If you've been driving down Route 424 lately, you may have noticed that Hardy Field has been undergoing some major work to make this season's baseball playing more enjoyable, for both kids on the field and parents on the sidelines.
In Crofton, we are very lucky to have a lot of hard-working volunteers. We have fathers, mothers, big brothers and sisters. We even have a few who played sports for Crofton when they were young, including Tony Bollino, who coaches a boys county soccer team, goes to school full-time at the University of Maryland andruns College Pro Painters.
Tony has volunteered to help with the work on Hardy Field. As many of you know, the old concession stand used to store equipment needspainting to cover graffiti and wear and tear on the building. Tony will use the job to help train new painters.
Sherwin-Williams in Bowie has been gracious enough to donate the paint to cover the building. Tony hopes to make it look as it did in days gone by.
You still have a few days to get to the Crofton Library and fill out yourlinks of paper for "Link Up With the Library" days. By doing so, you'll have a chance to win prizes and help the library have the largestchain in the county.
As of Friday, we had gone around the libraryonce, with hopes of doing it a second time before the Friday deadline. It takes 2,045 links to go around; I was told that measures 521 feet. That is a lot of reading for kids in the area.
* To help keep the spirit of National Library Week alive, the library is sponsoring a silly hat contest from 7 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Kids are asked to wear their favorite silly hat to the library. Bring the kids out for hat stories and silly hat games.
Lunch with the Easter Bunny is set for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department. The $3 price for lunch includes a hot dog, applesauce, cheese curls, carrot sticks, cupcakes, milk or juice and coffee or tea. Games will be played, and the winner of the Easter Egg coloring contest will be announced. (Forms were sent home with students in area schools.) Pictures taken with the Easter Bunny will be available for $4.
For information or reservations, call 261-0676.
* Not to be outdone, the Crofton Civic Association's Easter Egg hunt also is set for Saturday, from noon until 2 p.m. at Crofton Elementary School.Kids ages 2-11 are invited to bring along an Easter basket to collect their eggs. The Easter bunny will make an appearance and bring along a clown to make the day just great.
Coloring contest forms are available at Town Hall, Crofton Library and from local schools. Don't forget to stop by Town Hall and take a guess at the jelly-bean jar for your chance at the jumbo stuffed rabbit.
It's the time of year all you pain-loving runners wait for: The Crofton Runners Club opens its ninth season at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Crofton park on Davidsonville Road.
The club caters to family participation; it includes a lot of families who run together. There are no trophies, ribbons or entry fees. Refreshments at the conclusion of the race are provided by club President Bill Burlison.
There are five- and two-mile runs. The races start and finish in Crofton park. They have an official timer at each race. The public is invited to come out and run or just cheer. It means a lot to the runners to have that cheering team on the sidelines; my husband, Dave, is a runner, and you can find me at a lot of the races cheering for him and everyone else.
The Crofton Athletic Council and the Arundel High School baseball team will have a one-day baseball camp from 10 a.m until 2 p.m. Saturday at the school's baseball field. Children ages 7 to 15 are invited to participate. The cost is $10 per child.
The Arundel players will provide the instruction, under the supervision of coach Bernie Walter. They will go over all the fundamentals of the game: hitting, base-running, sliding, pitching, fielding grounders and fly balls.
Refreshments will be provided for the participants. A concession stand also will be open. Anyone interested can get more information by calling 261-3449. Or just show up at the field Saturday and register.
Kindergarten registration for the 1992-1993 school year will take placethis week at area elementary schools. Children born on or before Dec. 31, 1987 are eligible.
Parents are requested to register their children during school hours. When registering your child, please bring a birth certificate or other proof of age and the child's immunization recored.
It is important for the planning of the next school year to have as accurate a count as possible, so please sign your kidsup.
Crofton Meadows reports that it collected over $500,000 in Giant receipts this year. A portion of those receipts will be usedto buy four hard drives for the school's Mac Pluses computers; the remainder will be used to buy speech synthesizers for the classroom computers.
School officials also are planning to purchase a hard drive for the computer in the art room.
The school would like to thank everyone who sent in receipts. Special thanks to Vicky Gohr, who undertook the monumental task of tallying the receipts.