11 churches, synagogues celebrate King's birthday


MARTIN LUTHER King Jr.'s life and dreams were recalled and celebrated Sunday by South Carroll churches and synagogues at the fifth MLK Memorial Celebration at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Eldersburg.

Members of 11 churches and synagogues enjoyed a potluck dinner and fellowship followed by a program focusing on misconceptions about the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

With the theme "NAACP Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," a panel that included Marge Green, Maryland Women in NAACP; Jennine Auerback, NAACP community resource director; Swaynice Hawkins, a NAACP member; and E. Cordell Hunter, also of the NAACP, led discussions.

Participants also viewed the movie "The NAACP Story."

Janet Boyd and Don Coburn from Gaither United Methodist Church and Michael Krainak from St. Joseph's Catholic Community presented musical selections.

Proceeds from an offering will be donated to Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality.

School dedication

Linton Springs Elementary School was officially dedicated Sunday by students, parents, school officials and county and state representatives.

Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 2154 presented the colors and led the pledge. Tom King, architect of the building, and Charles Grey, general contractor for Jack H. Kidd and Associates, officially turned over the structure to school board member C. Scott Stone.

The ceremony included a dedication address by Superintendent William H. Hyde, and recognition of guests by Vernon Smith, assistant superintendent of administration, and Dorothy Mangle, assistant superintendent of instruction.

Dels. Carmen Amedori and Joseph M. Getty attended, as did school board member Joseph Mish. Richard Soisson, director of the Carroll County Department of Recreation, Parks and Facilities, also was on hand.

Admiring the gymnasium, school board member Susan Krebs said, "Rec and Parks had the foresight to see the community need and came up with additional funding for the gym. It was a fantastic idea, because now we have a full-sized gym for activities."

Fifth-grade instrumental music students performed under the direction of Brad Collins, and a group of fifth-graders presented the new school song with words by music teacher Sarah Pekelo and Linton Springs students.

Principal Nancy Chapin and Assistant Principal Karen Neth were delighted to have their new school officially dedicated.

Geography whiz

Brad Dyjak, an eighth-grade student at Oklahoma Road Middle School, captured first place in the school's recent geography bee. Stuart Kaufman, also an eighth-grade student, earned second place.

Brad plans to take a qualifying test to attend the state competition in March. Brad has been interested in geography for several years and has participated in the state competition for the past three years. He is the son of Robert and Martha Dyjak.

Paint ball tourney

SuperSports in Eldersburg has planned its final indoor paint ball tournament of the season for Feb. 14 at the arena on Progress Way. Teams will compete in amateur, novice and youth divisions for the daylong event.

SuperSports held a tournament this month with 43 teams from as far away as New Jersey. Rapid Assault captured first place in the amateur division, with Fox Hole II and Ozone winning the novice and youth divisions, respectively.

Information: 410-549-9300.

Pub Date: 1/19/99

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