A quiet street in Glen Burnie. A car pulls into a driveway. Th driver draws a deep breath and cautiously opens the door. All clear.
Gaining confidence, he shuts the door and advances toward the house. Family members peer through the window, frozen smiles masking their concern.
Suddenly he hears it: the high-pitched hum of a mosquito. No, wait! Not just one, dozens, maybe hundreds. His pace quickens. Beads of sweat break out above his upper lip. Almost to the door.
At once they're upon him. His attempts to ward them off prove futile.
The front door opens a crack and a gloved hand tosses a can of nuclear strength Raid and a bottle of Calomine lotion. Enshrouded in a pink fog of chemicals, he enters his home.
It's springtime in Glen Burnie.
Apparently Glen Burnie has a five-star rating in the mosquito tour guide book. Because individual bug zappers worn as necklaces are impractical, we need to look on the bright side. For example:
* Perhaps Glen Burnie will become the bug equivalent of "The Swallows of Capistrano." Just think of the T-shirt revenues.
* Area children will finally learn to cover their mouths when they yawn and keep them closed while they chew. OK, maybe it's not out of courtesy, just protection from swallowing a bug. But I'm totally comfortable with that.
* Glen Burnie's Avon representatives will be able to retire early on the profits from Skin So Soft -- the only mosquito repellent that comes with a free lipstick sample.
* Residents no longer need to dust. Cobwebs are nature's way of ensnaring mosquitoes so they writhe and die in misery. Cool.
Scratch on, Glen Burnie.
At the age of 17, Sulynn Amrhein has a more impressive resume than most adults: president of her senior class at Glen Burnie High School; a 3.98 grade point average; captain of the varsity cheerleading squad; president of the Thespian Troupe; vice president of the Key Club; valedictorian of the class of '93; and winner of the George Washington University Engineering Medal for Excellence in Math and Science.
To this list of accomplishments, Sulynn can now add recipient of a $1,000 National Honor Society Scholarship. Sulynn is the only recipient in the county and one of four winners in the state. From a field of more than 12,000 applicants nationwide, 250 graduating seniors are selected each year for this honor.
The award is presented on the basis of leadership abilities, scholastic achievement and community services. Sulynn also had to submit an essay in which she described her character.
The adopted daughter of Joseph and Louise Amrhein of Marley, Sulynn drew upon her ethnic individuality to describe what motivates her.
"My family is American but I am Korean," explained Sulynn. She stops and corrects herself. "I am an American, but originally I was from Korea. Throughout my life people have had questions or even picked on me because I was different. I guess that made me more sensitive to others' feelings. It also made me more well-rounded."
Sulynn's scholastic career has always been extraordinary. During her years at Marley Elementary, Marley Middle and Glen Burnie Senior, she has received straight A's with the exception of two B's.
With the help of the Honor Society scholarship, Sulynn plans to study environmental engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.
"I want to help change the environment," she said. "I'm not talking about being a saint or anything. I just think we've got to get out there and do something."
She probably will.
Glen Burnie's chapter of Parents Without Partners is having a dance open to the community, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, at the Orchard Beach Fire hall, on Solley and Fort Smallwood roads.
Music will be provided by D.J. Dan.
Admission is $7 per person. A cash bar will be open throughout the evening. A PWP meeting for members only will precede the dance at 7:30 p.m.
Parents who are single, widowed, separated or never married are invited to attend a PWP orientation meeting at 7 tonight at the North County library. Information on the various programs and activities sponsored by PWP will be available.
Information: 437-4636 or 969-2169.
Glen Burnie families can test the waters (so to speak) at the Glen Burnie Park Swim Club the week of May 29 through June 6. That's when the club will open to give potential new members a free pass to enjoy the facilities available for members: swimming, volleyball, picnicking, sunbathing, and an award-winning swim team.
The club is at the end of Everett Road, off Baylor Road and behind Glen Burnie Park Elementary.
As members of the swim club, children ages 5 to 18 can join the Dolphin Swim Team and compete in the Central Maryland Swim League. A clinic league is also available for children ages 1 to 5.
Information: Frieda Stephens, 969-2601.
The residents of Maryland Manor Convalescent Home are having a Spring Fling, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 5.
Scheduled activities include music, games, a bake table and a craft show. Members of the Lost in the '50s Car Club will display their vintage automobiles.
A 10-foot by 15-foot space can be rented for $15. To reserve a space, call Sherril Rundel, 768-8200.
The Marley United Methodist Women are having a spaghetti dinner, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, in the church hall, 30 Marley Neck Blvd.
A $5 admission includes spaghetti with a choice of meat sauce or meatballs, salad, dessert and beverages. Admission for children ages 4 to 12 is $2.50.
A multimedia presentation on the Commodore computer, a demonstration of the C64/128 1541 disk drive maintenance and information on the Amiga SCALA are on the agenda for this month's meeting of Another Baltimore Commodore Users Group. The group will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the North County library.
For information on the club or the meeting, call Pat Anthony, 760-2047.