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Variety of crafts represented on planned tour of area studios

THE BALTIMORE SUN

ON SEPT. 6 and 7, Carroll County Crafts Guild will sponsor a studio tour, offering an opportunity for folks to meet with local crafts people and to see many of them at work.

The tour will begin at Whye Clay Works in Finksburg, where visitors can meet Terry Whye and see her unusual birdbaths, garden sculptures, dinnerware and pottery. Her students will be on hand to demonstrate how they work in clay. Also at Whye Clay Works will be displays of metal-smithed pieces by Linda van Hart of Toll House Studio, and wearable art clothing designed by Laurel Brown of Evensong.

The tour continues at Shiloh Pottery Inc. of Hampstead with pottery art by Ken Hankins and wall quilts and landscapes by Judi Froehlinger.

Cat Tracks Studio of Westminster is the third stop. Here, visitors can enjoy Carolyn Seabolt's batik and silk painting of flowers and cats, as well as her cat sculptures in clay and wood and painted cat motifs incorporating the English tinsel technique. Leonor Pisano, maker of handcrafted jewelry in silver, brass, copper, ceramic and semiprecious stones, and Sharon Schaeffer, creator of handmade baskets, will show their work.

Orchard Studio in Uniontown is the fourth tour location. Georgia Groome's colorful weaving and Shirley Lippy's handmade paper pieces will be featured.

Information: Carroll County Tourism Office, 410-848-1388 or 1-800-272-1833.

Support the Class of 2000

Westminster High Parent Boosters Class of 2000 hopes everyone will come out to Pizza Hut every third Wednesday of the month. Mention that you are supporting the WHS Parent Boosters Class of 2000 and the restaurant will make a donation to the club.

Lions mourn canine friend

Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club recently experienced a loss that touched every member.

In 1985, the club sponsored a leader dog to give secondary sight to a blind friend. The dog, Blue, died this summer.

"In 1985, we sent [former Westminster resident] Sherry Lagassi to Rochester, Mich., to train with the Leader Dog School for the Blind," said Lions Club President Nicki Florentine.

In Michigan, Lagassi met Blue. The 16-month-old dog had received four months of training. During the next month at leader dog school, Lagassi and Blue trained together.

Over the years, Lagassi moved several times, but she never lost contact with Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club, writing to them often, sending cards and updates. For Lagassi, who lost her sight at age 25 due to complications of diabetes, the dog became her new lease on life.

Florentine said the club was proud of sponsoring the dog. The club received letters and updates with pride, sharing the correspondence at meetings.

In recent years, the dog had become arthritic, and Lagassi brought home a new leader dog, Alex. But Blue still filled her days, and her heart. A recent letter from Lagassi told how the dog had suffered a stroke in mid-June.

On behalf of the club, Florentine wrote Lagassi a return letter and sent a sympathy card. "We were so proud of this dog and of being able to do this for you," Florentine wrote.

Pub Date: 8/25/97

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