Twenty-years ago the Pasadena area was a semirural and laid-back community quietly awaiting the sprawl of suburbia. The heydays of summerhomes and city surf-seekers crowding the roads on weekends had long since passed, replaced by families seeking a slice of country life.
The area had lots to offer, small communities, churches, schools, adrive-in movie, a few farms and a variety of small businesses. Just about everything to make life enjoyable.
But for some, this picture just was not complete. Life was good and they wanted to give back something to the communities that they loved.
With support of a few local men, the Mountain Road Optimists was created.
Mountain Road Optimists will be celebrating its 20th anniversary at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Snyder's Willow Grove Restaurant in Linthicum.
Seven members who have been active in the club for 20 years will be feted at the celebration, along with current members and district officials.
Charter members who are of the still active are Jack Stefan, Les Rizzo, Fred Rausch, Adrian Fletcher, Bernard Johnston, Tom Clark and Robert Burns Jr.
"We would like the community to know that MRO members don't only sponsor soccer and wrestling,"explained Earl Stefan, outgoing president.
The group sponsors a variety of programs and services to all ages, but especially for the young people of Pasadena, he said.
Men and women who are interestedin becoming members are always welcome, according to Earl Stefan. "We estimate that for every new member, we can serve 30 to 35 more children in the Pasadena area," he said.
New faces will greet returning students at Chesapeake Middle Schoolthis week.
Joining the incoming sixth-graders will be Charity McClellan, the new principal, and two new administrators.
McClellan'sprevious assignment was principal at Annapolis Middle School. She replaces Thomas Evans, who has accepted a job as director of middle schools in Kansas City, Mo.
She assumed her new assignment Aug. 21 and has spent the last few days getting to know the staff, faculty and the community.
"I am excited to be at Chesapeake Bay Middle," saysMcClellan. "I have enjoyed meeting with the faculty and staff and look forward to the year ahead."
Parents will have the opportunity to meet the new principal and faculty at Back to School Night on Sept.19.
Joining the CBMS administrative staff are O. Frederick Jenkins and Reginald Farrare. Jenkins has replaced Kevin Dennehy as assistant principal and sixth-grade administrator. Farrare has joined the staff as administrative trainee and seventh-grade administrator.
Returning is assistant principal Gary Williams.
Chesapeake High School Band Boosters are planning their annual craft fair, to take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 2, at the school on Mountain Road.
"Last year was a rousing success," explained Charlotte Clifford, fair chairman. "A large part of that was due to the wonderful array of crafts and the support of the community. We offered a service and helpto the 115 crafters who participated in our fair last year," Clifford said.
Band members and boosters helped load vehicles, carried merchandise and assisted crafters. Another big hit at last year's fair was free child care, available to both crafters and shoppers.
Thisyear, the fair is expanding. Crafters can reserve an 8-foot by 8-foot space, with or without tables, for $20 per space. Each crafter is limited to two spaces. Space is available on a first-come, first-servebasis and must be requested when reservations are made.
Interested crafters can make reservations by contacting Clifford at 255-0138
Proceeds from the event will be used to support the band program atChesapeake High School.