"WE MADE IT as big as possible," said Rob Lamdin, father of Alyssa Lamdin, the third-grade student whose enormous parachute took a record-breaking 6.07 seconds to descend from the roof of Spring Garden Elementary School.
The homework project took three hours for Alyssa and her father, who attached eight strands of fishing line between a Styrofoam cup and an ultra-lightweight plastic trash bag.
"We tested it from our second-floor window," he said.
Last week the Lamdins, including Alyssa's mother, Rachel, were among the 38 parents and siblings who gathered on the school lawn, craning their necks to check out the descent of parachutes made by Alyssa and her classmates.
The parachute launch was the highlight of a third-grade science unit about flight taught by teacher Nancy Keffer.
Principal Gloria D. Julius, assisted by custodian James Hill, unfurled each parachute atop the school roof, dropped a hard-boiled egg into the cup, called out the name of the student designer, and floated the chute into the air. Students cheered and charted the time.
The objective was to achieve the slowest descent.
The project inspired lots of creativity. Jason Wheatley strung the parachute cords inside soda straws to guard against tangling. Andrew Wahl decided upon a bandanna fabric.
Jessica Cullum used fabric from a nylon umbrella. Emily Brodowski had an expansive paper chute and four strings attached to a cup.
Two classrooms were involved for this parachute test.
The top eight who achieved the slowest descent were Tim Daniels, Alex Cook, Kevin Anderson and Eric Kunz from Carolyn Smedick's class; and Marilyn Mazza, Spencer Kuhn, Patrick Sedlander and Alyssa Lamdin from Pam Goodson's class.
New parks board
The new board for the Manchester Parks Foundation was installed by Mayor Elmer C. Lippy on Saturday at Cygnus Wine Cellars on Long Lane.
Ray Brasfield, owner of Cygnus, offered the unique setting of his family-owned wine cellar for a social wine and cheese tasting to celebrate the new board. Admission to the event benefited the foundation.
Two sets of international classical and folk melodies sung by the Acapella choir of the Children's Chorus of Carroll County charmed the 30 to 40 people.
Representing the 11-member choir were Daralyn Peake of North Carroll High School and Emily Chamberlein, Debbie Bailey, Sara Roche and Elizabeth Bone, all of Westminster High, directed by Joyce Hongsermeier.
Installed on the parks board were Charlotte Collett, chairwoman; Elsie McCleary, vice chairwoman; Betty Smith, secretary; Sharon Hughes, treasurer; and board members Jackie Shamma, Charlie Pearce, Robert Shreeve and Jose Guzman.
The extensive schedule of activities and events that make up a year in Manchester owes much to the dozens of volunteers who contribute time and ideas.
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, volunteers are being honored for their service and are invited to the Town Council chambers for a social event.
"We cannot remember all, but you know who you are," says Charlotte Collett.
She remembers plenty of committees, such as the Community, Communications and Creativity Committee, the War Memorial Committee, the Youth Day and Manchester Day volunteers, the Historical Center Committee, and planning councils, municipal workers and cleanup crews.
Pub Date: 2/03/99