Church worker begins program for community teens


Bethel Baptist Church's new youth coordinator, Ron Monteith, has come home after 12 years of wandering far from Maryland.

Born and reared in College Park, Ron left Maryland to attend Liberty University in Virginia. After graduation, Ron moved to Miami and then to Savannah, Ga., where for eight years he worked with urban young people.

Now Ron's in Ellicott City, where he heads a new program for community teens.

The program, LIFE, meets every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the National Guard Armory near the church.

LIFE is geared toward youths aged 12 to 18. About 35 or so teens attend LIFE and participate in the activities. They play volleyball and basketball in the gym, listen to live contemporary Christian music and discuss challenges, applying Biblical concepts to today's teen life.

Children who attend the LIFE program need not be members of the church.

"We just want to allow the kids to have a great time," says Ron.

Working with Ron in the LIFE program are seven other adults: Jonas and Karen Seeberg from Ellicott City, Joe and Kim Harris, Ruth Johnson and Dave Rabe from Elkridge, and Suzi Monteith from Westminster. Ruth Johnson is a registered nurse able to provide care if an athlete is hurt.

Bethel Baptist is located on Route 103 near the Columbia Pike intersection.

For information on LIFE, call 465-5690.


Martin Niessner Jr. of Residential Construction Services usually works on homes larger than the 2-foot-by-4-foot model completed last month -- but then his regular clients aren't a bunch of worms!

Last month, Marty, a member of Elkridge Area Jaycee's Recycling Committee, erected a home composting demonstration site at Rockburn Branch Park, which included a home for the worms: a worm composting bin.

Nestled among the trees at the end of the Montgomery Road entrance, the site exhibits various types of home composting stations.

After the bins were built, children from the county Department of Recreation and Parks' Day Camp held at Rockburn Elementary School began the process by filling them with leaves while cable Channel 15 filmed the project.

Other ways the Jaycees involve children is by sponsoring the "Recycling Rangers" club at Rockburn and Elkridge Elementary schools.

To belong to the club, each child must pledge to observe the three R's (recycle, reuse, reduce) and create a simple project.

Home composting is a great way to reduce yard wastes and gain rich garden humus while helping to reduce material in the landfill.

The composting project was a cooperative effort involving Betsy McMillion, Howard County Department of Public Works' recycling coordinator, and the Extension Service's Master Gardener program.

Plan a visit to Rockburn Park to learn about composting. You'll find a Fact Finder at the site to help you begin your own pile.


This is Fire Safety Week, and area Fire Stations are celebrating on Saturday with a day of activities.

The Ellicott City Station will hold Fire Safety Day from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center. Career firefighters and volunteers will present a display of equipment and give free balloons, fire helmets and coloring books to children. At 1 p.m., the Maryland State Police helicopter will arrive, and firefighters will demonstrate a mini-training session.


The United Methodist Women of Melville Chapel Church in Elkridge are looking for craft people to sell their wares at their annual craft bazaar on Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A table rents for $10.

For information or to rent a table, call 796-0695 or 796-0052.


What is the difference between the school board candidates? How does each stand on such issues as year-round schooling, testing and overcrowding?

If you're curious, find out by attending a question-and-answer session at Dunloggin Middle School's cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Each candidate will answer pre-submitted questions for the first hour. During the second hour the candidates will take questions from the floor.

This event is sponsored by the school's Parent Teacher Association.

Information: 461-7349.


Burleigh Manor Middle School announces staff changes for the current school year.

John Davis has replaced Bill Shook as physical education teacher. Susan Kilcullen will teach French and English.

Larry Schofield, who student-taught at BMMS, will teach science and math.

Gail Wimbrow transferred from West Friendship Elementary School to teach art.

H. S. Hockycko moved across the parking lot from Centennial High School to teach Spanish part time.

The students and staff of BMMS welcome the additions to the staff.


Sometimes an idea is infectious, and the more folks talk about it, the better it gets. That's what happened when Sue Aucoin and her Rockburn neighbor, Brenda Vinton, started talking about having a little craft sale.

One thing led to another, and now the craft sale includes two additional women, Donna Payne from Ellicott City and Cathy Chapman from Anne Arundel County.

Brenda has shipped her kids off for the coming weekend, and now the craft sale will take over the majority of the house.

The former little craft sale is now a country store to be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 15-16.

The store will include holiday items, decorative flags, dried flower arrangements and afghans. The sale will be held in Rockburn Township at 7822 Breakstone Court.

FTC Information: call Sue at 379-9373.


If you missed cleaning out your shed for this fall's first Hazardous Waste Drop-Off day, you have another chance.

Bring your household chemical discards to the Gateway Building in the Gateway Industrial Park, at the intersection of Route 175 and Snowden River Parkway, this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Household chemicals that don't belong in the garbage can or down the drain are welcome.

Examples are paint thinner, pesticides, oil-based paints, fuel, rug cleaners, degreasers and insecticides.

Nonresidential waste, medical or commercial waste will not be accepted at this special collection. And products which can be recycled, such as latex paint, automotive batteries, used motor oil, filters and antifreeze, should be delivered to Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville.

Information: 313-2388.


Pumpkins on doorsteps and spooks hanging in trees announce that Halloween is on its way.

The Howard County Library has developed "Spine Chillers," a program of Halloween stories and activities, to prepare kids for the event.

Miller Branch on Frederick Road will present "Spine Chillers" to 7- to 10-year-olds on Oct. 24 from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Registration may be made in person or by phone at 313-1955 beginning at 10 a.m. on Oct. 18. Elkridge Branch Library will present "Spine Chillers" to youngsters 6 to 9 years old from 4:30 to 5:15 on Oct. 27.

Registration may be made in person or by phone at 313-5085 beginning at 1 p.m. on Oct. 20.


Cub Scout Pack 361 in Ellicott City celebrated its 45th birthday with a cake at the September pack meeting, held outdoors by campfire at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County.

October's pack-wide activities include a Hayride on Sharp's Farm, a Naval Academy football game and a family fall hike to Great Falls, Va.

The annual fund-raiser -- a candy bar sale -- runs through Friday.

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