"Housework, if you do it right, will kill you," says Severna Park United Methodist youth leader Lee Ferrell. (She thanks humorist Erma Bombeck for that bit of wisdom). So, why not extend your life: Let the kids do it.
Three local business people were honored today by the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon at the Chartwell Country Club.
John K. Hopkins, of Admiral Cleaners, was named the chamber's Business Person of the Year. Hopkins is board chairman for the Anne Arundel Medical Center, vice chairman for the Anne Arundel Health Systems Inc., past chairman of Severn School's board of trustees and past director of the Annapolis Rotary.
Patricia H. Troy was named Media Advocate of the Year. Through her business, Bay Media, Troy has strengthened the impact of local small businesses. She is president of the Greater Severna Park Council, secretary of the Annapolis area chapter of Women in Communications and president of Panhellenic of Annapolis.
Margaret R. Anderson was named the chamber's Women in Business Advocate of the Year. Employed by Maryland National Bank, Anderson has been recognized for her efforts to establish school-age child day care in county schools. She is a member of SCORE, which promotes business ownership by women and was a 1990 YWCA TWIN recipient.
You can help the chamber formulate plans for its future involvement in community activities and development by completing a survey. The surveys must be returned by June 1.
For a copy, call Linda Zahn, 987-6625.
As the end of the school year approaches, parents are wondering how to keep the children busy this summer.
Ponder this problem with other parents at the annual Benfield Elementary School Spring Fair and Craft Show from 4 to 8 p.m. May 29.
This event features crafts, games and prizes, face painting, music by a DJ, food and a silent auction. Tickets -- for games and food -- are available at the fair and in the school lobby on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A rain date has been set for May 30.
For further information, call 544-6096.
Here's one summer solution, if a budding Thespian lives at your house.
Boys and girls, ages 8 to 11, can get a taste of stage life while attending Anne Arundel Community College's Fine Arts Camp, July 20-30. Presented by the Kids in College program, the camp meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, leaving the weekends free.
Children will be introduced to drama, music and art. The instructors include Terry Roanhouse, a British stage performer, Dawn Schulman, who will teach drawing, painting and 3-D art, and Desiree Witt, who will discuss the relationship of music to dance and theater.
Parents and friends will attend a performance by the campers. The class is limited to 15, and the cost is $210.
For more information, call 541-2325.
AACC's Kids in Camp also offers morning and afternoon classes art, science exploration, computers and learning fun. Session I meets July 6-16; session II meets August 3-13. Kids may enroll in morning or afternoon programs or both. There's a supervised lunch period for those who stay.
Nature studies, for ages 3 to 5, meets from 10 a.m. to noon. The pre-schoolers will learn about everything from spiders to wild cats.
Dinosaurs, too, for ages 6 to 9, offers a choice of three morning and two afternoon classes.
From 10 a.m. to noon, the science exploration class takes kids to the stars for a week of planets, comets and galaxies, then to sea for a week of marine life.
Two other morning classes are drawing and painting, and mythology.
Afternoon classes -- from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. -- offer games and brain teasers, including puzzle paradise, sculpture and print-making.
Children ages 10 to 14 have a list of grown-up choices: sign language, typing, painting with pastels, portrait drawing, handcrafts, calligraphy, and masks and puppets.
Costs range from $79 to $89 per class.
For information, call 541-2325.
* At the Severna Park YMCA Program Center, children ages 3-5 will enjoy Camp Kiddyhawk; ages 5-12 Camp Seahawk; and 6- to 12-year-olds can attend sport camps.
Five sessions run from June 22 through Aug. 28.
For details, call 647-3800.
A popular destination for Severna Park residents is Quiet Waters Park.
Rowboat rentals are $5.50 per hour, pedal boats $6.60 per hour. Boat rentals are available weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until June 7. After June 13, rentals will be open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The park is closed on Tuesdays.
For information, call 222-1777.
Maryland's Boating Education Safety Law states that any person born on or after July 1, 1972 must obtain a certificate of boating safety before operating a numbered or documented pleasure vessel in the state.
A three-part boating course meeting those requirements will be taught from 6:30 to 9:40 p.m. June 17, 18 and 19 at Quiet Waters.
Registration will close June 1. Call 222-1777.
On a more serious note, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Maryland Department of Environment attorney Elizabeth Volz will discuss how the public can report environmental crimes and what happens to offenders.
The park staff is in need of a carousel slide projector -- Kodak or Kodak compatible -- with auto focus and dissolve/sync abilities preferred.
If you have one to donate, please call Ranger Lisa Shore.
To contact Quiet Waters, call 222-1777.
Marie Swartwood, a sophomore at Archbishop Spalding High School, recently attended the Rising Stars Leadership Conference at the University of Maryland. Marie, the daughter of Dan and Linda Swartwood, and two fellow students were accompanied by school chaplain, the Rev. Tom Malia.
Conference leaders stressed the importance of developing their gifts and talents.
Park business people were stepping high for health last weekend at the first annual Fitness Challenge sponsored by Fitness Concepts to benefit the Severna Park Chamber of Commerce.
John Wanner, Fitness Concepts owner, said the event stressed the importance of having fit employees.
Contestants tested their fitness by exercising for three minutes on Life Step 5500. Their score was tallied, and each donated $1 per point.
Michelle Hesen of North Arundel Medical Center won the competition with a score of 63. Second was Michael Valentine of the Francis Claire Co. with 47, and third was Kathryn Cleary of Long and Foster Realtors Inc. with 44.
Proceeds were divided between the first-place winner and the chamber.
Other participating companies were Rexall Showcase International and Severna Park Mail Boxes Etc.