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Timonium: Troop 328 Scout making overtures to collect unwanted musical instruments

Life Scout Matt Rafferty, a member of Boy Scout Troop 328 at Timonium United Methodist Church, is collecting used musical instruments to benefit the under-funded music programs of Baltimore City Public Schools.
Life Scout Matt Rafferty, a member of Boy Scout Troop 328 at Timonium United Methodist Church, is collecting used musical instruments to benefit the under-funded music programs of Baltimore City Public Schools. (Submitted photo)

Life Scout Matt Rafferty, a member of Boy Scout Troop 328 at Timonium United Methodist Church, is hard at work on his Eagle project, which involves collecting used musical instruments, in any condition, to benefit the under-funded music programs of Baltimore City Public Schools.

Matt reports that the schools are happy to have all band instruments, from recorders to tubas, as well as any and all brass, woodwinds, percussion, strings, guitars and electronic keyboards — but no pianos, please!

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Instruments in any condition are fine. In addition, Matt says music books and sheet music of any kind are also needed.

If you would like to donate an item and are in the general area, Matt would be happy to arrange to come and pick up your tax-deductible donation.

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Or, if it's more convenient, donated items can be shipped to Welsh Remodeling, c/o Jim Rafferty, 3901 E. Monument St., Baltimore, MD 21205-2913.

Any questions can be directed to Matt at mattraff99@gmail.com.

Even if you have nothing to donate, Matt would be grateful if you would spread the word by telling other people about his project, or by sharing his Facebook page: Matt's Eagle Project: Musical Instrument Donation.

Matt attends Dulaney High Schoool, where he's an accomplished trombone player and budding composer. This effort not only sounds like a great Eagle project, but a great way to share his love of music.

In other news from Troop 328, members held a "mini" Court of Honor recently to award badges and rank advancements earned since last September's Court of Honor.

Carl Bauer, Owen Bird, Ryan Seidenman and Robbie Wheeler each earned their Tenderfoot rank badges, and Carl also completed the requirements for the rank of Second Class Scout.

Merit badges were awarded to Nick Bond, Jake Calder, Mike Donaldson, Matt Nanasi, Matt Rafferty, Matt Seidenman and Ryan Seidenman. In addition, Ryan Hurley and Kenny MacDonald earned two badges each and David Harper earned three.

The troop's second citrus sale was a success. The top seller was Matt Eibl, followed by Jesse Siegel, Matt Seidenman, Patrick Becker, JP Schmelz, Matt Rafferty and Robbie Wheeler.

Caroline Curry, a student at Warren Elementary School, was recently honored as the February Student of the Month by the Optimist Club of Timonium.

Caroline served as class representative on the Student Leadership Committee and was a finalist in this year's National Geographic Geography Bee.

She is an avid reader and takes part in the Black-Eyed Susan Book Club. She is also learning the flute and taking riding lessons. Caroline hopes to combine her love of animals and science and become a veterinarian.

The Optimist Club also held its annual essay contest with this year's topic, "Positive Outlook Benefits My Community."

At a recent meeting club members and guests listened to the three finalists — all sophomores from Dulaney High School — and said they found each essay interesting and unique. First place winner was Morgan Berman, second place went to Lauren Batlas and third place to Ivy Gao. Congratulations to all!

Calvert Hall College High School, 8102 La Salle Road, will present a Baltimore-inspired rendition of the musical, "Godspell," by Stephen Schwartz, running March 23-25 and March 30-April 1.

The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.calverthall.com or at the door. The cost is $10 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens.

The March 25 and March 30 performances are also Kids Fun Nights. Patrons are invited to attend the show, then have a free ice cream party to follow.

Happy Birthday wishes to Jean Breiner, Dave Grooms, Jenny Schaech, Kacie Paine and Dolores Righter.

And happy anniversary wishes are extended to Don and Gloria Schmelz.

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