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Mom at home breaks isolation, starting up group for others like her


After Lisa Gilmer's daughter, Lauren, was born she did what most of her friends did -- went back to work. Returning to her job as the assistant manager of a computer store was expected of her.

"There seemed to be an emphasis to have the baby, get down from the delivery table and go off to work," explains Mrs. Gilmer. "At two weeks, I left my daughter at the baby sitter's and went off to work, worrying."

Two and a half years later, Mrs. Gilmer is a stay-at-home mom and the founder of the Glen Burnie chapter of MOMS -- Moms Offering Moms Support.

With respect for the choices other families have made, Frank and Lisa Gilmer believe the decision to opt out of the two-paycheck lifestyle was best for their family. That doesn't mean there weren't adjustments to be made.

"There were no other kids in the neighborhood," Mrs. Gilmer recalls. "I tried Storytime at the library, swimming classes, walking up and down the street . . . anything to meet people. I was about to walk up to people in the grocery store and ask them if they wanted to be my friend."

Fortunately it never came to that.

After reading "every parenting book in the library," Mrs. Gilmer began to consider organized support groups. The MOMS Club appealed to her because it's objectives were basic -- encouragement, support, friendship.

"I think a lot of the people I've met [through the MOMS Club] will be friends for a long time," says Mrs. Gilmer.

Formal business meetings of the club are at 10 a.m., the second Friday of each month at the North County Library on Eastway. The August meeting will feature an image update workshop.

New members don't have to wait for a business meeting to check out the club, says Mrs. Gilmer. Throughout the month activities for the club include play dates at a member's home, day trips to local parks and a "Moms Night Out." A baby sitting co-op is in the planning stages.

For additional information on the club call Mrs. Gilmer, 787-8716.


Power Rangers lunch boxes, No. 2 Ticonderoga pencils and Eastpack backpacks on the store shelves. School is just around the corner.

Incoming sixth-graders at Marley Middle School are encouraged to attend one of several orientations. Sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. tomorrow and Tuesday, Aug. 2 in the school cafeteria. Invitations have been sent to all registered students.

Principal John Kozora and sixth-grade guidance counselor Joan Dempsey, will meet with students, explain the curriculum and answer any questions. Tours of the building will be given by former sixth-graders.

New and returning students should note the new hours for Marley Middle. Effective Aug. 29 classes will begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m. Activity buses will continue to run on Wednesday and Thursday, leaving the building at 4 p.m.

Any student who has not received an invitation to orientation should call the school office, 761-0934.


Ten years ago the Governor Ritchie Pen-Air Auto Theater sold its last tub of popcorn, and 45 years of family entertainment made way for the Chesapeake Square Shopping Center.

The latest issue of "History Notes," the quarterly publication from the Ann Arrundell Historical Society, Roger White offers a fond remembrance of Maryland's first drive-in movie theater.

A longtime member of the society, Mr. White writes of a time when "Gunga Din" was the main feature and an adult ticket was 35 cents.

The publication is available with membership in the society or may be purchased for $1 at the Kuethe Research Center Library on Crain Highway. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

If you plan to stop by, bring an armful of used books to be donated for the center's book sale in October. Fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, etc. are welcome.

For information, call 760-9679.


Steamed or in soup, crabs are the order of the day for VFW Post 160 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, when members have a crab feast at the post home, 2597 Dorsey Road. Dancing and socializing will continue until 6 p.m.

Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door.

For tickets or information, call the post at 766-9802.

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