Family is the basic unit of our social existence. Strong family tiesare the glue of modern society.

A remarkable example of this was recently displayed when the community of Pumphrey witnessed the firstSparrow-Imes family reunion.

More than 300 family members attended the all-day affair at Patapsco State Park. Four generations were represented at the reunion; many of their descendants still live in Pumphrey and other family members traveled from as far as Los Angeles to attend.

Proclamations were read from Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke and County Executive Robert L. Neall setting aside Aug. 17 as Sparrow-Imes Day.

John and Joanna Imes-Sparrow settled in the county in1880.

John was a farm laborer and Joanna was a housewife. They had eight children: Rosetta, Maggie, Mary Ellen, Harriet, John, Benjamin, Charles and Richard Arthur. After settling in Pumphrey, John, a man of strong religious convictions, was one of the founders of the Holly Run Mission, now St. John United Methodist Church.

The success of this reunion underscores the strength, unity and love that the family has sustained. The family thanks the reunion organizers: Shirley Carter, Carolyn Gross-Collins, Marvis Davis, Constance Sparrow-Spence, Carolyn Spence-Parker, Thelma Carter-Booth and Louis Gross.


Belle Grove Elementary School news: A volunteer orientation is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the faculty lounge.

Anyone from the school or the community who is interested in volunteering is urged to attend. Volunteer procedures for the school will be discussed.


Brooklyn Park Elementary School news: Anyone interested in being a school volunteer is invited to an orientation at 9:15 a.m. Friday in the faculty lounge. This will give everyone a chance to meet each other and to discuss the volunteer procedures at the school.

If you do not have any children at the school but would like to donate some time,be sure to attend this meeting.


Park Elementary School news:There will be a CAC meeting at 6 p.m. Monday. The topic of discussion will be the discharge and pick-up of children and related traffic problems.

If you have a question or a solution to this problem, please attend.


Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle Junior High School news: A back-to-school night is planned for 7 p.m. Sept. 25.

There will be a short PTA meeting and then parents can meet their child's teachers for a brief description of the class curriculum. Bring a copyof your child's schedule so that you will know which classes to visit.


North County High School news: The school will be having its back-to-school night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. This will be an opportunity for the parents to meet the teachers and learn about the curriculum.

Once again, Giant Food will be sponsoring its "Apples for the Students" program. This program allows schools to collect Giant receipts and redeem them for Apple computers and software.

Thisyear, the program has been expanded to include IBM computers and other teaching aids. All area schools will be par

ticipating in this program and encourage you to help in their collection of these green register receipts.

The green receipts began yesterday and will continue through Feb. 29. You can send in the receipts with a child, drop them off at the school office or mail them to the school.


Storytime is back at the Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave., beginning Tuesday, Sept. 24, and continuing through Wednesday, Oct. 30.

A Tuesday evening session is scheduled for 7 p.m., with a repeat session on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m.

Children must be between the ages of 2 and 6 to attend and parents must remain with their 2- and 3-year-olds.

Other parents are asked to remain in the building during the 30-minute sessions. There is no advance registration required -- just drop in and enjoy the stories, finger plays and music.


Junior Girl Scout Troop 834 is being organized at Park Elementary School, 201 11th Ave. Girls in the fourth, fifth and sixth grade are invited to join. They will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday eveningsat the school.

For more information, call Barbara Keil at 636-6170.


'Tis the season for community associations to begin meeting once again to discuss the improvement of the communities.

The Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrowat Brooklyn Park Elementary School, 200 14th Ave. This will be a town meeting with various speakers and elected officials invited to speak.

Membership dues are $4 per year per family.

Volunteers are also needed to help deliver newsletters. If you think that you can give about 15 minutes a month for nine months to help with this job, attend the meeting and sign up.


Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave., will have its annual Charge Conference at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 in the educational building.

Church officials will be elected, the Council of Ministries and trustees willreport on its actions and its plans for the coming year and church staff salaries for the coming year will be set.

This meeting is open to all members of the church, however, only those who are members of the administrative board can vote on the agenda.

The church needs the following items: a record player for thechurch school and an upright vacuum cleaner for the Sunday School Building. If you could donate any of these items, contact the church at 789-3688.


Harbor Hospital Center is sponsoring a number of classes this month.

Aspart of Prostate Cancer Awareness week, the hospital is offering free prostate cancer examinations for men 40 years of age or older.

Studies show that one man in 11 will develop prostate cancer. For black Americans, the chances are even greater: one in nine. Found in its early stages, prostate cancer is highly curable.

The screenings will be in the hospital's outpatient department from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23,and from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept.26.

The first 200 participants will receive a free blood test to detect prostate cancer as well as a digital rectal exam by Harbor Hospital Center physicians.

No appointment is necessary. For more information, please call the community relations department at 347-3472.

* The hospital also will offer free blood pressure screenings today from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the outpatient department. If high blood pressure is detected, counseling and referral services are available.

For more information, call 347-3767.

* A one-session prenatal breast feeding class, for women in their sixth, seventh or eight month of pregnancy, is are scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday in the hospital's assembly room. The cost if $15.

The class will provide information on the anatomy and physiology of breast feeding, basic steps for getting started, problems associated with breast feeding and breast feeding and the working mother.

Registration is required. Call Rosemarie Collins at 347-BABY for more information or to register.

* The Pediatric Evening Service is available from 3 to 10:30 p.m. to provide immediate care when your child's pediatrician is not available. Staff pediatricians and pediatric nurses treat minor illnesses and injuries at rates below those charge by the emergency room.

For more information, call 347-3311.


In celebration of Coast Week 1991, the county Department of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring an amateur photography contest.

The contest hastwo categories: for residents 18 and younger and those 19 and older.Entries are being taken until Oct. 1.

Categories are: caring for coastlines; working coastlines, coastal recreation, natural coastlines; and scenic coastlines.

The best overall photograph will be usedin the 1992 county Coastworks poster.

Category winners get a certificate and a 1992 permit for Downs Park in Pasadena and Quiet WatersPark in Annapolis.

The top pictures will be displayed around the county at various public buildings.

A copy of the rules and an entry form may be picked up at Downs Park, Quiet Waters Park, any recreation and park facility, Miller Camera Shop, Photo Concepts, Severn Graphics and Severna Park Photo.

For more information, call 222-3600.


Dust off your favorite shoes and come out and have some funwith the Brooklyn Park Broncos, a newly formed football organization.

The group is sponsoring a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday,Oct. 11, at the Roland Terrace Democratic Club.

Music will be provided by a DJ and beer and set-ups will be available. Tickets are $15per person or $25 per couple.

For ticket information, call 859-8809.


If you have signed up for the Crop Walk for the Hungry, now is the time to get your walking shoes ready.

The walk is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, and will begin and end at St. John Lutheran Church on Washburn Avenue. A six-mile walk is planned, but you can walk a portion of the course.

Make sure that you have your sponsors lined up so that you can collect your money after the walk.

For more information, contact an area church.

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