EASTER SIGNIFIES JOY OF HAVING TROOPS HERE

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Holidays are usually just that: a day off from work, a day to slow down and do family things, a day to catch up on all your household chores.

But this Easter holiday's timing seems just right. Parents used to tell us that "all things happen for a reason, and they happen in due season." With that thought in mind as we go about our busy schedules, let's remember the men and women who served in the Persian Gulf.

Believe us when we report that this team is "truly happy" that wecan return to business as usual. We both believe that there is not aflag on this side of the county (and there are plenty) that our hearts have not saluted.

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This Easter Sunday, you can start the holiday at the third annual Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. on the Harbor Hospital Center's back lawn, overlooking the Patapsco River.

"During our first two years, more than 500 members of the hospital family and the community joined together for the sunrise service," said the Rev. Ken Phelps, adviser to Harbor Hospital Pastoral Care Division. For more information, call 347-3487.

St. John United Methodist Church in Pumphrey will have Holy Thursday services at 7:30 p.m. After the service, plan to attend a fellowship with cake and punch. A Good Friday service will be at 7 p.m. The Easter service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

St. Rose of Lima CatholicChurch, 4th and Jeffrey streets, lists the following services for the Holy Week. At 7 p.m. tomorrow will be a Penance Service followed byconfession. At 7 p.m. Thursday, the Mass of the Lord's Supper is scheduled. At 2:30 p.m. Friday, the Stations of the Cross will be held and at 7 p.m. with the Service of the Lord's Supper. An Easter Vigil will be at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, masses will be at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave., will begin its Holy Week services at 7:30 Thursday. Good Friday services will be at 7:30 p.m. Easter services will begin with a sunrise service at 6 a.m., followed by church services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. A breakfast will be served between 7 and 8:30 a.m., and coffee and donuts will be available after the 8:30 service.

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Belle Grove Elementary School news: While filling baskets with all kinds of goodies is on the minds of many children this week, Mary Wilcox's kindergarten class will be filling their Easter baskets with something a little different. During March, the children have been awarded "Good Behavior Eggs" to fill their beautiful handcrafted baskets that are displayed on their classroom door.

Earning good behavior eggs has not always been an easy task, but one unique wayis to be a good listener. A local dentist, Dr. Stephen Gendel recently visited the class to discuss the proper ways of taking care of your teeth. We are happy to report that on this occasion all kindergartners received an egg in their baskets. Congratulations to all.

The entire staff would like to thank Domino's Pizza of Brooklyn Park for the "surprise" free luncheon provided recently by them. It was a special time enjoyed by all the staff.

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Brooklyn Park Elementary School news: Snakes and lizards are just a few of the reptiles that will visit the school beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Reptile World will provide a hands-on experience for the students. The students can touch, rub and even hug the reptiles. It's exciting to see how a child's fear of reptiles disappears after a few minutes of tender loving contact.

The winners for the 1991 Science Fair are: kindergarten: first-place, Leah Goralski; second-place, Raymond Jones; third-place,Barry Wilson. First grade: first-place, Zachary Mossman; second-place, Crystal Lucas; third-place, Christina Blockinger. Second grade: first-place, Allen Soth; second-place, Kerry Morris; third-place, Dominic Dorsch. Third-grade: first-place, Angela Cartee; second-place, Brandon Erbe; third-place, Jeffrey Gembicki. Fourth-grade: first-place, Ben Pulz; second-place, Amy Balonis; third-place, Clifford Barnes. Fifth-grade: first-place, Joshua Gembicki; second-place, Laura Rafferty; third-place, William Cartee. Sixth-grade: first-place, Starr Lucas;second-place, Kristie Daukzsewicz; third-place, Greg Shandrowski.

Two students were chosen to represent the school in the Anne ArundelCounty Science Fair. The first was fourth-grader Ben Pulz for his project, "Friction: Wax On-Wax Off." The second student chosen was sixth-grader Starr Lucas for her project, "Caffeine: Does It Affect HeartRate." Everyone who entered the Science Fair deserves a pat on the back for a job well done.

The school will be putting a collection box in the school foyer for Pepsi bottle caps. This program enables the school to collect money for each collected cap. Send in your two-liter specially marked blue and white caps.

Henry McNeil's fourth-grade class will be celebrating Maryland Day today by wearing T-shirts the students decorated themselves, depicting something about Maryland. He will also have a specially decorated cake to help in the celebration.

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Park Elementary School news: Last week winners were announced for the annual Science Fair. However, honorable mentions were omitted: They are: Tony Balzana, fourth grade; Sharece Kirby, fifth grade; and James Thompson, sixth grade. Congratulations to all.

A sixth-grade parent's meeting will be held at 3:15 p.m. today to discuss the Family Life Course.

The Community Action Council will meet at 6 p.m. tonight at the school.

The "Just Say No" Club will meet 3p.m. tomorrow.

Attention grandparents! Looking for a way to observe what your grandchildren are learning in school? Come to the schoolat 1:15 Wednesday for Grandparents' Day. Come and let your grandchildren show off their best learning skills to you as you observe their classroom.

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North County High School news: All students who are taking their SAT tests for the 1990/1991 school year must register by Friday, March 29, for the test to be taken on May 4. Late registration date is Wednesday, April 10. Registration fees are $16 and $31 for late registration.

Thirteen members of the band were selected to perform with the All-County Band: Chris Bilenki, Kathy Glodek, Kelly Grabowski, Preston Hahn, Laura Harding, Melissa Howard, Bryan Hyre,Greg Jimeno, Kevin Lascola, Don Miller, Tina Miller, Kriss Stacey and Nichole Zsittnik. Congratulations to everyone!

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The Community Action Council will sponsor an Easter egg hunt at noon Saturday, March 30, at the Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave. The hunt is opento all children between the ages of 2 and 12. Prizes will be awardedand refreshments served. There will also be an Easter Bonnet contestfor the girls. Come and enjoy another fun egg hunt.

The Brooklyn Park Satellite will meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, at the Brooklyn Park Library. Between 9 and 10 a.m., pharmacist Rick Williams from the local Medicine Shop will be available for a medication reviewto check for any interactions. He will also check any over-the-counter drugs. Seniors are invited to come with a list of medications thatthey are presently taking. For more information, contact Kathy White, 222-6825.

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The county food-sharing program will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Lloyd Keaser Center in Pumphrey and continue until the food is gone. Proper identification is required to obtain the food. Bring a brown bag with you.

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The Taxpayer's Improvement Association monthly meeting has been changed from Thursday to 7:30 p.m. April 4 at the Lloyd Keaser Community Center. Discussion will include the spring cleaning drive. For more information, call 789-4181.

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Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 738 from Brooklyn Park Elementary School will be dying Easter eggs tonight for their Easter Egg Hunt Friday at 10 a.m. at the park on Hammonds Lane. Prizes will be given for the most eggs found and for the finders of the specially marked eggs.

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Olde Brooklyn Park would like to say thank you to Ed Johnson, Phil Sukeena and Jim Quinn, who are responsible for keeping the flags flying on the two lots near Belle Grove Road. They are doing a wonderful job on the upkeep of the lots also. Thanks!

Be reminded that public schools will be closed Thursday through Monday.

Happy Easter!

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