LINTHICUM RESIDENT Robert G. Formwalt has been awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship by the Lions Clubs International Foundation in recognition of his service to the community.
Named for the Lions Club founder, the fellowship is the foundation's highest honor -- awarded to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to humanitarian service.
Bob Muchow, past district governor of the Maryland Lions clubs, presented Formwalt with a plaque and lapel pin at the local club's honors night at Terry's Restaurant on Ritchie Highway on April 3.
Formwalt, a Linthicum resident since 1950, joined the Linthicum Lions in the late 1950s but had to resign because of his busy work schedule.
He rejoined in 1969 and served four terms as president between 1973 and 1988.
Formwalt said the Linthicum Lions Club was formed in 1946. Its goals are the same as those of Lions clubs worldwide -- to help those in need. Among its projects are assistance to the blind and support for young people.
A Baltimore native, Formwalt is an Army combat veteran of World War II -- with the Purple Heart among his decorations. He is a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employee.
Formwalt served as an American Legion commander and as chaplain of Legion Post 195 in Baltimore Highlands.
The father of three is also active in the U.S. Marine Club of Baltimore City and St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church.
Jon Squire, another Linthicum resident, was also recognized -- although he is not a Lion.
He received the club's Linthicum Leader Award for his longtime affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America. He is coordinator for Cub Pack 843, advancement chairman for Boy Scout Troop 447 and chairman of the school night program in the Boy Scouts' 4 Rivers District of Maryland.
For more than 30 years, he has been active in the North Linthicum Improvement Association, serving as president and treasurer. While president, he was responsible for starting the North Linthicum Recreation Club and Pool.
Squire is a retired Westinghouse employee and lecturer in computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Good Friday Cross Walk
Five churches are joining as the Linthicum Clergy Group to sponsor the fifth Good Friday Cross Walk.
The youth of the participating churches made a wooden cross and will take turns carrying it in the procession from church to church, with a stop for a brief service at each.
The Cross Walk will begin at 11: 30 a.m. Friday at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road. The young people will carry the cross in leading the procession to St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, 6405 Orchard Road, where the Stations of the Cross will be conducted at noon.
Next stop is Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, then St. Christopher Episcopal at 118 Marydell Road. The walk will end about 2 p.m. at the athletic field across from St. John Lutheran Church, where three crosses are erected. Participants are invited to St. John's chapel afterward for prayer and silent reflection.
The Rev. David A. Leiter, pastor of Friendship Church of the Brethren, said his congregation is involved with the planning and is walking the route with other participants. But the group will not walk to Leiter's church because of its distance from the others.
Leiter said he expects a big turnout. Last year, about 250 to 300 people of many denominations participated.
Participants may walk the route or ride in cars.
Information: Leiter, 410-789-2422.
The Ferndale community is gearing up for Ferndale Day 2000, scheduled for May 7. Planners of the event are looking for organizations or clubs that would like to participate in the parade and car show, which is expected to include a caravan of 100 antique Chevrolets, Mustangs and Model-T Fords.
Chairman Mike Wagner said he is also looking for entertainers to add to the day's festivities, which will be held on the Third Avenue field.
Information: Wagner, 410-761-6335.
Mary Stafford, chairman of crafts tables for the event, is also accepting applications: 410-760-0557 to reserve a $20 space.
Democratic Club meeting
The District 32 Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting Thursday at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. for $4. The meeting will begin at 8 p.m.
The guest speaker will be George Sauble, who serves on the Linthicum/Ferndale Small Area Plan Committee and will speak about the plan. Guests are welcome.
Information: Len Beidle, president at 410-859-0796, or Evelyn Kellner, vice president at 410-590-2604.
Benton playground closed
Children who usually play at the Benton Avenue playground will have to be content with their backyard swings for about 30 days. Blame the water tower, or at least its repainting work, and the wind.
Original plans did not call for the children's playground to be closed during repainting, but winds have played havoc with the protective tarp enclosure of the work area.
As a safety precaution, said Ken Dinnis, project manager for the county Department of Public Works, the playground and a larger surrounding area have been fenced off.