This summer, St. John's Lane Community Association sponsored its first gardening contest, complete with judges, prizes, and various categories.
Doris Guercio, Ruth Hutchinson and Ellen Oppenheimer toured the sprawling area in June, coming up with three winners and three honorable mentions.
Winner of the best sunny garden was Beverly Lang of 3600 block Meadowvale Drive; best shady garden, Bob and Joan Coberly of 4200 block Club Court; and best all-around yard, Marie and Jennings Brinsfield of 3800 block Spring Meadow Drive.
Each winner received a gift certificate from Williamson's Nursery.
Honorable mentions went to Betty and Lyle Buck, 4000 block High Point Road; Brian and Charlotte Keegan, 3600 block Meadowvale Drive; and Barbara Reinthaler, 9400 block Garnett Lane.
Congratulations to all winners, and thanks to all for working to beautify Ellicott City.
At the community association's October general meeting at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, a variety of concerns will be addressed. County Councilman Darrel Drown will field questions, and guest speaker Al Gardner will give a presentation on local history.
Refreshments will be served as well. All St. John's Lane residents are urged to attend.
* Thanks to Peggy Curtis White, of the Ellicott City High Class of 1941, the school's Class of 1940 held a reunion on Sept. 20 at Ellicott City's VFW Hall.
Although the Class of 1941 meets annually to keep tabs on each other, the Class of 1940 had not met together in more than 10 years.
This year, they celebrated together -- 15 of the original 42 members of the class of 1940, and 19 of the original 44 members of the class of 1941.
"Many of us didn't even know each other when we were in high school," says Ms. White. But that night, "we had a ball." Fifteen spouses also attended.
For the reunion, some of the former classmates came from out of state. From the class of '41, Thelma Shipes Peters came from Delaware, and Paul Rogers traveled from Virginia for the reunion.
From the class of '40, Lucille Delosier Lambert traveled from Farmingdale, Maine; Katherine Kern O'Neill from McHenry, Ill.; Marjorie Johnson Kimbro from Altamont Springs, Fla.; and Thomas Urspruch Jr. from Key Largo, Fla.
And they're already planning next year's reunion.
* St. Augustine Catholic Church at 5976 Old Washington Road in Elkridge will sponsor its monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10.
For $3.50 for adults or $2 for children ages 3 to 12, you can eat eggs, sausage, home fries, pancakes, toast, juice, coffee, tea or milk.
Bring a healthy appetite and share breakfast with your neighbors!
* Students: It pays to study hard, for there are rewards at the end the road. Ask Centennial High School's semi-finalists in the 1994 Merit Scholarship Competition:
David Fessler, Kevin Hill, James Hsiao, Sara Hume, Manickan Krishna Murthy, Jennifer Jen Lee, Jenny Lee, Eileen Liu, Amita Shukla and Felice Sun.
* This fall, Elkridge's Trinity Episcopal Church welcomes a new pastor, Skip Steiner, who with his wife, Carolyn, came to Elkridge on Sept. 1.
The Steiners have two college-age children.
Mr. Steiner grew up in College Park and Bowie, and spent his early career in water treatment and waste water management. In "kind of a mid-life career change," he says, he decided to attend seminary and move into the ministry.
After graduating from General Theological Seminary in 1988, he moved to Ruxton, where he ministered to the members of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.
One of his first goals for his new parish is to construct a Sunday School building.
But church members had already started their own construction project before he arrived on the scene, because the church board decided that the century-old rectory needed renovation.
As is usually the case with an older building, what looked like simple renovation became a major feat. The old plaster walls came down, the floor joists were replaced, electricity rewired, the windows and doors replaced, a bathroom moved and plumbing redone. In other words, the old house got a good once-over.
Its exterior was always beautiful, but now the rectory has an interior to match.
Rev. Steiner and the congregation of Trinity Episcopal Church welcome visitors from the community. Church services start at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
* When the leaves start falling, many county residents, including think about feeding the wonderful winter wildlife. Hours of entertainment are the result from a simple bird feeder and a bag of sunflower seeds. And the birds need this help to survive our Maryland winters.
To help bird-lovers meet birds' needs, the Audubon Society of Central Maryland sells bird seed twice each year. This fall, black sunflower seeds, white millet, thistle seed, and sunflower hearts fill the Audubon Society's bird menu.
XTC Prices are reasonable; for example, 25 pounds of the favorite black sunflower seed costs $7 plus tax.
Ken Hart, of the society, is taking orders for the sale. To participate, call him at 465-3840 and he will send you an order form. He must receive your order and check by Oct. 18.
Then you can pick up your order from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clarksville Elementary School.
By the way, Ken Hart also told me how to prevent squirrels from eating all the seed you purchase for the songbirds. Place your bird feeder over a squirrel baffle on a pole in the middle of a cleared space.
Trees should be at least 5 to 10 feet away.
Hey, I'm going to try it!
FISH of Howard County has extended an urgent plea for canned meats, beans, soups and vegetables that they will use to help feed needy families. The pantry stocks are low at this time of year, and although many groups collect cans at holiday time, food is needed now.
A good reason to help FISH: all donations assist Howard County families exclusively.
Sounds like a good project for a church, Scout troop or club. If you are interested in helping, call the FISH hot line number at (410) 377-1827.
A volunteer will return your call.
Burleigh Manor Middle School kicked off its magazine drive Thursday and it will continue through Oct. 14. The major fund-raiser of the year, it supports school and community projects.
Please make every attempt to help the school thrive by renewing or beginning an order.