Local Newsmakers - July 15, 2007

Local DAR members win state, national awards

Several members of the local Catawba chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution took state and national awards at the 116th Continental Congress June 27 to July 1 in Washington, D.C.

Judy McCardle won state and national first-place awards for her poem, "A Heritage Remembered."

Marion Mannheim won a national third-place award in oil for her theorem painting, "Watermelon and Fruit," a national honorable mention, first-place state and first-place Southeastern division awards for her weaving, "Mainley Sheilah's Garden," and first-place state awards for both her poem, "Ode to My Hands," and for her photography, "Betsy Ross had Nimble Fingers and a Green Thumb."

Kay Grier won a first-place state award for her short children's story, "Henry Ant Takes a Freedom Ride."

The event was attended by Mannheim, the chapter's regent, corresponding secretary Peggy Palmer and McCardle. The contests include eight different categories.

The national DAR is a volunteer women's service organization that honors and preserves the legacy of Patriot ancestors and promotes patriotism and the preservation of American history.

Mary Ward crowned Johnsonville queen

Mary Elizabeth Ward, 31, of Rock Hill was crowned queen of the annual Johnsonville parade in Rock Hill.

The Fourth of July parade is held on Forrest Lane in the Johnsonville neighborhood. It was started 31 years ago by the late Carolyn and John Johnson. Their daughter, Laura Fuller, and her husband, Mike, have continued the tradition.

Ward is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jack Ward of Rock Hill. She works at the Rock Hill Aquatics Center and participates in the Merry Pranksters and in Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism activities. She is active in the First Thursday Club at the Upper Palmetto YMCA and is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill.

MYCO volunteers get honored, awards

More than 100 volunteers attended the Salute to Volunteers installation dinner last month at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill. The museum's guild members volunteered 4,197.50 hours, with a value of $78,787.08 based on the latest national volunteer value.

Awards were presented to the following:

• Linda Beard of Rock Hill -- Volunteer of the Year. She contributed more than 262 hours. Beard volunteers in the museum store.

• Bea Schilling of York -- Docent of the Year. She spent 82 hours leading tours for museum visitors. She has been a guild member and docent for nine years. She served as vice president and president of the guild board, assisted with special events and was Docent of the Year in 2004. She completed the National Association for Interpretation training in January and is a certified interpretive guide.

• Elly Weiss of Rock Hill -- Angus MacInnes Good Egg Award. She has been a guild member since 1997 and has volunteered in capacities including group tours, special events and receptions.

New guild board officers were installed. They are: Peggy Fern of Rock Hill, president; Linda Poteat of Rock Hill, vice president; Ellen Newton of Rock Hill, secretary; Ray Weiss of Rock Hill, treasurer; Jon Beard and Judi Harper, both of Rock Hill, members-at-large; and Ellen Barrett of Tega Cay, ex-officio.

The following were recognized for their service: Five years, Ellen Barrett, Marilyn Hakim, Judi Harper, Rick Harper, Suzanne Kirk, Fran Meade and Sandi Wardean; 10 years, Karen Kaylor and Elly Weiss; 15 years, Candace Armfield; and 20 years, Robbin Hughes, Fred Jackson, Helen Jackson and Dorothy Johnson.

For details, call Cindy Jenkins at 329-2121, ext. 111.

Two complete training for advocates of disabled

Rock Hill resident Allyson Velkovich and Clover resident Karan Robinson recently graduated from the Partners in Policymaking training program. The program teaches them how to be leaders in advocating for their children with disabilities.

PIP is a statewide leadership program for parents of children with disabilities and adults with disabilities. The free, two-day training sessions are held monthly in Columbia for eight months. Class members are selected from across the state.

Members learn about educational and civic rights and the federal and state legislative processes that affect people with disabilities. The program is a project of the S.C. Partnership of Disability Organizations and is administered by Parents Reaching Out to Parents-Parents of South Carolina.

For details or to apply, call 1-800-759-4776.

Hospice donates food, supplies to Pilgrims' Inn

Hospice Care of South Carolina collected more than 3,400 food and household products and $142 in donations for Pilgrims' Inn to help feed families during the summer. Several businesses and organizations contributed.

Hospice Care sponsored the food drive for Pilgrims' Inn as a response to the decrease in donations in food and household items for the summer and fall months.

Hospice Care of South Carolina has served York County for more than 10 years and has worked to provide personalized care and to ensure patients and their families live with compassion and dignity. For more details, call Mary-Kate McManus at 324-6288.