Congratulations to Daniel Puryear, Centennial High School sophomore, who became an Eagle Scout on Dec. 29.
You may recall that to become an Eagle the Scout must plan, organize and supervise a large project, but he must direct the project, not perform it himself. For his project, Daniel organized and supervised the construction of three trails in Patapsco State Park, Hollofield Area, in Catonsville.
Members of Troop 361, consulting with ranger Beverly Collins, helped Daniel to clear and mulch 550 feet of trails to provide outer campsites access to the restrooms. Before Daniel did his project, campers had to walk through other people's campsites.
A longtime Scout, Daniel joined the Tiger Cubs when he was just 7 years old. As a Cub Scout in Pack 361, Daniel received 14 activity badges, and in February 1988, he earned the Arrow of Light, Cub Scouting's highest award.
As a Boy Scout under the direction of Scoutmaster Ted Morse, Daniel earned nine skill awards and 21 Merit badges; served in a variety of leadership positions within the troop and was elected to the Order of the Arrow in June 1992.
Friends and family came to witness Daniel's Court of Honor. Grandmothers Beatrice Puryear from Baltimore and Helen Todd from Oak Park, Ill., and parents Lee and Jean Puryear were special guests.
Lorne Bostwick, associate pastor at Dan's church, Catonsville Presbyterian, gave the invocation. Dan's sisters Laura, Jill, and Carol Puryear took part in the ceremony as well. State Sen. Christopher J. McCabe, R-Montgomery, presented a letter of commendation.
Congratulations to Dan for earning this award. And if you see Dan, wish him a happy birthday on March 12. He's turning 16!
On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Elkridge's Grace Episcopal Church Outreach Committee will hold a Senior Citizens' Services Fair, to be held at the Parish Hall at Landing and Montgomery Roads in Elkridge.
The fair is an outgrowth of Father Mike Russell's interest in the elderly, and his observation that many seniors do not take advantage of services provided.
The fair will feature speakers about everything from grandparenting to blood pressure readings, from senior hairstyles to volunteerism. A few of the agencies represented will be Meals on Wheels, Howard County Office of Aging, Howard County Library, Visiting Nurses Association, National Institute of Aging, the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Grasshoppers and BG&E.;
Grace Church is also hoping to use the fair to start a SHARE program, a cooperative food purchase program sponsored by Catholic Charities. To participate in the food program, you must volunteer for community service work and put $13 in the "kitty." In return, you will get a generous supply of food, valued at $30 or more.
The committee which worked so hard to bring such a helpful day to the Elkridge community is made up of Gail Blazer, Jean Campen, Penny Carroll, Mary Jane Huddleston, Cathy Knotts, Pat Manik and Debby Metzler. Chairwoman Katrina Corley has worked especially hard to organize the event.
The Senior Services Fair is open to the public, and there is no admission fee. Soup, bread and desserts will be served.
For more information, contact Katrine Corley at 796-3270.
Bring your hearty early morning appetite to Rockland United Methodist Church this Saturday and let the United Methodist Women serve you an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. They'll be dishing up pancakes, sausage, toast, juice, coffee and tea from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. For your meal, you'll pay a $4 love offering if you are an adult, $2 if you are a child 6 to 12, and you'll eat for free if you are under 6.
Rockland United Methodist Church is at Old Frederick Road and Chapel Avenue near Route 99 in Ellicott City. For further information or directions, call Lorraine McShane at 465-3024.
On March 2, I visited the Worthington 4-H club meeting at Worthington Elementary School. I saw President Nicole Turney, Vice President Katie Jefferies, Secretary Kris Quinn and Treasurer Lynn Holmes, all under the age of 14, lead an efficient business meeting with 20 or more 4-H members. All in all, it was a most impressive display of leadership ability on the part of these youngsters.
After the business meeting, 4-H members Carey Zinkand, Matt Wilson, Kris Quinn, Kathleen Wood, Elizabeth Perry and Christin Allison gave a presentation demonstrating what they had learned in projects ranging from rocket building to cooking casseroles to public speaking.
If you are interested in learning more about the activities of local 4-H groups, call the county Extension Office at 313-2707.
The Maryland School for the Blind plans to bring a group of visually impaired and multiply disabled children to the Family Funjungle in Ellicott City's Enchanted Forest Shopping Center today at 4 p.m.
They will experience an exhilarating play experience in the Jungle Challenge, one of the largest multilevel play mazes in the country. While it requires the use of every major muscle group, Jungle Challenge offers a safe environment where all kids can be kids.