Columnist's first year flew by, hints for next? WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills


Where, oh where, has the year gone? I can't believe it's been one whole year since I started to write this column. I've learned a lot more about the community than I ever thought I could in that time, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped me to get the word out in Crofton.

To help make this year as good as last I need everyone to help. Please feel free to call me any time with items of interest at 721-4734 or 261-0196.


With only two days until Thanksgiving, I can't believe that I'm still congratulating soccer teams, but I am.

The 1992 Crofton boys county soccer team, led by coach Charlie Potok, won the Cape St. Claire Soccer Tournament Saturday. The team, which finished second in last year's tournament, rolled up three victories on the way to the title. The team finished with a 2-1 win in a shootout with St. Jane, after that game's second overtime period ended in a tie.

The Crofton team members are: Ryan Baldwin, Sean Barry, Jason Baxter, Laim Benton, Kristian Gaj, Devin Hanan, Jake Iverson, Cameron Kerber, Ken Meadows, Jonathan Metro, Gregory Potok, Sean Ryan, John Uyttewaal, Gary West and Patrick Nicodemus.


County trucks will be cruising the streets of the Crofton Tax District tomorrow to pick up leaves that I'm sure you already have raked and bagged and left by the curb. Of course, if you found something better to do over the weekend than raking leaves, you can put them out with your regular trash. When you get around to it.


The Bowie-Crofton Garden Club will meet at 7:30 tonight at Bowie City Hall, on Kenhill Drive. Dr. Edith Thompson, from the state Department of Natural Resources will discuss "Gardening with Wildlife." Visitors are welcome to attend meetings, which are held the last Tuesday of the month. A plant exchange is held after each meeting, and names are drawn for a door prize.

Information: John McKenna, 464-2611.


The Crofton Scrabble Club has announced its winners for its October tournament. They include Genie McGarry of $ 1/8 Mitchellville; Harold Vernon and Rubye Richards of Bowie; Jody Dubman, Mary Golato, Katherine Dougherty, Kevin Blackburn, Mary Lou Goetz and Robert and Tina Coop of Crofton.

Genie McGarry was the high scorer for the two games with 727 points.

The club will meet again at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Crofton Country Club's Kiwanis Community Room. New players in all skill levels are welcome.

Information: 721-0595 or 261-6031.


Spalding Music Scholarship auditions will be held Jan. 5-8, 1993. Prospective ninth-grade band students who plan on attending Archbishop Spalding High School, in Severn, are encouraged to apply and audition.

For a registration form and a list of guidelines, contact Stephanie Huesgen, band director.

The form must be returned no later than Friday, Dec. 18. Applicants also should send a transcript of their grades and two letters of recommendation to the school by Jan. 5.

Information: (410) 969-9105.


The Chesapeake Wildlife Sanctuary will hold its annual arts and crafts show from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Free State Mall in Bowie.

Information: 390-7010 or (410)257-2361.


Unless someone volunteers immediately to replace Bob Doffermyre, the Crofton Athletic Council's outgoing football commissioner, the program will be discontinued until further notice.

The council and the many children who have played football in the past would like to thank Mr. Doffermyre for his dedicated efforts to provide an excellent football experience for so many youths over the past five years.

Information: CAC President Dorie Folstein, (301) 261-3402.


Have a safe and good Thanksgiving, and remember that you have only 28 shopping days left until Hanukkah and 32 days left before Christmas.

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