Boys take advantage of weather by opening sidewalk water stand


IT SEEMED AS IF everyone was outside Saturday -- sunning, raking leaves, biking, skating, walking and enjoying the balmy day.

Nate McGuire and Enas Hassan, both 6, and Matt McGuire, 5, set up their small business on the sidewalk. No, not lemonade or iced tea. Just water, plain water.

In the past, the boys have operated a lemonade stand, but they never did well financially. Saturday, they tried a more aggressive marketing approach.

They yelled and waved their arms at passers-by, calling, "Water! Water! Water for sale!" After an hour or two of busy merchandising, they had cleared $2.25, more than they had earned selling fancier beverages.

That's a lot of money when you are 5 or 6, even if you split it three ways. What a lot of fun those boys had earning it.

Catholic school construction

Construction of a Roman Catholic church and elementary school is planned on 23.5 acres off Waugh Chapel Road a mile west of Route 3 in Gambrills.

The church and school are to relieve crowding at five west and south county parishes: Our Lady of the Fields in Millersville, Holy Family in Davidsonville, St. Joseph in Odenton, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Crofton and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Edgewater.

The school also should help ease the waiting lists at Arthur Slade and St. Mary's, the county's other Roman Catholic elementary schools.

A 1995 task force of the Archdiocese of Baltimore identified western Anne Arundel County as one of a growing number of suburban jurisdictions needing a school, and a second task force in 1997 found that the same area needed a church, said Ray Kempisty, spokesman for the archdiocese.

The school is to open in fall 2000 with some primary grades -- archdiocese officials haven't decided how many -- in temporary classrooms at Our Lady of the Fields Catholic Church in Millersville. It will expand to include kindergarten through eighth grade when the building opens in 2001.

The archdiocese has scheduled three informational meetings next month to explain the project: at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Holy Family, at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at St. Joseph and at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Information: Debby Deneen at Holy Family, 410-269-0586; Barbara Perusee at St. Joseph, 410-551-9238; or Pat Eller at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 410-721-5770.

Leading scorer

Congratulations to Emily Lipton of Crofton, who has become the all-time leading scorer in St. Mary's High School's girls' basketball program. Emily set the record last week when she scored 26 points against Roland Park.

Emily's 1,436 career points eclipsed the 1,416 scored by Randall Goldsborough, now assistant girls' coach at St. Mary's.

Sports registration

The Crofton Athletic Council's spring sports registration continues through Feb. 28.

The council has scheduled one walk-in registration for T-ball, Cal-ball, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and volleyball from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 6 at Crofton Elementary School.

Youngsters also can mail registration forms to the CAC at P.O. Box 3402, Crofton 21114.

Forms are available at the Crofton branch of the county library, Town Hall, Champion Realty and in the CAC newsletter. Information: 410-721-9412.

Pub Date: 1/26/99

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