Garden Club flowers brighten the Ferndale light rail station


THE FERNDALE light rail station is more beautiful, thanks to the Ferndale Garden Club.

A group of children planted yellow chrysanthemums Wednesday at the station as part of a ceremony marking the garden club's participation in the Maryland Transit Administration's Adopt-A-Shelter/Station Program.

Derek Jones, manager of the Light Rail Commission, called the station "one of the most attractive stops as you travel up and down the line."

The program encourages individuals and groups to adopt rail and bus stops for beautification. The groups plant flowers, weed and fertilize, sweep and pick up litter at their adopted stops.

The Ferndale Garden Club has agreed to maintain five cement planters at the station. Carol Wagner, club president, said the group plans to change flowers seasonally and plant a Christmas arrangement.

Wagner said the garden club's 40 members have always been interested in beautifying the community, and helped maintain the area even before it was a light rail stop.

Virginia White, acting MTA administrator, presented the club with a plaque certifying the club's status as a community partner.

"I have been impressed with the club's constant care and attention to detail," she said.

State Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr. said: "This is another example of the community's spirit and pride."

County Councilwoman Pamela G. Beidle presented a citation to Wagner and the garden club.

Eleven children and grandchildren of garden club members were on hand to help plant the chrysanthemums, the club's flower, in the planters. They included Morgan Dietz, 7, Crystal League, 10, Casey Fries, 7, and Genna Rittenhouse, 9.

The MTA let the children keep their trowels and presented each with a jack-o-lantern filled with goodies.

David Morris, superintendent of facility maintenance for the light rail system, said $12,000 had been spent to spruce up and repair damage at the stop. Graffiti was painted over or washed off, benches were reinforced, broken glass was replaced with Plexiglas and other repairs were made.

Some of the money went to purchase the planters for the station and for 25 others that line the sidewalk along Baltimore and Annapolis and Broadview boulevards. The Ferndale club will maintain all of the planters.

Morris said that with the station looking so good, and with a local organization making it more a part of the community, children will be more careful to see that it stays nice.

After the ceremony, participants went across the street to Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center for light refreshments.

Quilting show today

A quilting show sponsored by two area quilting guilds continues today.

Eternal Quilters of Glen Burnie and Friendship Quilters of Linthicum are teaming up to present the "Sharing Our Traditions Quilt Show" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Marley Middle School, 7730 Baltimore and Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie.

The public is invited to view the quilts on display and participate in a silent auction of small quilts and a quilt raffle. Quilt and craft vendors, demonstrations, and refreshments will be featured. Admission is $4.

Eternal Quilters and Friendship Quilters are nonprofit guilds. Their goal is to foster a love of quilting and to share it with others.

Linthicum fair

The 12th annual Linthicum Community Fair will be held Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m. with a parade from Lindale Middle School to the fairgrounds at Hammonds Ferry and Maple roads.

As usual, local schools, churches and community groups will march in the parade, and will compete for prizes for their floats.

This year, Martin Muller, fair committee chairman, is encouraging community members to show their support for the country by displaying the American flag or other symbols of patriotism, or by dressing in red, white and blue.

The fair will start immediately after the parade, about 10:30 a.m., and continue until 3 p.m.

The North County Emergency Outreach Network, a charitable organization that helps needy people in North County, will accept donations of nonperishable food.

Food donations may be dropped off before the fair at: Flowers Extraordinaire by Stephen; Mikie's Restaurant and Linthicum Cleaners in Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center; Linthicum library, 400 Shipley Road; Bank of America, 201 Benton Ave.; Magic Moment Creations, 7163 Baltimore and Annapolis Blvd.; and Whitey's, 803 N. Hammonds Ferry Road.

Local nonprofit organizations will sell food and provide games. Entertainment for children will include a moon bounce and a rock and roll tumbler. New this year will be a rock wall for climbing.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the day. Performing on the main stage will be the Twisters, United Cheer and Tumble, Kangaroo Kids, St. John Lutheran Church Contemporary Band, Phil Lathroum and his musical ensemble, Linthicum Heights United Methodist Celebrate Jesus Contemporary Worship Band, Susan Ina Dance Studio and Friendship Squares.

At the opposite end of the fairgrounds there will be a police dog demonstration and a karate exhibition. Sir James the Magician will walk through the crowd performing magic.

The rain date for the fair is 1 p.m. Sept. 30.

A meeting for all fair participants is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Friendship Room of St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road (enter at the Medora Road entrance).

Information: Martin Muller, 410-859-0621.

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