Clarksville: Generous spirits go with the workouts at Curves in Glenelg

The ladies who work out at Curves in Glenelg may not be large in numbers, but they have huge hearts and a willingness to help others.

In March they donated over 1,500 pounds of food and $1,000 in cash and gift cards to FISH of Howard County. In April, the sale of Bunny Boxes and Easter candies raised over $1,200 to aid tornado victims in Appalachia.

The May sale of spring flowers and hanging baskets raised over $4,300 for the Relay for Life Survivor Dinner. The dinner was a smashing success, partly because so many Curves ladies volunteered to serve.

This summer they are collecting Quarters for Kids. Here's how that works. Members who grow gardens bring in the excess produce. The fresh veggies are sold to other members for a 25-cent donation. Proceeds will be used to buy coloring books and crayons to give to Toys for Tots. Last year, they raised over $120 for this project. This is a case where everyone wins. Suzy Hill is so very proud of her generous ladies and the blessings they bring to others.

The Environmental Committee at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church will host a Master Gardener presentation on rain gardens and rain barrels in the Great Room on July 24 at 7 p.m. Learning to live with the environment rather than at odds with nature is helpful.

The Glenelg High School Class of 1972 is planning a 40-year reunion on Sept. 29 at Circle D Farm in Woodbine.

Plans include a cocktail hour, dinner, Sunday brunch and transportation. M. Steven Appler, Brian Crawford. John and Virginia Frank, Ann Jones, Vicki Jones Kliever, Joanne Martin, Rodney Mullinix, Ed and Marie Rapp, Steven Ralston, Eileen Tsonis and Kathy Gorden Weddle, members of the reunion committee, have been having a blast meeting to plan the event.

It's important to reach as many classmates as soon as possible because they are putting together a "My Life Since High School" booklet and a "Then and Now" slide show. Spread the word and share your memories and information. Some classmates have already passed away, but wouldn't it be great if all the others could be together again?

To learn more, check out the Facebook page, Glenelg Class of 1972 or go to If you want to talk to a real person, you can call Ann Jones at 410-461-6869.

Is your business aimed at the over 50 crowd? Vendors are wanted for the Howard County 50+Expo. To learn more, contact Patrick Reese at 410-313-2022 or

Happy birthday to Mary Ellen Ludy Ernst. Her special day is July 16, but she was in town from Naples, Fla., a few days early to visit family and friends. Mama Ludy faithfully made a birthday cake early. A big chunk of the cake left with her on the drive back to Florida. Everyone had a great time. It's nice to be able to come home again and find not everything has changed.

Summer fun covers a wide range of activities. You might travel far and fast. I flew to Salt Lake City for two days with son Russell and grandkids Hailey and Joel Sanford last month. They didn't get to know Grandpa Bob in person, but he was stationed in Salt Lake while in the Air Force.

This week's summer fun was simple and close to home with good friends. Sheila Carlin, Fran Wilson and I enjoyed a lakeside lunch at Lake Caroline in Virginia.

Call or email to share news of your summer fun. Birthdays, anniversaries, travels and guests all count.

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