Some families go to the beach or the mountains for summer vacation. Not the Bullock family.
Parents Sue and Fred spend the summer with children Jamie of Glenelg High School, Curtis of Mount View Middle School and Emma of West Friendship Elementary School getting ready for the Howard County Fair.
They began their four-year fair odyssey with one rabbit. Now 13-year-old Jamie has covered a wall in her room with Howard County Fair 4-H ribbons.
Jamie, Curtis and Emma, members of the West Friendship Livestock 4-H Club, will show nine rabbits and five market lambs at this year's 50th Howard County Fair.
Jamie will show a dairy calf she is leasing from the Patrick family at Maple Dell Farm in Lisbon. These young livestock experts don't live on a farm. Their home near West Friendship sits on 1 acre. But they love raising livestock, and they love 4-H. The young Bullocks will enter other fair projects in baking, arts and crafts, and photography.
Sue Bullock is a believer in 4-H. She thinks the programs 4-H offers give all youngsters a chance to develop. They learn "pride, planning, new skills, risk taking, and more," she said.
In 4-H she sees her children reinforcing skills they've already learned. As a teacher in alternative education at Wilde Lake High School, Mrs. Bullock hopes to use the 4-H approach with some of her students.
Look for the Bullock family at the 50th Howard County Fair beginning Aug. 12 at the fairgrounds in West Friendship.
For information about joining 4-H, call 313-2707.
You've probably seen Geri Hastings at her children's games and activities, passing out bicycle helmets at a PTA meeting, or helping someone in her neighborhood. Mrs. Hastings of Glenelg does those things when she's not teaching at Catonsville High School.
The College Board selected her this year, for the second time, to participate in the annual reading and scoring of the College Board's Advanced Placement Examinations in United States History.
The readers are among the best high school and college educators in the United States, according to the College Board. Mrs. Hastings recently completed teaching a graduate course at Goucher College called "Preparing Students for Advanced Placement U.S. History." Her students were teachers from Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Members of Calvary Lutheran Church in Woodbine will gather for a picnic at the church at 4 p.m. Sunday. Families will show their funniest home videos, while children enjoy face painting and games. Movie night, complete with popcorn, begins at 8 p.m. Call 489-5280.
Crabs, chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, beer, sodas and dessert are on the menu for the 5th District Democratic Club's annual crab feast Friday.
School board member Karen Campbell of West Friendship says that this is a great tradition, where Democrats, Republicans and independents enjoy an evening at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Picnic Area in Fulton.
The event is held in a covered pavilion, so bring your family, rain or shine. The fun starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 9. Buy your $20 tickets ($7 for children under 12) or make reservations through Clarksville residents Guy Nichols, (301) 854-2003, or Harold Koudelka, 988-9191.
Everyone is welcome.
Parks, where we play and relax, add much to our lives. Folks at the Department of Recreation and Parks ask communities to help plan their local parks. They invite you to an informational meeting about the new park planned for the Holiday Hills and Riverside area of Fulton.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday in the conference Room at the Department of Recreation and Parks Building at 7120 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. planners will present concept plans for the park and listen to your comments.
Call Ken Alban at 313-4689 or Raul Delerme at 313-4686.
Join the members of Jennings Chapel and Poplar Springs United Methodist churches at an Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing at Poplar Springs Sunday.
School starts in just a month. If you are new to the area or have a child entering public school from a private school, you need to register your child now. New students may register at Glenelg High School from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Phone Barbara Mueller, the school's registrar, at 313-5535 to schedule an appointment.
For middle and elementary schools in our area, call your local school to request information about registering your child.
Square dance at Lisbon United Methodist Church on Route 144 in Lisbon on Aug. 5. Refreshments and cold drinks will be available. Join the church members for good exercise and good fellowship. Call 489-7245.
Bushy Park Elementary School Principal Phil Arbaugh says he has a great staff for the new school year. Sandra Crew will assume the job of assistant principal. Mr. Arbaugh says, "She's very highly qualified. She has a very strong special education background and will be a real plus for our school."
New teachers at Bushy Park include Laine Malcotti, first grade; Andrea Ellison, second grade; Jane Knighton, who will split the art teacher's job with veteran Denise Venezia; Al Cruz, physical education; Kathy Ahlstrom, who returns to Bushy Park as a resource teacher after a 15-year hiatus; Stephanie Gilette, Early Beginnings; and Kevin George, stringed instruments. Gay Natoli returns to Bushy Park as cafeteria manager, and Amy Ingram is the new principal's secretary.
Here is good news from Dayton's Kalmia Farms neighborhood. Sixth-graders Jeff Marquart, Carolyn Mech and Megan Watzin won top awards for outstanding academic achievement at year-end ceremonies at Bushy Park Elementary School. Brent Bolea, son of Angelo and Grace Bolea, and John Kopec, son of Juliana Kopec, both graduated from St. Mary's College in Maryland in May.
Orientation for incoming sixth-grade students at Mount View Middle School is Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.
Newly enrolled seventh- and eighth-graders will have a half-hour orientation that day at 9 a.m. Parents of new students are invited to a parent brunch during the orientation. Mark your calendar for Mount View's Back to School Night Sept. 18.
Principal Marion Payne says that the staff at Mount View Middle School is "better than ever this year."