THE SAVAGE Boys and Girls Club is trying to form a soccer team for girls up to age 11. If your daughter has Sundays free, call Mr. Ryan at (301) 776-0745 soon to enroll her in the Baltimore Beltway League.
I have enormous respect for school secretaries: They are an island of calm in an ocean of swirling chaos.
Until last week, I had the good fortune to deal with Gerry Gibeau at Hammond High School. She's unfailingly cheerful and has earrings I envy. But last week she was gone -- off to Florida for a week to cheer on her son. Michael Gibeau, Hammond High alumnus, was competing at Orlando in the Seniors National Swimming Championships.
While there, he was hoping to qualify for the Olympic trials in his strongest event, the 100-meter butterfly. He also competed in the 200-meter butterly. Mr. Gibeau, a student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, holds the school's records in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly and in the 200- and 400-yard medley relay.
He did not, unfortunately, qualify for the Olympic trials. According to his proud, tanned mother, Mr. Gibeau is fast approaching the end of his swimming career: In a few weeks he'll compete for the last time in the East Coast Athletic Conference Championships.
Mrs. Gibeau is unsure what she will do with all her free time, since for the past 16 years she's been involved with her son's swimming activities. Not to fear, I'm sure she'll think of something.
Patuxent Valley Middle School PTA and Bollman Bridge Elementary PTA will present a forum for school board candidates at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Patuxent Valley Middle School cafeteria.
The two PTAs have extended invitations to all the candidates. Candidates Fran Wishnick, Jane Schuchardt and Vince Pugliese are expected to attend.
The candidates will answer questions from the floor, so bring comments and queries to the meeting.
Patuxent Valley Middle school is at Savage-Guilford and Vollmerhausen roads in Savage.
You may notice strange people hanging around Carroll Baldwin Hall in the coming months.
Now that the snow has cleared, surveyors were able to make an accurate survey of the hall's site. With the rest of the paperwork clearing state and county offices, work on the hall finally can begin.
Special thanks are due county employee Bob Firmani, who helped the volunteer Carroll Baldwin Hall committee navigate the tortuous paths of county filings.
Laurel Woods news
In news from Laurel Woods Elementary, Ellen Flynn won third place in the computer-generated art contest sponsored by the Office of Technology.
Fellow students Dwight Howard, Kristen Richardson, Emily Parker, Matthew Lane, Maureen Harvey and Stacey Bowley also entered the contest.
There's proof every month that the county is growing: This month Laurel Woods welcomes new students Lindsay Conway, Henna Nadeem, Jamar Johnson, Robert Tassell, Ricardo Allen, Duane Thomas, Leah Creecy, Jessica Johnson, Craig Tassell, Joseph Holland and Leena Holland.
And in a final tidbit from Laurel Woods, this quarter more than 180 students had perfect attendance. This is a terrific figure during cold and flu season.
Patuxent Valley items
News from Patuxent Valley Middle School:
The school now has a published author among the faculty. Reading teacher Suzanne Gross has just had a short story, "Volunteer Stands For Victory," and a poem published in the magazine Welcome Home.
Eighth-grade math teacher and adviser Brad Barth recently received a "thank-you" letter from the family his eighth-grade advisory class helped during the holidays.
The class adopted a family of four and managed to provide a Christmas tree and an assortment of gifts. The children in the family were 9, 11 and 15 years old, so the eighth-graders had an insight into the family's preferences. To all who helped by donating items to the class, your generosity was warmly appreciated.
It's a little early yet to be thinking of spring, but that season soon will be upon us. Patuxent Valley Assistant Principal Tom Saunders, Mr. Barth and parent Deb Shultz have banded together to plan an outdoor renovation of the school.
The trio hopes to create a nature trail around the wetland mitigation pond on the school's grounds. To that end, members have asked Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and the Columbia Association for mulch with which to cover the trail.
The group also is planning to uproot the exotic, invasive plants that have taken root in the area and perhaps plant some trees and flowers.
The target date for all this labor is May 18. That's a bit ahead of us, but the trio is hoping to enlist community support such as an additional source of mulch and wood chips or perhaps some donated young trees or perennials from gardeners thinning their beds.
Volunteers with garden gloves, rakes, spades, wheelbarrows and willing backs also are in demand. This project does meet the approved service learning requirement for middle school students, so the trio expects eighth-graders to participate.
They also would like the community to do so. So far, the plans involve a morning spent working and an afternoon picnic. Details will be coming soon. Anyone with shrubbery, wood chips or time to offer can call Tom Saunders at the school, (410) 880-5840.
Hammond honor roll
Hammond High's new honor and principal's honor rolls have been released.
More than 375 students merited a place on the rolls. Considering how dismal and disrupted this quarter has been, these students deserve kudos.
The school honored its budding scholars with a special breakfast yesterday and today.
Hammond High will hold a variety show at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 and Feb. 24. Admission is $5 at the door. Call Hammond at (410) 313-7615 for details.