Millersville Open House


June 18, 1991

An open house for the public takes place at the Old Millersville Elementary School, 1681 Millersville Road, from 1 to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Now the headquarters of the county public library system, the large,brown two-story landmark was built in 1921. It was used as an elementary school for over 40 years.

Library officials decided to sponsor the open house after severalresidents who had attended the school asked if they could visit.

It was used for special education classes, then became a regional administrative office, an operations and maintenance center, an energy management office, and finally a warehouse and small engine-repair facility. The present Millersville Elementary School, which opened in 1965, is nearby.

The library staff took over the school last December during renovations and expansion of the headquarters on Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis. It contains the administrative and personnel offices and is the purchasing and processing center for new books and other materials.

The open house will feature tours of the facility and end with refreshments. Former teachers and students are encouraged to attend, and families with children are welcome.

Information: 222-7371.


The sixth annual Eastport Benefit Show for the Hammett-Wendell Memorial Fund takes place from noonto 6 p.m. Sunday in the rear yard of the Raven Gallery, at Second Street and Severn Avenue.

Established in 1986, this benefit commemorates Geof Hammett and Marcy Wendell, who were lost at sea in December1985 while delivering a racing yacht from Connecticut to Annapolis. Hammett and Wendell were lifelong sailors who grew up in the marine industry.

The proceeds from the benefit will be used to help young people interested in sailing. Among the programs to be supported are:

* The Draketail Project -- the building of a traditional Hoopers Island workboat down in Deale by a youthful construction crew under adult guidance.

* Sail Into Life -- a pilot program designed to teach teen-agers basic seamanship and sail handling, aboard a 50-foot racing sailboat. This is a cooperative effort between the Housing Authority of Annapolis, St. Mary's College (which is contributing the sailboat) and the Marine Trades Association of Maryland. It was initiatedin response to U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack F. Kemp's Drug Reduction, Resident Initiative and Empowerment Program directives.

Information: 263-8490 or (301) 862-1092.

* Eastport Youth Sailing Program -- an Eastport Civic Association-sponsored program Aug. 15-22 at the Severn Sailing Association for up to 20 childrenbetween 12 and 16, with SSA instructors. The youths will learn environmental awareness and education as well as boating safety and basic sailing skills.

This year, four graduates of the program (both boys and girls) will earn full eight-week scholarships to the junior programs at SSA and the Annapolis Yacht Club

Additional sponsorship and support comes from all areas of the community, including the Red Cross, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and St. Mary's College Offshore Team.

Information: 263-5785 or 269-6744.

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