Volunteers meet monthly to repair homes of elderly


Elkridge's Project Care-Community Action to Reach the Elderly, meets every third Saturday to repair senior citizens' homes.

On March 18, two teams of Elkridge residents tackled two major renovations, completing both in one day.

One team replaced a linoleum floor in an Elkridge senior's home.

Involved volunteers were Howard High student Eric Miller, as well as Tim, Diane and Michelle Kvech, Tom Shea and Jack Bateman.

Marty Niessner trucked the linoleum to the home.

A group of six Elkridge Area Jaycees and three Jaycee kids replaced a senior's chain link fence. Fencers included Debbie Metzler, Marty and Beth Niessner, Dennis Reynolds, Kathy Farley, Laurel Jaycee Julie Weatherholt and kids Becky and Rachel Nussear and Kevin Metzler.

The CARE Coalition board draws from community groups across Elkridge.

The Elkridge Rotarians help fund the projects, the Jaycees provide many volunteers, and businesses such as Toomey's and Sons Hardware and Elkridge Deli Mart assist the projects.

CARE coalition assists senior citizens in a variety of ways. CARE is trying to start a coalition in Ellicott City.

The new group will decide together how they want to help. Interested people should call Tiffany Hackney at 313-7213.


This Sunday is Easter Sunday, and Harvester Baptist Church choir in Dorsey's Search is using the occasion to premier Matthew Edwards' "The Coming Kingdom" in morning services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

"The Easter Cantata," a dramatic monologue by Kelly Edwards, traces the emotions of the apostle Peter during the events of Holy Week.

The cantata will be performed by the church choir, under the direction of Colin Richards.

L Soloists include baritone Mark Raper and soprano Dona Kelly.

Mr. Edwards is working toward his doctorate in musical arts in piano at the Peabody Conservatory. He began playing the piano at 9, won his first competition in the third grade and performed a concerto with the Carolina Youth Symphony at age 11.

As a senior in high school, he won the grand prize in the Stravinsky Awards International competition.

Having gathered two degrees and many other awards in college, he and his wife, Kelly, now serve on the music staff of Harvester Baptist Church.

Harvester Baptist Church is on the corner of Old Annapolis and Columbia roads in Dorsey's Search. Performances are free.


Patapsco Middle School parent Pam Lennon has been watching teacher Katherine Potocki for several years now, as her children progressed through the school.

She was impressed by Ms. Potocki's way with the children, especially her "ability to extend the classroom into the community."

Ms. Potocki is also extremely modest, so Ms. Lennon took action, nominating her for the National PTA Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Educator Award.

Accomplishments cited in the award application are her work with St. Paul's Cemetery preservation, part of the students' community service requirement which is integrated into the classroom; her pilot of the HUGSS (Helping Us Grow through Service and Smiles) program with Head Start; the creation of a Patapsco Middle School Town Council; and her use of multi-intelligence learning concepts in the classroom, enabling children with learning problems to use their gifts.

Ms. Potocki also trains new gifted and talented resource teachers and regularly makes presentations on the state and national levels.

The National PTA won't make its decision until late in the school year, but in the eyes of her community, Ms. Potocki has already won the award.


Ilchester's Trinity School students submitted 137 projects for the school's Science Fair, representing their diverse scientific interests.

Medals of Science were awarded to Kristine Karkoska for the grades one and two division for her model "Weather Station;" to Rachel Hall for grades three and four for her experiment "Are Dogs' Mouths Cleaner than Human Mouths?"; to Forrest Hall for "Does Blood Sugar Level Affect Academic Performance?" grades five and six; and to Meg Konopacki for grades seven and eight for her experiment, "Using Nature's Own Numbers to Reforest Howard County."

Trinity School's Science Fair was held March 28, 29, and 30.


Boy Scout Troop 944 enjoyed a busy weekend at Camp Naticoke February 24-26. One highlight of the trip was the mock trial of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."

Prosecutor James McNamara presented a strong case based on Goldy's saliva DNA test results. But defense attorney Ted Rogers produced a witness who saw a car full of rowdy bears leave the Bears' home when Goldy was alleged to have entered it.

The jury, after a short deliberation could not reach a unanimous verdict, and Goldilocks was released.

This exercise was part of the Law Merit Badge.

The boys sighted bald and golden eagles during the day and the moons of Jupiter at night.

The following Scouts advanced in rank: Kirk Gauthier, Greg Murach, John Kerwin, Drew Weigl, Ryan Yadsco, Nick Keim, Robert Clickner, James McNamara, Paul Norko, Ted Rogers, Dan Queen and Cole Ingram.


Centennial High School students continue to shine. Here are some examples of the glimmer.

Three students, Jonathan Cohen, Sean Stevenson and Tinsay Woreta qualified for the National Competition in Forensics, a public speaking contest, at the recent state meet.

The competition will be held over the Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.

Sarah Dolan participated in the state gymnastics meet. She won the state championship in the Vault and third place in all-around gymnast.

Rebecca Morris recently won a $50 prize from the Dupont Challenge Science Essay Award.

The cast of Centennial High's recent production, "L'il' Abner," included Chris Donahue as Abner, Lauren Dutterer as Daisy Mae, David Offenheiser as Pappy, Michael Offenheiser as Marryin' Sam, and John O'Conner as Earthquake McGoon.

Staff involved in the production included drama coach Mo Dutterer and choreographer Lauren Lynch, pit band director Jack Schwalm and accompanist Sandra Nelson.


The annual Bridal Showcase will be at Belmont Estate from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday. Call (410) 796-4300 for information.

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