THREE CHEERS for the youth of Carroll County. Here in the Central region, I have been getting great reports about our children and their achievements.
From Charles Carroll Elementary School comes news that third-grade student Emily Oliver has become a published author. This student in Linda Yingling's class has a story in the current issue of the Elementary Writer, a national publication.
Charles Carroll also has three winners in the National Geographic Geography Bee. All three are fifth-grade students at this Silver Run area school. First place went to Ian Ryan, who will advance to the Maryland state competition in the spring. Second place went to Patrick Rodgers, and Travis Boughter captured third place.
Another group of achieving fifth-grade students from Charles Carroll are the winners in the Westminster Police Department's 1995 "Safety is Only a Click Away" poster contest. Winners Heather Flinn, Britni Isaac and Kristen Oliver designed posters promoting seat belt safety.
Also from the Central Carroll region, 4-H member Rene Luers of Westminster recently was selected as an International 4-H Youth Exchange Ambassador, ending with a flourish the last year of a 4-H career that has spanned 11 years. As a result of her selection, Miss Luers will travel to Switzerland in June.
As a 4-H ambassador, Miss Luers will have an opportunity to explore another area of the world, live with a host family, learn another language and culture, experience youth programs and pursue new project dimensions. Miss Luers hopes the trip will give her a broader prospective of the world that will help her teach children in the future.
Miss Luers is a sophomore at Bridgewater College in Virginia, majoring in family and consumer science and secondary education. She plans to continue to participate in 4-H. "This is the end of my 11 years as a 4-H member, but the beginning of a lifelong 4-H volunteer career," she said.
As a 4-H member, she has belonged to three 4-H clubs in the county and was a Carroll County and Maryland state ambassador for two years. In 1991, she attended National 4-H Congress because of her outstanding record book and, in particular, her rabbit project.
4-H members are selected as International 4-H Youth Exchange Ambassadors after submitting applications and going through interviews. They must raise the funds to travel and begin making payments months before they embark on their adventure.
The Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service has set up an International 4-H Youth Ambassador fund to help defray these costs. For more information on how you can help Miss Luers and others chosen to participate in this project, call the Cooperative Extension Service at 848-4611.
Easter ham drawing
The Silver Run/Union Mills Lions Club has begun selling tickets for its annual Easter ham drawing.
A ticket may be purchased for a $1 donation to the club. Each ticket gives the donor five chances to win because five hams will be raffled during an April 2 drawing.
Tickets for the drawing may be purchased at Munches Cafe, the Union Mills branch of Westminster Bank & Trust and Weis Market on Route 140 in Westminster, or by contacting a member of the Silver Run/Union Mills Lions Club.
An April 6 bake sale also will raise funds for the Silver Run/Union Mills Lions Club. Baked goods will be for sale at Brewers Market on Route 97 North in Silver Run, from 9 a.m. until they run out.
All proceeds will go back into the community for scholarships and other causes. The organization is dedicated to helping youth and to making our community a better place.
Living History Camp
Carroll County Farm Museum is accepting applications for its award-winning Living History Camp. Each year the camp provides living history experiences for children of elementary age who are enrolled in second, third or fourth grades.
Rural farm life of the late 1800s is explored with camp leaders and artisans collaborating on the instruction and demonstration of many skills, including tinsmithing, dipping candles, gardening, cooking over an open hearth and blacksmithing. Camp participants will take part in old-fashioned games such as marbles and rolling hoops.
The museum will offer three sessions of camp. Session I will be held July 8-12 for children enrolled in second grade. Session II will be held July 15-19 and will be for children enrolled in third grade. Session III will be held July 22-26 and is for children who are in fourth grade.
The camp is limited to 40 campers per session. The cost is $80 per camper and hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.
To register, mail a 3-by 5-inch index card with the child's name, current grade, full address, daytime phone number and the session requested. Cards may be addressed to Marian Witiak, Living History Camp, Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster 21157.
Names will be drawn by a lottery system April 1, and those selected will be notified by phone or mail.
Lois Szymanski's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.