LIFE ALONG the congested eastern section of Mountain Road just got a little more complicated, thanks to a new county public works project on Woods Road.
Earlier this month, a sign appeared, seemingly overnight, informing commuters that a section of Woods Road would soon close temporarily. Vehicles coming from Mountain Road would be allowed only as far west as the Lake Shore Athletic Complex. No dates for road closure were listed on the sign.
"The sign just appeared telling us that Woods Road was closed," said Wilbert Parks, a Ryan Road homeowner. "No notice from the county, no information, just a sign."
Parks is upset at the lack of notification by the county. He said the road closure means that he and his neighbors will have to follow Woods Road to Mountain Road, rather than any routes to the east. That concerns him.
"Trying to get out onto Mountain Road from Woods Road can be dangerous, especially during the rush hours," he said.
Other Pasadena residents and commuters have been flooding County Councilwoman Shirley Murphy's office with calls and questions about the road closing.
"The calls started three weeks ago," said Melinda Hamilton, Murphy's aide. "We were in the dark as to what was happening initially but some of the confusion has cleared up as we learned more about the project."
According to Hamilton, the county closed the road to repair a broken pipe under the culvert and complete construction on part of a hiker/biker trail. This new section of the trail will run along Woods Road from Bridge Drive to the athletic complex, making access safer for Chelsea Beach residents.
The culvert replacement will correct erosion in the stream to improve the aquatic habitat and reduce sediment deposits in Cockey Creek.
Chelsea Beach residents will find another section of Woods Road - from the athletic complex's entrance to 11th Street in Chelsea Beach - closed to through traffic. Both sections will be closed from Oct. 8 to Dec. 8.
Construction will begin shortly, and the project is scheduled to be completed by March. Work will be performed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Some Saturday work may be required to keep the project on schedule.
Homeowners in affected areas of construction should have received a letter from Ronald Etzel, project manager, dated Sept. 20, explaining the project and subsequent closing of Woods Road.
Voice of Democracy
Calling all high school students ...
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2462 is looking for local contestants to compete in the annual Voice of Democracy scholarship audio essay contest, sponsored by the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary.
The competition is open to students in grades nine through 12 who are enrolled in a public, private, parochial or home-study school program.
Students compose an essay on a theme, and record themselves reading the essay. The tape-recorded presentation should be three to five minutes. All entries will be judged on the student's interpretation of the theme.
The theme for this year's contest is "Freedom's Obligation."
The annual competition is designed to foster patriotism by giving teens an opportunity to voice their opinion on America, explained Pat Siemek, post spokesman.
Entries making it to the national competition, held each year in the spring in Washington, D.C., will vie for awards totaling more than $140,000, with the first-place winner receiving a $25,000 scholarship.
A full set of rules, including the student entry form, is available at www.vfw.org/vod.
The deadline for Post 2462's contest is Nov. 1.
Tapes should be submitted to VFW Post 2462, Attention: Rick Mathias, 1720 Bayside Beach Road, Pasadena, MD 21122.
Information: Siemek, 410-255-5434.
The Mount Carmel United Methodist Church's child care advisory board is sponsoring a breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in the fellowship hall, 4760 Mountain Road.
The cost is $5 for adults, and $3 for children age 12 and younger.
The menu features eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, biscuits, fruit cup, juice, coffee and milk.
Proceeds from the monthly breakfast will go to the church building fund. Information: 410-255-8887.
Northeast High School will play host to the next meeting of the Pasadena Business Association at noon Oct. 2.
Jacqueline Dunn, Northeast's Career Connections facilitator, will talk about various academy programs at the school and the importance of the cooperation of the business community in the success of the programs.
The cost is $12 with reservation or $15 at the door.
Attending members should park in the student parking lot on the far left side of the school, next to Popeye's.
Today is the final day that reservations can be accepted. The school is at 1131 Duvall Highway.
Magothy Chelsea Community Lutheran Church invites the community to join the 40th anniversary celebration for its pastor, John Lynch, at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 6.
Lynch was ordained in 1962 and served as a Paulist priest at parishes in Chicago, Minneapolis, Toronto, Baltimore and Paris. After ministering for 20 years, he left the priesthood and became a Lutheran minister.
He arrived at the small local church 14 years ago with his wife, Kenne, and looks forward to many more years of service.
"Ministering to the people of Pasadena has been my greatest joy," Lynch said.
Though the church's congregation is small, Lynch doesn't see this as a liability. "That gives me the extra time to really get to know the people," Lynch said. "And I still make house calls."
A reception honoring Lynch will follow the service.
The church is at Third Avenue and Beach Street in Chelsea Beach.
K of C dinner
The Knights of Columbus Council 10966 from St. Jane Frances de Chantal parish is sponsoring a free dinner for parishioners and the community from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the school/parish hall, 8513 St. Jane Drive.
Those attending are asked to bring canned goods or other nonperishable items that will be used to restock the St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry.