MARYLAND State Council of the Knights of Columbus has recognized Ellicott City Council No. 9638, the Father Joseph J. Comyns Council, for its work with the homeless. The award was presented at the local council's June 24 meeting by Joseph and Judy Brunner, the state council's chairman and chairwoman on homeless shelters.
Father Comyns council members have volunteered at a shelter for homeless women on Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie. Their tasks included clearing land and removing debris to make a parking area for clients and staff and painting and remodeling a vacant room in the shelter for use as a chapel.
More than a dozen council members volunteered 85 hours in this effort, and $500 was spent by the council.
The local council's Homeless Project chairman, Bill Lent, says that the next phase will be to repair the exterior of the shelter.
The council, which is based in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Parish in Ilchester, will accept donations of volunteer hours or funds for this homeless project.
For details, call incoming Grand Knight Charles Zeitler at 465-1266.
Trip to Canada
The Elkridge Roadrunners, a local senior traveling group, still has spaces for a trip to Lake Placid and Montreal, Canada, that lasts four days and three nights.
Grand American Tours has offered the group accommodations, double occupancy, with two meals a day, for a total of $300 per person.
The bus tour leaves Sept. 25 and returns Sept. 28.
Call Dorothy Baker at 796-2737 for more information.
Howard High PTA
Howard High School PTA has announced its 1996-1997 executive board.
President Grace Lee begins her second term, with the help of Second Vice President Harriet Bachman; treasurer Wafa Sturdivant; corresponding secretary Shirley Coursey; and PTA Council delegate Marilyn Binder. Citizens advisory committee delegate is Chuck Walsh.
You may have noticed that there are still some vacancies in this list. With the high schools' reorganization, Howard has lost some potential PTSA members. Parents of incoming freshmen are particularly needed to help staff the committees and executive board.
For more information, call the school at 313-2867 or Grace at 740-1539.
Winning lawns, gardens
St. Johns Community, a neighborhood of 900 homes, has declared its five grand winners in this year's Lawn and Garden Competition.
These winners garnered big prizes from Ellicott City Williamson's Nursery, which, with the community association, sponsored the contest.
A runoff competition, held earlier in the spring, declared winners in each of 17 areas of the community. All community members had the opportunity to vote on the best homes in their respective areas. Each area winner won a $25 gift certificate for Williamson's Nursery, which also provided the grand prizes.
Then, judges from the Split Rail Garden Club, Branch and Twig Garden Club and Williamson's Nursery chose among the 17 winners to declare the grand winners.
The first-place winners, who won a $200 gift certificate, were William and Rolanda King, at 3718 McAlpine Road.
Second was William Aycock at 4005 McAlpine Road, who won a $150 gift certificate and was so tickled with the award that he wanted to frame it rather than spend it.
Third were John and Doris Rezendes, at 3740 Chatham Road, who won a $100 gift certificate.
Fourth, with a certificate for $60, were Larry and Mary Lou Teixeira, of 3633 Cornus Lane.
Carol and Pres Pairo, of 9032 Overhill Drive, were fifth with a certificate of $40.
If you love to see beautiful gardens, it might be worth a drive through the community.
A tip of the hat to Gwen Hayes and Clyde Humphrey, who put in many hours organizing this contest.
The afghans depicting Elkridge, which I first saw at the Elkridge Carnival, are more than knits to throw across your couch. They're a reminder of the history of our county. And they are extremely good-looking.
Designed by Rick Wetherholt using pen-and-ink sketches by a fellow Elkridge resident, the afghans feature artfully placed pictures of Elkridge.
Historic sites pictured include Brumbaugh House, Belmont Mansion, St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, Melville Methodist Church and Grace Episcopal Church. A touch of whimsy is the inclusion of Daisy, Elkridge's first firetruck. The Kiwanis emblem and a sketch of the new Elkridge sign complete the design.
The afghans are cornflower blue or deep green with a cream background and cost $50 each. Proceeds are plowed back into the community.
The afghan sale began before Christmas 1995, when an order of 150 afghans sold out almost instantly. The Kiwanis Club has since sold 400 and is now selling the final 40 afghans. No more orders will be taken after these are sold.
Ellicott City's Patapsco Female Institute invites community members to join the renewed Adopt a Tree program.
More than 30 adopters already have come forward to help preserve the old trees on the property, many of which are rare specimens. These adopters have had their names listed on a plaque displayed in the visitor center.
If you would like to be a part of this project or to memorialize a loved one, call Dessie Moxley at 465-8500 and leave a message.
Pub Date: 8/05/96