Helen Del Brocco has always been a recycler. Whether it's paper, glass, aluminum or plastic, she finds a way to reuse it or gives it to someone for recycling.
"My favorite saying is 'I recycle everythingexcept my husband.' I'm going to keep him," she said.
She doesn't stop with articles that are familiar to all of us, though.
Del Brocco, aka the "The Soap Sliver Queen," is probably theonly person in the area who has collected 1,058 pounds of soap slivers.
Her collection of the slippery slices began about 10 years agowhen she heard Peace Lutheran Church was donating soap slivers to The Brethren Center in New Windsor.
After processing the soap, it isgiven to victims of disasters and sent to people in Third World countries.
Most of Del Brocco's collection has come through her work with the Linthicum Heights Chapter 2244 of the American Association ofRetired Persons.
Soap slivers left by customers in four area hotels don't get thrown out anymore. Every few weeks Del Brocco visits Motel 6, North and South Holiday Inn's and the Comfort Inn to pick up the soap they save for her.
"These hotels have been so supportive and have helped put us over the 1,000 mark," she said.
She also collects small bars of new soap that she gives to St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, which delivers it to Baltimore, where it is given out at Our Daily Bread.
After Woman's Day magazine published her project in their "Household Hints" section last July, it received 72 letters from people saying that they were going to collect soap, too. Many letters were from Scout troops.
She said it is exciting to see that this idea was catching on.
Del Brocco has lived in North Linthicum since 1953 and has been active in many community clubs. Besides the AARP, she is an active member of the North Linthicum Improvement Association, the Glen Burnie Women of the Moose and the Senior Citizens Group with the Moose.
If you would like more information on this project, call 789-1588
Get a foursome together for a morning of fun and games at the Annual Card and Games Party sponsored by the Women's Club of Linthicum Heights.
You can bring any card or board game you like: bridge, canasta, Scrabble, Rummicube, etc.
The party begins at 10 a.m. Friday at the clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road. Tickets are $6 and include a light luncheon prepared by Cathy Colvin and her committee.
Seating is limited. For reservations, please call 969-7506.
Proceeds from the day will be placed in the treasury to support
the club's various charitable activities.
The Women's Club would like to remind North County High School seniors that it will be awarding two $750 scholarships for academic excellence. Allseniors are eligible to apply for these annual scholarships. For application forms and further information, contact your school counselor.
The Linthicum Elementary School is looking for participantsfor its Crafter's Delight/Flower Mart on Saturday, May 4.
All items offered for sale must be homemade. Participants are asked to provide their own tables and display materials. The cost of each 8-by-10-foot space is $15.
Tables of two sizes can be rented for an additional fee. Participants can also rent use of an electrical outlet for an additional $5.
Spaces are limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. All fees must be received within seven days of the reservation date, or your space will be relinquished and youmust reapply. A late charge of $5 will be applied after April 15. The fees are non-refundable. This event will be conducted rain or shine.
For more information, please call Teri Oswald at 859-3234. Please do not call Linthicum Elementary School.
While on the topic of weekend shows, here are two flea markets to put on your calendars.
The first is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Ferndale United Methodist Church, at the intersection of Hollins Ferryand Ferndale roads.
Indoor tables are available for $10 and weather-permitting outdoor spaces for $8.
Call 761-4412 or 766-9220 to reserve your spot.
The second flea market will be from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. April 27 at the George Cromwell Elementary School, 525 Wellham Ave.
Table spaces rent for $10 or two for $15. To reserve a table,please call 760-4134. A letter of confirmation will be sent to all participants.
Watch for more details on the above craft and flea markets as the time gets closer.
The Human Relations Committee has scheduled Grandparents' Day for 9:30 to 11 a.m. March 27 at the North Glen Elementary School. Since this will take place on the Wednesday before the Easter holiday, many grandparents may be visiting, and theyare invited.
Students whose grandparents can't attend can invite a special senior citizen friend instead.
Each grandparent or senior is asked to bring something from their school days to share. Stories about school experiences in school can be shared, too.
The morning will begin with light refreshments, followed by a short program ofentertainment by the children.
Guests can then visit the class
rooms. Grandparents and seniors are invited to bring their lunch andeat with the children. They may also take their grandchild out to lunch as long as they are back in time for the afternoon session.
The North Glen Athletic Association is having late baseball and softball registration from 7 to 9 p.m., today and next Tuesday. Boys and girls ages 5 to 18 can sign up; 13- and 14-year-olds are especiallyneeded.
The cost for one child in a family is $27, two children is $39, and the maximum cost per family is $49.
Coaches and managers are still needed. If interested, please call Ralph Mason at 761-4894. Registration will take place at the North Glen Improvement Association Hall, 303 Wellham Ave.
The Patapsco Valley American Association of Retired Persons 3850 will have its executive meeting at 10a.m. tomorrow at the St. Christopher's Church hall.
The business meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on March 27. Guest speaker John Shaum will talk about "Sailing on the Chesapeake Bay."
The meeting will be preceded by a social hour at noon.
St. Christopher's Churchis at 118 Marydell Road, Linthicum.
Peace Lutheran Church, 416 Wellham Ave., will have a Palm Sunday family service at 11 a.m.
A puppet show for the children will be featured and the choir will present songs of praise and music for Lent.
The service will be preceded by a coffee hour with refreshments for all.