Will Elvis Mania Put Its Stamp On Glen Burnie?

Neighbors/ Glen Burnie

March 04, 1992|By Bonita Formwalt

Choices. Will it be Clinton or Tsongas? An American-built car or an import? The Visa bill or the gas and electric bill? The young Elvis or the not-so-young Elvis?

Yes, the Postal Service has decided to issue a stamp bearing a likeness of Elvis Presley, and the general public will have the opportunity to choose which picture is printed.

This could be Glen Burnie's shot at making headlines with the largest voter turnout being at the 21061 post office.

But how will the Elvis stamp and its accompanying mania affect our lives?

* The next wedding invitation you receive may have a response card sporting Elvis in the upper right corner as opposed to one of those hearts andlove stamps. Immediately upon seeing this you will know that this isgoing to be a fun wedding, with an accordion player named Larry playing "Feelings" vs. a string quartet playing something by Dvorak.

*The Glen Burnie Improvement Association could sponsor an Elvis lip-sync contest at the carnival this summer. With sightings of dozens of Elvis look-alikes wandering around Ritchie Highway, shows like "Geraldo" and "A Current Affair" will put Glen Burnie on Hollywood's "A" list. Soon, Barry Levinson will claim he was born in Glen Burnie and he'll make a movie called "Chrome Men."

* Perhaps Bob Neall will getswept up in the Elvis phenomenon, and at the ground-breaking ceremony of his new Glen Burnie jail he'll have 12 Elvis impersonators doing"Jail House Rock."

The post office will be providing postcards next month to help make voting easier. Your responsibility is to decidebetween the young Elvis, who gave us such classics as "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Love Me Tender," or the older Elvis, who gave us "In the Ghetto."

I'll keep you posted, Glen Burnie.

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There was lots of pasta over at Marley Middle School last week when participants of the school's mentor program held a spaghetti dinner for the students' parents. The dinner was the first time many of the parents had a chance to meet their childrens' mentors.

This is the third year for the mentor program at Marley Middle, which currently has 75 students ina one-to-one relationship with an adult mentor. Mentors include mostof the staff and administration of the school. Several members of the C&P Telephone Co.'s Community Relations Team are also involved as mentors, including Barbara Fletcher, Linda Hershman, Joy Mossman, Wanda Wilson, June Yount and John Callahan.

"The purpose of the dinnerwas to give the parents, mentors" and students a time to meet, said Barbara Fletcher, a coordinator of the program. "This should allow better communication if everyone knows who they are talking to or about."

Fletcher is mentor to sixth-grader Christina Peiffer. Both she and her mother, Virginia, are very supportive of the program.

"Ever since (middle) school began, I've had problems," said Christina. "But since I've been with Barbara, I'm doing better. I took an 'E' to a'C' in social studies. It's tutoring and working on my self-esteem at the same time."

Virginia Peiffer recalled the onset of Christina's problems.

"When she left elementary school, I never expected her to get anything other than A's. But when she got her report card, Icould see there was a problem. Since she's been with Barbara, she seems more interested in her classes," said Peiffer. "It was scary at first, but she's settled in and I've seen quite an improvement."

All three see the relationship between mentor and student as built on trust and an endless supply of support.

"Sometimes, you need somebody you can confide with -- someone not a parent," said Christina. "With Barbara, I can open up and tell her something you want her to knowand no one else to know. It's like a friendship."

But there doesn't appear to be any competition between the two women in Christina's life.

"I'm glad that when there are times when she can't come to me with a problem that she has someone like Barbara," said Virginia Peiffer.

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St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 308 Oak Manor Drive, is expanding next fall to include 3-year-olds in its child-care program.

Dawn Mangum, director of the child-care program at St. Paul's, saidit will offer full-time weekday child care from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and a structured preschool program from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

"Parents will have the option of enrolling their child in the full-time programor in the structured program, two, three, four or five days a week,"said Mangum.

Children who have reached their third birthday and are up-to-date on their immunization shots are welcome. It is preferable that the child be toilet-trained.

For information concerning the program, call Mangum at 766-5790.

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Ray Greene, the National Association of the Retired Federal Employees Volunteer Coordinator, will address the monthly NARFE luncheon meeting at noon March 10, at the Holy Trinity Church Hall, 7434 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. The topicof the afternoon's meeting will be volunteerism.

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