Melvin Long and Andy Densmore, two June graduates of Chesapeake High School, faced a difficult decision after being selected to the Maryland State Gymnastics Team recently. Do they attend the high school nationals in Colorado Springs, Colo., or graduate with their class here at home?
The nationals are scheduled June 6-9, and the graduation is June 8. The guys and their parents had to make a choice.
Colorado Springs won out.
"We checked every airline around to see if we could work out something so that they would not have to miss their graduation, but it just didn't work out," gymnastics coach Kerry Bruce said.
FOR THE RECORD - Incorrect dates for several events were included in Friday's Neighbors column. The Strawberry Festival sponsored by Magothy Chelsea Community Lutheran, the Stoney Creek Democratic Club Flea Market, the Ladies Auxiliary from Post 2462 Flea Market and the Lake Shore Rotary Club Fun Run are all set for Saturday, May 18.
The meet will take place at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Bruce will be joining the two boys, since he has been selected to coach the state team.
Only one obstacle stands between the team and Colorado: money.
"We are looking for support from the community to help all of the athletes compete," Bruce said. Donations forthe team may be sent to Chesapeake High School, 4798 Mountain Road, Pasadena 21122, Attention: Pat Frye.
The Lake Shore Parent-Teacher Organization is gearing up for its annual May Day event, set for 3 to 5 p.m. May 16 on the school grounds, 4531 Mountain Road. The rain date is May 23.
The afternoon will be loaded with fun, food and entertainment. Games to challenge and delight youngsters of all ages will be featured, along with face painting, balloons, button makingand a plant table.
Munch and crunch on pizza, hot dogs, nachos, cotton candy, popcorn and soda. DJ Ed Cashen will be providing music, and Shoepy the Clown will perform.
Students can purchase game tickets, at a discount of 5 for $1, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. today, Mondayand Tuesday.
On May Day, game tickets will cost 25 cents each, food tickets 50 cents.
More parent volunteers are needed. If you can help, call Vickie Pettie at 360-8475.
The dedication of a new pier at Gibson Island Country School will culminate a day of activities at the school, located at the end of Mountain Road.
The day will begin with students boarding the M. V.Mildred Belle, a 56-foot buy boat now used as an educational vessel from The Lady Maryland Foundation. Buy boats were used to purchase oysters directly from sailing workboats and carry the oysters to marketfor sale. The ship, built in 1948, carried freight and people on thebay, dredged for crabs and was used for trawl- and sports-fishing during its long career.
The four-hour trip will take students and parents to the north branch of the Magothy River and the Chesapeake Bay. Groups will rotate through different stations around the ship, learning about its operation and more about the history, economics and ecology of the Chesapeake.
At 1:30 p.m., the GICS Board of Trustees,parents and friends of the school will gather to dedicate the new pier and floating platform. A reception will follow.
"The pier will add to our strong science program," said headmaster John Hewitt. "We have a unique setting, and our students will be able to fully use thewaterfront resource thanks to the floating platform donated by the Gibson Island Yacht Squadron."
As a special treat, the squadron will be participating in the Commodore's Review tomorrow that will pass the school campus at approximately 3 p.m.
The Ladies Guild ofMagothy-Chelsea Community Lutheran Church will sponsor its first Strawberry Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the church, located at Third and Beach streets.
Guild spokesman Grace Sutherland reports that fresh strawberries and desserts featuring strawberries will be sold. A cake table, crafts, freshly made strawberry preserves, chocolate-covered berries and strawberry topping at the make-your-own-sundaebar will be featured.
The Ladies Guild will also be serving barbecued chicken with cole slaw and rolls. The cost is $3.75 for adults and $2.50 for children, ages 5 to 12.
Proceeds will benefit the church's refurbishing efforts.
The first sign-up for the Mountain Road Optimists' Youth Soccer Program will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Lake Shore School, 4531 Mountain Road.
Other MRO registration dates at Lake Shore are Wednesdays, May 15 and 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Teams will be organized for boys and girls born in the years 1976 through 1986. Older players, born from 1976 to 1982, will compete in countywide play; younger players will participate in MRO's intramural program. Registration fee is $30 per person.
Tryouts for the MRO Division I select team are set for June 1-2. Placement selection for Division II and III will take place June 8. Only players wishing to play on a select team should attend these sessions.
For more details, call Greg Mucci at 544-2271 or Jerry McBee at 437-5244.
Flea-market shoppers take note. Two notable Pasadena markets are set for tomorrow.