ISN'T IT a little late for spring cleaning?" my friend asked, as she tried to find elbow room on a counter top laden with an eclectic assortment of glassware.
Ignoring her, I began to fill the dishwasher for the third time that morning.
"Let's see, there's a Class of '95 coffee mug from a nondescript school, three ashtrays for a family where no one smokes and," she paused as she counted, "six shot glasses. Looks like someone's been to the dime pitch at the carnival."
Yes, in what eventually became a crusade, night after night my sons and their friends returned to the noise and the fun of the Big Glen Burnie Carnival to toss dimes in hopes some would land on
"Six more water glasses emblazoned with the logo from the 1993 Florida Marlins' inaugural season to complete your set of eight," she suggested.
I snatched the glasses from her hands and returned them to the safety of a cupboard full of mismatched glasses from McDonald's, Welch's and my Aunt Margie.
"What did this operation cost you?" she asked.
I made a fast mental calculation. One dime per toss, about 23 tosses to every success, multiplied by 31 mugs, highball glasses and a bud vase equals
"Your cable bill," she announced. "So what else did they win?"
Opening a drawer revealed several dozen plastic leis in an array of colors courtesy of the penny pitch.
"Well, at least you've found something [in which] your children excel," she said.
Yes, I had to acknowledge they've found their niche.
Throwing money away.
A dime for your thoughts, Glen Burnie.
One visitor left the Big Glen Burnie Carnival a big winner. Ernest J Bastien Jr. of Linthicum won the 1998 Jeep Cherokee. Bastien's $2 raffle ticket was selected at a drawing Saturday to close the carnival.
Raffled by Glen Burnie Improvement Association, the prize included payment of taxes and tags.
Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company's raffle had its share of winners: James Daubert of Severn took home a pair of Ravens season tickets while Donna Smilardo of Laurel won the riding lawn mower and Clifton Kitzmiller of Glen Burnie won the third-prize television.
Volunteers are needed to deliver food to housebound or elderly neighbors through the North County Meals On Wheels program.
An "explosion of clients" has taxed the current group of volunteers, explained program administrator Nancy Shores. Shores oversees the daily delivery of a hot and a cold meal to people in the community unable to shop or prepare their meals.
Meals On Wheels volunteers meet at Pascal Senior Center on Dorsey Road weekdays between 10: 45 a.m. and 11 a.m. to pick up the meals for delivery. Teams of two deliver the food to clients enrolled in the program.
Visits last a few minutes, enough time to deliver the meal, share a smile and to check on the client, notes Shores.
"It's very rewarding. Our people love visiting the clients and the clients love the visits," says Shores.
Because volunteers donate the use of their transportation, coordinators try to match their client list to their home area.
"You can help once a week or once every other week or even serve as a substitute for other drivers," Shores said.
In addition to drivers and delivery help, the program is searching for someone to coordinate volunteers' schedules, which can be done at home or at Pascal Center.
Substitute teachers meeting
With the start of the school year less than two weeks away, Glen Burnie High School has scheduled a meeting for new and returning substitute teachers at 9 a.m. Aug. 19 in the school's cafeteria.
Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 60 college credits and enjoy working with young people.
Prospective substitutes will receive a handbook outlining the process for becoming a substitute and may participate in a question-and-answer period.
Information: 410-761-8950, Ext. 235.
Pub Date: 8/12/98