House. It arrived early the morning of the graduation, and he left it at the frontdesk so she could pick it up in time.
When told that a very special person had sent a letter, Soverns said some children tried to guess who it was from and came up with Elvis and Snoopy.
But they werevery happy that it was from the president of the United States. A copy of the letter will be mailed to all of the children soon.
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church is sponsoring a Spring Flea Marketand Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday June 15.
Also featured will be crafts, flowers, collectibles and a baked goods table. Lunch will be available.
Table space may be rented at $5 foroutside tables and $10 for inside tables. For information call the parish office at 859-5633 or the organizer at 859-3055.
Does your car need washing? Go to Hildebrand's Citgo, Baltimore and Annapolis Boulevard and Nursery Road this Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Youths from the Friendship Church of the Brethren are sponsoring a car wash to support their activities.
The cost is only $2.50.
The National Association of Retired Federal Employees has a luncheon noon on Tuesday, June 11, at Snyder's Restaurant, 841 Hammonds Ferry Road. The installation of officers for 1991-1992 will take place at that time.
The menu includes shrimp Creole, fried chicken, ham,vegetables dessert and beverage. The cost is$9.
Reservations are being accepted until June 6. Please call 761 -1430.
The Linthicum Chapter 2244 of the American Association of Retired Persons willmeet this Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road.A board meeting will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a social hour until lunch. A blood-pressure screening will take place at noon. The meeting will start at 1 p.m.
The Linthicum Chapter will be celebrating its 16th birthday and has a delightful program planned. "The Severna Park Bums" will entertain with singing and jokes.
As part of thecelebration, six members of the chapter will receive certificates tohonor them as being over 80 years old; Frank Grunder, Joseph Del Brocco, Helen Halsup, Stacey McMahan, Frances Schoenfelder and Betty Geschwilm. Del Brocco and Halsup are charter members of the chapter.
No meeting is scheduled for the month of July due to the holiday.A bus trip to Tilghman Island is planned for Aug. 1. A boat ride is included. For more information, please call George Bottiger, president, at766-5096.
The New World Generation, a youth choir from the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville, Tenn., will present aconcert at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, June 11, at the Linthicum HeightsUnited Methodist Church, 200 School Lane.
All in the community are invited to The Race is On, a youth musical under the direction of Nan de Andrade. De Andrade is a past resident of Linthicum. She graduated from Andover High School and attended Towson and Peabody. She and21 youths in grades 7 through 12 are touring the Eastern States giving concerts.
The youth of LHUMC are the hosts for the event.
Parents, if you have children from the age of 3 through sixth grade, you are invited to sign them up for Vacation Bible School at the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane.
Classes will start at 9:30 a.m. and end at noon each day the week of June 24. The theme this year will be "Jesus Calls;Come Follow." Activities will include Bible stories and crafts. Registration forms are available at the church and at several locations throughout the community.
Some people call them lavender sticks and others call them wands. Whichever, they are sachets made with fresh lavender flowers and stems woven with pretty pastel ribbon.
Members of the Friendly Thyme Herb Club willlearn how to make them at their 10 a.m. meeting this Friday at the Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore and Annapolis Boulevard in Ferndale.
Lola Zabetakis, a club member,will share the technique of making these attractive and fragrant sachets.
Members, guests and visitors are welcome to watch the demonstration or bring the materials and join in the fun. Lola said to bring the following supplies to make one wand: 15 freshly picked, long lavender stems with blossom and 1 yard of one-eighth-inch-wide pastel ribbon.
Doris Creamer, another member of the club, will share her extensive expertise on the many varietiesof lavender and how to grow them.
During the business meeting, President Sue Latini will give the final report on the booth the club sponsored on Ferndale Day. Also, plans for Herb Day at the 1840 House Museum, 800 E. Lombard St. in Baltimore City, on June 16 will be discussed.
For additional information on the club or meeting, please call Sue Latini at 766-1463 or Mary Goode at 437-4120.