Children join TV taping Show is alternative to violent cartoons


THERE'S A SERIOUS CASE of Saturday morning fever going around.

A trio of children's entertainers from Howard County last month taped the pilot episode of a TV show they plan to offer to networks as a Saturday morning alternative to violent cartoons.

More than 20 West Columbia children were among the 200 who %% participated in the two-day taping at the studios of WMAR-TV in Baltimore.

Shari Grue, an Atholton Elementary teacher who moonlights as "Mother Goose"; "Kinderman" John Taylor, a longtime dance teacher and performer; and "Kindergal" Judy Templeton, a performing arts teacher and programmer for the county Department of Recreation and Parks, wrote and was the host of the show.

The program is produced by Peter O'Neal, a crew member of the drama series "Homicide," who was seeking a children's television project that eschewed violence.

Local children hoping to see themselves on TV include: Amy Banfer, twins Jennifer and Jessica Wong, Madison Salander, Courtney Daly, Jennifer Sagawa, Danyelle Goode, Ali McDonough, Tim Yendell, Chontelle DeShon and Caryn Kirchhoff.

Morgan Seal; Courtney, Travis and Brittany Rice; Tara Bell; Heather Schmeltzer; Jocelyn Ingham; Sam Goertoller; Kelly McGuigan; Christianna Grue; and Zachary Notes also hope to appear in the Saturday lineup.

Hurricane help

The Clemens Crossing Elementary School community has a big nTC heart, and they're always finding ways to show it.

Students and staff are providing relief to victims of the summer's hurricanes on the Virgin Islands. Inspired by fifth-grade teacher Jenee Varlack, a native of St. Thomas whose parents lost their home and belongings to the storms, Clemens Crossing staff collected more than $700 in donations.

Students have decorated hundreds of paper bags and filled them with food, first-aid kits, toiletries and letters of encouragement for young victims.

Living memorial

The school community is also remembering Simon Decker, who was killed in a garage-door accident this summer just before his third-grade year at Clemens Crossing.

Led by Assistant Principal Tony Yount, the school has had a tree planted in Simon's name at a children's garden in Israel.

And staff and students plan to dedicate a plaque and garden on the school grounds as a living memorial to their young friend.

Board teens

Another growth commodity in River Hill is teen-agers. The village now has enough teens to fill a school bus, compile a list of baby sitters and seek representation on the village board.

Holly Maggio recently approached board members with the idea of adding a teen member. Holly, 16, is a junior at Atholton High School.

As a result, the board is inviting teens who are at least 15 years old to submit a letter of interest and three letters of support: one from a parent or guardian; one from a teacher, school administrator or guidance counselor; and one other letter of support.

The deadline to submit the letters is Oct. 13, and those who apply must attend the 8 p.m. board meeting Oct. 16. The letters can be mailed to the River Hill Village Board, the Meeting Room, 6330 Trotter Road, Clarksville 21209 or sent by fax to 531-1259.

Spaghetti fund

Tracy Fentress will wear the chef's hat for the Atholton High School Boosters' annual spaghetti dinner scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Freetown Road school.

Tickets purchased in advance are $5 for adults and $4 for children, or you can buy a family ticket and feed up to six people for $16. Tickets at the door cost $1 more.

Hugh McQueeney is president of the group, which raises funds for athletic uniforms, the Chemical-Free Graduation Party and other projects.

* Call 992-7072 or 792-2016.

Open (fire) house

The Banneker Fire Station will throw open its very large doors for an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 to mark Fire Prevention Week.

Our West Columbia firefighters and their equipment will be joined by Sparky the Fire Prevention Dog and Mr. Smoke, who shows children how to "stay low and go" by crawling under smoke.

Deputy Chief Raymond Faith, who oversees the Bureau of Fire Prevention, is coordinating the open house. The station is

located at Banneker Road and Little Patuxent Parkway in Town Center.

Fast food

Italian wedding soup, West African peanut soup and Portuguese green soup are among the more exotic items that appear on Produce Galore's weekly homemade soup schedule.

Today the Wilde Lake food store outdoes itself, offering Yom Kippur stew in honor of the Jewish holiday.

It's "a real hearty stew with lots of vegetables and every meat except ham," said kitchen manager Dave Schumaker, who prepares the soups along with store owner Margaret Pendleton.

But with many Jews fasting and praying until sundown on Yom Kippur, how to get a taste before the store's 7 p.m. closing time? Ask a non-Jewish neighbor to buy some for you during the day, and when you're ready to break the fast, enjoy. %%

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