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Scout Matthew Kerwin is recognized with Eagle Court of Honor


AN EAGLE COURT of Honor was held Feb. 7 in honor of Matthew Folsom Kerwin.

Matt, a sophomore at Centennial High School and a Scout for 10 years, has been a member of a Cub Pack in Long Valley, N.J., and Pack 361 in Ellicott City.

For the past four years, Matt has been a member of Boy Scout Troop 944, where he has been active in leadership positions.

His activities include services as assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, den chief, troop quartermaster, assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader and crew chief.

He has earned 35 merit badges and participated in service projects in the community.

For his Eagle Service project, Matt chose to restore and repaint ++ the 19th-century blacksmith building on historic Mount Pleasant Farm in Ellicott City.

Matt led his family, friends and fellow Scouts in contributing more than 120 hours of work for the farm, owned by Howard County Conservancy.

Howard stars

Howard High School stars are shining. Here's a short list of the students whose excellent work deserves notice.

Lisa Brodsky and Jordan Fox received the National Council of Teachers' English Writing Achievement Awards.

Elizabeth Chester, Alan Chen, Celia Bargeron and Robin Massie were selected for the 1997 All-State Orchestra.

Dionne Jones and Bobby Jarrett were invited to participate in a McDonald's restaurant event involving senior executives of the company.

Chanelle Carter is one of 20 Maryland finalists in the running for Wendy's restaurant High School Heisman Trophy. Chanelle has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Delaware State in the fall.

Howard High's Math Team ranked third in Meet 3 of Division 3, a competition that included four other county high schools.

Howard High's band has been invited to join bands from around the world to march in London's New Year's Day Parade.

Howard High's Junior ROTC won first place in the county competition for Color Guard, Basic and Inspection in early winter.

Finally, Scholastic Assessment Test scores for Howard students went up 20 points last year.

Spring fairs

The spring flea market and craft sale season is starting.

Centennial High School's music department Flea Market and Craft Show will be April 12.

The musicians will perform throughout the day. Call Luann at 465-7364.

Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will have its spring Craft Fair on March 15.

The Easter Bunny will make an appearance at 11 a.m.

Call Yvonne at 796-1664 or Tami at 796-7557.

If you're interested in renting a table to sell your wares, contact one of these organizations.

Elkridge pancake breakfast

Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Yvonne Zimmerman wants everyone to attend the next pancake breakfast Sunday at the new fire hall.

Breakfast will be served from 7: 30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The breakfast, Zimmerman said, is a fund-raiser to defray the costs of replacing the "squad," a fire engine destroyed in an accident last spring.

The new piece of firefighting equipment, which is made of stainless steel, was a major expense -- so the volunteer %o department went deeply into debt.

The breakfast, which clears about $400 each Sunday, is chipping away at the debt.

Cub Scouts banquet

Cub Scout Pack 432 had its 47th annual Blue and Gold Banquet yesterday.

Dinner was prepared by Diane Shipley and her helpers.

Dennis Hodge, the pack's clown, entertained after dinner.

Pack 432 and other Scout groups began "Scouting for Food" on Saturday, when the boys left plastic bags on doorknobs in neighborhoods.

They will return to collect bags of food left outside Saturday.

The boys will not knock on doors, so leave the bags of food outside.

As a fund-raiser for pack activities, Super Fresh green register receipts are being collected. If you'd like to donate tapes, contact Diane Shipley at 796-9420.

Pack 432 has set up its own Web site: http: //www.bsa.net/md/p432.

Entering high school

County eighth-graders are preparing to move to high school, and parent meetings are preparing the adults for the changes ahead.

Howard High School holds its orientation for the Class of 2001 in two parts. At 7 p.m. Thursday, parents are invited to the school to discuss "How to Best Prepare Your 8th-grader for 9th Grade."

Centennial High School parent orientation will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the school.

Rockburn Elementary news

Sandy Wolfgang, Rockburn Elementary School's new publicity chairwoman, dropped by my house Tuesday with the latest from the school.

The good news is that fifth-graders Beth Casey and Samantha Bement -- with teacher Sam Polack and media specialist Barbara Randolph -- have set up a Rockburn Web Site to describe the school mission statement, calendar of events and school statistics.

Beth and Samantha will update the site each month, as a Type III project.

The bad news is that the Rockburn staff was defeated in the fourth annual Rockburn-Baltimore Spirit Volleyball game -- in which the Baltimore Spirit soccer players are not allowed to use their hands.

Spirit players Mike Henning, Todd Hicks, Shane Daugherty and Jim McCombs fought the Rockburn staff at the Jan. 15 gamein a packed gym -- filled with members of the school community. Spirit mascot Jinx the Cat made an appearance, and Spirit players signed autographs after the game.

(Plans are afoot to defeat the Spirit next year.)

The Baltimore Spirit team is a business partner of Rockburn Elementary.

Parent volunteer Sharon Anderson reminds everyone to clip yellow Giant receipts and send them to school.

The program ends Saturday.

The Super Fresh receipts program ends March 8.

Naval Scout jamboree

Boy Scout Troop 944 of Ellicott City attended the Naval Academy Merit Badge Jamboree on a cold January weekend.

Sponsored by the National Eagle Scout Association and the Naval Academy, the weekend gives Eagle Scout midshipmen a chance to conduct merit badge classes, give tours and provide activities for the 1,400 Scouts in attendance.

The boys had the opportunity to share meals in King Hall, the largest dining hall in the world, and attend academy sporting events.

Eight Scouts attended the Jamboree: Robbie Adams, Alfred Chaffee, Shelby Lane, Chris Oliver, Greg Rizzo, Seamus Ryan, Mark Trexler and Ryan Yadsko.

Adult Scouts included Shawn Lane, Steve Oliver, Paul Trexler and Frank Ryan.

The group camped at YMCA Camp Letts near Annapolis.

The Scouts were prepared, but with a wind chill of 20 below that weekend, the experience was cold.

Irish social

Howard County Recreation & Parks will sponsor a Smiling Irish Social, for seniors age 55 and older, from 12: 15 p.m. to 1: 45 p.m. March 14 at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center in Ellicott City.

Dress in green and enjoy an Irish sing-along and corned beef on rye or turkey on a roll. The fee is $4. Register by March 5.

Kiwanis-Wallas Center sponsors a seniors' Games Drop-In from 10 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Wednesdays, and from 10: 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays.

Play bridge, pinochle, canasta, banco, Scrabble, dominoes, backgammon or chess -- or bring your own table game.

No fee is charged, but bring a bag lunch. Coffee and tea are available.

Information: 313-7279.

Pub Date: 2/24/97

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