IT BROUGHT a smile to my face to hear about five pupils at Linthicum Elementary School who spent much of their summer break in school.
I remember long, long ago -- I was in third grade -- spending off-school hours in a classroom helping the nun who was my teacher. The halls were empty, the school was quiet and she and I shared special times that have stayed with me for decades.
Kristy Brooks, Daryl Myers, Michelle Wyche, Caitlyn Hegge and Randi Clary helped the office personnel and teachers at Linthicum Elementary School in the same way.
According to Denise Pascoe, the school secretary, the pupils helped redo the Teachers Handbook of schedules and information. They also helped prepare the Parent Folders that go home with each pupil the first week of school. They helped teacher Janet Henderson distribute chalk, crayons and other supplies to classrooms.
Pascoe said that whenever a project was ready for them, Principal Teresa Sacchetti called them in. "The students spent quite of few hours of their summer helping out, and they should be recognized," she said.
Talk about traffic
Speeding, traffic flow, stop signs, use of speed bumps, no-parking zones and one-way streets are on the agenda for the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association's meeting at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle Schools, 415 Andover Road.
The results of a number of traffic studies done this summer will be aired. Traffic has become an issue on Hammonds Ferry Road, Maple and Forestview roads; John and Jerlyn avenues; and Music Lane.
"Due to the magnitude and interest in traffic issues in Linthicum, we are expecting this meeting to be continued into the October meeting," said Gerald Starr, association president.
Information: Call Starr at 410-859-8026.
FLACC meeting Wednesday
The Ferndale-Linthicum Area Community Council, better known as FLACC, is inviting members of the Greater Ferndale Community Association to its meeting at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
The possible merger of the two groups and an update on the Third Avenue construction site are on the agenda. Residents who saw trees bulldozed to prepare the site for industrial use have expressed concern. They have been told that a berm will be constructed and landscaped to provide a buffer between their homes and the new industry.
"This will be a park-like setting," said Leo Harnen, president of FLACC. "There will also be an area designated as a preservation area, where trees will never be cut down. It will be better for the community." Information: Call Harnen at 410-761-5754.
Rally at St. Christopher's
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church will hold a Rainbow Rally Day on Sept. 12., starting with a 9 a.m. worship service with Eucharist and followed by food and fun.
A 10: 30 a.m. brunch is planned, to be followed by games, entertainment, a sing-along and crafts. All are welcome. St. Christopher's is at 116 Maydell Road, off West Maple Road in Linthicum. Information: Call the church office at 410-859-5633.
Seniors set flea market
The Ferndale Seniors are having their annual fund-raising flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the lower level of the Ferndale Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore and Annapolis Blvd. The seniors will also sell home-baked goods, hot dogs and soda.
To rent table space for $5, call 410-761-0484.
The Ferndale Seniors also are planning their annual picnic for members and associates at noon Sept. 15 at Downs Park.
"There is no cost for the picnic; it is the club's way of saying thank you," said member Pete Scott. Information and reservations: 410-761-0484.
New worship service
If you are looking for a new variety of worship, you are invited to Fellowship Hall in the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, for a "Celebrate Jesus" service.
The informal service, including upbeat contemporary music and fellowship, will take place from 9: 40 a.m. to 10: 40 a.m. on Sundays starting today. Child care and Sunday school will be available.
People are sought to participate as singers, musicians or actors in skits with uplifting messages.
School open houses
Area schools have scheduled Parent Teacher Association meetings and open houses beginning this week. The first Back-to-School Night will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Linthicum Elementary School. The PTA meeting will be brief, followed by the introduction of the staff and classroom visitations.
The school community welcomes new members of the staff: Fran Nussle, Grade 2; Faye Ruggieri, Grade 4; Jennifer Ballard, Grade 5; Kate Marble, primary special education; Amy Martin, intermediate special education; Holly Niemi, Grade 6 world language connections; Valerie Dearing, art; Julie Galvin, part-time art; Bill Phebus, part-time physical education; Pamela Lavicka, teacher assistant; Kathleen Forrester, teacher assistant; Lillian Thompson, behavioral assistant; Sandy Dorsey, health assistant; Carolyn Lambert, technology; Judith Jenkins, area director.
Back-to-School Night at Ferndale Elementary School will be from 6 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Thursday in the school cafeteria.
Challenge for pupils
Pupils of North Glen Elementary School, 615 Furnace Branch Road, have an extra task to perform this week, with the possibility of winning a treat for themselves. They are encouraged to bring their parents to the Parent Teachers Association and open house Tuesday. The PTA general meeting will start at 6: 45 p.m. followed by the open house at 7 p.m.
The PTA will provide a treat to the class with the highest percentage of parents in attendance. Faculty, staff and teachers will be on hand.
Plans for the year will be shared and the budget will be approved at the meeting. Parents will be asked to pay dues -- $4 single and $6 family -- at this time.
New staff and teachers at North Glen Elementary are: Victoria Goodwin, special education; Debra Benjamin, special education resource; Kelly Shipley, reading recovery/adjunct; Donna Self, art; Denise Hagerman, Grades 4 and 5; Cindylou Barrett, custodian; Paul Stack, pupil personnel worker; Robert Musco, media assistant; Sally Bossert, technology technician; Debbie Clark, health assistant; Han Yi, Grade 6.