COMMUNITY SERVICE has become a part of school life at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary.
The school has coined a name for its community outreach efforts: Retriever Reach Out -- named after the school mascot.
This month, 25 third- and fourth-graders spent a lunch period making bag lunches for children who might otherwise not have had a meal.
The 52 lunches were delivered to Our Daily Bread in Baltimore for distribution to needy children.
The pupils decorated the bags and filled each with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, carrots, an apple, a Valentine cookie, chocolate candy and a small toy.
Erinn Hesse, 8, said she felt good about helping someone else.
"Kids that couldn't get lunch got one, and they got sweets and a toy, too," she said.
Erinn said the toys came from fast-food children's meals that she and her siblings had eaten. The family saved the toys, all in original packages, and donated them.
"You felt like you were making a difference," said Christy Pettis, 8. She said it was fun making the lunches with her classmates.
Other recent Retriever Reach Out activities include a coat drive for a Lutheran mission and tape-recording of books for visually impaired children and Head Start preschool programs. Preschool children received books and tapes so they could read while listening.
The pupils also are collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste to donate to a Baltimore mission for use by homeless families.
The Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department is resuming its country-style breakfasts.
The year's first big feed will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Ten Oaks Ballroom near the River Hill Village Center in Clarksville.
The cost -- $5 for adults, $3 for children younger than age 10 (children younger than 4 eat free) -- includes an all-you-can-eat menu of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, scrapple and home fries.
Proceeds will go to purchase equipment for the rescue squad.
Because of an editing error in last week's column, two co-captains of the Glenelg High School drill team were not given their proper titles.
Bryn Ecalono and Nichole Marasa are co-captains of the team. Lisa Shields and Jennifer Spicknall are captains.
The Glenelg drill team has won its second Cheer Ltd. CANAM (Canadian-American) Regional championship.
'Brigadoon' in March
Next week, the Glenelg High School drama department will present "Brigadoon," the Lerner and Loewe musical.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. March 4, 5 and 6 and at 3 p.m. March 7 in the auditorium of the school at 14025 Burntwoods Road.
The cast includes 65 actors, singers and dancers. Starring are Brian Rice, Kelly Frey, Ed Fee, Lori Tvarkunas, Chris Greco, Aaron McWethy, Nichole Marasa and Katy Vance.
The play is set in Scotland, and features Scottish dances, a sword dance and bagpipe players.
Drama teacher Ron Oaks is directing the production. Senior Stacey Corrie is his assistant.
Other behind-the-scenes personnel include parent volunteer Linda Simms, costumer, and teachers Jennifer Blizzard-Sisk, choreographer; Nancy Buckel, choral director; and Barry Enzman, orchestra director.
Tickets are $6, and can be purchased at the door, or in advance from any cast member.
Information: 410-313-5528, Ext. 328.
Stand and be counted
Some residents of the Glenwood and Cooksville area are concerned about development proposed on Route 97 at Carrs Mill Road, north of Glenwood Park.
Bushy Park Elementary and Glenwood Middle schools are just down the road.
Plans call for a strip shopping center, with a stand-alone building for a bank or fast-food restaurant, and a gas station.
Cooksville resident Marta Evans said the gas station will have a diesel fuel pump and a turnaround area for tractor-trailers.
Evans said she recognizes that commercial development will naturally accompany the construction of the new library, fire station, police station and senior center near the intersection, but that tractor-trailer traffic will create unsafe conditions and detract from the rural character of the neighborhood.
The Planning Board has approved the plans.
Evans is encouraging concerned residents to attend the Board of Appeals hearing at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.
Those wishing to testify must sign up at the hearing room before 7: 30 p.m.
Information: Evans at 410-442-2573.
Improving Route 32
If you're following the proposed improvement of Route 32, you'll want to attend a meeting March 18 at Glenelg High School.
Beginning at 5: 30 p.m., maps depicting the project alternatives will be on display. Representatives of the State Highway Administration will answer questions.
A 20-minute formal presentation will be given at 7 p.m., followed by public testimony.
The project -- still being planned -- involves development and review of alternatives for improving Route 32 from Route 108 to Interstate 70. This includes a no-build alternative.
Improvement is deemed to be necessary because of the large flow of traffic along Route 32.
The hearing is intended to provide an opportunity for the public to speak on proposals for the location and general design of the project -- including the social, economic and environmental effects for "build" and "no-build" alternatives.
Those who wish to testify may ask to be placed on the speakers list by calling project manager Heather Murphy at 410-545-8571 or 800-548-5026 no later than March 17.
A sign-up sheet will be available the night of the hearing.
A Draft Environmental Impact Statement describing the proposed alternatives is available for inspection and copying Mondays through Fridays at the State Highway Administration's Dayton Shop, 4401 Route 32. Copies also are available at the Department of Planning and Zoning in Ellicott City, and the Central Library in Columbia.
The Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center at Inwood Village Center in Glenwood is offering an Adult, Child and Infant CPR class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 6.
The class will teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation and techniques to clear obstructed airways. The cost is $48.
Information or registration: 410-740-7680, enter 3859.
Pub Date: 2/25/99