Russell Payne and Dan Gartner, whose GHS soccer team won the Maryland State Championship in 1993, are on their way to the semifinals of the Snickers United States Youth National Championship as members of the Baltimore Spirit under-19 team in Blain, Minn., near Minneapolis.
The team will play Southern California Salsa in a semifinal match. The tournament starts July 28. If they win, they will play for the national championship July 31.
The Spirit won the Maryland State Cup tournament in June and the Region I championship in New Jersey two weeks ago.
Their coach, David Nesbitt, says Payne, who is the starting varsity goalkeeper at the University of Maryland College Park, and Gartner, varsity forward for Mount St. Mary's College in Emmittsburg, are two excellent role models for youth who hope to be successful in soccer.
Coach Nesbitt and the team parents organized a 50/50 raffle to help pay for the trip to Minnesota.
If you'd like to buy a $1 raffle ticket, see any team member or parent or call 997-0983.
Finding suitable and affordable summer activities and outings for school-age youngsters is a challenge each year. For seven mornings earlier this month, our son, Tom, attended an easygoing summer band program called "Play It Again Summer Band."
Twenty-seven musicians entering grades five through nine attended the program sponsored by the county Department of Parks and Recreation. After the first day, they called the program "awesome!"
After a family picnic July 13, directors David Smith and Kendall Davis led the band in an informal, outdoor concert of six pieces the players had mastered in just seven days. The band sounded great. The youngsters sustained their enthusiasm for band, played in an ensemble, and had a ball. Watch for this new program next summer, and register your child for a relaxed and inspiring activity.
If you've ever thought you'd like to have a foreign exchange student live with you for a school year, now is the time to act.
Lisa Soloman of the Educational Foundation for Foreign Study is looking for host families for foreign students who will attend Glenelg High School.
The students coming to the United States in August are from 23 countries. They range in age from 15 to 18. All speak English, though their levels of proficiency differ. Students have their own spending money and insurance. You provide room, board and a caring environment through June.
There are no age or marital requirements for a host family, and you don't have to have children of your own to welcome a foreign student for a year. The foundation can pair your family with a guest, if you specify sex, religion or home country. Families from our area have had good experiences with foreign students.
For more information, call Ms. Soloman at 461-7362.
Does a homemade barbecue chicken dinner you don't have to prepare yourself sound good? At the 5th District Volunteer Fire Department banquet hall, you can enjoy chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw, rolls and butter, dessert and a beverage for just $6. Kids pay only $3.
Dinner will be served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 30. Phone 531-3984.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church someday will call the southwest corner of Routes 29 and 216 home.
Meanwhile, the congregation, under the shepherding of the Rev. John F. Kinsella, meets at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 5 p.m. Saturdays and at Atholton High School at 9:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sundays.
The parish welcomes new members into its active community, with its religious education program, youth groups, co-op nursery at early services on Sunday and outreach programs.
If you would like more information about St. Francis of Assisi, call the parish office at 381-5894.
The St. Louis Catholic Youth Ministry sponsors "Hang Time" on the last Thursday of each month. From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., high school students meet in the Youth Room in the Parish Hall for pizza, chips, soft drinks, and a good time.
But it's not just fun and games at the St. Louis CYM. Each Thursday, members gather to bake cookies, pies and other goodies, which they deliver to Grass Roots, the shelter for the homeless.
Call Youth Minister Maureen Hines at 531-6668 for more information.
The Happy Hounds 4-H Club Dog Match at the Howard County Fairground last Saturday was a great success, with 4-H'ers from across the state demonstrating how well they handle their dogs.
Club member Milena Boyer reports results for the Happy Hounds members. In the Fitting and Showing class, in Clovers, who are 6- and 7-year-olds, Daniel Snyder with his dog Holly took first place, and Alex Proia and Captain took second.
In Juniors, who are ages 8 through 10, Mariella Proia and Fluffy took first place, Alina Bals with Precious ranked second, Hans Amen and Oreo were third, Jennifer Melichar with Betsy ranked fourth, and Elizabeth Brokow and Earl were fifth.
In the senior division, ages 14 through 19, Tricia Wactor and Lady took first place, Susan Speight and Griddy were second, Alison Brown with Tipper was third, Daniela Bals with Midnite ranked fourth, Zach Turner and Emma were fifth; and Dorothy West and Freckles were sixth.
In obedience class subnovice in the junior division, Alina Bals with Precious won first, Jennifer Melichar with Betsy won second, Rebecca Mesa and Spirit were third, Sara Mesa and Holly ranked fourth and Milena Boyer and Noisette were fifth.
In seniors Tricia Wactor and Noel ranked first, Dorothy West and Freckles took second, Jennifer Carrier and Chelsa were third, and Zach Turner and Emma were fourth.
In obedience novice class in the junior division, David Adler and his dog Andy were first, and Jennifer Melichar with Hobbs was second.
In obedience novice class for seniors, Susan Speight with Griddy placed first, and Alison Brown and Tipper won second. In the graduate novice senior class, Ian Boyer and Lady were first, Katie Herzog and Toby were second, Tricia Wactor and Lady were third and Daniela Bals and Midnite were fourth.
Ellen and Molly Regennitter of Mount Airy participated in the Maryland State 4-H Public Speaking Contest at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster July 13.
Both spoke in the Radio Public Address category, with Ellen representing juniors, ages 8 to 10, and Molly standing for intermediates, ages 11 through 13.
The sisters are District 4-H champions, titles they won in a competition between students from Carroll, Frederick, and Howard counties.
In the state competition, Ellen won champion or first place, and Molly won reserve champion or second place.