School's out, it's almost time for that two weeks of vacation, and the humidity is the only thing that local weather forecasters can talkabout (for which they are paid huge sums of money).

Many people will take advantage of local pools to keep cool this summer, and as you're slathering on the old tanning lotion, feel free to muse over thefollowing:

* Could it be the combination of suntan lotion, ultraviolet rays and chlorine that triggers an uncontrollable urge to start reading Gothic romances every summer?

* Does anyone ever get a nostalgic urge to wear an unflattering, red bathing cap with a large yellow, rubber flower on one side- just like when you were a kid? I didn't think so.

* Why is it that the pool water always feels better when the lifeguard calls an "adult swim"? Isn't it a great feeling to be leisurely doing the backstroke while 73 kids sit on the edge of the pool glaring at you?

* Does it take every ounce of control for you not to trip the perky, natural blonde lifeguard as she complains about how the chlorine makes her hair green? Or is it me?

Splish-splash Glen Burnie.


Two area pools still have a limited number of memberships available for the summer swim season.

Glen Burnie Park Swim Club on Everett Road, is accepting new family memberships. The club offers a a regular pool and a kiddie pool, picnic area, bath houses, concessions and a swim team (that just won its first meet).

Several special events are scheduled throughout the summer, including teen parties, adult parties, family nights and cookouts.

For membership information call Barbara Lawton, 766-7676.


On the other side of town, Country Club Estates Recreation Association also is acceptingnew members. On Paul Marr Drive, CCREA features two pools, a volleyball court, horseshoes, playground equipment and access to a private boat ramp to Marley Creek.

Anyone considering joining the pool may want to stop by July 4. The association is starting the summer off right with an Independence Day party that's open to the community. There will be no admission charge that day.

From noon to 3 p.m., Paul Shannon will open "Paul's Pit" and serve hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs. Soft drinks will also be available.

A catered dinner of barbecued chicken, beef barbecue, spare ribs, assorted salads, rolls and butter, chips and iced tea or lemonade will be served from 4 to7 p.m. Reservations for this dinner must be made by July 3, by contacting 799-4119.

For membership information call Janie Ballard, 760-5053.


The sound of big band swing is coming to Glen Burnie tomorrow night when the Crabtowne Big Band is scheduled to play from 7to 9 p.m. at the Arundel Center North Plaza. The music is part of the outdoor concert series sponsored by the Glen Burnie Urban Renewal Administration, the county commission on culture and the arts and the Glen Burnie Improvement Association.


The Glen Burnie Boys/Girls Softball League will have its annual fund-raiser 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Earleigh Heights Fire Hall.

The donation is $13, which includes a cold cut buffet, beer, setups, BYOB and live music by Skyline.

Skyline, made up of county residents, plays top 40, country and rock.

Information: 768-0662, 760-6472, 768-4219 or 766-8959.


Members of the Northern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce will salute North Arundel Hospital and Archbishop Spalding High School for 25 years of service to the community, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., tomorrow evening at North Arundel Hospital.

Throughout the evening, guided tours of the hospital's newest facilities will be available.

Mike Zivkovich, president of the NAACCC, will present plaques of appreciation to representatives of North Arundel and Spalding.

The $6 ticket price includes hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. Reservations can be made by calling 766-8282.


Celebrate the 4th of July a little bitearly at the Glen Burnie Chapter of Parents Without Partners Pre-4thDance, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., June 29 at the Orchard Beach Fire Hall.

This dance is open to the community and everyone -- parent or not -- is invited to attend. Admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members.


Positive reinforcement can be a wonderful thing and a few businesses in the area are doing their part to encourage students to aspire to better grades.

Students with at least three A's in academic subjects on their report cards last semester can get a free one-year membership at the Maryland Science Center.

This $35 value includes unlimited entrance to the science center and planetarium, twovouchers for the IMAX theater, discounts at gift shop and for classes or trips, a subscription to the membership newsletter and invitations to members-only events.

After you've spent the morning downtown, come back to Glen Burnie and stop by one of the Pizza Huts on Ritchie Hwy. or Crain Hwy. Three A's per grading period earns the student a free personal pan pizza and a small drink.

Now that they have been intellectually stimulated and fed, stop by Video Odyssey on Crain Hwy. Members on the A or B honor roll can rent one free video game and have their name is added to the honor roll list posted in the store.

Not a bad day for a bright kid.


Sheridan Sneeden and Christy Hutson were honored at Glen Burnie Senior High's annual awards ceremony for their exceptional leadership and athletic contributions to the school.

Snedden received the "Pop" Wayland Athletic award. The Kathryn K. Frantum Athletic award was given to Hutson. Both awardswere named for former principals.

To be eligible, the students had to maintain a 2.5 grade point average throughout the year, excel inleadership, have a positive attitude and contribute to their teams.

Other awards were given to honor the Most Valuable Player in specific sports. The MVP's were: Carlton Ash, football; Tom Gilley, boys soccer; Kim Myers, girls soccer; Melanie Scharf, volleyball; Chad Ostrosky, golf; Sheridan Snedden, male cross country; Cindy Silate, female cross country; John Wehn, wrestling; Sheridan Snedden, male indoor track; Cindy Silate, female indoor track; Christy Hutson, girls basketball; Lori Makarovich, cheerleading; Michele Ackerman and Mandy Albrecht, softball; Jamie Campbell, male tennis; Stacey Gilligan, female tennis; Alfonso Generette, male track and field; Tamicka Maynard, female track and field; Eric Crapster, lacrosse and Brian Nevin, baseball.

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