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Garage sale: Clean out a closet and help a school


Kids' clutter getting too much for you? Did you just notice how much your child grew over the winter? Hammond Elementary School has the solution to these and other household dilemmas: a garage sale on May 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For the measly sum of $10 per space, you can get rid of outgrown toys, sports equipment that languishes in the closets, jackets your son will never wear again. The sellers next to you, however, might have in-line skates, Little Tykes stoves and shirts just right for your growing family.

What a deal -- come to Hammond with your useless stuff and leave with useful bargains. Think of it as profitable recycling. Bring tables to display your wares and an umbrella or hats to shade your precious self. Naturally, the PTA will be out there selling hot dogs and sodas, for the greater good of Hammond Elementary. Call Kerry Greer at (301) 776-1824 for details, space rental and directions.


Savage United Methodist Church presented "How Great Thou Art," an Easter musical drama, to packed audiences the past two weekends. Under the musical direction of Ray Miles and the dramatic direction of Mark DeVault, the congregation presented a nine-act play featuring a cast of more than 80.

Brad Tresek played Jesus. Cast members Debbie Menard and Marissa Miller sang "What Will You Do With Jesus?" as Mary and Martha. Mark DeVault and Bob Swift sang "Calvary" as disciples. Bonnie Treiber, as the Samaritan Woman, sang "The Day He Wore My Crown" with Mark DeVault. Leslie Kight sang "When They Pierced Your Side" as Mother Mary. Bob Vollmerhausen sang "Were You There?" as a member of the crowd. Finally, Kathy Dunn, playing Salome, Leslie Kight, as Mother Mary, and Fran Morris, playing Mary Magdalen, sang "Don't Be Afraid." Kerry Webner, Melissa Paper and Erin Vollmerhausen, of the Youth Choir, also sang solos.

A brief look at the program shows what an undertaking this was. Of the cast members, 23 are children. The same names reoccur in the cast list and in the support and production crews, sometimes several times.

There was clearly both a churchwide commitment to the performance and production. The church wishes to acknowledge the efforts of Bob and Jeanette Vollmerhausen, Marissa Miller, Fred Wehland, Mark Rager, Fran Morris, Barry Miller and Marci Miller, who made the scenery and costumes.

Barry Miller, Jeanette Vollmerhausen, Billy Rakestraw, Lindsay Halterman, Shawn Vollmerhausen, Jay Dettmer, Kristen DeVault, Jim Tolliver and Jack Treiber were the stage crew and lighting technicians.

Tony Vollmerhausen and Carol Webner directed the children's choir. Rhonda Smith, Leslie Reed, Ann Sullivan, Becky Copeland, Jack Treiber directed the church youth groups. And Domenic DiBiase handled the ticket distribution and publicity for the four performances.

Finally, none of these performances would have proceeded as smoothly as they did without the efforts of Mary Rager, in charge of child care, ushers Larry Smith, Rhonda Smith, Hal Harrelson, Joy Hudson, Chester Lilley, Lorraine Lilley, Alan Morris and Jeff Brosius, and the delicious refreshments provided by Connie North and the Savage United Methodist Women.


Next Friday Bethel Christian Academy will hold its fifth annual academic fair. Students compete in various categories, including art, science, dance, voice and musical performance. The school will hold an open house that day from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for parents and for anyone who would like to drop by and see what this school and its multitalented students are all about. The school is at 8455 Savage Guilford Road in Savage.


Bethel Assembly of God has invited Homefire Family Ministries to its services on May 7. This four-couple, three-generation family ministry brings its blend of drama and music to illuminate the issues that face families everywhere. Bethel Assembly invites everyone to attend these two services, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the church, 8455 Savage Guilford Road in Savage. For more information, call the church at (301) 498-3344.


The Savage/North Laurel La Leche League will meet May 3 at 10:15 a.m. at the Savage branch library. This month's topic is "The Benefits of Human Milk." As always, expectant and nursing mothers are invited to attend the relaxed meeting. Young children are always welcome and should bring a quiet, familiar toy to play with during the presentation.

For more information about the La Leche League, call Cindy Clemens at (301) 604-4964. For more information about the library and its offerings, call the library at (410) 880-5978.

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