Since becoming a parent I've learned to mark off certain periods in my life in phases. We go through the early childhood times, remembering the diaper phase, the nursery school phase, then it's off to real school and all the phases that fill our children's lives.

At this time of year, many of you are in or have just completed the science-fair phase. To those who have survived this rite of parent-child bonding, congratulations. If you still have your sanity, you are a better person than I.

To those parents who are just getting into the science-fair mode,relax. Just remember, this, too, will pass. Just like toilet training.


Speaking of science fairs, St. Jane Frances School just completed its science-fair competition Wednesday afternoon.

"We had over 250 projects entered in the fair this year," reported Betty Wilcox, teacher and science coordinator at the school.

Winners in thisyear's competition were: First grade: Alicia Suska, 1st; Dominic Alascio, 2nd; and Elizabeth Preston, 3rd.

Second grade: Lauren Hammond, 1st; Ben Buckey, 2nd; and Brian Kilkowski, 3rd.

Third grade: Sarah Johnson, 1st; Matt Naylor and Michael Kreisher, 2nd; and Robby Katafiasz, 3rd.

Fourth- and fifth-grade ribbons were awarded according to categories.

First, second and third places were won by: Daniel Sorenson, Katie Macola and Corinne Wieland, Chemistry; Eric Pridgen, Matt Rice and Chris Strevig, Engineering; Jessica Johnson, GilbertMeyers and Kristin Bonanno, Behavioral Science; Laci Mullikin, Carrie Deters and Kelly Kitchner, Earth Science; Kari Karasek, Dana Sparrow and Michael Uleckas, Physics; Daniel Bennett and Mary Taylor, Medicine and Health; and Keri Sank, Gus Velenovsky and Amanda Lorch, Botany. The award for the best overall project in fourth and fifth grade was won by Luke Katafiasz.

Winners in grades six, seven and eight were: Sixth grade: Brian Gossman, 1st; Andrew Eye, 2nd; and Lisa Rittmeyer, 3rd.

Seventh grade: Ryan Folmer, 1st; Ryan Frasure, 2nd; andErin Zimmerman, 3rd.

Eighth grade: Matt Piron and Brian Canuel, 1st; Frank Bonanno, 2nd; and Bill Strevig, 3rd.,


Chelsea Beach Rod & Reel Club invites sun-and-fun lovers to join members on their biannual vacation get-away to the friendly island of Aruba.

A few spaces are still available for the Nov. 2 through 9 trip.

The costof the trip is $671 per person and includes round-trip airfare on a scheduled flight, eight days and seven nights at the 600-room HolidayInn in Aruba and tax/transfer fees.

The club has worked out an easy payment plan to help with the cost.

To sign up or for more details, call Dick Hopf at 255-3497 or John Hagner at 255-8241.


Downs Park is looking for a "good fairy" to donate a television set and/or VCR to help with park lectures and programs.

"Right now, we use a slide show to present our orientation to all new parking-permit holders. We are considering putting the show on videotape if we can get the equipment," explained Ranger Dave DeVault.

Anyone interested in donating, give "Ranger Dave" a call at 222-6230.


Gibson Island Country School has scheduled two open-house events next week for interested parents.

The small, private school offers classes inprekindergarten, kindergarten and grades one through five.

Located on the water at the end of Mountain Road, the school offers science, French, computers, art, music, drama, library and physical education for all students.

The first open house will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday with classroom visitation featured.

A second open house will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. Faculty members and parents of students will be on hand to talk with prospective families.

For more information, call the school at 255-5370.


Interested parents of students at Chesapeake Bay Middle School are invited to attend the next Citizens Advisory Committee meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the school.

The topic will be the continuing discussion of the Maryland School Performance Project and its effect on the school.


The Solley Civic Association is sponsoring a bus trip to Wednesday's county budget hearing at the board of education on Riva Road.

The issue of providing funding for the planning of a new Solley School surfaced at the recent Principal's Forum for the Northeast feeder system.

Mary Solley will represent the Northeast system, and parents of Solley students are urged toattend the meeting in support.

The bus will leave at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening from Solley School. A donation of $3 is requested to help defray the cost. To reserve a seat, call 255-6939.


The county Council of PTAs will sponsor a Legislative Workshop on Tuesday evening at Riviera Beach Elementary School on Jenkins Road.

The workshop will be conducted by Nancy Park Flythe, a teacher at Sunset Elementary School.

The evening will begin at 7 with a mix and mingle "Meet the Legislators" reception.

The workshop will follow at 7:30. It will cover lobbying tools, resources and education issues for 1991, including budget, curriculum and programs.

A question-and answer-period will take place from 8:30 to 9.

All members of PTAs and PTOs are invited to attend.

For more information, call Carolyn Roeding, PTA County Council president, at 437-4695.


Dust off those attic treasures and make some extra cash at the indoor flea market at Stoney Creek Democratic Club on Ft. Smallwood Road.

This month'smarket will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 16. Tables are available to rent for $8 each or two for $15. To reserve a table, call Rich Ames at 437-9388.


Chesapeake High School Athletic Boosters invite you to their 12th annual Texas Bull Roast from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Feb. 15 at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.

The menu will feature beef and chicken barbecue, beef and country ham on the pit,beef fajitas, vegetable beef soup, macaroni and cheese, pasta, a greens table, beer, wine and setups. A cash bar will also be available.

Tickets are $24 per person and can be obtained by calling 437-1648or 255-3080. Tickets must be purchased in advance as none will be sold at the door.

This is the main fund-raising project for the Boosters and all athletic teams at Chesapeake will benefit.


Lake Shore Democratic Club will have two $6 Sunday parties this month at the clubhouse, 236 Maryland Ave.

Parties will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and on Feb. 17.

The afternoon will feature a delicious platter, beer, setups and music for dancing.

For reservations for tables of 10, call Martin Foote at 437-2339.

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