A SALUTE to our neighborhood volunteers!
Bob Solem of New Hope Lutheran Church extends his appreciation to Sharon Punte and Sue Pumplin for their leadership and talents.
The two volunteers have been working with the church's 75-member volunteer choir.
Also on the list of those who deserve credit for contributions to the community are the 21 musicians selected as 1998 New Hope Volunteers of the Month. They volunteer with the Traditional Choir, the Joyful Noise contemporary band, the woodwinds group and a brass group.
New Hope church members Liz Fixen and Jeff and Susie Jordan volunteer with St. Dysmas' Pastor Charles Frederick by participating in worship services Saturday evenings at the women's prison in Jessup.
They are in need of keyboards to accompany hymns at services.
Frederick holds similar services at the men's prison Fridays evenings. He invites all interested volunteers to call him at 410-233-7897.
St. Dysmas is the prison's religious congregation.
Volunteering is a wonderful thing to put high on your list of New Year priorities.
Sheila Helgerson of the Domestic Violence Center invites volunteers to spend time with children.
Volunteers are needed from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Thursdays from Jan. 21 through Feb. 25, to supervise children, ages 1 to 12, while parents attend counseling sessions.
Child-care providers are also needed at 6: 45 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
On Jan. 23, Voices for Children will begin training volunteers to be advocates and mentors.
Volunteers work with children, their families, agency professionals and the courts to make certain that the children have safe homes.
Volunteers must be 21 and are expected to make a one-year commitment.
Volunteers are needed here at home, too.
Owen Brown Community Center and Amherst House in the Village of Kings Contrivance are compiling a list of volunteers who are willing to help senior citizens.
Ruth Bothe, Owen Brown village manager, needs drivers to take senior citizens to their medical appointments.
Drivers can volunteer to drive one way, if a round trip is not possible. Information: 410-381-0202.
Anne Dodd, Kings Contrivance manager, would like to add your name to the list of residents who can help seniors with shopping and snow removal.
Amherst House has a list of energetic snow-shovelers, baby sitters and odd-job experts whose fees are nominal.
If you want to add your name to this list, call Amherst House at 410-381-9600.
Owen Brown traffic
Mark Jan. 19 on your calendar.
Owen Brown residents will want to see the detailed plans for the village roads to be presented by a representative of the Howard County Department of Public Works at a meeting of the Owen Brown board of directors at the Owen Brown Community Center.
The meeting is open to the public.
The purpose of the plan is to control traffic volume at the intersection of Homespun Lane and Cradlerock Way.
Options have been narrowed to a traffic light or roundabout. The cost for either is about the same.
After discussion, the Owen Brown board will select an option to be implemented in late summer or early fall.
Residents of Owen Brown Ridge who attend may be interested to see the revised plan for the Gracious End Court tot lot, tennis and basketball courts that will be available.
The plan for the Solar Walk tot lot also will be available.
The meeting begins at 7: 30 p.m. Information: 410-381-0202.
Kudos to Hammond High School's Lindsey Mitchell for her selection to a Washington newspaper's Soccer First Team.
The Bears ended with a 17-1-1 record and are Maryland's state champions in the 1A Division.
The Oakland Mills football team is also to be congratulated. The Scorpions are Maryland state champions.
Add to this feat the fact that team members are academic winners. Four members have been named to the National Honor Society, and the team's collective grade-point average is 3.06. The team boasts an average SAT score of 1096.
Hammond High School's Martha Bielefeld and Michelle Jenkins were named by the newspaper to Howard County's All League Soccer Team.
Oakland Mills' Jeremy Caitlin, Trevor Shea and Graham Hawkes were selected by the newspaper for the All League Howard County Soccer Team.
Oakland Mills' team is the Maryland state soccer champ.
Teachers show art
Columbia Art Center's January exhibit features art by Howard County public schools' art teachers. Two of the 24 teachers are east Columbia residents.
Talbott Springs Elementary's Sharon Higdon and Howard High's Heidi Praff will have their work on exhibit from Thursday to Feb. 7.
The public is invited to meet the teachers at a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 14.
An east Columbia home has been the source of a prestigious award.
For the eighth year, Baywood Design/Build Group Inc. received an "Award of Excellence" from the Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland.
The Columbia company remodeled a two-story colonial on Offshore Green.
Baywood owner Brett Schoolnick said his firm created a state-of-the-art kitchen, installed a two-sided fireplace between the kitchen and a new "great room," added a two-car garage and created a master bedroom -- complete with whirlpool.
Middle-schoolers and their parents are invited to an open house at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108.
A tour of the laboratory is planned, and student projects from the Howard County Public Schools' Technology Magnet Program will be on display.
Visitors may speak with teachers from the program.
Hammond High has changed the date!
A financial aid workshop for prospective college students has been scheduled at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 -- earlier than the date originally planned.
Christmas tree reminder: east Columbians may take trees to Grandfather's Garden Center, 5320 Phelps Luck Drive, from 7: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Be sure that all ornaments, tinsel, garlands, plastics and tree stands have been removed from the tree.
Pub Date: 1/05/99