East Columbia's Columbia Youth Baseball Association Yankees are the champions of the 9-year-old to 10-year-old division. Manager Ron Pagano reports that coaches Rob Schweinfurth and Rick Spranklin led David Cannady, Stephen Coursey, Tyson Williams, Jason Forrest, Matt Pagano, JoJo Lalli, Bran McDonald, Sean McFehee, Conor Riley, Han Saydam, David Schweinfurth, Scott Spranklin, Matt Wilson, Sean Wilson and Stephen Coursey to a 10-0 season record.
There was a bit of an incentive, too. Ron had promised he would shave off his beard if they won the championship. And, he did. On the infield right after the game. Kudos to the team's scorekeeper Leslie Riley, and batboy Zach Schweinfurth, too.
Mount de Sales freshman Katie O'Connell participated in the fifth annual International Mythology Exam sponsored by the Elementary Teachers of Classics this past semester. Six-thousand students from the United States, Canada and Australia were tested on their knowledge of Greek and Roman gods, goddesses and heroes; works of Homer and Virgil; and Native American and African myths. Her grandmother, Phyllis Heim, parents Mary and Rick and sister Meghan (also a de Sales student) are rightfully proud.
There's pride in Owen Brown village, too. Owen Brown Middle School students Tony Tull and Jamie Mbah, and Dasher Green Elementary third-grader Micah Mbah attended the annual United Nations Global Youth Forum in Washington in May. They were among 200 students who attended lectures on energy, water, atmosphere, waste education and natural resources; discussed global concerns with an astronaut; and participated in field trips. After their return, they shared their adventure with classmates.
On the subject of the environment: Did you see the trash on view in front of Oakland Mills Village's Barn last Tuesday? Columbia Association's Discovery Camp girls and boys went for a nature walk led by Mike Dudash and Jordan Ambridge. While walking a bank of the Patapsco River, they decided to pick up trash that had washed in from the river.
The result was the pile of tires, inner tubes, pipe and metal parts "on display" on the sidewalk. They plan to do a pickup again next Tuesday; there will be another assortment of trash for all to see.
Mike and Jordan are with River & Trail Outfitters and plan other river cleanups in Monocacy, Saturday; Antietam, July 23; Town Run, Aug. 6; Potomac, Aug. 7; and Shenandoah, Aug. 13.
The Dolphins, Oakland Mills Swim Team, is having a Swimathon at the Stevens Forest pool Saturday evening. The swimmers would appreciate friends' and neighbors' support of "per lap" pledges.
If you don't know a team member, pledge sheets are available at Stevens Forest and Talbott Springs swimming pools. Swimmers would like your cheers at the next home meet July 23. The 100 girls and boys, ages 5 through 18, practice every day and swim their best at every Saturday meet.
Continuing watercolorists are invited to register for the Watercolor Studio at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Columbia Art Center, Long Reach village. Information: 730-0075.
Preteens and teens, 10 to 14 years old, can have fun Making Marionettes with Gigi Lepski at Chaselle's, 9645 Gerwig Lane (off Snowden River Parkway). They will learn how to make a wooden, hinged puppet manipulated by strings.
A marionette show will be held during the final class.
It's an interesting project for students interested in theater, and there's always the possibility of visiting a nursing home or hospital for an appreciative audience.
The $50 registration fee includes materials. Registration and information: 381-0828.
Due to East Columbia's deadline, this is the first opportunity I have had to thank all the hard-working, unflappable volunteers who worked on the Columbia Art Festival Transportation Committee.
Dick Blumenthal, Peggy Buckler, Bill Chestnutt, Anita Fox, Inge Hyder, Sylvia Padow, Mark Quackenbush, Morris Range, Jack Sloan, Andy and Trudy Snope, Barbara Thomas, Martha Williams and Zelda Simon have always been "on call"; many are CAF veteran volunteers.
I would also like to encourage residents of all the villages to mark their 1995 calendars and sign up for CAF. Free performance tickets are nice but meeting new friends is the real "perk."
A one-day New York trip to visit art museums is being planned by the Columbia Art Center, Long Reach Village Shopping Center.
The cost of the July 23, trip is $45 for Columbia residents; $50 for nonresidents.
The motor coach will leave at 7 a.m. and return at 11 a.m.
Reservations and information: 730-0075.