Happy Valentine's Day to all you sweethearts.

In honor of the occasion, stop and send some love and affection to a service person in the Middle East. Mail makes their day.


There's no business like Park business and the fast-growing Severna Park Chamber of Commerce is its greatest advocate.

The 150-member organization recently installed new officers: President Hammond S. "Skip" Carr of O'Conor, Piper and Flynn; 1st Vice President GeorgeT. Moran of George T. Moran Inc.; 2nd Vice President Cathy Carr of All-3 Printing; Treasurer Debbie Smith of Maryland National Bank; and Secretary Henry Sieradzki of Hughes, Wilson Associates.

During theinstallation at the Annapolis Dinner Theatre, Robert Kaufman of the Michael T. Rose Co. in Laurel, Prince George's County, spoke on Growth in the '90s.

Chairman of the chamber's board of directors is past President Meg Anderson of Maryland National Bank. Serving on the board for one year are Dr. Carl Rogge of the Severna Park Veterinary Hospital and Dennis Wells of Dennis Wells Co. Inc.

Elected to the board for two years is Severn School Headmaster Edson P. Shepherd Jr. Elected to the board for three years are Kathy Holmes of Gerstung Inter-Sport and Penny Hopkins of Fun and Fit Inc.


Even in businesssome good things must come to an end: Giant's Apples for the Kids program ends March 2, and Safeway's Computers for Classrooms program isover March 16.

Before it's too late, get those receipts together, circle the balance due on each one and deliver them to your favorite school.


On Tuesday morning in a wreath-laying ceremony on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial attended by Vice President Dan Quayle, the 182nd anniversary of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln was commemorated.

At the conclusion of the stirring ceremony, which included appearances by the First North-South Brigade, the Lancaster Fencibles ofPennsylvania, the Joint Armed Services Color Guard, the Air Force Band and high-level government and diplomatic representatives, two students from Severn School in Severna Park stepped forward.

Juniors Grace Wu and Jason Wade accepted awards from Quayle for their compositions about the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.

This was the sixth time since 1974 that students from Severn's Advanced Placement U.S. history classes have been honored for their participation in the annual Loyal Legion Literary competition.

The Military Order of the Loyal Legion began as a group of Union Army, Navy, and Marine officers that banded together to serve as an honor guard for the slain president's funeral train as it traveledfrom Washington to Springfield, Ill.

Vowing to perpetuate the memory of President Lincoln, the organization grew during its next 50 years to include 12,000 officers. Today, part of that promise is being fulfilled through the essay contest,which is in its 50th year.

Severn history teachers Susan and Robert Gray joined teachers, classmates, and parents who attended the ceremony.


Chesapeake Academy will have an open house for families of prospective pupils from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Families will be able to tour the campus, visit classes and talk with administrators, faculty and parents.

Parents may call Chesapeake Academy to schedule testing and parent orientation. Children ages 3 to first gradewill be tested March 1. Applicants for second grade through fifth grade may make individual arrangements.

Young children will be screened through a series of games designed to show strengths and weaknesses in a wide range of skills. The results will be discussed with parents and used to design educational strategies for the child's successin school.

To arrange an appointment, contact Cheryl Schmidt, director of admissions, at 647-9612.


During a trip to Boston a few years ago, trying to escape a cold, rainy evening, I bought a ticket to see a show I knew little about. The weather was soon forgotten after the curtain rose on what turned out to be the hilarious "Little Shop of Horrors."

And now Severn School brings this marvelous production to Severna Park on Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2.

Eric W. Van Dervort is the director; assisting him are faculty members Cathy Carper as choreographer and Charlotte Berry as artistic designer.

The four student assistants are Carrie Glasby, Chris Wassif, David Sobel and Laura Turowski.

The cast of 13 is headed by Albert Han, as Seymour, and Sarah Franey, as Audrey. Carrie MacVean, Nikki Huberfeld andKim Johnston are the trio. Mr. Van Dervort says that every grade in the upper school is represented in the cast.

Thursday's performancewill be proceeded at 7 p.m. by a reception in the Zimmerman Library.Tickets are $10. Curtain time Friday and Saturday is 7:30 p.m., whentickets will be $4 for adults and $1 for students.


Here's a goal for all you ice hockey fans. The Washington Capitals will have a special YMCA night to benefit the YMCA of Anne Arundel County at 7:35 p.m. March 2 at the Capital Center in Landover. All seats will be soldat special discount rates.

The Caps will play the New York Islanders, and all fans under age 17 will get a free street hockey stick.

This offer is not available at the Capital Center box office or regular ticket outlets. To receive the discounted rates, tickets must be ordered on a special form.

For details, call the Capitals office at (301) 386-7080.


Are you a night owl? Do you prefer to cram forexams or do your research at the end of the business day while everyone else is collapsed on the sofa in front of the television?

The answers to your late-night questions are just as close as your telephone. Pour yourself another cup of coffee and call the folks at the State Library Resource Center at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore from 9 to 11:45 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from 5 to 11:45p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Night Owl's toll-free number is (800) 325-NIGHT.


If you're planning to attend the Talent Show and Buffet Dinner atWoods Memorial Church at 6:30 Saturday night, you must buyyour tickets in advance, because they will not be sold at the door.

For reservations, call 647-0242.


Arundel Hospice, a home-care agency that serves terminally ill adults and children and their families, had its beginning in a little suite of offices on Benfield Road but is now located in the headquarters complex on Route 3 in Millersville.

For more than 10 years, the hospice has served individualsand families with its staff of trained volunteers. To add to that roster, a class for volunteers has been scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 Tuesday evenings, March 12 through May 21.

Call 987-2003.


Here's another way to help -- in this case, our military in Saudi Arabia. The support group Mothers Concerned About Our Troops in the Middle East has compiled a list of useful items that can be dropped off at anyAnne Arundel County Fire Department: Zip-lock bags, insect repellent, sand flea cream, lip balm and sunburn ointment, foot powder, eye drops, sun block, toothpaste, petroleum jelly, disposable razors, T-shirts, socks, long underwear, blankets and sun visors.

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