FOR THE FIRST time in its 22 years, Owen Brown Middle School honored its eighth-grade graduates as the faculty and PTA sponsored an "Awards and Recognition Closing Ceremony."
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings was the keynote speaker before a capacity audience of students, families and friends at yesterday evening's program.
Academic and athletic awards were presented with Channel 13-WJZ recording it for posterity.
PTA executive board members Carol Sechrist and Eileen Logan and program chair Celestine Johnson blended talents and time with faculty members, eighth-grade team leader Steve Schaffer, Elaine Reid and Karen Dorsey for a memorable evening.
It's free! It's fun! It's music!
It's the summer concerts held at all village centers and sponsored by Columbia Management Inc.
East Columbia's June concerts at Long Reach are held at 6 p.m. Thursdays. Orlando Phillips' Caribbean & Island Music will be featured this week.
Next week, John Taylor -- Columbia's own "Kinderman" -- will entertain. An evening of "American Roots Music" by the Swinging Daves will be June 25.
Friday noon concerts at Kings Contrivance feature the Moonlighters' down-home blues this week. Next Friday, Joe Carta's Country Band performs. Blue Steele's Rockin' Blues and Boogie is on the bill June 26.
PTAs play a major role at their schools. To keep up the good works, parents are needed to volunteer to be part of each executive board or to help with committees.
Steven Forest's executive 1997-1998 PTA board Cassie Rademacher, Martha Graf, Ann Geddes, Lora Nolan, Andrew Barrow, Bill Arbelaezc, Mike McEligot, Cherryl Sage, Judy Gottsagen and Rachel Janney received thanks and gratitude from Principal Bill Payne.
He "looks forward to another year of partnership" with incoming board members: Shawn Cox, Evelyn Mogren, Carolyn Frankeberger, Lora Nolan, Patty Tippetts, Nancy Berge, McEligot, Geddes, Graf and Gottsagen.
Oakland Mills High School's Parent-Teacher Student Association is delaying officer elections because there are still two positions -- first and second vice president -- open. All must be filled 30 days before an election date is announced.
Why not give a helping hand to these nominees for the 1998-1999 school year -- Suzanne Whitmore, president; Betty Shepherd, treasurer; Claire Albert, recording secretary, and Eileen Logan, corresponding secretary.
Parents can call 410-381-5279 and become involved in the events of their teens' academic lives.
Some of the other good work performed by Oakland Mills PTSA includes "The Quill" newsletter which reports school events and activities.
Diana Talabac is its editor, assisted by Brenda Sutton. "The Quill" has established new lines of communication among students, families and staff.
Tele-Message Boards -- 410-750-3335 -- and OMHS E-Mail -- dlborldnet.att.net -- are also sponsored by the organization. Both will resume operation in August.
Rosemary Browne, Janet Freiland, Karen Gray, Barbara Schmeckpeper, Diane Warner and Talabac volunteered on the Tele-Message.
Congratulations to the newly elected Pastoral Council members at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Parish.
The Rev. Richard Tillman has announced that Barbara DiGianni, Bob Fiscus and Cathy Sheridan have been selected from a slate of eight nominees to serve their religious community.
Guilford Elementary students' posters were entered in Kings Contrivance Village's 20th Anniversary arts contest.
Art teacher Susan Clark reports that fifth-graders Regina Cheng and Justine Taweel created a partnership for their "Favorite Things To Do" poster and won top prize in their grade.
Stacey Greene won the third-grade category.
Adult winners in Kings Contrivance's anniversary "Scavenger Hunt" took home gift certificates from village merchants: Barbara Stein's certificate was from Kings Contrivance Cleaners; Donna Frithsen won one from Best Hunan Restaurant, and Sam Stein's was from the Exxon Station.
Youth synagogue officers
Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom Congregation in Kings Contrivance Village reports that the Columbia Branch of United Synagogue Youth has elected its officers.
Mike Schaffer of Beth Shalom and Shelley Gross will lead the group for the coming year.
Dan Fromme, manager at Borders Books and Music Cafe in Snowden Square invites children to come to the store for storytime to help occupy some of those long summer days. Stories can be heard at 11 a.m. Wednesdays and 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Discussion groups are available for adults, too. Choose groups on literature, money matters or science fiction each Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Art center classes
If summer inspires your creativity, you might want to inquire about printing, drawing, ceramics and stained-glass classes at Columbia Art Center, Long Reach Village Shopping Center. For dates, times and costs, call 410-730-0075.
Pub Date: 6/09/98