The next time you're in Olde Severna Park, notice the latest addition to the Park skyline.
That wonderful roofline soaring above the treetops near the B&A Trail belongs to Severna Park Elementary School.
Under construction since the summer of 1990, the 52-year-old structure will be completely renovated by July 25, says Mike Raible, headof construction and planning for the county Board of Education.
The expanded building will boast new air conditioning and carpeting and a new gym and cafeteria, the old one having been transformed into aspacious media center.
Principal Patricia Emory, who joined the staff in September, and her students have been guests of Severna Park Middle School during the construction.
What parent can resistturning his or her head in the direction of a voice calling, "Mom" or "Dad." But when someone calls, "Madam President," the one certain to respond is Elise Couper.
The mother of three little girls, Couper is not only president this year of Jones Elementary School PTA, butalso heads the very busy Severna Park Newcomers Club.
She did notintend to end up president of all she surveys, but after serving on both boards last year, it just kind of worked out this way.
When her family was moving to Severna Park from Fairfax, Va., two-and-a-half years ago, Couper described the type of elementary school she was looking for, and her Realtor said she knew the perfect choice: Jones.
And Couper agrees.
"Jones parents are supportive, involved and caring," she says. "With an enrollment of only 185, everyone knows everyone else."
In addition to those who have just moved into the neighborhood, Newcomers includes folks who have lived here for a while,says its president.
The club sponsors interest groups and a monthly luncheon meeting on the third Wednesday of the month.
A Peace Corps volunteer who lived in Africa in a wooden hut with rain water to drink and candles and kerosene for light spoke last month to the children of Chesapeake Academy.
Tiffany Glass, 26, taught math in a primitive wooden schoolhouse to classesof 80 children. The students spoke French.
The Chesapeake students had their eyes opened to different lifestyles as they compared the conveniences they have to life in Africa. Finally, the discussion turned to ways of preserving natural resources and energy, preventing pollution and helping those in need.
Members of Severna Park United Methodist Church are offering help to a new ally in need: Russia.
Here is a list of the most-needed items: 5 pounds of flour, sugar, pasta and rice; 12 6-ounce cans of canned meat; 1 pound of dehydrated soup; 2 pounds of tea (100-bag box); 1 pound of fruit juice (dehydrated packets); and 1 pound of solid chocolate bars.
A reinforcedcardboard box filled with these items can be shipped via UPS to: UMCOR, Operation Soviet Emergency Food Lift, New Windsor Service Center,500 Main St., New Windsor 21776.
Information: (410) 848-9635.
My family and I had just moved to Severna Park in the fall of 1970, when I looked out one day into our otherwise barren back yard to see an honest-to-goodness bluebird.
This was great, a river down the street and real bluebirds in my yard. Little did I know, but that would be the last time I would see a member of that endangered species for the next 20 years.
To prevent their extinction, there is a move across the United States to encourage the construction of specialbird houses in areas normally inhabited by bluebirds.
Thankfully,Severna Park is one of those communities.
We can learn exactly how to set up bluebird houses during a free slide show and lecture by Al Haury, president of the Arundel Bird Club, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Quiet Waters Park.
For more information, call 222-1777.
Don't forget the annual baseball card show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Columbian Center on Ritchie Highway.
The show, which promotes one of the country's hottest hobbies, is sponsored by the local chapter of the Sunshine Foundation, an organization started by members of the county police department to grant wishes of terminally illchildren who otherwise would never see their dream come true.
Admission is $2 per person.
For more information, call 987-5919.
Archbishop Spalding High School has joined the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League.
Play will begin next year, and a meeting for interested students and parents is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The team will be led by Don Mellin, who has more than 25 years of coaching experience and is the holder of an advanced coaching certificatefrom Hockey USA, and Garett Tache, a 1985 Spalding graduate who played for Benfield Pines and Little Americans.