Bonnie and Joseph Beurer Sr. of Hampstead want a place for county high school students to have fun in a safe, moderately controlled environment: a club for teens in ninth through 12th grades that would be open evenings and weekends with arcade games, table tennis, fast food and a disc jockey now and then.
This teen club would depend upon the young people for leadership as well as membership. The teens' interest would make it survive. Students would form committees to plan entertainment and decide issues of membership and finances. It would be a club for students, by students, with parental guidance.
In March, the Beurers and like-minded parents formed Carroll County Parents Responsible in Daily Efforts of Students (CC PRIDES). The group, aided by 29 student volunteers, surveyed about 6,000 county high school and vo-tech students. Would students in ninth through 12the grades join this type of club, or volunteer to help?
Of the 2,597 surveys returned, 84 percent of the teens thought they would join. About 800 signed on as potential volunteers.
The next step for CC PRIDES has been to incorporate as a nonprofit group, a paperwork process that has consumed recent months. Being nonprofit means that the club could receive corporate donations to keep expenses low. Excess money generated by student membership would be channeled into scholarships.
This week at the Manchester Fireman's Carnival, you can meet student volunteers who are encouraging membership in CC PRIDES. For $2, area students can sign up to demonstrate support and to help with the entertainment, rules, membership or building committees.
The $2 fee will help pay the costs of incorporation. Later, monthly membership will run about $25 per month for unlimited access to the club.
Next month, CC PRIDES representatives will be at the Hampstead Fireman's Carnival Aug. 14 to 19.
On July 22, all current committees, adult advisers and officers will meet at Dean's Restaurant from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
"I've talked to parents, and there's nothing in any area of Carroll County for [high school] kids to do," Mrs. Beurer said. "This club, if it doesn't help everyone, will at least help some of them.
The club would be open seven days, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and until midnight on weekends. Admission would be by photo identification. Security would be provided by off-duty policemen. Even the parking area would be secure.
CC PRIDES hopes to open the club within two months after Labor Day.
Officers of CC PRIDES are Joseph Beurer Sr., president; Angie Diehlmann, vice president; Rachael Graham, secretary; and Carol Davis, treasurer.
Information: Joseph Beurer, Sr., 374-1848.
"I was driving up the highway and I'm looking at these beautiful day lilies. They're just gorgeous. So what about them? Are they good for anything?" asks Cecilia Terlizzi of Hampstead.
Ms. Terlizzi has been an art teacher in Baltimore County for 21 years. But even the nonartist can't miss the day lily's tangerine star burst held above a flow of curved, sword-shaped leaves.
Wild day lilies hug the banks along highways and wet places, filling shady and damp areas. They bloom abundantly. It's a good thing, too, for this plant yields more than one gourmet treat.
The gardener's modern day lily has been highly bred for compact growth and large, clear-toned flowers, a staple for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. But it's actually the wild type that has the best concentration of flavor and scent.
The flower's name states the obvious. Each day, a lily bud trumpets one brief day from sunrise to sunset. The scientific name, Hemerocallis, translates to "one-day beauty." So gather them day by day.
These flowers have been a vegetable in China forever. You can, I understand, buy dried day lilies in Chinese markets. They're supposed to impart a gelatinous quality similar to okra when they're cooked in sauces.
On a summer's day, however, you'll want to try them unblemished. What a surprise they are in a green salad, served whole. Children and adults love the novelty of edible flowers.
Day lilies taste good, too. The brilliant orange petals are sweeter than iceberg lettuce.
The fattest, most banana-shaped buds are tomorrow's bouquet. While collecting flowers for salad, snap some of these large buds to prepare steamed and buttered, like green beans, or toss them into fritters.
The rest of the day, lily plant is edible, too, at various times of year. For these recipes, consult "Stalking the Wild Asparagus" by the late environmentalist Euell Gibbons, available at the Carroll County Public Library.