IT WAS a project of nearly four months, and a work of caring -- eight handmade lap quilts made by fifth-grade pupils at Linthicum Elementary School, with the help of teachers and a few parents.
The children were all smiles Tuesday as they presented six of the quilts to Marilyn Potts, development coordinator for Hospice of the Chesapeake. They will be used in the six rooms of the Hospice House in Linthicum. The other two are going to ill family members of teachers.
The project integrated language art skills and art classes.
Sandy Muir, a fifth-grade teacher and member of the Four County Quilters Guild in Frederick, came up with the idea. She said she used the quilting project to help the pupils with their studies as well as a way of involving them in community service.
Each child in her class, and those of fellow teachers Lenore Schwab and Faye Ruggieri, chose a favorite book by Randolph Caldecott. They had to read it and then write a composition to persuade other children to read it.
The project then was incorporated into art class under the direction of teacher Valerie Dearing. A favorite illustration from the book was chosen, drawn on paper, transferred onto precut white material squares, and painted with fabric paint.
Four parents assembled and framed the 10 1/2-inch squares with strips of fabric to make the lap quilts. Each square was signed by the child who designed it.
"The children were thrilled when they saw the quilt put together. They were excited to see their own square in the finished project," Muir said. And with the quilts going to a local hospice, they could see the involvement in community service, she added.
"They know that their work can make a difference in other people's lives."
William C. Zinnert Jr. of the American Legion's Ferndale POW/MIA Post 289, has been honored as Anne Arundel County Legionnaire of the Year 2000-2001.
Post Commander Albert Scarselletta said Zinnert was recognized for his outstanding participation in Legion and community activities. In 1972, he initiated the Legion's flag program for Maryland schools, which continues. He also held the office of commander and other jobs in Post 289.
Zinnert was responsible for planting a tree and erecting a plaque on the grounds of St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church in honor of a Linthicum serviceman missing in action.
Zinnert was a member of the Army, National Guard and Air Force. He lived in Linthicum until moving to Pennsylvania, but continues to be a member of Post 289. The award was presented April 10 in ceremonies at Pasadena Post 277, to which members of all 10 posts in the county were invited.
Zinnert is the fourth member of Post 289 to receive the countywide award. Other recipients have been George D. Ayers, Scarselletta and the late Robert M. Burkett Sr.
Post 289 will hold its monthly meeting at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. All veterans are invited to attend. The post's flag program, American Legion hospital and burial benefits, and the planned May 29 Memorial Day services in Crownsville will be discussed, and nominations of officers will take place.
Information: Scarselletta, 410-766-6224.
"Taking Care of Business" -- flowers and community plantings -- will be the theme for Ferndale Garden Club's meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the senior center.
Mary Stafford will be signing up volunteers for the spring planting in 26 barrels lining the business district along Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. Red and white flowers are planned.
In hopes of keeping the plants looking good during the summer, each merchant will be given a decorated water jug with a note attached asking that the flowers be watered during dry spells.
At its fall holiday show, the Ferndale Garden Club will make a presentation to the merchant who did the best job of keeping the flowers blooming.
The meeting also will feature a traditional exchange of May Day baskets. Members will draw names at the meeting, for the secret delivery on May 1 of a basket of flowers. Election of officers and an outdoor plant exchange will also take place.
Guests are welcome. Information: Debi Burkman, 410-760-4809.
Meet a Hall-of-Famer
Chuck Thompson, longtime "voice of the Orioles" and Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster, will be guest speaker at Wednesday's monthly meeting of Patapsco Valley Chapter 3850 of the American Association of Retired Persons.
The session at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 116 Marydell Road, will begin with a noon social hour and refreshments; the program begins at 12: 45 p.m.
Thompson will talk about his experiences as a sports announcer in the 1960s.
Members are reminded to bring canned goods for donation to the needy. Tickets for the June banquet will be on sale.
Information: Paul Bagley, 410-255-2601.
Scouts of merit
Fourteen members of Boy Scout Troop 447 qualified for awards recently -- most of them during a Merit Badge Madness weekend last month at Lindale-Brooklyn Middle School.
The Scouts, and the badges they earned, are:
Bredon Alberico, Michael Houck, Charles Remeikas and Michael Scheuerman, Citizen in the Community and Reading; Brett Bohonek and Nicholas Demyan, Aviation; Paul Carlson, Drafting; Ryan Conlon, Space Exploration; Alex Demyan and Gregory Ehart, First Aid; Ryan Hohl and Mark Jarzynski, Electronics; Aaron Royer, Communications; and Justin Szech, Oceanography.
St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church sponsors Boy Scout Troop 447. Meetings are held at St. Philip Neri School at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Information: Scoutmaster Robert Royer, 410-768-9183.
The holiday goes on
The holiday spirit will not end with Easter at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church. It will continue next Sunday.
Anyone attending the 10: 30 a.m. service April 30 is encouraged to bring fresh flowers for children taking part in the annual "Children's Flowering of the Cross." They will use the flowers to decorate a cross and conduct a short pageant.
The Sunday school Easter egg hunt will follow the service.
St. Christopher's also has a basket event -- but Longaberger baskets, not Easter. It will be a basket bingo session at 6: 30 p.m. Friday in the church hall. Doors will open at 5: 30 p.m. Included will be 15 games, two raffles, and door prizes.
Tickets are $10, and will be available at the door. Proceeds will benefit the diocesan pledge.
Information: the church office, 410-859-5633.