Parties and contests slated for Halloween


In Monday's Howard section of The Sun, the annual meeting date of Good Shepherd Cemetery lot owners was incorrectly reported. The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Rockland United Methodist Church, located at Route 99 and U.S. 29 in Ellicott City.

The Sun regrets the error.

Halloween is in the air. Homemade paper jack-o'-lanterns are appearing on storm doors, and ghosts of white sheeting and balloons hang in front yard trees. Packaged candy is being placed ever-so-conspicuously in grocery stores. Even Mother Nature is helping by transforming our trees into skeletons.

Here are a few "Halloween happenings" taking place in our area during the coming weeks:


Rockburn Elementary School is holding a Pumpkin Patch Contest during its regularly scheduled general PTA meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 28.

All Rockburn children are invited to bring a pumpkin, already decorated in its Halloween best, to the meeting; the pumpkins then will be judged according to the children's grade levels, with prizes being distributed to winners. Children who bring pumpkins should arrive at the school 10 minutes early to facilitate placement of the jack-o'-lanterns.

Then, at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 29, the children will stage a Halloween costume parade at the school.


Howard County YMCA on Montgomery Road in Ellicott City will throw a members-only "Happy Healthy Halloween" party for children ages 5 to 10. The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 30.

A costume party will begin the program, after which each child will be given a mini-pumpkin to decorate. After the party, children will abandon costumes to take a swim in the newly-renovated pool. There is no charge for the Y's party.

Each member may bring a guest, and, of course, parents are warmly welcomed. Inquire at the registration desk to put your child's name on the guest list.


The Middle and High School Youth Group of Bethany Methodist Church, at 2875 Bethany Lane in Ellicott City, is sponsoring its second Halloween Haunted House and Carnival from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 30.

The carnival features game tables and activities geared to small children, and will take place in the Fellowship Hall wing of the new church building. The creatures of the haunted house will inhabit the original white church building.

Children under 8 years of age will be charged $1, and children 9 and over will pay $2 for the privilege of being scared stiff.

All county children are invited to attend. The money earned by the carnival and haunted house will fund the group's activities.


Mr. and Mrs. E. Thomas Slonaker, of Ellicott City, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 29.

Mr. Slonaker was serving with the U.S. Armed Forces at the time of his wedding, during World War II. Just five weeks into his

marriage, he and his wife, the former Katherine M. White, were separated for 42 months when Mr. Slonaker was assigned to the European campaign, followed by service in the Pacific.

During the same time, Mrs. Slonaker worked for the 3rd Service Command of the U.S. Army at the old Goucher College on Maryland Avenue.

After discharge, Mr. Slonaker completed Loyola College. While Mr. Slonaker was still a student, the couple's first child, Tom Jr., was born. The second, Karen Ann Edwards, was born nine years later. The Slonakers have five grandchildren.

Numerous friends from Maryland and Florida -- where the Slonaker's also have had a home for the past nine years -- celebrated with them in Washington, D.C., and Charlottesville, Va.

In the "better-late-than-never" category: congratulations to the Slonakers on 50 years and 3 months of marriage.


Shirley Bossom has announced that lot owners of Good Shepherd Cemetery, located on Rogers Avenue in Ellicott City, will hold their annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. next Monday.

The meeting will be held at Rockland United Methodist Church, located at Routes 99 and 29 in Ellicott City.


Congratulations to Robert Jenkins of Boy Scout Troop 944 for his recent achievement of the Eagle Scout rank. His Court of Honor, where he received the award, took place Oct. 1 at Bethany United Methodist Church.

Robert entered scouting at the age of 8, when he joined Cub Scout Pack 817.

He graduated from the pack as a Webelos Scout with the Arrow of Light award. He joined Boy Scout Troop 944 in 1989, and has served in various leadership positions.

Currently he is troop first aid instructor and also is a brotherhood member in the Order of the Arrow. His awards include the BSA Mile Swim, the Den Chief Service Award, Troop 944 Honor Camper Award, the World Crest, the World Conservation Award, and the BSA 50-Miler Award.

Robert is a sophomore at Centennial High School, where he is a member of the wrestling team, cross country team, and the speech and debate club. In his course work, he maintains a 3.7 GPA.

For his Eagle service project, Robert constructed a nature trail in the Gwynn Acres area of Centennial Park in Ellicott City. He planned all aspects of the project and directed fellow scouts, scouters, girl scouts and friends in more than 170 man-hours of work.

The completed trail, the initial segment in a planned network of trails, is approximately 300 yards long, borders a wetland area and includes an observation platform. The path provides not only a recreational facility, but also an opportunity to enhance public appreciation of the wetland area.


Recently, silk-screen artist Joseph Craig English successfully sold an entire edition of silk-screens depicting the All Star Game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Margaret Smith Gallery celebrates the accomplishment with Mr. English's third solo show at the gallery at 8090 Main Street in Ellicott City. The subjects of Mr. English's silk-screens are nostalgic: old diners, general stores, street scenes, and historical buildings. His colors are bold and his lines clean.

The show opens Saturday with a reception for the artist from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The display will continue at the gallery until Nov. 14.


Howard High School has announced its National Merit Semi-Finalists: Jennifer Fox, Sarah Thrasher and Eleanor Wilkinson all earned the coveted title.

Semi-Finalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students are Michael McClenney and Tara Waters.

I extend my congratulations to award-winning Howard High scholars.


Melville United Methodist Church on Furnace Road in Elkridge will hold its annual holiday craft sale at the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 6.

The United Methodist Women are seeking crafters and artisans to rent tables for sale of their crafts. Each of the 15 tables costs $10. For information or to rent a table, call Virginia Medairy at 796-0937, or Elaine Lynn at 796-0695.


Would you like to relive the Civil War this Saturday evening? Then plan to join the living historians at Ellicott City's B & O Railroad Station Museum for the final evening of the popular Candlelight Tours.

The first tour steps off at 8 p.m., and a new tour group starts every 20 minutes thereafter. Tours last about an hour.

Candlelight tours differ from the Civil War Local History exhibit, which has been going on since July 9, because the tours are far more structured. Beginning with a short video presentation and introduction by the uniformed guide, the tour moves through the station.

Between 40 and 50 costumed history experts will be on hand to recreate several scenarios, each depicting a phase of life during some part of the war.

The exhibit will show how naive war fever that swept the country at the beginning of the hostilities gave way to the stark realization of the war's true cost in lives and suffering. Tours cost $7 a person, and due to the nature of the discussion, are not recommended for children under 12. Reservations, which are required, can be made by contacting the Museum at (410) 461-1945 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. every day except Tuesday.

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