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County library official recognized as Star Performer


EAST COLUMBIA library's Kevin Lewis was saluted as a 1998 Star Performer by Howard County Library staff as part of Staff Day on Nov. 11.

Lewis is assistant circulation supervisor and has been on the library staff for 15 years.

He was selected for his sense of responsibility and ability to motivate his staff.

"When dealing with his peers and the public, he pursues whatever route is necessary to get the job done well," the citation read.

Gifts needed

As part of its community service, Boy Scout Troop 613 is collecting items to be given to Christian Services for Howard County.

Many families are in need of everyday household items, as well as special holiday gifts.

Cold weather is coming, and mittens, hats and gloves in all sizes would be welcome.

Also needed are paper products -- tissues, paper towels, toilet paper -- as well as personal hygiene items such as soap, deodorant, shampoo, shaving cream and toothpaste.

Nonperishable foods are always welcome.

The Scouts also are sanding and painting wooden cars that will be donated to Toys for Tots.

Donations may be delivered from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays to the Owen Brown Community Center on Cradlerock Way.

Gifts also are welcome at Oakland Mills.

Collecting for children

Shannon Gratz, Jessica Daniels and Amanda Rogers have organized a collection drive for children at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Stacey Kopnitski, resource teacher for pupils in the program for the gifted and talented, is assisting the girls with their Type II project at Stevens Forest Elementary School. They need donations of new baby blankets and teddy bears to complete their project.

Donations may be sent with Stevens Forest students or delivered to the school.

Information: 410-313-6900.

Ads are due today

Today is the deadline for advertisements to be published in the January issue of the Owen Brown Observer, newsletter of the Owen Brown Community Association.

Ads, which cost from $20 to $120, must be camera-ready.

The Boy Scouts of Troop 613 will be delivering the newsletter to 3,700 residences, beginning Jan. 14.

Information: 410-381-0202.

Owen Brown's achievers

The Owen Brown Middle School Band, directed by Rich Roberts, heralded the student awards at last month's assembly.

Principal Michael Goins and Assistant Principal Yvonne Smith presented first-quarter certificates for attendance and scholastic achievements.

Eighth-grade students earned 136 awards. The seventh grade came in second, and sixth grade was third.

Gold awards were given for a straight "A" report card. Seventeen awards went to eighth-graders.

The silver award is for a report card containing all A's and B's. Eighth-graders had 59 silver report cards.

Report cards with one "C" and at least one "A" receive a bronze certificate. Eighth-graders earned 21 bronze awards.

They also won 39 awards in the category, Students Present and On Time.

Nurturing gorillas

Instructional assistant Candy Beck reports that third-graders at Guilford Elementary School are helping to support gorillas.

The children were introduced to Koko, Michael and Ndume while studying language.

The lowland gorillas are being educated by Penny Patterson of the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, Calif., and have learned 500 American sign-language signs.

Koko has been trained since 1976. Michael joined the program later, and Ndume is a newcomer.

Patterson is planning a nature preserve in Hawaii to provide a more natural habitat and in the hope that the gorillas will teach the signs to their offspring.

The students became so interested in the gorillas that they donated snack money to help support the foundation.

The donation, $50, has been sent with their group photo.

For two weeks, the children have been for collecting money for another cause that is not part of their language curriculum.

They want to help the Hondurans who suffered as a result of Hurricane Mitch.

The children have collected $43.31.

Quilters honored

Barbara Hulka reports that the expertise of two members of the Milltown Quilters has been recognized.

Quilts designed and executed by Pat Brusil and Anita Picco have been selected as part of the Hoffman Quilt Challenge, which will tour the United States.

The challenge was to incorporate a specific Hoffman fabric selected by competition judges into a wall-hanging, clothing or a doll.

Brusil and Picco's entries were wall-hangings.

Milltown Quilters is a chapter of the National Quilting Association. The group resumed meeting two years ago.

Visitors and prospective members are invited to attend the meetings, which are held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays at the First Presbyterian Church, near Route 108 and U.S. 29.

Information: 410-997-5256.

Christmas services

The Rev. H. Gerard Knoche and the Rev. Mary B. Zurell, pastors of New Hope Lutheran Church, 8575 Guilford Road, have announced the schedule of Christmas services.

At 4 p.m. Christmas Eve, creche figures will be brought into the church accompanied by organ and woodwind music to celebrate the Festival of the Holy Nativity.

During the building of the manger, from 5: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m., Joyful Noise, the church's contemporary music group, will play.

Traditional carols will be played and sung during the 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. services.

Information: 410-381-HOPE.


New Hope Lutheran Church's newsletter, Great Expectations, congratulates parishioners for accomplishments.

Erna Bunn was selected as November volunteer of the month. Bunn is hostess of weekly coffee socials enjoyed by many members.

Lois Bailey received an award from the Baltimore chapter of the African American Lutheran Association in recognition of her service in children's Christian education.

Nancy Bollers was named Employee of the Year by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Department of Clinical Immunology.

Greg Burnett was commended maxima cum laude in the National Latin Competition, and is a commended student in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

Thank you to two

Stevens Forest Principal Bill Payne sends thanks to Mike and Vangie McEligot for jobs well done.

Mike McEligot was the school's Parent Teacher Association delegate in Howard County and kept PTA members informed.

Vangie McEligot helped with PTA and school projects.

The McEligots are being transferred and are leaving Columbia.

Travel abroad

Reminder for east Columbia high school seniors: Louise Bowser, the Columbia Association's Sister Cities manager, needs applications for the summer high school student exchange program.

Bowser will form an adult advisory committee with representatives from the 10 Columbia villages and would appreciate hearing from residents this week.

Students will travel to Cergy-Pontoise, France, and Tres Cantos, Spain, to spend two weeks with host families.

"The young men and women have the opportunity to experience a new culture, improve their language skills and meet new friends," Bowser said.

Applications may be sent to the Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044.

Information: 410-715-3162.

Recycling wrappings

Columbia residents are asked to remember to recycle holiday gift wrappings, cards and boxes -- but not foil or plastic.

Flatten the boxes, and bundle or bag papers.

Pub Date: 12/22/98

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