Boy Scout troop's camping efforts merit success


A RECENT WEEKLONG camping trip to the Baltimore area Boy Scouts council's Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation in Harford County gave members of Linthicum Troop 550 ample time to work on many merit badges and awards.

The boys are especially proud of winning the Camp Saffran Eagle Award. The troop earned the award for distinguishing itself as an outstanding unit at the campsite, donating many hours of labor to a conservation project and completing requirements for almost all of the merit badges sought.

Those earning badges were Chris LaWall, archery, woodcarving and shotgun; Travis Elseroad, archery, pioneering and shotgun; Devin O'Brien, archery, woodcarving, camping and fingerprinting; Jason Carter, nature, reptiles and one-mile swim; Mike Heath, fingerprinting, camping, leatherwork and cooking; Matthew Smith, archery, reptiles, camping and fingerprinting; Billy Kaifer, basketry, woodcarving; and Andrew Padgett, archery, swimming and woodcarving.

In addition, Kaifer and Padgett earned the Firem'n Chit award that authorizes them to build and care for fires and the Totin' Chip that allows them to carry a knife or ax while at Scout events. Both scouts also completed a majority of their Tenderfoot Scout rank requirements.

Adults who camped with the Scouts were Scoutmaster Butch LaWall; Assistant Scoutmasters August Severn, Bruce Henkel, Bill MacLeod and John McCarty; and Unit Commissioner George Kline.

Troop 550 is sponsored by the Linthicum Elementary School PTA. Information: Butch LaWall at 410-636-6154.

Musical journey

A visit to Linthicum Park on July 30 might seem like an international trip, at least musically, as the Washington-based Continentals perform in the Concert in the Park series sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights.

The Continentals' extensive play list includes polka and waltz selections, along with Latin rhythms and more than 50 years of popular international music favorites.

The group's four members are Mike Surratt and Alan Jones of the Washington area, Anthony Lane of Salisbury, and Mike Caswell of Riviera Beach.

Surratt, a member since the group was formed 28 years ago, is vocalist and plays accordion and keyboards. He has been playing for 25 years with Caswell, an electrical contractor and private music teacher, who plays guitar and bass guitar and is a vocalist.

Lane is the drummer, and Jones plays clarinet, saxophone and flute.

The band is known for its humor and musical versatility and has traveled from South Dakota to Florida. Locally, it has played at venues including Blob's Park in Jessup and is scheduled to take part in Ocean City's annual Octoberfest.

The concert is free and open to the public. Chairs and blankets are recommended for seating. Picnic suppers are also welcome, but alcohol is prohibited. The concert may be canceled if it rains.

Linthicum Park is on Benton Avenue off Camp Meade Road. Information: Jo Barker at 410-859-3308.

Retiree performance

The musical skits and sing-alongs of the Severna Park Bums will highlight the monthly meeting of Patapsco Valley Chapter 3850 of the American Association of Retired Persons on Wednesday at St. Christopher's Church, 118 Marydell Road.

Eleanor Pieroschek, program chairwoman, said the Bums were so good in the program last year, the group was invited for a return engagement.

"The Severna Park Bums will present their inimitable program of music and zaniness," said Paul Bagley, publicity chairman. Bagley said the group has five retired men and one woman, and for a decade has been performing at senior centers, nursing homes and community events.

"We do a takeoff on old-time minstrel music, politically correct now for sure," said member Maynard Huddleston, who plays guitar. The group gets the crowd involved, and Huddleston said it has a "bag of tricks" to surprise the audience.

Other members include a husband-wife team of Lucia Robinson on keyboard and John Robinson singing vocals, Ed Vogle on violin, Stanley Davis on accordion, and Glenn Bell on banjo. All live in Severna Park, except for Bell, who lives in Annapolis.

The meeting will open with social time and refreshments at noon. The program will start at 12:45 p.m., followed by club business. Members are to bring canned goods for donation to the North County Outreach Network.

Information: Paul Bagley at 410-255-2601.

Cellular antenna discussion

Linthicum Shipley Improvement Association is sponsoring an informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on the planned installation of cellular telephone antennas on the county's Benton Avenue water tower.

The meeting will be held at the Linthicum library, 400 Shipley Road at Hammonds Ferry Road. Representatives from the county and the cell phone company, Bethesda-based Voicestream Wireless, will answer questions.

The association recently elected officers and board of directors members. Mike Daniel was chosen as president; Rik Forgo, vice president; and Bill Mueller, treasurer. The office of secretary remains open.

Board members are Bob Barrows, Dan Bennett, Paul DiBlasi, Glen Haller, Tom Holland, Will Hubbard, Marge Smith and Karen Storey.

To volunteer for the post of secretary or for information about the meeting, call Mike Daniel at 410-859-8586.

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