Scout earns Eagle rank with bluebird house project


IF THERE ARE bluebirds in the county looking for a home, they could try Kinder Farm Park -- thanks to Linthicum's John D. Henkel.

A member of Boy Scout Troop 550 in Linthicum, John undertook a project in November to supervise friends and other Scouts in planning, building and overseeing the placement of 25 bluebird houses in the park off Jumpers Hole Road in the Millersville-Severna Park area.

The project helped John earn his Eagle Award, an honor that was conferred on him Thursday at a dinner and Court of Honor Award Ceremony at St. John Lutheran Church. Eagle rank is the highest achievement in Boy Scouting, with substantial community service among its requirements.

John said he chose the birdhouse project based on a list of needs provided by the county, and received advice and help from Ranger Robert Hicks. John started his project with blueprints he got from the North American Blue Bird Society. He said he followed its specific guidelines on the kind of wood, the size and shape of the house and the opening for the bird to enter. He also said one of the sides opens up so the ranger can keep track of the birds inside.

Using his own money, and with a break in the cost of materials from Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, John purchased cedar for the project.

Working at his home with his assistants, he took three weeks after school and on weekends to build the birdhouses and mount them on posts. It took seven hours to install the 5-foot-high posts around a tree-lined baseball field at the park. Hicks recommended where to place the houses, John said.

John, the son of Bruce and Gail Henkel, was an acolyte at St. John Lutheran Church and is still a member of the church youth group. He is 18, and an honor roll senior at North County High School. He is also active in sports at school. John plans to attend Anne Arundel Community College in the fall.

Women's club officers

Janet Morgan, Southern District president of the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs, installed the new officers and board members of the Women's Club of Linthicum Heights on May 6 at a Rose Restaurant luncheon.

Marge Booker was installed as president for a two-year term. She has been a member of the club since 1993 and was the immediate past vice president. Other officers are: Bernadette Simon, first vice president; Mary Margaret Shipley, second vice president; Cecelia Dietz, recording secretary; Carol Mehrling, corresponding secretary; and Irene Wilson, treasurer. The new board members are Alice Arlauskas, Erna Shuley, Betty Mohr, Barbara Anderson and Pat Weller.

In addition to the installation, proceeds from the club's March prayer breakfast were given to representatives from two shelters. Michael LaBua from Hearth House and Shirley Ratliff of Sarah's House each accepted a check for $300.

Jenna Trevillian, this year's Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership delegate sponsored by the women's club, spoke to the members about her experiences at the HOBY seminar and the leadership training she received.

Jenna, 15, is a sophomore at North County High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society and runs cross country and track. Jenna is active in her church, Hampstead Baptist in Carroll County, where she works with youth leadership, sings soprano in the church quartet and is active in its drama group. After graduating from North County, Jenna plans to go to college and become a sports therapist. Jenna is the daughter of Jeff and Janice Trevillian of Linthicum.

Morgan announced at the meeting the following Southern District appointments of Linthicum Heights members: Fran Thomas, first vice president; Virginia Kuhn, second vice president; Celeste Riddle, treasurer; Irene Wilson, finance committee chairwoman; Jo Barker, literature and performing arts committee chairwoman; Anne Yakaitis, special projects-youth committee chairwoman; Bernadette Simon, education chairwoman. Thomas is also the state treasurer.

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