When the alarm rang last Tuesday morning, did your feet hit the floor with a little more bounce than usual?

No matter what the calendar says, September marks the real beginning: the start of school, the return to work from vacation and the launching of the fall/winter social season.

Be ready to mark your date book as we announce the activities, some long remembered, some destined to become new favorites.


Tocelebrate Coast Weeks '91 (Sept. 21 to Oct. 14), the county Department of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring an amateur photography contest. Entries will be judged for county residents 18 and under and 19 and older.

Entries, which must include a coastline in the photo, are being accepted through Oct. 1 in these categories: Caring for Coastlines, Working Coastlines, Coastal Recreation, Natural Coastlines andScenic Coastlines.

The best overall photograph will be used for next year's Coast Weeks poster. Category winners will receive certificates and 1992 annual permits for Downs and Quiet Waters parks. Top photos will be displayed in county offices and libraries.

A completelist of contest rules can be found at the library, Downs and Quiet Waters parks, any recreation and parks facility and Severna Park Photo.

For further information, call 222-3600.


Severna Park's hottest controversy will be a main topic at Thursday's noon fall luncheon of the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce at the Blue Channel Inn in Arnold.

Richard Josephson, acting zoning administrator for the county, will discuss sign enforcement.

Also, Barbara Birkenheuer, director of the Severna Park Assistance Network, will explain how that organization works and how you can help. While receiving fewer donations from a recession-wracked community, SPAN is dealing witha tremendous increase in the number of clients needing food and emergency money.

SPAN is not alone. In 1980 there were 50 soup kitchens operating throughout Maryland; today there are 600.

For further information on the chamber and the September meeting, call Linda Zahnat 987-6625.


There's a dining spot on Ritchie Highway where the quality of food served is second only to the quality of communityservice offered.

We're talking about the work of the men and women of the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the fire hall, the company presents one of its famous Shrimp Feasts. Dinner includes all the shrimp you can eat plus a buffet, music and dancing and games of chance.

Food will be served until 11 p.m., with dancing from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Tickets are $19 per person.

For further information, call 647-3119.


There's more to garden clubbing than just another pretty flower bed.

Marie Coulter, director of the Central Atlantic Region of the NationalCouncil of State Garden Clubs, has just returned from the September conference in New Orleans, where the subject was environmental issues.

The conference, sponsored by Shell Oil Co., featured experts from government, business and environmental groups. More than 140 members from all 50 states and Washington participated.

Marie is the wife of retired Capt. Frank Coulter and a member of the Chartwell GardenClub.


Newth Morris, former president of both the Severna Park and Maryland Jaycees, was guest speaker at the annual Jaycee SummerBoard Meeting in Linthicum.

During the August meeting, attended by more than 90 Maryland chapters, the Severna Park Jaycees placed fifth in the parade of chapters.

In Awards Group IV, Severna Park President Bill DeHoff and state Director Ed Hawkins were named second-place winners, and Joel Garber was recognized for his work in membership development.

When you attend the Anne Arundel County Fair, stop by the Severna Park Jaycees' concession stand and sample their famousclams and french fries, deep-fried in peanut oil. If practice makes perfect, you should know the club has been cooking at the fair for 21years.

The Jaycees meet from 8 to 10 p.m. tonight (and every second Thursday of the month) at the Severna Park Community Center off Kinder Road.

Everyone between the ages of 21 and 39 is welcome.

For more information, call 647-2771 or 768-9148.


B&A; Trail staffers and volunteers thank a group of generous Severna Park businesses that has supported the park and its office.

Richard Byrne, fieldservice engineer, and employees of Standard Copier Machines Inc. of Baltimore have donated a photocopier stand to the ranger station for receptionist Norma Dement.

The stand is just the right height for Dement, who uses a wheelchair.

Special thanks go to the businessesand organizations that have adopted flower beds, providing hundreds of plants along the trail.

They are: Omega Chapter, Beta Sigma PhiSorority; Whitehurst Garden Club; Young's Greenhouse; Wentz Garden Center; Meadow Farms Nursery; Mr. Bush's Garden Center; Richardson's Nursery; Bender's Nursery; Diehl's Produce; Evergreen Gene's; Harrington Farms; Anne Arundel County Farmers Co-op; The Shade Shop; and Cupp's Insurance.

Anyone else wishing to co-adopt a flower bed should call Ranger Bruce Miller, 222-6244.

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