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Women's Club of Hampstead helps Operation Smile


OPERATION SMILE IS the catchy title of a two-year international service program under way by the Greater Federation of Women's Clubs, and our local branch of the organization, Women's Club of Hampstead, has begun a contribution to the program.

Operation Smile will offer support to needy people worldwide who require reconstructive facial surgery.

The women were introduced to the personal and emotional factors linked to facial disfigurement by viewing a videotape provided by James McAveney on Nov. 4.

Under the leadership of club member Dorothy Martin, the Hampstead women plan to provide 75 soft dolls to be given to international patients as they arrive for surgery at hospitals.

On Monday, the women met to sew and stuff the one-piece muslin dolls, aided by two sewing machines lent by Ron's Sewing Machines of Manchester.

The international service program is expected to take place through 2000.

Information: Elise Cooper, 410-374-6842.

How do they do that?

For many, the creations by artists and craftspeople are fascinating to watch. Watching the progress under the artists' hands is one reason that children and adults enjoy Demonstration Day by members of Hanover Area Arts Guild Inc., to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the guild's gallery, 32 Carlisle St., Hanover, Pa.

The artists and craftspeople who belong to the guild set up a studio for the day to show and discuss what they do. Guild members excel in media such as woodworking, decorative painting, weaving, ceramics and pottery, folk art painting, watercolor painting, drawing, quilting and stained glass.

For the artists, it's an opportunity to share the creative process.

For the onlooker, it's a window into creative ideas and methods.

Guild members are also offering an extensive schedule of winter classes at basic, intermediate and children's levels. Workshops in unusual media such as Persian marbling, beginning stained glass and embroidery for children are included. The gallery is staffed by guild members.

Information: 717-632-2521.

Water quality is high

Protecting our ground water was the theme of a talk given by Catherine Rappe at the Jan. 5 meeting by the Women's Club of Hampstead. Rappe is assistant bureau chief of Carroll County Bureau of Environmental Services and had been invited to inform the club about the latest environmental procedures in use for protecting water quality.

Rappe illustrated her talk with slides and charts and explained the complex process of finding water and how sites for drilling wells are determined. Of the three major river systems in Carroll County, Hampstead and Manchester water drains into the Gunpowder, Loch Raven and Prettyboy reservoirs.

Our area and the south Carroll area are fortunate to live with streams of the highest water quality, in which trout can survive and multiply. Streams constantly change, Rappe noted.

"The main purpose of streams is to move sediment," Rappe noted, "but we make changes in our land use and speed up the changes that streams would probably naturally effect."

Keeping a balance between development and protecting the water is vital to high-quality ground water. Rappe's department seeks to implement the best-known management practices for streams and to restore artificial streams to their natural state.

Rappe showed slides of three projects completed recently. Longwell Run in Westminster was restored from a straight course to its current wetland. The pond at Robert's Field was modified to a lower water level to release excess water at a slower rate and was planted with shade-producing native shrubs by about 30 volunteers.

Seeking nature artists

If you're an artist and natural subjects are your theme, you're invited to exhibit at Bear Branch Nature Center. Mature artists are welcome to exhibit works. The next exhibit will begin Feb. 5.

Two-dimensional framed artwork is accepted, including photographs, drawings and paintings.

Information: Suzanne Mancha, 410-239-7163.

Pat Brodowski's North Carroll neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 1/13/99

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