Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Scout’s project helps fire departments

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Bill Ryan⁄The Gazette
Elias Duthinh, 11, and his father, Dat, of Frederick, look at an ice sculpture on Market Street during the ‘‘Fire in Ice” First Saturday Gallery Walk, in downtown Frederick Saturday. The event featured displays of more than 25 illuminated ice sculptures throughout downtown, in addition to ice-carving demonstrations at Brewer’s Alley.
Pete Murrary did not have to look beyond his own neighborhood to find inspiration for an Eagle Scout project.

A member of Troop 476 based in Middletown, Pete recently began working toward scouting’s highest rank with a project that he hopes will save lives. Noticing that many homes are not clearly marked with numbers, Pete began a mission to make them more clearly visible, according to a press release from the Middletown Lions Club, the troop’s sponsor.

Using an actual mailbox with numbers affixed, Pete recently demonstrated to the club the difficulty that emergency responders experience trying to locate addresses at night.

A few extra minutes could mean the difference between life and death for a person in an emergency situation, he said in an e-mail. For a person having a heart attack, time is critical and the ambulance needs to find him as soon as possible, he said. If ambulance personnel are unable to clearly see the numbers on a home where a person needs help, precious time can be lost.

To help the situation, Pete has joined an effort to sell reflective numbers for mailboxes and houses. He will begin the effort by visiting area churches and sending a bulk mailing to residents and businesses in the 21769 zip code.

The Middletown Lions Club and several local businesses have contributed funds to pay for the mailing, according to the release.

The reflective numbers will be available for purchase at area fire companies for $15 and will be installed free of charge.

For more information about this initiative, call the Middletown Volunteer Fire Company’s non-emergency line, 301-371-6907.

Six scouts move onto derby championship

More than 40 first- through fifth-graders involved in Cub Scouts in the Middletown and Myersville areas raced their way to victory during the annual Pinewood Derby Model Car Race on Jan. 26 at Grace Brethren Church in Braddock Heights.

All cars were provided four time trials, one for each lane of the 35-foot track, according to a press release from the group.

Individual times were posted via digital projector as Tim Rapp manned the controls. Cubmaster Larry Call coordinated the starting blocks and assistant cubmaster Joe Lindstrom monitored the finish line.

Older Boy Scouts routed the cars from the display area onto the race track. After four hours of racing, six winners were selected based on highest average times.

Going to the Super Derby on March 9 to compete with 16 other packs in the Appalachian Trail District are James Bongard, Jerry Bower, Thomas Corl, Tyler Harrison, Garrett Johnson and William Leonard.

Students earncollege honors

*Delaware Valley College has named Erin Spurrier of Frederick to its fall 2007 dean’s list.

Spurrier, a freshman studying secondary education with a specialization in agriculture, was among 450 students named to the list at the college in Doylestown, Pa.

To earn the honor as a freshman, Spurrier earned a grade-point average of 3.3 or higher.

*Eleven students from Frederick have been named to the dean’s list at McDaniel College in Westminster.

Students earning highest honors with a grade-point average of 3.9 or higher were: Cody Crutchley, Laura Davis, Katherine Eaton, Juliann Guiffre, Kristin O’Toole, Rachel Smith, and Timothy Snyder.

High honors, for grade-point averages between 3.89 and 3.7, were awarded to Casey Crough and Emily Hajjar, and honors status, for grade-point averages of 3.69 to 3.5, was awarded to Caitlin Concannon and Christina Walker.

*Grove City College in Pennsylvania has announced that Jess VanDervort of Frederick is a member of the fall 2007 dean’s list with a grade-point average of 3.59 to 3.4.

VanDervort, a music education major, is a 2004 graduate of Gov. Thomas Johnson High School.

She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cole VanDervort of Frederick.

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