Brian Emelson, the coordinator of the Forest Ridge School Recreation Center called to mention the programs for spring.
But he kept raving about the fantastic staff he has, and how dedicated they are, how well-rounded and nurturing, how hard working and creative and, well, you get the point.
He's right, the staff is all of those things. It takes knowledge and enthusiasm to make these programs so popular.
So here's a tip of the hat to roller hockey assistant coaches Dan Callihan, Erv Terwilliger and Zach Adams, all members of the champion Mount St. Joseph High School hockey team.
They bring their obvious love of the sport and astonishing competence to their work with elementary and middle school kids.
Sara Calhoun, Darlene Franklin, Marilyn Peake and Donna Strohmer are the creative staff of the full-day kindergarten at Forest Ridge. They enrich the lives of 26 5-year-olds with their unfailing patience, creativity and encouragement.
The Savage United Methodist Church invites everyone to the musical Passion play "How Great Thou Art" April 8, 9, 14 and 15.
The cast of 70 will perform the triumph into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, arrest, trial, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension.
Guests are invited for refreshments in the hall, decorated by the Sunday school classes as a Palestinian village.
This is an eagerly awaited performance, so reservations are required. Please call the church at (301) 776-0492 to reserve a seat.
Bollman Bridge Elementary School student Sloane Denise Cornick passed away recently after a long illness. The school is sponsoring a memorial fund in her name to help other children continue their educations.
The funds will be given to a deserving Hammond High senior, because Sloane's mother is a staff member there.
Please send donations by March 31 to the S. Cornick Fund, c/o Maria McNelis, Bollman Bridge Elementary School, 8200 Savage-Guilford Road, Jessup 20794.
Say goodbye to the lovely nature collages at the Savage Library. The artwork has been replaced by the spring efforts of Forest Ridge Elementary's art classes.
Kindergartners Chelsea Sprague, Joshua Breitschwert, Ricky Collins and Megan Li contributed mixed-media paintings, as did first-graders Jasmine Kelly and Shane Wieman.
Roberta Laric's third-graders contributed mixed-media collages. Please note the works of Lauren Glove, Diana Frentz, Jenny Pastorek, Mary Cox and Jeff Schuurman.
Fourth-graders Daniel Newton, Stephanie Scogin, Maansi Raswant and Jeven Roniet used fabric crayons for their work.
Finally, check out the colorful paper weavings over the &r; Macintosh computer, done by first-graders Danny Holley, Rebecca Lee, Andrew Clark and Tierra Gaines. They're patterns any quilter would be proud to copy.
Next week, The Savage Boys and Girls Club basketball season ends. But, in the meantime, the Gophers beat the Deacons, 25-15. Steve Regan, Paul Johnsen and Brandon Boy led the Gophers, while Brain Blush, Bobby Blush and Tony Zammichielli led the Deacons.
The Spartans beat the Tarheels, 41-19. Kevin Oxenrider led the Spartan offense with help from the defensive play of Stephanie Struthers, William Struthers and Brian Dix.
Brian Copperthite, Dan Kreh and Justin Himes played a great closing game for the Tarheels.
The Savage branch of the Howard County Library announces two springtime programs for toddlers.
Registration opens Wednesday for "Cottontales," a story and craft session for 2- to 3-year-olds presented April 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
In addition, registration opens Monday for Time For Us, a five-week program for 2-year-olds and a parent. This series will run on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning in April.
If you've seen preschoolers sitting on the lawn of the Savage United Methodist Church on fine days, it's just the Creative Corner Preschool children enjoying the weather during storytime. Right now the school is registering students for the 1995-1996 year. The preschool is in the basement of the Savage United Methodist Church, at the corner of Baltimore and Foundry streets in Savage. For more information about the classes, call (301) 776-0276.
Oh, for the old days, when libraries were musty dusty mausoleums guarded by fearsome dragons hissing "hush!" You let your fingers do the walking through hundreds of index cards in oak files. These days, the card catalogs have been replaced by computers.
The Savage branch library presents "Dynix Made Easy," an introduction to using the library's on-line catalog, April 18 at 7 p.m. New library users are invited to see how easy Dynix is to use. Registration begins April 1. Call (410) 880-5980 to register for this brief but informative session.