I WAS READING THE SUNDAY PAPER — simultaneously being entertained,
informed and intellectually challenged by Parade magazine -- when I saw the ad.
There it was in black and orange, an ad for plastic leaf bags decorated to look like jack-o'-lanterns. And it was only August.
Lastfall these leaf bags sprouted on lawns throughout Glen Burnie looking like pumpkins on steroids. And initially they were novel and kind of cute. (But remember, so were those "Baby On Board" signs at first).
They became more and more popular. Everywhere you went there was a crop of plastic, leaf-eating pumpkins. Soon our community began to look like the mutant squash capital of the East Coast.
As the weeks went by, I began to notice a subtle difference in the appearance ofthe orange-and-black-plastic-lawn-and-leaf-bags- that-look-like-a-jack-o'-lantern. While Mother Nature developed compost, the pumpkins were starting to deflate.
It wasn't a pretty site, shriveled to a mere shadow of their former pumpkiny selves, they sat, dotting the landscape of our community, a harbinger of the cold, dreary winter yet tocome.
But I'm a flexible thinker and if anyone wants to try and change my mind about the pumpkin guys . . .
The trees in my yard are starting to drop some filler.
Glen Burnie kids will have the opportunity to enjoy one last splash in the chlorine when DJ's Tim Konig and Joe Connell present an End Of Summer Pool Party to benefit the Johns Hopkins' Children Center.
Spashdown for those 15 and younger is 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at Country Club Pool on Paul Marr Drive. Admission is $5 and includes dancing, swimming, and a snack of a hot dog or hamburger and a soft drink. Parents are welcome with a $1 cover.
Tickets may be purchased at the pool or by contacting Dave Martin, 761-0317 or Tim Konig, 360-9057.
Golf enthusiasts take note: It's time once again for Peroutka & Peroutka's annual golf tournament for the benefit of Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School.
A shotgun start tee off is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday Sept. 23,
at the Bayhill Country Club in Arnold. Golfers can begin checking in at 8:30 a.m.
Vince Bagli, veteran sportscaster of WBAL television, is the scheduled guest of honor. George Jakovics, the director of golf and general manager of Walden Golf Club in Crofton, will also be a guest player.
Players may register individually or as foursomes. Registration cost is $75 per golfer and includes green fees, cart, on course refreshments and dinner served at 2 p.m.
Awards will be presented at the dinner for the low foursomes, closest to the pins and the longest drives.
"We've had informal tournaments in our law office for four years. Last year Slade asked us to organize their tournament," explained Michael Peroutka. "We brought in almost $3,000 last yearand we're shooting for $5,000 this year."
According to Peroutka, the registration fees are only a small part of the fund-raising effort. Hole sponsorships and boosters provide the majority of the money raised. A limited number of hole sponsorships are still available for $50 each. Booster ads can be purchased for $20 and will be recognizedin the tournament program.
For reservations, sponsorships or boosters information call Peroutka & Peroutka, 768-2280 or Suzanne Whitmore at Arthur Slade, 766-8614.
The Glen Burnie Women's Aglow has extended an open invitation to women of all faiths to join them for a dinner and fellowship at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Home Style Buffet, 6619 N. Ritchie Highway.
June Elseroad, the president of the Baltimore Area Board of Aglow, will be the guest speaker.
There is a charge of $7.34 for the dinner and meeting. For reservation's call 969-2169, 789-6805 or 437-5204.
The route to highereducation took one Glen Burnie student from Glen Burnie Senior High to the University of Maryland to Yale University.
Glen Burnie Senior High alumni Richard Church will be attending Yale University School of Business and Management this fall to pursue his master's degree in public and private management.
A member of the class of 1985, Church graduated from the University of Maryland in 1989 with two degrees. He is taking a two-year leave of absence from his job as a systems analyst at IBM to continue his education.
A taste of the Chesapeake is on the menu for the Country Club Crab Feast, 2 to 7 p.m.Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Country Club Recreation Hall on Paul Marr Drive.
All you can eat steamed crabs, crab soup, barbecue, corn onthe cob, sliced tomatoes, beer and soda will be served.
Singer Barbara Lewis will provide entertainment throughout the afternoon.
Tickets are $17 per person and can be reserved by calling 799-4119.
Parents of ninth-graders and new students attending Corkran Middle School are invited to attend an orientation meeting 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight in the gymnasium of the school, 7600 Quarterfield Road.
Principal Richard Kubatko will address the parents and introduce the administrators and the guidance staff.