Congratulations to the Teddy Bear Patrol on its first anniversary!
The patrol, a volunteer network, provides each Howard County emergency vehicle with a teddy bear.
Emergency workers give the bears to youngsters who may be traumatized or injured. The bears establish a bond between the workers and children, helping the children to "open up."
The program is a great success with the kids, reports Patrol President Bob Scarburgh. He relates the story of a little girl who was at the top of the ferris wheel at the City Fair when the wheel broke.
When the crisis was finally over, the worker on the scene gave her a bear. "It made a big impact," says Mr. Scarburgh.
Teddy bears even help adults; for the first time, a teddy bear was recently given to a frightened young woman.
The bears, each sporting a T-shirt bearing the logo of the emergency crew giving it, cost the patrol $10 apiece.
Organizations such as the Girl Scouts, 4-H clubs and churches have been helping the patrol provide the bears, but the need is great.
Community members wishing to help with this important program are urged to send a contribution to: Teddy Bear Patrol, c/o State Police Barracks, 7777 Washington Blvd., Jessup, Md. 20794.
An early Happy New Year to the Howard High School Band and Lionettes, who have been invited by England's Lord Mayor of Westminster to celebrate the 1993 New Year in London.
As entertainment for his inauguration, the band will perform in the New Year Day's Parade and participate in a competition at London's Royal Albert Hall. In preparation, not only are the 74 band members polishing their repertoire; they and their families are also working toward paying for travel costs amounting to $1,200 for each student.
That's why the band is throwing a bull roast on from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 1, catered by Squires restaurant.
Pit beef, ham and lasagna will be served. Krystal Klear will provide a variety of music for dancing after the meal. St. Augustine Church has provided the hall for the event.
Tickets, which cost $25, can be bought from any band parent. Band members are also selling raffle tickets. The winner of the raffle, who will be announced at the bull roast, will net 14 gift certificates for dinner for two, which have been donated by county restaurants. For further information, call Barbara Kendrick at 796-2075.
One-hundred years ago this fall, Venerable Sisters Clarissa, Marina and Charitas, novices Richardine and Anita and the little candidate Katy Duffy climbed the hill to the mission of St. Augustine in Elkridge, responding to the invitation of Father John Conway to replace the lay teachers at the parish school.
On Sept. 3, 1892 the school bell rang and the School Sisters of Notre Dame began their 100-year journey at St. Augustine's parish.
St. Augustine's Parish is proud to celebrate these 100 years on Saturday . These faithful women have given generously and untiringly to the enrichment of faith and academic education of the children of St. Augustine.
The s festivities will begin with a Saturday evening Mass. The St. Augustine Parish choir will provide a special selection of hymns.
Some sisters who will be attending include: Sr. Josephann Wagoner, past principal of St. Augustine School; Sr. Marie Mack, Sr. Letitia Meyer, Sr. Leonissa Clements, Sr. Peter Canisius Cahill, Sr. Victoria Kessler (Sr. Andrew).
For further information about this event, call Pat Hudson at 796-3089 after 6 p.m.