Howard High graduate Burgess receives Eagle Scout honors


Harold Burgess II was recognized as an Eagle Scout by Boy Scout Troop 75 Scoutmaster Joel Meredith at an Eagle Court of Honor on Nov. 27 at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

Former troop Scoutmaster Jack Eckstrom made the presentation. Mr. Burgess, 18, joined Troop 75 in 1986, progressed through the ranks from Tenderfoot to Life, and held leadership positions such as assistant patrol leader and senior patrol leader before reaching the Eagle rank.

His Eagle project was planning and supervising the installation of park benches and flower beds at the main entrance of his alma mater, Howard High School.

While attending HHS, he earned faculty awards for "Excellence in Instrumental Music," "Media Technical Service" and "Excellence in Citizenship," and was lighting director for HHS theatrical productions.

His accomplishment was acknowledged in person by state Sen. Tom Yeagerand state Del. Virginia Thomas. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski sent an American flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol.

Acknowledgments were sent by President Clinton, Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, Del. Martin Madden, Del. John Morgan, and County Executive Charles Ecker.

The son of Brice and Harold Burgess, Harold is majoring in theater arts at the University of Maryland.

Don Larson, of Troop 75, was master of ceremonies for the evening.


Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker," with a cast of 60 skaters, will be presented by the Columbia Ice Rink, Thunder Hill Road, Oakland Mills Village Shopping Center, Dec. 12 and 19, at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

This sixth annual holiday show is directed by Pat Muth, professional instructor at the ice rink, who lives in Thunder Hill.

Lauren Clark of Kings Contrivance village and Julie Glisan from Oakland Mills are featured in the production. Lauren is a court

jester and Julie is the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Tickets, $4 each, are available at the ice rink. It may be a good idea to purchase tickets (410-730-3960) as soon as possible because the shows sell out each year.

Both Julie and Lauren competed in the South Atlantic Regional Qualifying Competition last month in Trenton, N.J. Julie skated freestyle at the pre-intermediate level. Lauren won medals for freestyle and figures, competing with 40 skaters at the juvenile level, and placed 10th in the finals.

The Columbia Ice Rink also was represented at the Diamond State Autumn Skate last month at the Skating Club of Wilmington, Del.

Valerie Kuehne and Brittany Sobwick entered their first competition. Amanda Buckler placed fourth in the juvenile level for freestyle and figures.

Members of the Appalachian Service Project, St. John United Methodist-Presbyterian and St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Churches, are selling beautifully decorated evergreen wreaths as their holiday fund-raiser for their summer service project.

Order before Thursday by calling (410) 997-3079.

The cost is $18 each, with a price discount for a multiple order. Wreaths are sold every Sunday at The Meeting House, Oakland Mills Village, and the Interfaith Service, Wilde Lake Village, before and after church services.

You are invited to meet "The Snow Queen" at Stevens ForesElementary School's production at Oakland Mills High School, Dec. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The production managers all are teachers: Barry Palmer, physical education; Eileen Bottamiller, vocal music; and Debbie Bourke, art. Information: (410) 313-6900.

Columbia United Christian Church will sell SERRV gifts Sundamornings, Dec. 12 and 19, at the Oakland Mills Meeting House. Information: (410) 730-1770.

Teen-agers, 15 to 17, who are interested in being ambassadors to Columbia's sister cities, Cergy-Pontoise, near Paris, and Tres Cantos, near Madrid, can obtain applications from their foreign language teachers, Columbia's village offices or the Columbia Association Sister City coordinator, (410) 715-3162.

Applicants must have completed two years of French or Spanish study. The approximate cost is $950 for each student's two-week visit with French or Spanish families. Deadline for applications is Jan. 15.


Dec. 15 is the deadline to bring your contributions of hats, gloves, socks, toys and canned goods to the Owen Brown Community Center.

All donations will be given to Grassroots for distribution to families who are in need of clothing and food. Information: (410) 381-0202.

* The Columbia Art Center has the answer to "winter break." They have planned full-day activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 27 through Dec. 30, for girls and boys, ages 6 to 12.

Enrollment is on a daily basis or for the full session. After-care will be available if there is sufficient enrollment. Information: (410) 730-0075.

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