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Another chilling episode of 'Air-conditioner War' looms


As we march into that glorious month of brides, dads and grads, I know that all too soon the battle will begin.

I'm talking about the annual fight over the family air conditioner. Forget about my bored kids driving me crazy. I can handle them. What I can't overcome is the hum of that air conditioner.

Once my spouse turns it on, my head starts pounding. But it's not just the headaches; it's the temperature change inside our home. The house is transformed from a subtropical island into a meat locker.

Thermometers have no meaning. The breath test works around here. If my husband can see his breath, then he has achieved the proper temperature.

It doesn't seem to matter that our teeth are chattering and we're walking around the house wrapped in sweaters. Those of you married to lovers of subzero temperatures in summer will understand. You turn it down, he turns it up, you turn it down, he turns it up. . . . and so it goes.


Watch out Wall Street, Pasadena's got another Wunderkind stretching her wings down at Chesapeake Bay Middle School.

For the second time this year, a CBMS student has won second place in The Baltimore Sun-sponsored Investment Game.

Tina Sanders, daughter of David and Michele Sanders, will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond for achieving a $1,608.22 profit over an eight-week period.

Talk about lightning striking twice. Debbi Albright, Tina's math teacher, was delighted when she received the good news.

"When I found out that another one of my students was a winner, I was very surprised," Albright said.

"All of my math students play and compete in the game. It gives them the opportunity to practice graphing, fractions and percentages in a fun way, along with learning about investing and how to read the stock pages."


Browse, buy or sell at the gigantic Yard Sale, sponsored by Jacobsville Elementary's PTA, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow in the field in front of the school, on Mountain Road opposite Pastore's Plaza.

Sellers can reserve a space in advance or purchase one tomorrow morning, beginning at 7 a.m. The cost is $8 per space. Bring your own tables.

For reservations, call Gary Courtney, 437-7278.


The Methodist Men of Magothy United Methodist Church are sponsoring a roast beef dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow in the fellowship hall on Mountain Road.

The cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 5 to 12. Tickets will be available at the door.


Pasadena Elementary School has scheduled several special events for students and parents to enjoy.

Coonskin caps, fringed buckskin, calicoes and parasols will be in fashion today as second-grade students celebrate Pioneer Days with a feast at 11 a.m.

Far from eating the regular fare of pizzas on Friday, teachers, students and parents will dine on pioneer chow. They'll also view projects created by students and made in the "old-fashioned way."

On June 5, students will celebrate Children's Day. A faculty vs. student volleyball game is planned, and at 1 p.m. Billy B will entertain.

Early Childhood Intervention program students, parents and teachers will travel to Camp West River June 9-10 for an overnight excursion.

For details, call 647-3111.


Eight county youngsters were selected as winners in this year's "Smokey Bear" Essay Contest, sponsored by Downs Park during April.

Ranger Bob Hicks, contest coordinator, announced the following winners:

* Ages 6 to 9 -- first place, Andrea Semke, 6, of Glen Burnie; second place, Chrissy Baugh, 9, of Millersville; third place, Patrick Semke, 8, of Glen Burnie; honorable mention, Chris Nissley, 7, of Linthicum.

* Ages 10 to 13 -- first place, Michael Baugh, 10, of Millersville; second place, Mike Semke, 11, of Glen Burnie.

* Ages 14 to 17 -- first place, William Dewar, 16, of Pasadena; second place, Mary Beth Dewar, 14, of Pasadena.


Upcoming Downs Park happenings: The Electric Brigade will bring its Top 40 sounds to the Bayside Amphitheatre from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday as the Bayside Concert Series gets into full swing.

Free lawn seating is available.

NASA aerospace education specialist Dennis Christopher will launch a few model rockets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6. He'll also teach participants about model rockets, safety procedures and how to launch model rockets.

Space is limited, so advance registration is advised.

Ranger Bob Hicks will present a two-part Maryland Basic Boating course from 7 to 10 p.m. June 10 and 12. This course will provide an overview of the rules and fundamentals of safe boating and will familiarize students with safety equipment.

The state's Boating Safety Education Law requires that all boat operators born after July 1, 1972, successfully complete this course. The program fee is $10, and registration must be made in person before the course date.

Registrations will be accepted beginning Monday.

For more details on programming, call the park at 222-6230.

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