Crocuses are popping up from beneath the leaves I really intended torake last fall. Assorted birds are returning to nest directly above the windshield of my car. Mothers have begun jockeying for positions on the benches and picnic tables at parks while their children swing,slide and share their lunch with the ducks in the pond.
I guess it really is spring. Which leads us to our Glen Burnie Spring-CleaningTips.
1. Perhaps now would be a good time to persuade your neighbor to take down the rest of his Christmas decorations. If he doesn't seem enthusiastic, try wandering over for a visit with a ladder casually slung over your shoulder. But if he still has a leaf bag decorated likea jack-o-lantern in the front yard, you should probably just move.
2. With the arrival of spring, you will notice an increased amount of daylight, which means that you will have to dust at least once before you can effectively blame the high pollen count for that hazy film on the furniture.
3. Final spring-cleaning tip. Spray lemon Pledge in the air and spill a little pine oil in the sink. Then go to a park, visit a friend or go for a bike ride with the kids. After all, good weather wasn't meant to be wasted on cleaning. Actually bad weather wasn't meant to be wasted on cleaning either.
Spring also means purchasing gifts for people. Where you used to be able to get by with a nice potted mum for Mom, now it seems Easter gifts are getting more and more elaborate. I really began to worry when I realized that Hallmark was making wrapping paper specifically for Easter gifts.Evidently I was supposed to be giving something that required tape.
Shoppers who want to give a special gift may want to visit the craft fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Glen Burnie Park Elementary School, 500 Marlboro Road. Forty crafts makers will display their work, including woodwork, broom dolls, personalized children's books, quilts and oil portraits.
For those who like a more traditional Easter gift, the fifth-grade class is selling Easter flowers -- mums, lilies, hyacinths and azaleas -- to raise money forits end-of-the-yeartrip to Williamsburg, Va.
Lollipops will be sold for $1 each and each purchaser's name will be entered into a drawing for several prizes, including two "Super" Easter baskets and a videotape of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- always a holiday favorite.
The proceedsfrom the table rentals and refreshments will be used toward the purchase of new playground equipment.
They did it again. The mathteam at Corkran Middle School added, subtracted and divided away with first place in Anne Arundel County's Middle/Junior High Math Competition last Saturday. This is the third consecutive time the children have garnered a first-place award.
Fifteen pupils and two alternates competed. With so many participating, Corkran was able to field three five-member squads. The youngsters are scored on their performance in individual and team competition.
In Saturday's contest, five members of the Corkran team achieved perfect scores on the individualtest: Brian Hemphill, Ann Priestman, Chris Yakaitis, Bruce Knepper and Andy Krol.
In addition, one of the teams realized a perfect score. The members of that team wereBenneth Henderson, Meghan Matukonis,Charles Krick, Krol and Hemphill.
Marla Kollar is the head of Corkran's math department and the sponsor for the team.
"I'm going togive them a pizza party after school one day. After they won they decided that I owe them lunch for sure," she said. "They worked very hard, and I'm proud of all of them."
Other members of the math team include Joey Matukonis, Jimmy Prince, Rebecca Gardner, Christin Cogswell, Lynette Erbe, Becky McDivett, Raniece Medley, Jenny Na and Mark Robinson.
You're showing your age if you can say you remember"Bowling for Dollars," an interesting concept where people tried to bowl a strike and a gentleman in polyester clothing gave them money.
The youths at Glen Lutheran Church are attempting a variation on that theme. They are planning a bowl-a-thon from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Ritchie Fairlanes, across from the Motor Vehicles Administration on Ritchie Highway. The youth have organized sponsors who have pledgedmoney corresponding to their bowling scores for the three-hour game.
The proceeds will benefit the Lutheran Mission Society, which offers such services as an unwed mothers' home and distribution of free Bibles. Last year the society helped more than 156,000 people with food, clothing and shelter.
Bowlers will receive three free games, free shoe rental, a bowl-a-thon T-shirt and prizes.
For registration information or to sponsor a bowler, call the church office, 766-6534.
Every Thursday morning several women get together at Messiah Methodist Church and enjoy one another's company as they work on avariety of craft projects. The community is invited to a craft show featuring their work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday in the church hall, 7401 Furnace Branch Road.