Aspiring Eagle Scout giving bay a boost


BRENT MILLER is following his love of the Chesapeake Bay in his Eagle Scout project.

He volunteers with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and is a fledgling oyster farmer -- he's raising 40,000 oysters that will be placed in a preserve in the bay.

To become an oyster farmer, Brent attended classes with the foundation, learning about the oyster life cycle and diseases and ways to raise them in a "Taylor" float -- a caged device to protect young oysters.

Brent spent a day working with Annapolis resident Michelle Cummins, owner of P. Cummins Oyster Co.

Cummins collected oysters from her incubators to get Brent started.

Then, with help from Scouts and family, Brent built 20 Taylor floats and transported them to Rock Creek in Anne Arundel County, where the oysters will reach maturity.

Oyster restoration is a major goal of the foundation. Oysters help filter and clean the bay of pollutants and algae. Brent teaches community groups and students about oyster restoration for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

He needs donations from businesses and civic groups to cover the cost of his project.

Information or to make a donation: 410-465-0087.

Trees, trees

Ellicott City Lions Club is holding its 43rd annual Christmas tree sale at Golden Triangle Shopping Center at U.S. 29 and U.S. 40.

The lot is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Available trees include Fraser fir, Douglas fir, Scotch pine and white pine.

The trees are grown on Ron Sewell's farm in Carroll County and are cut within a week of delivery.

Trees are priced according to height and quality, ranging from $20 to $50. Lions will bale a tree and load it into your car.

Wreaths, roping and swags will also be sold.

Proceeds help support Lions' charitable activities.

Winter music

The music of the December holidays and child musicians are a natural pairing.

Many area schools are holding winter concerts this week or next. Here's a sampling:

Elkridge Landing Middle School will hold its Orchestra Winter Concert at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday. The Wind Ensemble and Concert Band Winter Concert will be held at 7: 30 p.m. Friday. Both concerts will be held at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Road, in Columbia.

Primary children of Trinity School will present a musical Christmas program at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday. The program will be held in Trinity School auditorium, 4985 Ilchester Road, in Ellicott City. Information: 410-744-1524.

Deep Run Elementary School's Winter Concert will be held at 7: 30 p.m. Dec. 22. Strings, band and choral students will perform. The concert will be held in the school auditorium.

The Howard County branch of Peabody Children's Chorus will present a Holiday Concert at 3: 30 p.m. Sunday in Mount Hebron High School auditorium. The program of children's songs, carols and folk songs features four levels of vocal ensembles for children ages 6 to 17. Peabody harpist Mikela Trnkova and African drummer Eric Brew will accompany the choir. The community, including children older than 5, is invited. Admission is free. Information: 410-203-0664.

'Cummerbund crew'

Ilchester Elementary School parents recently spent hours sewing teal satin cummerbunds to dress up the school's music students for holiday performances.

Seamstresses were Linda Culp, Judy Fuller, Kathy Jackson, Doreen Klose, Donna Kraft, Jennifer Lucas, Judy Maurer, Darlene McCoy, Michelle Miles, Deb Miller, Tonya Natoli, Linda Roden, Dawn Rowley, Anne Scalio, Pam Steele, Janet Sivo, Linda Young and Marla Zisa.

Doretta Kratochwill coordinated the "cummerbund crew."

These women made 150 cummerbunds so the children will look as beautiful as they sound.

Ilchester Elementary's Winter Concert, which will feature the advanced band and orchestra, will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at the school.

New Year gala

Resurrection Men's Club is sponsoring a Gala New Year's Eve Party from 9: 30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Resurrection Roman Catholic Church Hall.

Inner Realm will provide music.

Tickets are $30. Hors d'oeuvres, favors, setups, beer and a continental breakfast are included.

Information: Ralph DeAngelis, 410-750-9064.


Republican state Sen. Martin G. Madden, who represents the 13th District, is running his second "TV-Free Ten-Day Challenge" for students at Deep Run Elementary School.

To be eligible, the children must forgo television for 10 straight days -- and tell the senator what they did during their non-TV time.

"This is a voluntary program, but the response has been very good this year," says Madden staffer Iris Frey, noting that 80 students took up the challenge last year.

L Students can accept the challenge up to the end of the year.

The senator holds an event for the TV-free students in January and rewards them with a citation from the state Senate.

Information: 410-841-3572.

New shop

Nonpareil Vintage Clothing is adding a second store on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City.

The shop specializes in men's and women's fashions and accessories from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Mother-daughter team Karen and Sara Michener began the business three years ago with a small collection and will now occupy the third floor of Starry Night Antiques, in addition to their space on the second floor of Vintage Rose.

Starry Night Antiques is at 8198 Main St., and Vintage Rose is a short walk down the hill, at 8026 Main St.

Winter flowers

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a "Holiday Fresh Flower Centerpiece" workshop for senior citizens from 12: 30 p.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Dec. 19.

Participants can make a yuletide centerpiece with fresh evergreens and flowers.

The fee is $16. Registration is required by Wednesday.

Information: 410-313-7279.

Pub Date: 12/08/97

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