The news flash from Mount View Middle School begins with the motto, "Under construction . . . With Excellence as the Cornerstone."
Principal Marion J. Payne, formerly principal of Owen Brown Middle School, is looking forward to moving into the new building in early August.
She is assisted in her task of organizing the new school by Assistant Principal Gary Pryseski, who comes from Hammond Middle School. Nancy Kraft is the principal's secretary.
The Mount View PTA is already in gear with a slate of officers, many with names familiar in our area. Donna Kelly will serve as president, Joanne Hoyle as first vice president, Lynn DeMinco as second vice president, Charlotte Jarosinski as recording secretary, Becki Gershman as corresponding secretary, Norman Walker as treasurer, and Melvina Brown and Patty Reed as PTA Council delegates.
The phone number at the school's temporary quarters at Pointers Run Elementary School is 313-7149.
The weather forecasters called for rain last Saturday. Good luck prevailed, however, and the weather for the 115th annual Clarksville Picnic at St. Louis Catholic Church was perfect.
The parish saw the largest crowd ever to attend the event, estimated between 5,500 and 6,000 people. Volunteers in the dining tent served more than 3,600, while volunteers at the fair booths saw every hamburger and mouthful of fried dough gobbled up by hungry picnickers.
Children and adults, who strolled the grounds with stuffed animals, balloons, and cotton candy in hand, enjoyed many booths, sales and activities.
As the day wore on, people heard announcements of names of people whose ticket was drawn for money prizes. Everyone was hopeful his ticket would win the big prize of $10,000.
Kim and Mike Dashazam of Baltimore were the lucky winners. Nuala Roberts sold her daughter and son-in-law the winning ticket.
Everyone at the church was elated with the success of this year's picnic. Plans for next year's event, which will be held the last Saturday in June, will start taking shape soon. Plans will likely include another silent auction. This year's auction, the first ever, was a huge success, bringing in more than $4,200. Betsy Swancar organized the silent auction.
Congratulations to John Farmer and Clark Wiebking, who co-chaired this year's picnic. More than 900 volunteers from the church and community made the event come off. Monsignor Anthony Sauerwein and the parish staff thank Mr. Farmer, Mr. Wiebking, and all the volunteers.
Members of the Glenelg High School Class of 1963 are already working to look their best for their 30-year reunion Oct. 2. If you are a member of that notable class, it's time to send in your check for $42 per person, so you can attend the dinner-dance reunion at Turf Valley Country Club.
The reunion planning committee has located all but 10 of the 109-member class, and many have made plans to attend this memorable event.
For information and the address, call Marlene Dukehart at 489-4960.
At the Bushy Park Elementary School Closing Ceremony June principal Phil Arbaugh gave fifth-grader Lauren Gray a certificate for perfect attendance. Several fifth-graders had perfect attendance this year, but Lauren had perfect attendance for six years at Bushy Park.
She's never missed a day of school, and neither has her brother, Patrick, who finished eighth grade at Glenwood Middle School, nor her sister, Kristen, who just finished ninth grade at Glenelg High School.
Erin Gaylor of Sykesville left Bushy Park with perfect attendance for grades two through five.
Congratulations to Lauren, Patrick, Kristen and Erin!
Peggy Lanier, an instructional assistant at Bushy Park Elementary School, has enjoyed watching children from different families go through the school for six and a half years.
She's helped every first-grader and some second-graders at the school with her ever-pleasant touch.
Now she is taking time off to concentrate on her family. Her daughter, Lori, just graduated from Glenelg High School with a ++ perfect 4.0 grade point average. Lori is planning to attend the University of Maryland at College Park in the fall.
Mrs. Lanier's son, Jason, is an eighth-grade honors student at Glenwood Middle School. Her husband, Sonny, is very active as a coach and volunteer and in his job with the Arbitron Co.
She says she'll miss seeing the Bushy Park children and their families grow. Mrs. Lanier started her work at Bushy Park as a parent volunteer, and she's appreciated the efforts of parents who have offered their help with the children.
Asked what she liked most about her job besides the kids, Mrs. Lanier said, "All the people from the area made my job good. I've loved working with the children, the parents and an excellent staff."
Don't forget the Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble's farewell concert on the Lakefront in Columbia Saturday at 8 p.m. This free concert is the group's last performance before members leave on a 10-day European tour.
The young musicians and their director Barry Enzman are excited about their planned appearances at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands.
Besides the opportunity to play at these prestigious events, they can "go nuts," as Mr. Enzman says, listening to the best jazz bands in the world play continuously. The whole trip is a great opportunity for these hard-working and well-disciplined youngsters. We hope their long-awaited trip is a great success.
Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!