Today we celebrate Presidents Day! George Washington, who was born Feb. 22, 1732, would be about to turn 259. Abraham Lincoln was born Feb. 12, 1809 and would be finishing up his 182nd birthday celebration.Two powerful men of their time; wonder what they would think of the world today?

Remember, all public schools are closed today!


Belle Grove Elementary news: The winter fund-raiser officially kicks off Friday and runs until March 11. Pupils will be selling Reese's Cups, Kit-Kat bars and plain and peanut M&Ms.; Each package costs $1. Permission slips will be sent home this week and must be signed and returned before the youngsters will be allowed to sell candy. The fund-raiser is being sponsored by the PTA.

* Sixth-graders are continuing their fund-raiser this week, selling lollipops for 25 cents apiece. All proceeds will benefit their trip to Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

For information, contact Kelly Connor at 789-5210.

* With the March 2 deadline for collecting Giant receipts approaching, the school is a few receipts short of its $120,000 goal. School officials are asking that each pupil bring in $50 worth of receipts in eachof the next two weeks to help meet the goal. If the school is successful, each child will receive an apple (the fruit kind).

* The Campbell and Campbell Cousin label collection ends March 1. The following labels are still being collected: Franco-American labels, UPC symbol from V8 juice, Prego spaghetti labels, Marie's Salad Dressing safety seals, Vlasic pickle lids, Pepperidge Farms UPC symbols, Mrs. Paul's quality panels and Swanson can labels or proof of purchase from frozen goods.


Brooklyn Park Elementary news: A Chapter I ParentAdvisory Council recognition meeting is slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the school. All parents and guardians are encouraged to bring their children to the affair.

Pupils and parents who have been participating in the Partners in Learning program will receive awards, trophies or both, depending on the extent of their participation.

Principal Michael Trippett, Chapter I teachers and instructional assistants will be there to see the students receive their awards. Refreshments will be served. Please try to attend.

* Congratulations to the following band members who made it into the Practice Card Hall of Fame: Keturah Drake, Maryann Lanasa, Sara Klemkowski, David Jones and Jennifer Jump. Each had a card of more than 200 minutes practiced in oneweek.


Park Elementary news: Remember that this is the last month for the Pizza Hut Book It program. Encourage your children to continue reading for the duration of the month.

* Counselors from Brooklyn Park/Lindale Junior Middle School will be visiting sixth-graders at 1 p.m. Friday to discuss course selections.

* The Math Club will meet at 3 p.m. Friday.


St. Rose of Lima will have its annual Parish Dinner Theater at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

This year's play is the comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace," performedby the Avalon Theater Company. A buffet will be served.

Tickets are limited to 200 per show. The cost is $20 per person.

For tickets, call 355-6128 or 355-2094.


Don't forget to get your tickets for the Bull and Oyster Roast sponsored by American Legion Post No.34 on Belle Grove Road. The roast is set for 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Music will be provided by Front Page News. On the menu is pit beef, raw oysters, hot dogs and kraut, mashed potatoes, corn, salad bar, cold buffet, beer and sodas. Come out and enjoy the food and music.

For more information or tickets, call 789-9682.


The Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association's next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow at Brooklyn Park Elementary. The guest speaker will be OfficerGuy Della of the county Police Department. His main topic will be the Community Watch Program.

George Bachman, the newly elected county councilman for this district, will also be there to meet and greet the public.

The association is collecting dues for 1991. Dues are $4 per family. Please pay now and become an active member of your community.


Looking for something to do on a cold winter Saturday? The place to be this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the Glen Burnie Mall, where the Girl Scouts are sponsoring a Girl Scout Jamboree.

All surrounding communities will be participating. Our communitywill be represented by Brownie troops 849, 691, 1175, 1025 and 1045,Junior troops 738, 1301 and 664 and Cadette Troop 221.

The girls will be demonstrating camping, dancercize and lummi sticks. Tables will feature badge work, make-it take-it projects, community service projects and a display of Switzerland, including food products, Girl Scout uniforms and memorabilia. Come out and support your local Girl Scouts and have a great time while there.


Arundel Improvement Association news: The Seniors' monthly meeting is at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow. The guest speaker will be an aide from Representative Tom McMillen's office.

The meeting is open to all age 55 and older who live in Anne Arundel County.

The group is planning a bus trip to the Showboat casino in Atlantic City, N.J., on Thursday, March 21. The cost of the trip is $20, with $13 being returned in the package deal. Buses will leave the AIA hall, 110 Cross St., at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 8:15 p.m.

For more information, call Frances Jones at 789-2192.

* The next general meeting of the AIA is set for 8 p.m. Thursday. The topic will be development along Bellman Avenue. The developer and a past councilman will lead the discussion. All concerned citizens are urged to attend.

* Board officers for 1991 are AllisonJones, chairman; Frank Holbrook, assistant treasurer; Donald Schaefer, legislative chairman; and Helen Cashen, membership chairman. KittyBafford, Roxy Ege, Marlene Heinbuch and Carol Ege, make up the Ways and Means Committee.

The board's first fund-raiser will be a St. Patrick's dance, set for 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at the AIA hall. Music will be provided by M&M;'s Diversified. Tickets are $7 and include a platter and beer.

For more information, call 789- 2192.


The members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary 10134 are planning a bus trip to the Charlestown, Va. Racetrack on Saturday, April 7. Buses will leave Lucky's in Brooklyn Park, as well as Hasperts Cafe, 1400 S. Charles St. in Baltimore, at 10 a.m. Total costof the trip is $30 per person and includes transportation, terrace view seats at the racetrack and a buffet supper.


Free blood pressure screenings will be offered today at Harbor Hospital Center's outpatient clinic from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 347-3767.

In conjunction with Heart Awareness Month, the hospital is offering a free packet on healthy heart tips. Thetips include advice on avoiding a heart attack or stroke, controlling blood pressure, quitting smoking and a guide to choosing low-fat, low-cholesterol foods.

For a copy, call 347-3441.


The Brooklyn Park library, 1 E. 11th Ave., will begin registration for the next story-time session Monday, Feb. 25, and continue through Wednesday,March 6. Story time will run Wednesdays from March 6 through April 10. Children 2 to 5 years old are invited.

Two-year-olds and their parents or adult guardian will meet at 10:30 a.m. Three- to 5-year-olds will meet at 9:30 a.m. The program will include stories, activities and films.

For more information, call 222-6260.


The Black History Month celebration at the Lloyd Keaser Community Center in Pumphrey ends Friday with an Apollo Night, consisting of song, dance, impersonations, skits and a couple of extra surprises. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. and everyone is invited.

The program is free, although donations will be accepted. Plan to attend.

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