Nature nudges us toward summer school

THE BALTIMORE SUN

While the county school board mulls over the pros and cons of year-round classes, Mother Nature has apparently decided this is the year to give it a shot.

Tentative calculations suggest students will be making up snow days well into those lazy, crazy days of summer.

The signs are everywhere:

* Local PTAs frantically trading Green Apple Giant receipts for air conditioners instead of computers.

* Ocean City hotels advertising combined Senior Week/Labor Day packages.

* Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School orders red and green plaid tank top uniforms.

* Sno-Cones added to the cafeteria menu.

* Updated list of school supplies include Slip-n-Slide.

Enjoy those 180 days, Glen Burnie.

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For most Girl Scouts it's not just about the cookies. It's about the commitment that scouting makes to young girls from kindergarten to high school.

That commitment will be evident on Saturday, when an estimated 2,000 people visit Glen Burnie Mall from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the fourth annual Girl Scout Jamboree. Girls from Anne Arundel County and the surrounding Baltimore area will gather to celebrate this year's theme: "Girl Scouts -- The Best You Can Be."

Glen Burnie troop leaders Linda Taltavull and Lynne Campe have been working on this event for months. As with all of their work with the scouts, it's a labor of love.

"Girl Scouts gives the girls a chance to experience different things, to grow and develop doing things that they would probably never have the chance to do without the Girl Scouts," said Taltavull.

The activities begin at 9:30 a.m., with a parade of flags from the participating troops. After the parade, a ceremony will honor several Girl Scouts and adult volunteers for their contributions to the community.

One of the young ladies honored will be Amber Coffman of Junior Troop 722 in Glen Burnie. Amber and her mother, Bobbi, founded "Helping Hands For the Homeless". Together with a small group of helpers they make box lunches every Saturday for those less fortunate.

At 11:30 a.m. the girls take to the stage for a fashion show. Clothing and accessories have been provided by mall merchants.

"The girls get modeling and makeup tips. These are lifelong skills that will help the girls as they become successful, confident woman," said Taltavull.

Throughout the mall individual troops will set up stations of activities and information including a "make-it and take-it" table for fledgling artisans, face painting and a camp site.

All of the day's activities are open to the public.

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Dr. Melissa Tobin of Preferred Chiropractic in the Cromwell Shopping Center will play host to Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce Network Night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Although admission is free, reservations are requested. Call 766-8282.

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The Greater Glen Burnie Junior Sports League has extended registration for its spring softball and baseball programs.

Registration will be accepted from6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Old Mill Middle School North gym and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Old Mill Middle School South gym.

Players may also register from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Rippling Woods Elementary and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Old Mill Middle School South gym.

Fees are $30 each for the first two children in a family, plus $5 for each additional child.

Spring training is set to begin March 12, with Opening Day slated for April 16.

For information, call 760-7525.

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Natural disasters and bad weather have left the Red Cross with dangerously low blood supplies.

Parishioners at Holy Trinity Catholic Church will be giving the "Gift of Life" at a blood drive from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday in the church hall. The church has set a goal of 90 units of blood.

Participation in the blood drive assures parishioners and their families they will receive blood when needed, free of charge.

To reserve a convenient time to donate, call the parish office at 766-5070.

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Single parents are encouraged to find a baby sitter Saturday night, then enjoy an evening socializing at a dance being held by the Glen Burnie chapter of Parents Without Partners.

The dance will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Ferndale Community Center, Fifth Avenue and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.

Tickets are $7 for members and $9 for the general public. Membership cards must be shown. Admission includes beer, soft drinks and snacks.

Parents Without Partners is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that addresses the needs and interests of single parents.

An orientation meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the North County Library, 1010 Eastway.

For information on the dance or the meeting, call Joyce Weisner, 969-2169, or Tom Bitzer, 437-4636.

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Gospel singer, songwriter, recording artist, pianist Karen England brings her many talents to the North Arundel Church for a concert at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The concert is the second in a series of musical programs scheduled by the church. Other performers will include gospel groups and a Christian rock band.

An independent congregation new to the Glen Burnie area, North Arundel Church is seeking Christians interested in a nontraditional style of worship.

"We offer church for people who don't like to go to church," said church elder John Streeter.

Admission to the concerts is free, and child care will be provided for younger children.

The North Arundel Church is at 7442 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., above the Glen Burnie Laundromat.

For information, call 761-6272.

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Members of the Glen Burnie chapter of Another Baltimore Commodore Users Group will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the North County Library, 1010 Eastway.

President Rick Thompson has scheduled a review of the programs available on the club's utilities disks for the Amiga and Commodore C64.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in the Commodore 64, 128 or Amiga computers.

For additional information, call Pat Anthony, 760-2047.

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An update of the 1994 General Assembly is on the agenda for the District 32 Democratic Club meeting at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department.

Del. Victor Sulin will be the speaker, and he will swear in the new officers and directors.

The new officers are: Evelyn Kellner, president; Valerie Serio, vice president; Becky Baker, secretary; Gary Middlebrooks, treasurer; and Mel Baker, sergeant-at- arms.

Lucy Decker, immediate past president, will join Joseph Corcoran, Thomas Dixon, Christine Kuczinski, Nancy Lehnhoff, Alice McMurtrie, Frank Rezac and Michael Serabian on the board of directors.

Members and guests are invited to enjoy dinner before the meeting from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost of the meal is $4.

For additional information, call Evelyn Kellner, 969-9325.

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