Hello, and thanks for joining me. It's exciting to be part of something new -- the beginning of the Greater Severna Park pages in The Anne Arundel County Sun, dedicated to Park people, places and happenings.
A lot of us already know one another; to the new folks, welcome. This one's for you.
It takes a lot of talented people to handle a pack of strong-willed Lions, everyone from Lion tamers to tail twisters. Cracking the whip for the Severn River Lions Club is the job of new president Robert Davies, first vice president Earl McNay, second vice president Ken Pyle, third vice president Rhine Jager, treasurer Jack White, secretary Bernard Fatig and assistant secretary George Jenkins.
Jim Barranco is the new tail twister; Bill Evans the Lion tamer and Gary Kremser, John Gas, Joe Early and Lou Kaiser are directors.
Many of us associate the Lions Club with the fresh Florida oranges and grapefruits we buy during its winter citrus sales, but the group benefits Severna Park in a variety of other ways.
Publicity chairman Dave Dionne tells us that members recently have used their collective muscles to make life more enjoyable for younger residents.
It all started two years ago when the club got involved with the Lake Waterford playground. Two Lions, Wayne Dudeck and George Council Jr., were committee chairmen on that project, and the club made large donations of money and manpower.
This year at the YMCA, the Lions joined other volunteers in repairing and installing a playground set that, because of the library expansion, had been scheduled for demolition.
The club also helped build the Freetown playground in Pasadena.
As the playground season winds down, the Lions will be putting on their fruit-selling hats to earn serious money for their many philanthropies.
Look for announcements of the first fruit sale around Thanksgiving.
Interested in the Lions Club? Give Dave a call at 544-4957.
Tomorrow night should be a great night for football. It's Severna Park High School's homecoming game and the team will do battle against rival Chesapeake.
The game starts at 7:30 p.m. and offers an opportunity to see the super SPHS marching band in action, too.
On Saturday night, 11th and 12th-graders will step onto the dance floor at 8 p.m. for the homecoming dance. Memories -- and teen-age movies -- are made of this.
Speaking of memories, Carl and Dorothy Hoffman of Severna Park will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow, Oct. 12.
Native Marylanders, the Hoffmans have lived in Severna Park for 23 years, raising two sons, Larry and Alan. The couple has three granddaughters, Laurie, Karen and Kimberly.
Our heartfelt congratulations to them both.
As he strolled across campus on a sparkling, fall afternoon recently, Severn School headmaster Edson P. Shepherd reflected on the dedication of his teaching staff.
"A teacher must continually balance the needs of the student and the demands of the subject matter," he said. "Severn teachers give freely of their time and talents as they work with students throughout and beyond the school day, creating the quality experience that is Severn."
Chesapeake Academy recently honored new members of its board of trustees and officers of its PTA at a get-acquainted cocktail party.
New trustees Lynn Tilghman, Dennis Sachs, Laura McWeeney and Barbara Kay Bowie were welcomed by board of trustees president Elaine Zuchelli.
Chesapeake headmistress Jane Pehlke introduced PTA officers: president Wendy Stepanuk, vice president Delores Riley, secretary Brenda Cormeny and treasurer Lynn Tilghman.
Story time for preschool and kindergarten children ages 3 to 6 began today at Chesapeake. Scheduled twice a week, from 1:30 to 2 p.m. on Monday and from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, the program will continue until Nov.
The half-hour sessions include puppets, finger plays, songs and children's literature.
Story time is free, but parents are asked to register their children and plan to remain at the school during that time.
For further information, call Cheryl Schmidt at 647-9612.
It may seem a little premature to be concerned about the dental health of your unborn baby or even your newborn, but the message from Dr. Nilda Collins, a leading Annapolis Pediatric Dentist and Children's Dental Heath Educational Specialist, is that it is never too early.
Tuesday at the Broadneck Public Library, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dr.
Collins will answer questions concerning good dental care and what to do in dental emergencies.
The event, which will include refreshments and door prizes, is sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Area Lamaze, childbirth educators in Anne Arundel County.
The program is free, but since seating is limited, registration is required. Call Cheryl Carnwath at 757-8458.
You're all invited to the regular monthly meeting of the Severn River Association at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lobby conference room of the Tawes State Office Building in Annapolis.
Featured will be a new film on open space, "People and Parks -- A Matter of Balance."