THE NORTH Linthicum Improvement Associ- ation believes that good deeds should not go unnoticed -- but rather should be recognized and rewarded.
At the organization's next meeting, at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday in the media center at Overlook Elementary School on Hampton Road, six Good Neighbor Awards will be presented to North Linthicum residents.
Joe Miller, association president, said that with the award each person will receive a $25 gift certificate from Wal-Mart or Home Depot. Each award recipient will have an opportunity -- along with the person who submitted the nomination -- to say a few words.
Those being honored are:
Wayne Sanders of Devon Court, for his long-running role as a community Santa Claus. A day or two before Christmas he shows up at the front door of families in North Linthicum, asks the children what they want and presents them with a small toy.
Kathy and Dan Ross of Regency Circle, who are always around to help their neighbors when health problems or other matters arise.
Doug Boyd of Mountain Road, who helps his neighbors by shoveling snow and running errands. He works to keep the area around the "Welcome to North Linthicum" signs in good condition and is one of the volunteers during the annual cleanup in Overlook Park.
William Elseroad of Mountain Road, who does whatever needs to be done around his neighborhood. During the snows last month, Elseroad and Boyd cleared the street, and Elseroad took some children to school when their bus failed to appear.
John Cowger of Patapsco Road, who watches out for those around him. He runs errands and helps out where he can.
John and Carolyn Stielper of Lake Front Drive, nominated by a neighbor who said that without their help, she would not be able to continue living in the community.
The meeting also will feature a speaker, David Scruggs from the U.S. Census Bureau, whose appearance was postponed last month because of snow. He will discuss the importance of the census as a planning tool for government and the opportunities for employment that it brings.
Information on the association: Joe Miller, 410-789-3899.
A buzz on language
Variable -- what does this word mean to you? Webster's Dictionary gives it several definitions. It can mean changeable, inconstant, fickle, and no fixed value.
This was the word used last week in the "Buzz Word" Program at Linthicum Elementary School. The program, developed by a committee, is meant to help familiarize and strengthen the children's vocabularies, according to the school reading teacher, Nancy Kruger.
Every Monday, with the morning announcements, pupils are given a new word that they are encouraged to use throughout the week as much as possible. Teachers use the word in the classrooms and relate it to the curriculum. All children from kindergarten through sixth grade participate in the program.
"Teachers give real-life examples, and explain it depending on the level of the student," Kruger said.
Nine-year-old Erin Harrington, a fourth-grader at Linthicum Elementary and daughter of Tim and Robin Harrington, spoke enthusiastically about the buzz word. "Normally the word of the week goes along with something we are doing, like in science," she said.
"Variable" and next week's combined words of "interpret and analyze data," would agree with her observation, as the school is working on the annual science fair.
Parents play an important role in the Buzz Word program. The monthly newsletter lists the upcoming week's buzz words, and parents are encouraged to use the words in family conversations. In so doing they are strengthening what their child is learning at school.
Legion post to meet
The Ferndale American Legion POW/MIA Post 289 meeting will be held at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. All veterans are invited.
Two topics to be discussed, according to Post Commander Al Scarselletta, are the flag program the group is planning to conduct in schools, and the post's nomination of a member for the county's Legionnaire of the Year Award. There are 10 Legion posts in Anne Arundel.
Scarselletta also wants to get out word that Post 289 has medical equipment available to lend.
"We have wheelchairs, canes, hospital beds and walkers," he said. "They are available for anyone who needs help. They do not have to be a veteran to borrow our hospital equipment; we help anybody."
Information: Al Scarselletta, 410-766-6224.
Pain to be AARP topic
Brian Kahan will speak at a meeting of Linthicum's American Association of Retired Persons chapter at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road.
Kahan's topic will be "Tired of the Pain," and he will talk about pain management -- especially of pain occurring from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Thursday's meeting is the deadline for paying annual dues.
Board members will meet at 11: 30 a.m. and refreshments will be served at noon, before the general meeting begins.
Information: Mary Foster, 410-850-4630.