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Water quality to be topic at Women's Club meeting


WATER QUALITY in Hampstead and the county will be discussed by Catherine Rappe, assistant bureau chief for the Bureau of Environmental Services in Carroll County, when she speaks to the Women's Club of Hampstead at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Main Street, Hampstead.

Club member Martha Hyson invited Rappe to address concerns about water quality. The recent stream restoration at the Hampstead wastewater treatment plant will also be discussed.

Community organizations and residents are encouraged to attend. Parking is at the rear of the church and the hall is handicapped-accessible.

Steps toward Gold Award

Jennifer MacKnew, a Hampstead senior Girl Scout, recently delivered 300 bags of cookies to residents of Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville in time for the holidays by enlisting the aid of 11 north Carroll Girl Scout troops.

Jennifer, 15, is completing the Gold Award, the highest in Girl Scouting, which requires diverse organizational and leadership projects during a two-year period. As a coach for Lions Club softball and manager of freshman basketball at North Carroll High, Jennifer is often a leader.

"Each girl brought three dozen cookies. Girls who were old enough for student service hours stayed and helped pack cookies," Jennifer explained.

Jennifer is a member of Troop 332, sponsored by St. Mark's Lutheran Church of Hampstead, and led by Diane McCourt.

Thanking all of you

Throughout the year when writing this column, many, many friends call or write, or meet me by chance to share good news. These friends are each a bright light for this columnist, always a welcome sight, always appreciated.

I'd like to thank every one of them as the year starts anew.

I'd like to thank Charlotte Collett, who dreams up a limitless itinerary of charitable or humanitarian projects for Manchester. Thank you, Charlotte -- I've learned to keep a notebook in my purse! Every town needs someone like you.

The Hampstead Business Association, with its lively forum of XTC meetings, expositions and lighted holiday village, generates enthusiasm among businesses and residents alike.

I'd like to thank Julia Berwager, Manchester's voluntary historian, who's always sparkling with an amusing story. She and members of the Manchester Historical Society offer every visitor a personalized journey at the Manchester Historical Center Museum. I wish I could visit them every month.

Joe Jordan leaps to mind as the councilman who focuses on Manchester's youth activities with such passion. Thank you for such original vision.

I'm thankful for Jamie Ridgley, a Manchester teen-ager with a golden Bea Gaddy heart, for creating Helpful Hands, a group of youngsters who care for the needy all year.

Thank you, Elise Cooper, publicist for the Women's Club of Hampstead, whose friendly call is always a joy.

Thanks to Roberta Gore and Jonathan Dunski for bringing top-notch theater production to inspire our high school students to reach beyond academics.

To Roy Ashe, at Roy's Clock Shop, a man who has time to give, especially about life in a Civil War re-enactment or the history of Hampstead.

To Francis Staley, who will soon tune up the Alesia Band for its 101st year.

And to Terri Leatherwood, who cheerfully schedules donors for our local blood drives and keeps it efficient and fun.

Thanks to our highly talented, fine artists -- Sue Mancha, Phyllis Gettier and Barbara Schnell -- who encourage as they teach others. And there are others, behind the scenes, who support exhibition space at the Hampstead Town Hall, the Manchester council chambers and Greenmount Station restaurant.

Thanks, too, to local Boy and Girl Scout troops, who develop imaginative projects that challenge kids.

My thanks to the innumerable volunteers who donate muscle, time and wisdom to develop natural park lands for us all.

There's the all-volunteer corps at Pine Valley Park in Manchester, who offer programs and acres of beautiful hiking.

Thank you, North Carroll librarians, for making my research forays quick and easy shopping trips.

Thank you to every child and adult who's called to talk, to share, to have a laugh, even if I haven't mentioned your name. You've all been beacons of light this year.

Pub Date: 12/30/98

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