I lugged a couple of grocery bags full of newspapers to work today.
The thing is, I work at a newspaper. And I usually bring some copies home. Now, I'm suddenly stuck in a perpetual newspaper cycle.
It's all the fault of Giant Food stores. They ended their newspaper recycling program Jan. 1. I'd like to wax righteously indignant about it, but I can't really blame them. They promised to pick up the slack for the city several years ago, but the cost kept climbing because the market for recycled newspapers is not exactly at an all-time high. Now, they think it's time for the city to shoulder the burden.
The city has promised to do so, but it hasn't budgeted any money this year to start a newspaper drop-off program. Frank Biba, head of the city's recycling program, said last week that city officials are "discussing options to cover the in-between period."
When I asked some more questions (after having cornered him at the copying machine at City Hall), he reassured me that Annapolis is committed to recycling. The city is even expanding its curbside program for glass and aluminum to all homes by the summer.
Meanwhile, there's the option of taking my newspapers to one of the county drop-off sites. The only problem is that South County and Millersville aren't exactly next door to Annapolis. And a lot of the sites don't have daily drop-offs.
Giant was just so convenient. It was easy to load up your papers once a week on the way to grocery shopping. It was so simple to pull to the side of the store, unload the papers and load up your groceries.
I miss it. And I know most of my neighbors do, too.
So does Biba,who jokingly asked me if I wanted some of his.
I hope that means a solution is coming sometime soon.
P.G. PLAN WOULD AX SPORTS
The way the Northeast baseball team waded through its Region III opponents from Prince George's County last year, blasting both Fairmont Heights and Frederick Douglass by a combined score of 35-1 en route to a 24-0 state championship season, it was like the two teams weren't eventhere.
This year, they may not even get the chance to be there, thanks to a proposal Thursday from Prince George's County school superintendent Edward M. Felegy.
As part of a goal to cut $10 million from the school system budget, Felegy proposed the cancellation of allspring sports.
Should the move go through, Central, Fairmont Heights, Forestville and Surrattsville high schools in Prince George's would all get axed from the Class 2A Region III, reducing it to just five schools -- Northeast, Southern, Chopticon of St. Mary's County andDamascus and Rockville of Montgomery County.
Frederick Douglass, Gwynn Park and Potomac would get sliced from 3A competition, leaving South River to deal with Calvert of Calvert County, Great Mills and Leonardtown of St. Mary's County and Lackey, Thomas Stone and McDonough of Charles County.
In addition, Old Mill's track team wouldn't have to deal with Eleanor Roosevelt, which it tied for last year's Class 4A state title, or perennial power Bowie.
The whole thing should make things easier for a lot of Arundel athletes this spring, right?
So how come Northeast coach Harry Lentz isn't smiling?
"Basically, I'm not in favor of them cutting any sports anywhere. I'd really just hate to see it," said Lentz.
"I'm looking at it from the whole perspective," he said. "Any time you have an activity that keeps a kid off the streets, it's worthwhile. I realize that sports isn't the epitome of everything involved, but any time you do away with sports in high school, it's a poor example to our young kids."