HOW THE world has changed in 49 years.
In 1949, World War II was over, and the Atomic Age was beginning.
Hardly anyone knew what a computer was.
Living here among us are many who remember those times, and they'd like to get together to reminisce.
Back then, Elkridge High was the local school. Savage resident Charlotte Clokey Watts remembers traveling 10 miles every morning from Laurel to Elkridge High, where the Class of 1949 had 41 graduates.
Many of them left the area after graduation, and the school closed a year or two after members of the Class of 1949 received their diplomas.
With a half-century anniversary approaching, Watts and her classmates have decided to hold a reunion.
The last time the class met for a reunion was in 1954, Watts says.
Watts decided to get the ball rolling. She contacted Janet Merson Oursler, who had been president of the school council in the late 1940s. With fellow alumna Adda Jane Redmond Leishear, they have begun planning their reunion.
But after a half-century, the three organizers have lost touch with many of their classmates.
If you know what happened to members of the Class of 1949 or how to find any of them, please call Watts at 301-725-6126.
It's spring, when local PTAs announce candidates for the next school year.
Please spare a kind thought and good wishes for Fred Lundy, Nancy Peters, Sue Holley, Sandy Benz, Karen Waters, Russ Kokal, Vidia Dhanraj and Jimmy Owens, the fine folks who have volunteered to serve on the Forest Ridge Elementary School PTA, working for a better school for our children.
And speaking of PTAs, the new Gorman's Crossing Elementary School, which will open in September, will need a PTA next year.
Parents with children scheduled to attend the school in the fall are urged to join the PTA now, to help create a smoother opening for the school and the PTA's programs.
The new PTA is seeking officers, too.
For information about how to join or to volunteer, call Carol Ostrow at 301-725-8777 or John Belt at 301-776-9137.
Art in summer
Montpelier Cultural Arts Center in Laurel has announced its summer art classes.
The arts center offers a lovely setting for classes, in the middle of the grounds of Montpelier Mansion.
Classes are available for adults and children in painting, bronze sculpture, figure drawing and photography. Crafts classes include wheel-thrown pottery, stained glass and fused glass beads.
Classes range from one day to six weeks, the cost from $45 to $85.
Prince George's County residents get priority registration through May 29.
Registration ends June 18, and most classes begin the week of July 6.
For details, call the center at 301-953-1993.
News from Hammond
There will be lots of new faces at Hammond Elementary School next year.
Marsha Girard, a second-grade teacher and 21-year veteran at the school, will retire.
Assistant Principal Opal Sterrett also will retire.
Judy Bland, principal at Guilford Elementary School, will become Hammond's new principal.
Cheryl Snope will return to Hammond after being on leave to work with second- and third-graders.
Hammond also announces that its Spring Carnival will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 15.
The Hammond PTA is looking for stuffed animals and small toys for the grab bag.
This is a good opportunity to give your outgrown toys a new, loving owner.
Howard County Jaycees
The Patuxent Area Junior Chamber of Commerce is merging with the Elkridge Jaycees to form the Howard County Jaycees.
The club, which believes in having fun while doing good works, hopes to offer more activities and is interested in attracting new members.
The Howard County Jaycees welcome new members Shelly Ginski, Bill Berger, Tom Lindamood, Mimi Ringstad and Gina Gideon.
Pub Date: 5/08/98