Ritchie Highway: a sight for sore eyes?

Frankly, after a week at the ocean with seven adults and four kids in a two-bedroom apartment,my first glimpse of Harundale Mall brought tears to my eyes.

I was home!

The crystal chandeliers of La Fontaine Bleu welcomed me back with the silent promise that I was within a few miles of abathtub with no sand rimming the drain.

To my left sat the skeletons of booths and rides that will soon be the Big Glen Burnie Carnival. Driving past, I was reminded of the incredible sums of money spentby my son trying to win a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle doll in a clawmachine on the boardwalk. Yet he left O.C. turtleless.

The new flag at Logo Park waved a reminder that life managed to continue in this town while I was away.

"Set aside your worries about the appropriate sunscreen level for your family," yelled one of Glen Burnie's 147 Hardees. "Accept the fact you will never tan and slatheron that SPF45 like a woman."

My smile froze as we passed my favorite Pop Shop and I tried to remember if I had left a half-gallon of milk on the kitchen counter.

And then we were home, complete with new T-shirtsdepicting surfing sharks, a purse full of saltwater taffy wrappers and two hermit crabs (one of which is actually dead, although I am trying to convince my children he is only hibernating).

Did you miss me, Glen Burnie?


Glen Lutheran Church is having a vacation Bible school with a camping theme.

Children entering kindergarten through grade 6 are welcome to register. Deadline is July 26.

There is a $3 registration fee with a limit of $6 per family. Classes, at 106 Carroll Road, will run from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 5-9.

Lynn Brittingham, Bible school superintendent, promises a week of Bible lessons, crafts, music, supervised play and refreshments, all centered around the theme "Jesus and You at Camp Can-Do."

Family members and friends are invited to a closing program at 7 p.m., Aug. 9.

Adult Bible school class will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. July 29 to Aug. 2. All are welcome to register for classes by Sunday.

John Bromhal will lead the study group as it explores the book "God Does Immeasurable More" by Bob Russell. There is a $3.95 fee for the book.

For registration forms or more information, call Lynn Brittingham, 760-1714, or the church office, 766-6534.


Don't think for a moment that school will not resume in 47 days. I have personally seen back-to-school sales.

The staff at Marley Middle School is accepting registration for fall classes for new entrants throughout the summer with the following schedule: Wednesday, grades 6-7; Aug. 1, grade 8; Aug. 20, 22, 27, 29, grades 6-8.

Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Information: 761-0934.


Volunteers are needed to help distribute food at the North County Emergency Outreach Network, 304 Fifth Ave.

Summer hours for NCEON are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Volunteers need to commit for only a fewhours a month.

The center's food supplies are also running low. Donations of non-perishable food are accepted during operating hours.

Information: 766-1826.


Vacation Bible school at Temple Baptist Church, 15 Old Stage Road, is scheduled from Sunday through July26. The week's activities will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, with the remainder of the meetings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Open to all age groups, the theme for this year's school is "Amazon Adventure" and will include Bible lessons, contests, special activities and crafts.

Information: Ray Newman, 761-4309.


The Paddyfields will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Arundel Center North Plaza. Johnny Dark from WCAO will be the guest master of ceremonies.

Bring a chairand tap your toes.

This free concert is a musical gift from the Glen Burnie Urban Renewal Administration, the County Commission on Culture and the Arts and the Glen Burnie Improvement Association.

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