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Glasses, hearing aids to go to the needy

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A BIG thank you goes out to the folks of Linthicum and surrounding areas who donated hundreds of used eyeglasses and several hearing aids for a Linthicum Lions Club project.

Marlene Stivers, president of Lions, said she was overwhelmed by the generosity. "Our club alone was able to fill one and a half large boxes," she said.

Club members Peggy Samuels, Beth Sandifer, Michael Friedel and Stivers' husband, Jerry, joined her Oct. 16 in the delivery to a collection site at the Ellicott City Lions Hall, where they, along with members of 36 Lions Clubs in District 22, sorted and packaged them.

The glasses will go to the LensCrafters Cincinnati Recycle Center, where they will be cleaned and the prescriptions determined, then sent to developing countries for distribution to the needy. Hearing aids are cleaned and recycled through Johns Hopkins Hospital.

"What a great way to spend a Saturday morning twice a year," said Stivers, who noted that the next sorting will take place in April.

The club collects glasses at boxes placed throughout the community. If you have glasses that are no longer needed, those drop-off points include: Head to Toe Beauty Salon, Crown and Glory Beauty Salon, the optometry office of Stephen M. Polahoff, the dental office of John C. Gigliotti, Wal-Mart on Crain Highway, National Car Rental at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, and the St. Agnes Well Baby Clinic and Signature Services Offices at BWI.

You may have noticed Stivers this month, standing outside Charlene's Card Shop at the Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center -- in a lion costume. She was passing out mints and brochures about the district's Lions Vision Center at the Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute. She says that donations totaled $92.18 and will be sent to Hopkins.

The Linthicum Lions will have a fund-raiser Saturday at the Moose Lodge on Crain Highway, Glen Burnie. Doors open at 3: 30 p.m. A Longaberger basket bingo to benefit the Children's Home in Catonsville will begin at 5 p.m.

Twenty games, specials, door prizes and instant bingo are planned. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The cost is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets: 410-859-0865 or 410-859-4177.

Information about the many projects of the Linthicum Lions and membership: 410-672-6032.

Favorite herb revealed

Harlean Liebno and her team members Lenora Ferrin, Hilda Hernandez, Thelma Jackson, Flo Kelly and Barbara Sparks will present a program for the Friendly Thyme Herb Club meeting at 10 a.m. Friday. A social hour with refreshments is to begin at 9 a.m.

According to Liebno, the club members voted for their favorite herb two months ago in a secret ballot. The winning herb will be disclosed during a skit.

"The herb's history, origin, and medicinal and culinary uses will be discussed along with the reason why members preferred it," Liebno said.

Information: Sue Latini, program chairman, 410-766-1463.

Scout awards

It was proudly announced at a recent committee meeting of Boy Scout Troop 447 that five of its Scouts had qualified for seven awards. They are:

Justin Szech, Gold (Eagle) Palm; Paul Carlson, Family Life merit badge; Michael Clark and Ryan Hohl, Citizenship in the Community and Citizenship in the Nation merit badges; and Joshua Hughes, Citizenship in the Community merit badge.

Scoutmaster Robert Royer said the troop just returned from a backpacking and camping trip along the C&O; canal.

St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church in Linthicum sponsors troop 447.

Information: 410-768-9183.

Scout breakfast

Boy Scout Troop 822 is fixing breakfast.

You can try the pancakes, sausage and other items on the menu from 6: 30 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. Saturday at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane. The cost is $3.75 for adults and $2.50 for children under 8. (Scrambled eggs will be available, too, at 25 cents each.)

The breakfast is a fund-raiser to help with the troop's operating expenses.

Information: Scoutmaster Jim Benson, 410-766-8576.

Belated honor

Challi Kim had some nice business to attend to when he came home on boot camp leave from the Marine Corps: officially receiving the rank of Eagle Scout he earned in Boy Scout Troop 550.

Kim passed the Eagle Board of Review in June. But, since he was due to start basic training the next day, the dinner and Court of Honor was postponed until Oct. 6.

The event at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church was attended by the Scouts in the troop, their parents, the troop adults and their families, along with several guests and friends.

Troop Scoutmaster Butch LaWall opened the ceremony with welcoming remarks. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Senior Patrol Leader Chris LaWall.

Kim received many letters of congratulations that were read by Scoutmaster John McCarty. They came from Scout officials, the Anne Arundel County Council and executive, the legislature, governor and even Kim's new commander in chief -- the president.

Others taking part in the Eagle investiture included Assistant Scoutmasters Bill McLeod and August Severn, and Commissioner George Kline.

Kim spoke briefly, thanking his parents, Book Ye Cha and Young Tae Cha, and the troop for their support during his Scouting career. Kim is the 52nd scout to earn Eagle rank in Troop 550. The Linthicum Elementary School PTA sponsors the troop.

Troop 550 sponsors camping trips each month. This month, on a weekend trip to Briarwood Camp in Harford County, several scouts earned merit badges:

Ben Miller completed the Fishing Merit Badge. Chris LaWall completed the Personal Fitness and Environmental Science Merit Badges. Ed Joy earned his Totin' Chip (woodcutting license) and his Firem'n Chit (study of safety practices dealing with fires).

Information: Butch LaWall, 410-636-6154.

Sheriff to speak

George F. Johnson IV, sheriff of Anne Arundel County and recently elected president of the Maryland Sheriffs Association, will speak at Thursday's meeting of Linthicum Chapter 2244 of the American Association of Retired Persons.

The meeting will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road. Information: Mary Foster, 410-850-4630.

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