THOSE WITH foresight who have bought their holiday gift wrap and ribbon at area schools will be glad to know that Bollman Bridge Elementary's PTA brought in $13,000 from the effort. That means lots of extra goodies for the students. The PTA particularly wants to thank area parents Genie Heer, Denise Lancets, Mary Klube, Marcia Golas, Joann Chapman, Eva Claudy, Judy Esposito, Vicki Gunther, Berta Keeler, Jessica Kemper, Maura Cunningham, Jane Langan, Linda Pfeiffer, Renee Plazak, Janet Schoenfeld, Kim Selden and Lynn Smith.
These kind women spent countless hours compiling orders and bagging the packets for distribution today. It's a thankless job, a boring clerical procedure, but without their efforts the school would be poorer.
Crafts show and sale
Never ready to rest after a successful venture, the Bollman Bridge PTA is sponsoring its first Fall Crafts Show and Sale. PTA member in good standing and professional ceramicist Jenny Jones conceived the idea with a little help from Bollman Bridge Media specialist Tammy Royo. Together they are coordinating this indoor show. So, come all crafters looking for a venue for sales.
Electric hookups are available; there are two sizes of spaces (8- by 10-foot or 3- by 6-foot) for $20 or $10. Large tables are for an additional $5.
Applications can be obtained from the school, 8200 Savage-Guilford Road. For details, call Jenny Jones at (301) 725-6307 or Tammy Royo at the school at (410) 880-5920. The craft show will be on Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Carroll Baldwin Hall is Savage's treasure, a lovely communal hall that belongs to everyone. It's no secret that the hall is in need of repair. The roof is finally getting some professional attention, but there is still a lot that can be done to help the restoration effort. And for once, it does not cost money. Deb Schultz is organizing a cleanup and spruce-up on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Budding preservationists, Scouts in need of merit badges and ++ addicted do-it-yourselfers are cordially invited to bring their best paint brushes, ladders, pruners and shears for a late morning of camaraderie and hedge-taming. The large windows need to be primed against the November rains, too.
There's no registration or sign-up required for this event. Just show up in grungies at the hall, on the corner of Baltimore and Foundry streets.
Hammond golf qualifier
Hammond High School senior Jason Masters has qualified for the State High School Championships in golf held last week at the University of Maryland. He qualifies in class 1A-2A. Congratulations!
As too many can testify, getting a small ball into a small hole very far away is hard. Writing about Hammond students is always diverting: They exhibit such a range of talents.
Soup label drive
Forest Ridge Elementary School PTA executive board welcomes new members Marty MacFarland, who will co-ordinate the Cambell's Soup label drive; John Belt, the new delegate to the county PTA; and Cherie McNett, who will chair the school newsletter committee.
Partnership art show
Library users will be somewhat familiar with the fine work of Roberta Laric and her art students from Forest Ridge Elementary. The art students routinely lend their work to the Savage Library for two months. Their work brightens the children's area.
The school has been invited to participate in an art show to celebrate the partnership between the public schools and the Howard County Arts Council.
Ceramic artist Sam Wallace's work and those done by Forest Ridge students under his direction have been selected to be exhibited. Current and former Forest Ridge students who would like their pots in the exhibition may bring them to Mrs. Laric. Please call Mrs. Laric at the school for further details.
More local musical talent surfaces! Michael Do and Winnie Nham, in fourth and fifth grades respectively at Forest Ridge, have been selected to play the violin with the Howard County Elementary Orchestra. Congratulations on your acceptance!
Patuxent Valley Middle School regrets that Mrs. Lee Anne Matheu, the sixth-grade science team leader, is leaving the school system. Her enthusiasm for her science classes will be missed. Rebecca Blackwell has taken over Mrs. Matheu's responsibilities. She's most interested in biology and the marine sciences. The staff and students welcome her to the Patuxent Valley family.
Hammond High drama students are preparing for opening night, now only a few weeks away. This fall's offering is "The Crucible," Arthur Millers's dramatic recreation of the havoc the 1600s Salem witch trials wrought on a small community.
Tickets for this play are $4 in advance or $5 at the door. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 10 and 11.
While not suitable for very young children, middle-school to adult spectators can plan on more interesting dinner-time discussions after viewing it.
For details, call (410) 313-7615