If every other sentence out of your mouth is "God bless you," if thepollen count has reached triple digits, and you can write your name in the fallout on your car, then you're enjoying another spring in old Severna Park.
The good news is this has been a glorious spring; the bad news is it has turned into the Mother of All Allergy Seasons.
Gesundheit! Pass me a Kleenex and we'll continue.
Although it will be another year before Benfield Elementary School celebrates its 30th anniversary, parents, teachers and students are getting ready now.
To help share the pride felt by alumni and students alike, a handsome brick sign has been erected on the school's front lawn.
Made possible by donations from the neighboring communities of BenOaks, Chartwell, Chartwood, Kilmarnock and Point Field Landing, the PTA-sponsored project also was financed through the purchase of "bricks" by the children. The money collected was matched by the county's beautification program.
On Arbor Day, April 10, third-grade students helped plant two young redbud trees on either side of the new sign, said Carol Burke, Benfield School PTA beautification chairwoman.
On April 23, in honor or Earth Week, students planted flowers beneath the sign in a circular, brick-lined planter.
The completion of the structure by Drew Santorriella of Chesapeake Brick Masonry and thelandscaping marks the second phase of a two-part beautification project begun last year with the installation of shrubs at the school's entrance. Additional landscaping is planned.
An important birthday will be commemorated this weekend when the Severna Park branch of the American Association of University Women celebrates its 25th anniversary.
When the national organization, formed in 1881, announced meetings to determine if there was enough interest in Severna Park, the call produced 25 charter members who requested recognition as Maryland's 23rd branch of the association.
Today, the Park branch boasts 91 members who meet monthly at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. Saturday, they will celebrate theirquarter-century at a dinner and slide presentation, "Twenty-five Years in Severna Park," at the ChartwellCountry Club.
AAUW officers are: Sheila Job Keifer, president (also the branch's first president); Ruth Latimer, first vice president;Betty Doyas, second vice president; Helen Phelps, secretary; Diane Jackson, treasurer, and Nancy Yuill, administrative assistant.
The AAUW is open to any graduate of a four-year college or university. For more information, contact Kiefer at 757-1729.
Don't worry about what to serve for lunch Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Severna Park Jaycees will be at their familiar stand in the Benfield Road Safeway parking lot, barbecuing their famous chicken.
Don't do what I did last time and get there too late. The delicious chicken goes fast.
As a special plus this week, Boy Scout Troop 918, sponsored by the Jaycees, will be selling candy, so you can pick up dessert along with the main course.
For more information, call 544-4613.
Congratulations to Severna Park for jumping on the recycling bandwagon. Although it may be new to some of us, it appears to be a lifelong commitment by many.
The activity at the recycling center behind Champions Realty in Olde Severna Park this pastSaturday was incredible, with a steady stream of residents adding to two mountains of recyclables.
* From Belvedere Elementary School comes this suggestion: if only 100,000 people stop the junk mail that comes to their homes -- which amounts to 4 million tons annually for all of us -- we could save up to 150,000 trees. If 1 million people did this, 1 1/2 million trees would live.
To stop the junk, write: Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, 6 E. 43rd St., New York, N.Y., 10017.
* At Severna Park United Methodist Church, the congregationis not only recycling aluminum cans and other kitchen recyclables, but has begun a system for recycling church bulletins.
Cycles of a different kind, as well as bathing caps and running shoes, were showcased recently when Anne Arundel Community College sponsored its annual Spring Triathlon.
Overall winner among the men was Scott Mangum of Edgewater, with a time of 49 minutes, but the big news, girls, was Julie Caprio. Formerly of Severna Park, Caprio beat her competition, including everyone but Mangum, with a time of 52:14, 39 secondsbetter than the second-place overall male.
Way to go, Julie!
Other winners in the combination half-hour swim, 8-mile bike, and 5K run were: Mangum, winning the male over-30 category and John Hamilton III of Columbia, second.
First in the male under 30 was Charles "Bo" Wagner of Arnold; second was Edward Wilson of Annapolis.
Capriotook first in the female 30-and-over, followed by Brenda Norman of Annapolis at 67 minutes.
Melissa Hallmark of Severna Park took the women under-30 category at 55:07; second place went to Cassandra Pickering of Crownsville with a time of 61:33.
SCHOOL READIES 30TH ANNIVERSARY BENFIELD ELEMENTARY GETS A YEAR'S HEAD START WITH SIGN, TWO TREES