Cub Scouts' good deeds help a local family during holidays


DOING GOOD DEEDS is one of the golden rules of Scouting. One good deed multiplied by each Scout in Cub Pack 790 of Hampstead has become a tradition every Christmas.

This year, the Scouts gave twice. They made a mitten tree for rTC Shepherd's Staff in Westminster and donated food to a needy family.

It seems every Scout was able to donate a new pair of mittens, socks, winter hats or underwear. They paid for them by doing odd jobs at home. At least 50 items were pinned to a mitten tree during the monthly pack meeting activities on Dec. 19.

"Moms come in looking for items like these," said Nancy Suder of Pack 790, who also volunteers at Shepherd's Staff.

Shepherd's Staff is a central location for services, food and clothing for those in need and is run by volunteers from a consortium of Westminster churches.

Scouts from Pack 790 also donated nonperishable food and pantry items, placing them beneath a Christmas tree they decorated with handmade ornaments during the pack meeting. The contributions amounted to more than a week's supply of groceries.

"We had two boxes of canned goods, two boxes of pasta and cake mixes, a box of soap, detergent and toothpaste, a box of bread, a box of peanut butter jelly and Kool-Aid, and chips and soda, plus a $300 certificate to Wal-Mart," said Tim Havinghurst, a den leader who helped with packing and delivery.

A large family in the Spring Garden school district area benefited from the good deed of all the Scouts.

Cub Pack 790 is sponsored by Spring Garden Elementary School.

Combined cantata

The combined choirs of the United Church of Christ congregations of Trinity in Manchester and St. Mark's in Syndersburg will join to sing a Christmas cantata during the 10: 45 a.m. service on Sunday.

The cantata, "Silent Was the Night," will be sung at Trinity United Church of Christ, 3229 York St., Manchester. On Jan. 4, the combined choirs will meet at St. Mark's to again present the cantata.

Information: 410-374-2727.

Artist's month

Two events of the Hanover (Pa.) Area Arts Guild, located at 32 Carlisle St., are planned in January for art lovers of all ages. Admission is free.

Visit the January Watercolor Show and Sale at the Hanover Area Arts Gallery to see top- notch watercolor paintings on exhibit Jan. 9-31. A reception to mingle with the artists will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 11.

Watercolor artist Suzanne Mancha of Manchester will exhibit her work in this show. So popular are her paintings that her translucent waterlilies and cheerful kitchen dishes were commissioned for wallpaper and border prints, and are in production by York Wallcoverings Inc.

Carolyn Seabolt of Westminster will be one of the artists at work during the annual Winter Demonstration Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 17. It's a one-day event in which visitors can talk to artists and crafts people as they demonstrate techniques in all media.

Information: 717-632-2521.

Pub Date: 12/24/97

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