It's 24 days and counting until those hallowed halls of education reopen to throngs of delighted county students. Yeah, right.
Actually, by this time most kids have had enough of summer if only they would admit it. Summer programs have ended. Nintendo has lost its thrill. Even the challenge of tormenting siblings without getting caught has ceased to be amusing.
Around our house, about the only summertime privilege my kids will regret losing is their laid-back wake-sleep cycle.
My sophisticated teen and her agreeable middle school sibling have assured me that somewhere it is written -- nay, etched in stone -- that during the entire month of July and August no secondary student should arise before noon or go to sleep before midnight. Their remaining waking hours must be spent talking on the phone, watching the tube, shopping at the local malls or standing in front of an open refrigerator lamenting about the lack of good (junk) food.
Going back to school Aug. 31 will set a precedent, but who am I
Several elementary schools in the Pasadena area have new phone numbers this year. They have been integrated into the county's 222 exchange.
That's easy enough to remember, even for this "old dog." It's remembering the other four numbers that gets me into trouble, so make a note.
In the Northeast feeder system, the schools with new phone numbers are Riviera Beach Elementary, 222-6469; Solley Elementary, 222-6473; Sunset Elementary, 222-6478; and High Point Elementary, 222-6454.
Schools in the Chesapeake system are Fort Smallwood Elementary, 222-6450; Jacobsville Elementary, 222-6460; Lake Shore Elementary, 222-6465; Pasadena Elementary, 222-6573.
The Community United Methodist Church on Fort Smallwood Road will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday to celebrate the construction of a new sanctuary and Sunday school wing.
The present sanctuary will be converted into a social hall and meeting room.
The project architect is Baird Krecher of Hammee Associates in York, Pa. The engineer is Michael Rodevick of Advanced Surveys of Lothian; contractor is Harbor View Construction of Baltimore.
The pastor, the Rev. Charles E. Harvey, and assistant pastor, the Rev. William E. Schnuit, will preside at a 10:30 a.m. service.
The community is invited to participate in Emmanuel Lutheran Church's Vacation Bible School, from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, Aug. 10 through 14, at 8615 Fort Smallwood Road.
Children, age 4 through sixth-graders, are welcome. A $3 registration fee for materials will be charged. The program's theme is "Together in Jesus."
For details or to register, call the church office at 255-4141,
weekdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Those down-home folks from the Rockview Beach Improvement
Association are at it again, offering a good time with plenty of food at bargain rates. Yes, it's time for the association's Crab Feast, from 2 to 6 p.m., Aug. 22, at the community hall on East and Edna roads.
Hot, spicy steamed crabs, crab soup, hot dogs, corn on the cob, beer and soda are all included in the $12.50 per-person ticket price.
To order tickets, call 255-1105.
Proceeds will help pay for improvements to the interior of the community hall.
Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, state coordinator for the Clinton-Gore Democratic ticket, will be the special guest speaker at the Stoney Creek Democratic Club's Open House at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
PD The community is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.
Nary a leaf has fallen, but volunteers at Downs Park are getting ready for the Halloween Haunted Trail.
The dates for this year's event are Oct. 23 and 24. Normally, the building crew is busy before volunteer workers have signed up, but this year, says Ranger Dave Devault, they are trying to sign volunteers early.
Helping hands are needed to sell tickets, assist in the office and the parking lot, dispense information, paint faces, serve refreshments and escort visitors through the castle.
If you'd like to see how your nightmares come true at this year's trail, come to a brainstorming session at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the information center.
To volunteer for the trail, call the park at 222-6230.