He approached me softly. A ditto clenched in one hand, a calendar in the other.
I froze. I knew. It had been a year. Time had passed and once again we were face to face with . . .
The Science Fair Deadline.
Procrastinating science fair parents everywhere empathize. Just when we had finally scoured most of last year's project out of the Formica, here it comes again.
To my comrades in test tubes I offer the following advice:
* Never do plants. There is not a single plant in the entire world that will grow to maturity in 36 hours. Trust me, we've tried.
* A volcano is the only project where you can guarantee 100 percent participation from your child. It never wins, but your child is the envy of the school.
* Parents everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to whomever wrote the rule prohibiting live poisonous animals.
* The only thing worse than losing the science fair is having one child lose while the other child wins.
See you at the judges' table, Glen Burnie.
Exploring the responsibilities of African-American parents is the focus of a workshop from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the John Wesley United Methodist Church.
The workshop is sponsored by the Race Relations Committee of the church and coordinated by Starr Whiten. In addition to being a member of John Wesley Methodist, Mrs. Whiten is coordinator of the county's Chapter I educational program.
"The workshop is an opportunity for the church to try and make sure the parents and the church assume their roles within the school community," Mrs. Whiten said.
The workshop will offer three consecutive sessions so that participants can attend each. Here is Saturday's agenda:
* Mary Newson, coordinator of Equity Programs for the county schools, will address "African-American Education Achievements."
* "The role of African-American Parents in Education" will review the responsibilities parents must assume in their children's education. Mrs. Whiten will address this issue.
* A summary of a plan developed by parents at Broadneck Senior High to encourage parent involvement will be discussed by Rose Tasker. Mrs. Tasker is a Broadneck parent and is also the assistant principal at Marley and Freetown Elementary schools.
The workshop is free and open to the community. John Wesley United Methodist is at 6922 Ritchie Highway, north of Furnace Branch Road.
Daniel C. Conkling, Gary Rankin and the Bank of Glen Burnie were honored recently by the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of
Commerce for their service to the community. The awards were announced at the chamber's annual Presidential Ball.
"Business Person of the Year" is how the NAACCC describes Mr. Conkling, a certified public accountant. A past president of the chamber as well as an honorary lifetime board member, he has worked to encourage new development and growth in the community. Mr. Conkling is actively involved in the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and is treasurer for his law fraternity, Sigma Delta Kappa. In addition, he serves as treasurer for a nonprofit foundation that provides law scholarships and promotes the legal profession.
Mr. Rankin's efforts on behalf of the disabled and his work for a 1992 food bank campaign have earned him the title of "Citizen of the Year."
Owner of Chesapeake Mailing and Printing, Mr. Rankin is also a )) long-standing member of the chamber board. Several years ago, he began Special Attention, a training school within his business help train adults with disabilities. He has lent considerable support to the Ruth Eason School for Special Education, serving its board and assisting with many fund-raising activities.
Other charitable activities include the chamber's annual children's Christmas party. Last year, he received the Governor's Citation for his help and contributions to the 1992 campaign to combat hunger.
The bank was selected "Business of the Year." Fixtures in the community since 1949, the bank officers, directors and employees have been active in many facets of community service including Junior Achievement, Rotary, American Heart Association, Multiple Sclerosis and the NAACCC. The Bank of Glen Burnie has traditionally lent both financial and service support to North Arundel Hospital, Hospice of the Chesapeake and area high schools.
The North Arundel Hospital Auxiliary is offering the opportunity to check out spring's new colors and fashions when it plays host to a fashion show 11:30 a.m March 19 at Michael's Eighth Avenue.
Fashions from Seasonal Impressions of Ellicott City will be modeled by auxiliary members and employees of the hospital. There's something for everyone with fashions in sizes 4 to 22.
The doors open at 11:30 a.m. with a cash bar. Lunch is served at noon, and the fashion show is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.
Admission is $20, and includes the luncheon and the show.
Proceeds will go to the hospital's building fund, said Naomi Morgan, secretary of the hospital auxiliary and one of the show's organizers.
For ticket information, call 787-4678.
How often have you thought that a friend, neighbor or co-worker deserved recognition for the outstanding community work that he or she performs?
The opportunity to share your admiration comes each year when the Richard H. Carter Memorial Award is presented at the annual Glen Burnie Memorial Day Parade.
The award was established in 1991 to honor the memory of Richard Carter, a man who devoted much of his life to community service in the Glen Burnie area.
The award committee is currently accepting nominations. Nominees must meet the following criteria:
* Be a resident in either the 21060 or 21061 zip codes.
* Demonstrate going beyond the call of duty, exemplifying unselfish, dedicated and compassionate virtues.
* Be an "unsung hero" whose acts of kindness and goodwill go un-noticed.
* Must have served the community as a volunteer and not as part of his or her job.
Incomplete, anonymous or self nominations will not be considered.
The nominated person's contributions should be summed up in an essay of 300 words or less.
The winner will receive $100 to be donated to the Glen Burnie charity or volunteer organization of his or her choice.
Nomination forms can be obtained through the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, 766-6760.