Bradford Sweet

Bradford Sweet is the new director of Kaliedoscope Arts camp, a summer camp for students in third through the eighth grades in its 12th year at Christian Temple Church. The camp plans to refurbish bird houses and donate them to Catonsville Rails to Trails to create a natural art gallery for area walking trails. (Photo by Maggie Schorr / April 25, 2012)

With Catonsville High School's Senior Prom only a few weeks away, several seniors at the school have taken an imaginative approach to popping the question for that certain someone to accompany them to the May 19 event at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront on Aliceanna Street.

Brady Stevens flew a toy helicopter that carried a sign which read "Prom?" into the classroom where the target of the question, Rachel Schwaab, was in class.

Luke Chetelat put a banner in the woods that said "PROM?" for Tara McDonald, then led her on a detour during track team practice for her to see it.

Duncan Berry decorated Hannah Jeffery's car with a balloons and a poem.


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The After-Prom Party to offer a fun, safe and alcohol-free party for the students after the Senior Prom will be held at Dave & Buster's at Arundel Mills Mall.

This party is paid for by the PTSA-After Prom Committee. The group is still accepting donations. If you can held, contact Rita Hall at ritahall56@verizon.net or Kim Hendrix at kahendrix@msn.com.

Speaking of prom, seamstress Jeannie Furletti is busy this week hemming, sewing and altering dresses for the seniors at Mount de Sales Academy.

The dining room of her home in Patapsco Woods has been converted into "Sew Station Central" with dresses waiting to be picked up and for last-minute alterations.

The mother of three girls, said she loves to sew and the students love her sewing for them!

"She's the best," said senior Cara Dawson.

"When I was in fifth grade at St. Agnes (School), she sewed a dress for my American Girl doll that matched my St. Agnes uniform for my show and tell presentation," Dawson said. "How cool is that?"

Community service on the menu

Add Jodi Ferguson to the list of Catonsville fans of Jim Bower, the owner of the Frederick Road McDonald's.

"There is a sense among some folks that a little bit of a town's charm is lost every time a chain store or chain restaurant is opened. Those folks have not met Jim Bower," she wrote.

"Jim's efforts since buying that restaurant a few years ago have resulted in a cleaner, more comfortable environment and a greater focus on customer service," she wrote.

"But it's Jim himself who really makes our McDonald's special. My kids insist on going there just to see Jim. He walks the dining room to chat with his customers and always makes his restaurant feel like an extension of his home. He takes the time to ensure that my kids always get whatever Happy Meal toy they are looking for, even if it means digging through boxes in the back.

"When my 4-year-old daughter came there just to see a special Ronald McDonald visit, Jim personally escorted her to the front of the line because he knew how much it meant to her.

"When my 8-year-old daughter needed to interview a worker in the community for a school project, she chose Jim and he took time out of a very busy schedule to provide her with a thorough 30 minutes on a Sunday to talk to her about what he does, why he enjoys his work, and what he likes about Catonsville."

Jodi wrote that when Hurricane Irene knocked out power throughout Catonsville and she told Bower about the difficulty finding ice, he volunteered to get ice from his restaurant. He came through with a dozen bags, she wrote.

"Jim's generosity doesn't just stop with us," she wrote. "He provides a place for people to gather, opens his restaurant to the community for fundraisers, and works to make sure that everyone leaves happy and wants to come back.