When it comes to taxes, there are two kinds of people: those who have their returns in the mail 24 hours after the W-2 arrives, and thosewho, as the clock nears midnight on April 15, are still addressing the envelop to the IRS.
To that latter group I say, "Relax, you've got a whole 364 days until next time."
The repeat championship for Severna Park High School's math team in the annual county competition may not reap immediate monetaryrewards, but the significance is far-reaching.
Who knows what these young math wizards will accomplish for themselves and their community? (They may have to calculate your taxes someday.)
Severna Parkhas finished at the top in more than half of the nearly two dozen competitions, AACC math professor Jack Wisthoff said.
Severna Park scored a year's total of 52.33 points, compared with 40.67 for runner-up Northeast. Meade finished third with 38.67, Old Mill fourth with 35.67 and Broadneck fifth with 34.67.
The year's top two individualperformers are from Severna Park. Adam Meyerson scored 29 out of a possible 30. David Bartolomeo, who turned in a perfect paper in the final round, was runner-up with 27 points.
Steven Albert, Bartolomeo, Marseille Bunk, Meyerson and David Ng each had perfect scores in team problems.
The students will compete May 1 at the Capital Area regionals at Meade High School. And 30 of the county's best will travel to Penn State University on May 30 for the American Regional Mathematics League competition.
The grand opening of the new Broadneck Park on College Parkway in Arnold begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. The daylong event features host Rob Roppel, president of the sponsoring Broadneck Recreation Council, and appearances by County Executive Robert R. Neall and County Councilwoman Diane Evans.
As part of the celebration, the Broadneck International Invitational Lacrosse Tournament will be played from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two visiting teams from the Stockport Metros Club in Manchester, England, will compete against local players age 11 to 15.
Occupying almost 50 acres between Broadneck Road and the parkway, the park includes three baseball diamonds, two multipurpose fields, a paved jogging-bicycle path with exercise equipment, a playground and picnic areas.
Let's hope the park is fit for a king, since its cost to the county was a king's ransom: a little more than $2 million. Designed by Human and Rhode, landscape architects, the park was built by Orion Contractors Inc. of Baltimore andVentura Construction Co. Inc. of Crownsville.
The design includedpreservation of natural resources by avoiding mature stands of dogwoods and many wild cherry, poplar and walnut trees.
The highest achievement in YMCA swimming is to qualify for the national competition, which will be held this year in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Thirteen youngsters from the Severna Park YMCA Swim Team (SPY) will compete:
13- 14-year-olds: Amy Musk and Missy Haynie.
15- 18-year-olds: Eric Sloan, Nora Grannell, Christie Jones, Jenny Duffy, Adam Turney, Chris Scheier, Andy Bauer, Kim and Kelly Carpenter, Courtney Saunders and Erin Cain.
Warm weather heralds the arrival of man's worst enemy: bugs.
Agricultural agent David Hitchcock will discuss the current status of the gypsy moth problem at 7:30 p.m. April 22 at Quiet Waters Park, off Forest Drive in Hillsmere.
Richard Olsen, county Gypsy Moth Program Coordinator, willexplain the aerial spray application program. There will be time forquestions, and refreshments will be provided for a small donation.
Enrollment at Severna Park Middle School this September is expected to exceed 1,000, a considerable jump over previous years.
Opening as a sixth- to eighth-grade middle school for the first time, the school is anticipating at least 350 new sixth-graders, 395 new seventh-graders and 336 returning eighth-graders, Principal Leslie Mobray said.
To ease the transition, a parent-information night and student tours are planned for April 23 in the gym.
Incoming sixth-graders and their parents will come at 6 p.m.,incoming seventh-graders and their parents at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call 647-7900.
As the Severna Park Assistance Network begins its third year, a re-dedication service is planned from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 26 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
County Executive Neall and County Councilwoman Evans will attend. Volunteers who have donated more than 100 hours will be honored.
A major fund-raiser for Severna Park United Methodist Church's annual Appalachia Project will begin at 6 p.m. April 26 when the curtain rises on the ever-popular Talent-Service Auction.
This year's project will take nearly 50 adult and teen-age volunteers to Knott County, Ky., for a week of home repair for individuals and families unable to do the work themselves.
Support the program and buy yourself a prize. Examples include a decorated cake, an oil change, a catered meal, a grass cutting, a day on the bay or the painting of a room.
For more information, call 987-4700.
Arundel Habitat for Humanity observes its fifth anniversary this year. Initiated by members of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, it has completed six houses,with more planned for 1992.
An anniversary dinner is set for 5 p.m. April 26 at St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Annapolis.
For details, call Jane Cooke at 721-4806.