A 20th anniversary of living in Linthicum, a poetry party and an "I Love Linthicum" contest -- all in the same month -- inspired Celeste Riddle to write a prize-winning poem.

The longtime resident decided to express her feelings of love for the community by writing a poem, which she read at the annual poetry party of the Literature and Drama Committee of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights.

The poem was received with such enthusiasm that she was encouraged to enter it in local Linthicum Realtor Bruce Fink's "I Love Linthicum" contest.

The poem was one of the first-place winners, entitling her to a dinner for two at a local restaurant, Terry's II.

Celeste said, "I enjoy a challenge so I decided to write the poem as an acrostic, where the first letter of each line spells Linthicum." The following is her poem in its entirety:

"I Love Linthicum"

Linthicum's my home sweet home.

Inspiring me to never roam.

Neighbors here are friends who care.

Together, keep our town so fair.

Historic beauty thus remain.

In lovely homes and shady lanes.

Churches and community.

Uniting as a family

Make this the perfect place to be.

Celeste often writes poetry but mostly for her own enjoyment. She said, "I like to write poems because I can put thoughts and feelings on paper that are difficult to express verbally."

Celeste is an active member of the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church. She is first vice president of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights and is very much involved in its activities. She said she likes to give something back to the community by being a "dedicated volunteer."

Celeste's husband works at Westinghouse. They have two sons: Paul, who attends the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, andJohn, a student at North County High School.


St. Philip NeriElementary School pupils and teachers are grateful to everyone who saved Giant Food register receipts for them this past school year.

Because of the tremendous support, the school was able to redeem $673,507 worth of tapes for three computers, three disk drives, one printer and 10 software programs.


We can expect to hear the soundsof dance music coming from Linthicum Park at 6 p.m. Sunday, as the band Nightwatch entertains.

Nightwatch is a local group founded sixyears ago by resident George Bilenki. The band plays a wide range ofmusic, from top 40 sounds to classic rock and roll.

The group appears monthly at Jonathan's Restaurant on Belle Grove Road in BrooklynPark.

Sunday's concert is part of the free Summer Concert Series sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights with support from the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association, Linthicum Lions Club, Crestwood Improvement Association, Performing Arts Association of Linthicum and Anne Arundel County Commission on Culture and the Arts.

Jo Barker and Dolores Schuman, from the club's music com

mittee, have selected and scheduled the groups and provided refreshments for the artists.

Patrons are asked to bring chairs or blankets and maybring picnic suppers if they wish. The concert will be canceled in the event of rain.

Linthicum Park is on Benton Avenue off Route 170in Linthicum. Parking is available.

For further information, call859-3308 or 789-7546.


The following events have been mentioned in previous columns, but I would just like to remind you that theyare taking place this week.

* Members of the American Associationof Retired Persons, Chapter 3850 will have their monthly meeting tomorrow at St. Christopher's Church, 118 Marydel Road. Come at noon andenjoy an hour of socializing before the program -- a microwave cooking demonstration -- begins. The business meeting will follow.

For information, call George Surgeon at 761-3667.

* The Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church is having a potluck picnic dinner and informal worship service at 6 tomorrow in the dell near Holly Run Churchon Church Circle.

* A flea market and craft show, sponsored by the Ferndale Community Club, 15 Fifth Ave., will take place from 8 3 p.m. Saturday.

Food will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.No rain date.

For information, call 636-3479.


Registration for youth ages 7-15 for the 1991 football season will continue thisSaturday and next at the Anne Arundel Gridiron Rebels' field house, 1015 Wellham Ave.

Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A birth certificate is required. The cost is $35 for the first child in the family and $10 for each additional child.

For information, call 768-7911 or 760-7527.


Youth and high school football players are invited to attend a one-day football clinic at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cromwell Fields behind Cromwell Elementary School.

The clinic, sponsored by the Anne Arundel Gridiron Rebels Youth Football organization,will feature Glen Burnie High coach Dave Rigot and North County Highcoach Chuck Markiewicz.

Two former Baltimore Colts players -- TomMatte and Curtis Ash -- will talk about professional football duringthe lunch break.

Cost of the clinic is $10. Practice jerseys willbe available for an extra $10. The concession stands will be open throughout the day.

For additional information, call Erin Harrison, 760-7527.

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