DAYTON RESIDENTS, relatives and friends turned out Sunday for the fifth Dayton Daze Parade and Picnic. A Howard County police car led the parade with two firetrucks from the Clarksville 5th District Volunteer Fire Department.
Then came 4-H Club members on a float, three horse-drawn carriages, a dozen antique cars, several Scout troops, children riding decorated bicycles, clowns and a sprinkling of in-line skaters.
Dozens of spectators gathered at the Dayton crossroads. Others lined the sides of Green Bridge Road to watch their neighbors and friends march by.
Patsy Bryan, a parade organizer, estimated that more than 100 people were in the parade and about 200 more were on the sidelines. Bryan's grandchildren, Tiffany, 12, Brittany, 10, and Allison Bryan, 8, whizzed up and down the roads on in-line skates.
"There was 1 1/2 miles of uninterrupted pavement," Bryan said. "It was great for Rollerblading."
Dayton Daze started in 1995, when a parade and picnic were organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Lenny Hobbs' gas station in Dayton. So many people enjoyed it that it became an annual event. Hobbs died last year, but the Ewing Oil full-service station, at Green Bridge and Ten Oaks roads, is still in operation.
Ted Davis was chairman for the festivities this year. He was assisted by Bryan, Delores Moran, Lauren Brookman, Kathy Bittner, Julie Brookman, Kathleen Di Valentin, Peter Esseff, Mike Pengra, Mike Saltzman, Tracey Wyns, Joe Crawford, Sande Hesse, Susan Bonura and Liz Pomeroy.
Davis' family got into the spirit of things. His son, Leland, and grandchildren, Peter, 5, and Jessica, 2, dressed as clowns and walked in the parade.
After the march along Howard and Green Bridge roads, parade participants and spectators gathered at Eden Valley -- the property of Betty Hoover -- for a picnic.
The Clarksville Lions Club provided food for sale. Among the games, the Moon Bounce, cakewalk and dunking tank were especially popular.
"All the children wanted in the Moon Bounce," Davis said. "It was never empty."
The Rev. Jonathan Wyns, pastor of the Four Square Gospel Church in Dayton, worked a long shift in the dunking tank, sitting on the hot seat. Several parents also took turns, allowing their children to send them into the chilly water in the 3-foot-high pool.
Don Burgess, who works part time at the Dayton post office, brought his electronic organ in the back of a truck and provided music for the cakewalk and the picnic.
Bryan and Davis said they appreciated Hoover's willingness to let her property be used for the party.
"She was very hospitable," Davis said.
Davis said he has been involved with many organizations, but never a group so responsible as the people who helped him with Dayton Daze.
"There's always someone who says they'll do something and they don't," he said. "This time, everyone did what they were supposed to, and they jumped in and did whatever else needed to be done."
Next year's Dayton Daze celebration is scheduled for the first Sunday in October.
Lisbon Elementary School received a certificate for its significant academic progress from the Maryland State Department of Education.
Principal Jack Wineke and former Principal Louis Chillemi attended a celebration Sept. 23 to receive the certificate.
Five Lisbon pupils have something to sing about: They have been selected to sing in the Howard County Children's Chorus.
Fifth-graders Lauren Goddard, Doug Schenk and Jill Messenheimer, and fourth-graders Caitlyn Cumberland and Jennifer Harris auditioned and were selected.
Lisbon Elementary will hold its second Family Fall Festival, from 5 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. tomorrow.
This school fund-raiser is open to the community. Food, crafts and games will be available. Activities will include pumpkin-decorating, scarecrow-making, a cakewalk, fingernail- and face-painting, hayrides and games.
The games and food require tickets, which cost $1 for 4 at the door or $1 for 5 in advance at the school.
Information: Lauri Allen, 410-442-3698.
On Tuesday morning, Lisbon will have a visitor -- author and illustrator David Wisniewski -- who will discuss his picture books with the children. Wisniewski creates pictures by photographing collages made of layers of cut paper.
His book, "Golem," a retelling of a story about a 16th-century rabbi in Prague who attempts to create a giant out of clay, received the 1997 Caldecott Award.
He also has written "Rain Player" and "The Warrior and the Wise Man," which required 800 No. 11 X-ACTO knife blades.
Jumping into school
Glenwood Middle School pupils are jumping into the school year with a community service project. On Oct. 14, seventh-graders will spend the day reconstructing a stone wall at the historic Mount Pleasant Farm on Route 99 in Woodstock.
Glenwood pupils and their families are invited to a family fun night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 15. There will be a disc jockey and karaoke, and ice cream will be served.
Music at Glenelg
Glenelg High School students are busy preparing for homecoming Oct. 16.
The parade will begin at noon. The kickoff for the game against Hammond High School will be at 1: 30 p.m.
The Glenelg Marching Unit will perform at halftime.
The band and marching unit are selling entertainment books to raise money for their expenses. The books contain coupons for up to 50 percent off on dinners, movies and sporting events, and cost $35.
Information: Kathy Culler, 410-442-5738.
Many women who are at risk for osteoporosis may not know it. Howard County General Hospital is offering a screening to help assess risk for this debilitating disease.
The screening will be held from 6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the hospital's Wellness Center at Inwood Village Center, Glenwood. The cost is $25.
Information: 410-740-7680 and enter 3891.