Whatever happened to the endless summers of yesteryear? They appear to have followed rope swings, drive-in movies and quiet country walks into the nostalgia books.
While we concentrated on soaking up the sun, satisfying our hunger for crabs and crying over "Forrest Gump," the county was busy playing musical desks with school administrators. Seventy-two changes were made.
Mary Gable, former principal at Old Mill High School, is the new principal at Severna Park High School, while Stanley Stawas leaves Meade High School to become principal at Old Mill.
The projected enrollment at Old Mill, which is fed by two middle schools -- Old Mill North and Old Mill South -- is 2,200 vs. Meade and Severna Park at around 1,600 each.
Judy Plattner, who became principal at Severna Park Middle School last year, remains in that position, with one major change. Although she married last spring, she continued to use the last name her students were familiar with. This fall the children will be introduced to Judy (Plattner) Jenkins.
At Broadneck High School, Lin Blackman begins her second year. With a projected enrollment of 1,052, Broadneck is one of the few remaining high schools in the state that still has only grades 10, 11 and 12.
Of the elementary schools in this area, Benfield and Oak Hill welcome new principals: Teresa Sacchetti moves from Broadneck to Benfield, and Lawrence Campbell leaves Benfield for the short trip to Oak Hill.
Scott Speck has been named conductor and music director of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Speck comes to Maryland from Honolulu with a portfolio of impressive musical credentials: A native of Boston, Speck received his bachelor's degree in music from Yale University in 1983. In 1989, he earned his master's degree in orchestral conducting from Yale and was named the outstanding conductor and graduate student.
Speck retains his job as associate conductor of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, which supports the largest orchestra education program in the United States with over 130,000 students.
He also served as music director of the Orange County High School of the Arts in Southern California.
Auditions for the symphony orchestra take place on Aug. 26, 27 and 28.
Emerge from your state of summer somnambulism by tying on your running shoes. Entries are being accepted for the Dawson's Severna Park Five-Mile Run scheduled for 8 a.m., Sept. 11 at Severna Park High School.
This is the eighth leg of the 1994 Annapolis Striders' Championship Series and the second leg of the Anne Arundel County Executive's Series.
The course is through scenic Severna Park and along the B & A Trail. Awards will go to overall winners and two deep in age divisions for men and women. Race shirts are $6.
Enter by mail by Sept. 3: $3 for Striders members, $4 for nonmembers; $1 more on race day. Race-day registration is between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
Information: Annapolis Striders hot line, 268-1165.
It's not too late to register for fall college credit classes at Anne Arundel Community College. Term 1 and 2 classes -- 160 classes in eight locations -- begin Aug. 29.
In-person credit registration remains open through Aug. 26 at off-campus centers, and Aug. 27 at the Arnold campus.
Registration hours in Arnold are 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
For information and the locations of off-campus registration sites: 541-2241.
* The college is offering no-interest, short-term loans to students enrolling in fall credit classes. The loans cover tuition, fees, books and supplies for full- or part-time students who demonstrate financial need as determined by federal guidelines.
For information, call the Financial Aid Office 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; or 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at 541-2203.