SHARING A LOVE of science and the environment with hundreds of Pasadena high school students has been the objective of Virginia Barnicoat during her teaching career at Chesapeake High School.
During her more than 14 years at Chesapeake, Barnicoat has taught general science courses and an advanced-placement environmental course, co-sponsored the school environmental club, and coached its fledgling Envirothon competition team.
Her reward for those efforts was the success of her students and receiving the 2000 Jan Hollmann Environmental Award in a ceremony last weekend at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville. She was nominated for the award by Chesapeake's principal, Harry Calendar.
Barnicoat was instrumental in helping to design a curriculum that combines teaching with hands-on environmental efforts. Her students - working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Arlington Echo and the state Department of Natural Resources - have been involved in several projects, including replenishing yellow perch in the Magothy River and helping to re-establish wild celery in the Chesapeake Bay.
At Sunday's ceremony, Barnicoat was given the award by Maryland's Natural Resources secretary, Sarah Taylor-Rogers, on behalf of the Jan Hollmann Environmental Education Award's board of directors. She also received a $150 cash stipend and several citations, including a House of Delegates resolution honoring her environmental efforts.
"Being selected to receive this award has been a great experience," Barnicoat said
The cash has been earmarked by Barnicoat for environmental projects and studies at Chesapeake. "My students helped me win this prize, so I think that it is only fair to use it to help them," she said.
Some of the money may go toward a new environmental project to be set up at the school in a few weeks. Chesapeake High will become the temporary home for a group of baby horseshoe crabs, through an outreach project conducted by Arlington Echo and DNR.
Steve Barry, spokesman at Arlington Echo, said the traditional spawning grounds of the horseshoe crab in Delaware have seen a decline in returning crabs.
Barnicoat's students will play nanny to the baby crabs, making observations as the babies grow in several tanks set up in the classroom.
"It's real-life science; that's what I enjoy sharing with my students," Barnicoat says.
The annual award was established in 1994 to recognize the life and outstanding environmental accomplishments of Jan Hollmann, who died of cancer in 1990.
Baseball for the disabled
The summer season for Lake Shore Youth Baseball is long past, but the group is busy making plans for next year, especially looking to open the sport to disabled players.
Gretchen Smith, LSYB spokesman, said that the group would like to have handicapped players on special teams but that money is needed to buy equipment and uniforms.
"It takes approximately $2,500 to field a team, so we need to ask the community to help us raise funds to make this a reality for special-needs players," she said.
The group's first effort will be a Halloween dance for all ages from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 20 at the Glen Burnie Moose lodge on Crain Highway.
Advance tickets are $18 for those ages 16 and older, and $10 for children 15 and younger, who must be accompanied by an adult. Admission includes sodas and, for adults, setups and beer.
Costumes are optional, and those who wear them will be able to compete for prizes. There also will be money wheels for adults, a beanbag toss for kids and a disc jockey providing music.
All proceeds will benefit the Lake Shore Youth Baseball handicapped league and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Information: Gretchen Smith, 410-437-4362, or Laura Klebe, 410-437-2879.
Bingo all night
Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company will sponsor an all-night bingo session Sept. 30 at its station hall at 4498 Mountain Road.
The doors will open at 6 p.m., with bingo games starting at 8 p.m. and running past sunrise. The kitchen will be sell hot food, drinks and breakfast. Game packages are $26, $32 or $43, based on the number of cards and specials.
Mountain Road Soccer is sponsoring a bull roast and dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Oct. 14 at the Columbian Center on Ritchie Highway.
Tickets are $25. There also will be money wheels, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and door prizes.
Information: 410-360-5236 or 410-360-8446.