Girl Scout prepares for Gold Award by throwing 85th birthday party for GSA

THE BALTIMORE SUN

WHEN Kelly Barrett decided to go for the highest award in Girl Scouts, she went for it in a big way.

The Liberty High School junior celebrated Girl Scouting, past and present, by throwing an 85th birthday celebration for Girl Scouts at Carrolltown Center.

"I wanted to think of something that would make our community aware of what Girl Scouting is," Kelly said. "We are not just about selling Girl Scout cookies."

The celebration included balloons, face painting, crafts and music. There were information booths on the history of Girl Scouts, locally and nationally, as well as on American women in history.

A fashion show featuring Girl Scout uniforms of the past was a treat.

While Kelly planned and coordinated the entire event, she had plenty of eager helpers on the day of the party. Brownies and Girl Scouts lent helping hands.

Organizing others in a coordinated effort is part of the requirement for the Gold Award. Kelly credits her mother, Debbie Barrett, the troop leader, and adviser Ronni Anderson with keeping her on track.

"They have both been a big help to me," Kelly said.

Kelly is a member of Troop 1559 and has been a Girl Scout since she was a first-grader.

She has worked many years to get to the point of earning the award, once called an "Eaglette."

Kelly has earned numerous badges, completed leadership programs and been active in the community.

The award likely will be presented to Kelly in the fall after the required paperwork has been submitted and approved.

Open house

When the Zumbrun Funeral Home was under construction last fall, it drew more than just a passing stare along Sykesville Road in Eldersburg.

Sections of the building were set in place in just two days with a 110-ton crane.

Seeing the 11,000-square-foot building today, it's difficult to believe that this facility is of modular construction.

Owners Jeff and Connie Zumbrun and their children, Tim, Tom, Jim and Jenna, make their home on one side of the building's main level, while the other half is used as a funeral home.

The funeral industry is a familiar one to the Zumbruns. Connie Zumbrun's family has owned and operated Fletcher's Funeral Home in Westminster since the late 1960s.

Jeff Zumbrun has more than 20 years of experience in the industry.

The family is excited about opening its own establishment.

"I believe that this is the only funeral home in Carroll County that is starting from scratch. We're building this from the ground up," said Jeff Zumbrun.

"Most of the time, the business is passed from one generation to another."

The Zumbruns will have an open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 1. The funeral home is at 6028 Sykesville Road.

School site

The county school board will have a public meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center on Route 97 in Westminster.

The public will have an opportunity to express opinions on the location of a new county high school.

Sock hop

Freedom Elementary School students and their families are invited to a sock hop from 7 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Friday at the school, 5626 Sykesville Road.

Tickets are $3, and all proceeds will go toward the school's new playground.

The school will also have an open house from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday.

Both the sock hop and the open house are in honor of Bea Mathias, a longtime secretary at the school who plans to retire in the fall.

Information: 410-751-3525.

Pub Date: 5/27/97

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