When a local yarn shop closed its doors more than a year ago, it brought together 19 former patrons who wanted to polish their knitting skills while making a contribution to the community.
Members of a Close Knit Group will celebrate their first anniversary tomorrow evening with a party at the Linthicum Library after their regular 6:30 meeting.
The local group is affiliated with the National Knitting Guild.
In the past year, the guild has presented programs and workshops on finishing, machine knitting, weaving and knitting dog hair, creating hand-made buttons and felting hats. Members have helped one another with unfinished projects and have inspired others to undertake more challenging patterns.
In addition, the guild has contributed to local charities. Earlier this month, member Eloise Vaughan made a trip to Sarah's House and presented 11 knitted and crocheted afghans to the staff for the residents of the women's shelter. The latest contribution brings to 100 the number of afghans donated to the extended-stay shelter at Fort Meade.
A Close Knit Group meets in the Linthicum Library at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Newcomers are welcome.
Speaking of celebrations, Boy Scout Troop 550 is 30 years old this year.
The scouts celebrated with a buffet dinner recently in the fellowship hall of St. Christopher Episcopal Church.
Scout Scott Taylor opened the dinner with the Pledge of Allegiance and Assistant Scoutmaster Richard Krammes, the troop chaplain, gave the invocation.
Scout Phil Pitts reviewed highlights of the year, which included coming in first in the Four Rivers District Camporee, taking first in the two-man sawing contest, placing in the top 20 percent of the 36 troops in the Baltimore Area Council Orienteering Competition and having the No. 1 patrol at the Four Rivers District Klondike Derby.
Raju Shah, the most recent Scout to earn the Eagle Badge, spoke about the personal benefits of scouting.
Scoutmaster Bruce Henkel delivered his State of the Troop Address and presented the Scout of the Year Award to Scout John Rouse and the Scouter of the Year to Committeeman Joseph LaSpina.
Assistant Scoutmaster Bill MacLeod called Scouts and their parents to the podium, where he presented them with the Merit Badge cards and Rank cards for the past year. He presented the mothers with pins that were miniatures of the rank earned by their sons.
Cards were presented to: Bobby Bowers, Scout rank; John Henkel, first-class rank and merit badges in plumbing, camping, rowing, first aid and citizenship; Joe Jennings, merit badges in communication, wood carving and citizenship; Jason Pardoe, merit badges in Indian lore, communications, pioneering, personal fitness, wood carving, athletics, astronomy, architecture, family life, drafting, citizenship in the nation and citizenship in the world; Phil Pitts, merit badges in plumbing, lifesaving, and safety; Luke Rittenhouse, merit badges in astronomy, athletics, canoeing, Indian lore, leather work, pioneering, safety and citizenship in the nation; John Rouse, merit badges in plumbing, personal fitness, rifle shooting, rowing, home repairs, astronomy, athletics, canoeing, small-boat sailing, water skiing, motor boating, firemanship, citizenship in the nation and citizenship in the world; Eli Senter, merit badges in art, computers, camping, cooking, electronic, engineering, citizenship in the world and communications; Raju Shah, a merit badge in public speaking and the Bronze, Gold, Silver and Second Bronze Palms; David Starr, merit badges in communications, astronomy, life saving, rowing, chemistry, electricity, energy, rifle shooting and firemanship; Scott Taylor, the Tenderfoot rank and merit badges in art, camping, Indian lore, firemanship, first aid and citizenship in the nation; Jimmy Turpin, Scout rank; Justin Walker, Scout rank.
Troop 550 is sponsored by the Linthicum Elementary School PTA.
For more information about the troop, contact Joe Hyla at 766-8981.
The students of St. Philip Neri School will be waging their annual "Penny Wars" for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation starting tomorrow.
Last year the Student Council presented a check for $1,300 to a foundation representative.
Students will bring in pennies to fill the large jars in each classroom. The war takes place when students from other classrooms are given a short time to visit and can sabotage the jar by adding silver coins.
At the end of the contest, all silver coins are counted, and that amount is subtracted from the total number of pennies in the jar. The class with the "most pure" penny jar wins, but all the coins -- silver and pennies -- will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
A seventh-grader at the school is battling the disease, which has already taken the lives of two former St. Philip Neri students.
The Penny Wars will end Feb. 27.
A group is forming to lobby for a North County recreation center for youngsters.
Community members are urged to attend the first meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday at the Northern District Police Station.
For more information, please call Lou Holmes at 760-4138.