First newsletter, cool weather herald coming of school


What did you do last weekend, Crofton? The weather certainly prevented most outdoor activities. My calendar tells me it's August, but it seems more like October or November. Please, Mother Nature, give us back our hot August weather. I know that school begins in just 13 days, but I hate the cold. I don't want to give up my tan just yet. I'm glad that my beach vacation was three weeks ago, when it was hot and sunny.


Speaking of school, I just received my very first Crofton Middle School newsletter last week. I'm happy to see that school officials are offering an orientation for new students and their parents before the school year begins.

Orientation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 26 in the student activity center. The staff will take parents and students on a tour of the school and provide students and parents with school information and answer questions. Parent-Teacher Association members also will provide membership information.


Sixth-graders, did you remember to get that second dose of measles vaccine? If not, then you must get it soon.

Due to a new Maryland law all students entering the sixth grade must have received two measles vaccines and at least one dose of the mumps vaccine. Parents must provide the school with written proof of those vaccinations.

The Anne Arundel County Health Department has scheduled special, extended hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 29 at the following centers: the Brooklyn Park Health Center, 222-6620; the Glen Burnie Health Center, 222-6633; the Odenton Health Center, 222-6660; the Parole Health Center, 222-7247; and the Severna Park Health Center, 222-6670.

No fee will be charged, but donations of up to $5 will be appreciated. Parents should bring their children's immunization records with them.


The Blue Sky Puppet Theater has been added to the list of performers at the Crofton Family Fun Night, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Crofton Village Green. The Yale Women's A Capella Choir also will perform. The rain date is Aug. 23. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the event.


The search has begun for the next Miss Maryland/USA 1993, who will represent the state in the forty-first annual Miss USA Pageant.

She will be competing for a prize package valued in excess of $255,000 and the chance to double it later on in the Miss Universe Pageant. The state finals are scheduled for Nov. 21-22 in the Radisson Plaza Hotel's grand ballroom in Baltimore. The registration deadline is Sept. 20.

Contestants will be judged on beauty, figure, poise, personality, grooming and intelligence. No talent competition is planned.

For entry information, applicants should send their names, addresses, age, and telephone numbers to Dixie Penner, Entries Director, Miss Maryland/USA, 11259-D Lockwood Drive, Silver Spring, Md., 20901, or call (301)589-0505.

Entrants must be a Maryland resident between the ages of 18 and 27 as of Feb. 1, 1993; single and never been married nor a parent, and a U.S. citizen.

Crofton has produced one Miss Maryland: Lisa Lawson.


The sign-up for the new fall session of the Us Kids support groups for children of divorce is scheduled Aug. 31 at Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church's Fellowship Hall in Crofton.

Children, ages 6-13, from families experiencing separation, divorce or remarriage will meet in small peer groups led by professional counselors. Meanwhile, parents will meet in single parent support groups. Weekly sessions will begin Sept. 14.

Information: (410) 721-2313.


The Crofton Athletic Council is proud to welcome Jim Parsons to its board of directors. He will serve a one-year term. The council still needs people.

Information: 858-1583.

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