"To us, Jim is the face of McDonald's and he and his store are a very welcome part of Catonsville."

Save date for Friends of Library meeting

The Friends of the Catonsville Library's annual meeting will feature Rachel-Ray Cleveland, art conservator and owner of Cleveland Conservation of Art on Paper Inc.

The company, which she started in 1995, offers services such as how to treat paper artifacts, needs-assessment surveys, preservation planning and disaster preparedness.

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She has performed conservation treatments on a number of rare paper artifacts, including a Picasso lithograph, a parchment document signed by George Washington, Albert Einstein's letters and the earliest known manuscript on the aphorisms of Hypocrites.

Many people may not know that a lot of printed material that communicated culture and art was prepared on poor quality paper from which acid must be removed or the paper will deteriorate.

Those attending the Friends' May 17 meeting at 7 p.m. are encouraged to bring family letters, pictures, maps, diplomas or certificates that need preservation services for consultation.

The meeting in the downstairs meeting room at 1100 Frederick Road is free. Refreshments will be served.

For information, call the library at 410-.887-0951.

For information about Rachel-Ray Cleveland, go to http://www.conservationofpaper.com.

The Friends of the Catonsville Library, established in 1961, helps the Catonsville Library offer programs and services that are not covered by the library's tax supported budget, including children's programs, maintenance of the Catonsville Room, software for the children's interactive computer and funding for library amenities.

Warming up for spring

Birdhouse sculptor Bradford Sweet is the new director of Kaliedoscope Arts camp, a summertime camp for students in third through the eighth grades in its 12th year at Christian Temple Church.

The theme for this summer's camp is "Sculpting Birdhouses into Art."

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, as well as provide homes for our feathered friends.

Donations of worn-out birdhouses, new birdhouses or kits, go to http://catonsvillerailstotrails.org or contact Karen Gatzke, director of "We Love Catonsville," one of the camp sponsors, at kgatzke@cbmove.com.

Spring sports parents wondering about athletic ball field grass cutting schedule now have a electronic source for information.

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks has a new website with the mowing crew's schedule for April through September.

Ball diamonds at parks, community centers and elementary school recreation centers are scheduled to be groomed and scarified on a rotating basis at least once a week, weather permitting. Go to http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/budfin/propertymanagement/mowingcycles.html.

The UPS delivery man in shorts who has become a mainstay along Frederick Road is Bill Trentler.

Bill has worked the Catonsville route for UPS for 11 years, delivering packages to businesses and residences one his Catonsville Frederick Road route for the last eight.

He drives 45-50 miles per day during his shift that begins at 8:30 a.m. and can lasts sometimes until 8 p.m.

When he's not working, he likes to ride his soft-tail Harley Davidson and to hang out with his 6-month-old granddaughter, Mackenzie.

The undefeated Mount St. Joseph High School tennis team recently returned from the Boys' DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships in Kentucky.

The Gaels finished seventh after beating the North Carolina and Georgia state champions, according to Coach Tom Hughes, and recently defeated Washington, D.C., power Gonzaga High.

"We have an extremely deep team," said Hughes, coach of the team for the past 10 years. "Seven of our players are ranked in the mid-Atlantic and three (juniors Jordan Portner and Tristan Boustany and senior Matt Bishop) are ranked nationally."