Communities all along Bayside Beach Road were invited to tour the newly renovated Cook Farmhouse at Hancock's Resolution Park Tuesday evening by the county Department of Recreation and Parks.
The open house was the community's only chance to view the refurbished building before it is occupied by tenants next week.
The farmhouse, built in 1850, was moved to its current site in the largely undeveloped park more than a year ago. That one-mile move generated quite a bit of interest among neighbors in the area.
Oncein place, workers began renovations to the 140-year-old property.
"We strived for historical accuracy where possible," said Christine Coffin, the department's public information officer. "But we had to keep in mind that a 20th century family would be occupying it and needmodern conveniences," she explained.
The farmhouse is complete; plans for the development of the park are unclear. "Eventually, we would like to see Hancock's Resolution become a historic site, like Londontown Publik House," Coffin said.
August has arrived and thecries of "I'm bored" have grown from a feeble whine to a loud roar.
Organized activities, sports and camps have ended or are almost over. Few new activities are on the horizon to attract youngsters during these last weeks before school starts.
During the month of August, Downs Park is offering a new program, Junior Rangers, for childreninterested in nature and learning more about the job of a park ranger.
It's a self-paced program, so there are no classes that meet orcar pools to arrange. Another big plus is that it is open to boys and girls, ages 6 to 17, with requirements geared to various age levels.
Now everyone can have something to do at the park without takingalong a lot of sporting equipment.
For a $15 activity fee, you get a booklet listing required activities. Then it's up to your buddingenvironmental wizard to get to work and have fun learning about nature and the role rangers have in the park.
Youngsters completing all requirements will be issued a Junior Park Ranger identification card, a wall certificate and an official but ton.
"Programs like thisencourage positive interaction between the kids and park rangers," said Ranger Dave DeVault. "A park is more than tree and animals, it's people, too," he said.
Application forms for the program are available at the information center. For more details, call 222-6230.
Being taken to the hospital by ambulance is a frightening experience for young and old alike. But it can be especially traumatic for injured youngsters, some too young or too scared to communicate with emergency medical technicians or paramedics trying to help them.
That's where the Buddy Bear program comes in, providing children a small piece of security on their way to the hospital.
Sponsored by theFire Prevention Committee of the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firemen's Association and its Ladies Auxiliary, the Buddy Bear program hasequipped county ambulances with stuffed teddy bears.
Several firecompanies in the Pasadena area have joined the program and are already equipped with this latest piece of medical technology.
"The paramedics and EMT's sometimes have a tough job dealing with a screaming, traumatized child," said Margaret Dove, local coordinator of the program.
"Having a soft, cuddly teddy to hug helps ease the anxiety and relax the child a little," she said.
Each child, 9 or younger,is given a bear to keep. It accompanies them to the hospital and goes home with them when they leave.
For the program to continue, thegroup needs donations.
"We purchase the bears and supply them free of charge to the ambulances," Dove said. "We need contributions to keep the program going; no amount is too small."
To acknowledge donations, each Buddy Bear wears a tag around its neck listing the nameof the donor.
Anyone wanting to contribute may send a check to: Anne Arundel County Buddy Bear Program, c/o Margaret Dove, 600 Fernhill Road, Baltimore, Md. 21226.
For information, contact Dove at 255-4586.
If you spot smoke rising above Riviera Beach fire station on Fort Smallwood Road this weekend, don't panic. It's monthly cookout time again.
Volunteer firefighters and auxiliary members will be preparing and serving homemade food, rain or shine, tomorrow andSunday, at the concession stand beside the fire station.
An assortment of sandwiches and platters, all at reasonable prices, will be available.
Proceeds from the cookouts are used to help purchase fire equipment.
Activities are light this weekend at Downs Park.
* Early Riser Morning -- 7 a.m. Aug. 3. The park opens early for those who enjoy this time of day. Come watch the sunrise, jog, fish or listen to the birds and gentle waves of the Chesapeake Bay.
* Electric Brigade concert -- 6 p.m. Aug. 4. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic supper for this concert by the bay.
For up-to-date recorded information on park events, call the hot line at 222-6239.