Green Acres Garden Club

Green Acres Garden Club philanthropy chairwoman, Marie Kramer, right, presents a check to Cromwell Valley Park Manager Leo Rebetsky, left, and Rick Childs, Cromwell Valley Trail Club chairman, to help pay for upgrades to the park staff's maintenance vehicle. (Submitted photo / March 25, 2012)

It's time to go Easter egg hunting! Bring a basket or bag and enjoy a morning of seasonal fun from 10 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, April 7, at Sherwood Farms in Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road.

The family event is free, and includes eggs hunts scheduled at various times throughout the morning for different age groups ranging from 3 to 10, as follows:

• Ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m.

• Ages 5-6, 10:45 a.m.


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• Ages 7-8, 11:00 a.m.

• Ages 9-10, 11:15 a.m.

While not hunting, children may enjoy other activities: bonnet or hat making, dying eggs with natural dyes and family games.

In the event of bad weather, contact the park after 9 a.m. that morning, at 410-887-2503.

Also at Cromwell Valley, staff and volunteers will now have a more comfortable ride when they use their John Deere Gator, a four-wheel drive utility vehicle used around the grounds.

Improvements to the vehicle have come thanks to the Green Acres Garden Club, which provided funds to purchase a no-scratch polycarbonate windshield and a roof over the driver's seat on the vehicle.

Staff and volunteers count on the vehicle to help maintain trails and gardens and to locate hikers who stray off the trails.

A check for the upgrades was presented to Cromwell Valley Park Manager Leo Rebetsky, and Rick Childs, Cromwell Valley Trail Club chairman, at the March 12 meeting of the garden club, at Divinity Lutheran Church.

The club's philanthropy chairwoman, Marie Kramer, made the presentation.

Calvert Hall College Hall School is putting technology to work. Last month, while math teacher John Thaler was recuperating from surgery, he taught his calculus III class from home using Skype.

The school's IT department installed ManyCam (software that allows multiple cameras), Skype and a document camera at his home and a webcam in his classroom, allowing him to teach his class from home.

Students were able to hear his lectures, see his class notes and interact and ask questions. Doug Heidrick, director of communications, reported the transition to a Skype taught class has been a smooth one.

Enjoy a spaghetti dinner with salad, dessert and beverage on Saturday, April 14, between 4 and 6 p.m. at Arnolia United Methodist Church, 1776 E. Joppa Road.

After dinner, enjoy a concert by the church's praise band. Tickets will be sold at the door for dinner, at $10 for adults (ages 12 and older), $5 for children 4-11, and free for ages 3 and under. An offering will be collected at the concert.

Congratulations to Loch Raven High School senior Brad Franke, son of Barbara and Clarke Franke, who was accepted into theU.S. Naval Academy. He will be there studying engineering beginning in June.

Currently, he is taking all advance placement classes, and is class treasurer. A 12-season athlete in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and lacrosse, he also belongs to five academic honor societies.

Best wishes to Brad and his moves into the next stage of his life!

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