Silence is painful when there's a lot to shout about


Writing may be a silent art, but last week communicating got a little too quiet.

From a mild sore throat, I developed a major case of laryngitis. After 24 hours of unpleasant silence, the doctor ordered me not to speak for the next three days. Whispering was also a no-no.

My vocally challenged condition brought congratulations from our male neighbors, who wanted to know how my husband had arranged this pleasant interlude.

The impairment took my writing to a new level: lengthy explanations written on tiny note pads. The challenge for others became finishing my sentences before I had them written.


This week we meet some outstanding young people.

Central County will be well represented this month at the YMCA Short Course National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Representing the SPY Swim Team, whose home base is the Severna Park YMCA, are: Laura Bodine, Severn School; Robert Fowler, Broadneck High; Mike Taylor, Arundel High; Paul Tignor, Mount St. Joseph; Lisa Dillinger, Palloti; Whitney Raven, Annapolis High; Kristin Nelson, Crofton Middle, April Pish, South River High; and Missy Haynie and Erin Sykes, Old Mill.

Swimmers from Severna Park High are: Katie Ball, Cathy Brown, Katie DiBlasi, Billy Kessel, Kim Kessel, Sarah Kos, Katie Permenter, Stacy Smith and Chris Scheier.

To qualify for nationals, swimmers have to beat the finishing times of other youngsters in their age categories across the nation.

Many qualified at the East Field Regional YMCA Swimming Championships at Princeton University, a meet to which the SPY Swim Team Parents Club played host for the second year.

This meet attracted more than 1,300 swimmers from 46 teams in 10 states, producing one new YMCA National age group record, six U.S.S. Junior National qualifying swims, 276 short course qualifying times and 29 meet records. The SPY girls took second place and the boys fifth.

Laura Bodine won the 200-yard individual medley and took second in the 200-yard breast stroke for 13- and 14-year-olds. Katie Permenter was first in the 200-yard freestyle for 13- and 14-year-olds. Mike Taylor won the 200-yard butterfly for 13- and 14-year-olds. Chris Scheier won the 200-yard butterfly for 15- to 18-year-olds.


Rehearsals have begun for the Merely Players' May production of "Dorothy Meets Alice," a musical mixture from over the rainbow and inside the rabbit hole presented at Baldwin Hall in Millersville.

Cast members include: Katie Appleton, Chris Brierly, Justin Crovo, April Kelly, Ryan Locke, Kathleen Scott, Ron Scott and Sallie Sims from Millersville. Shelly Konski is from Severna Park.

Understudies are Rebecca Hoffman from Millersville and Dana Shapiro from Arnold.

Production manager Linda Sims is looking for folks who enjoy the theater who would like to help with production, makeup, sound or lighting.

Information: 987-3379.


Severn School, celebrating its 80th year in the business of educating area youngsters, has found a clever way to encourage financial support: memories.

A list of 80 reasons to contribute includes everything from Rolland M. Teel and Jim Hoage's powdered doughnuts to the 1928 football team and famous alumni Buzz Aldrin, Robert Duvall and Tom Peters.

The annual fund drive closes June 30. Call 544-9454.


The county Health Department is offering a free Quit Kit, a packet to help teen-agers stop smoking on their own.

Information: 222-7979.


The American Cancer Society needs women interested in health issues to be trained to conduct "Special Touch" breast health programs.

Training is scheduled at 7 p.m. April 27. Call 721-4304 for more information.

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