Last week something odd occurred within our community that I'd like to share with my readers. Apparently someone removed -- without permission -- the portable restroom facility from the field house of my sons' youth sports association. Yes, someone stole the spot-a-pot.
Go ahead and giggle, but once the laughter has subsided, take a momentto question the motivation for swiping the portable john.
The obvious answer is that a group of teen-agers with the keys toDad's pick-up truck thought kidnapping the "necessary" would be a challenge. In the past, similar sanitary facilities have been used in asort of plumber's version of a tractor pull on Wellham Avenue. But let's explain other motives.
Perhaps it will be used to help implement the new "potty-parity" law. Maybe someone from the Baltimore Arena is borrowing such temporary facilities thinking that will make a few thousand female patrons happy next week at the circus. Guess again.
Or maybe some harried mother took it. Stressed to the limits by unsuccessful attempts to toilet-train Junior, she attached the portable potty to the back of her mini-van, thereby granting her the freedomto hit the road once again.
It's even conceivable that a crazed real estate agent, unable to cope with the sluggish market, took our spot-a-pot and put it in the backyard of a house that just wouldn't sell. I spent a great deal of the past weekend comparing the real estate ads from the past few weeks to see if any of the houses suddenly went from "1 fll bth" to "1 1/2 bths".
So if anyone knows what has happened to our facility, please let me know.
The girls softball team is getting cranky.
When members of the Glen Burnie Chapterof Parents Without Partners attend the organization's annual Zone Conference, they will be able to point with pride to the handiwork of one of their own -- a flag designed by member Darlene Stankiewicz.
Stankiewicz, a chapter member for four years, decided to enter the contest, sponsored by the national organization, in January. The idea was to fashion a new flag to represent the eight councils of Zone B ofPWP, which includes Central Maryland, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Zone B has the largest membership in the organization.
The flag will be unveiled May 1 at the Zone Convention in Newark, N.J. As the winner, Stankiewicz will be invited to attend the conference as an organization guest.
The Glen Burnie chapter was started in 1964 by a woman whose husband had died, leaving her with nine children.What began with only 15 parents has increased to include more than 500 members.
"Parents Without Partners is a non-profit, non-sectarian, educational organization devoted to the welfare and interests of single parents and children," Stankiewicz explained. "It is first an educational organization concerned with providing support, fellowshipand opportunities for personal growth and strengthened family relationships. Because we are whole people in need of adult and social activities, we are required to maintain a balanced program of educational, family and social activities."
A glance at the chapter's calendar for April shows activities ranging from roller skating to volleyball, billiards to camping trips.
But it is the companionship and support that most members seek.
"I've made a lot of nice friends, andthat's the main part," Stankiewicz said.
Orientations for new members are scheduled for the first Sunday and third Monday of every month at the North County library branch.
For more information on joining PWP, call its hot line, 787-2798.
They'll be singing forthe supper of hundreds this Saturday when the Sons of the Severn Barbershop Chorus present an "All Harmony Benefit" to assist the North County Emergency Outreach Network's food bank.
The music begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Archbishop Spalding High School auditorium on New Cut Road.
In addition to selections performed by the Sons of the Severn, there will be guest performances by the Knights of Harmony BowieChorus, the Sincerely Yours Quartet, the Heart of Maryland Chorus from Patapsco Valley, the Temporarily Yours Quartet, the Greenway Station Quartet and the Arundelairs Chorus of the Sweet Adelines.
Admission to the program is free with donations of non-perishable food items, such as cereal, peanut butter, noodles, canned fruit and canned meats. Adult and infant toiletries are also needed. Music lovers are encouraged to bring as many items as they possibly can.
For information on the program, call 766-8051, 766-0728 or 761-3715.
TheRev. Alan D. Traher has extended an invitation to the community to join the congregation of the Glen Lutheran Church for a concert by Alyosha Ryabinov, a composer and classical pianist from Russia.
A Russian Jew, Ryabinov will present his original compositions, including "Song Of Israel."
There is no admission, but a free-will offering for Ryabinov's ministries will be taken.
Glen Lutheran Church is located at 106 Carroll Road. For more information, call the church office, 766-6534.
Craft tables are available for Point Pleasant Elementary School's annual Spring Festival, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9 in the primary building's multi-purpose room.
There is a $10 rentalfee for each table, and reservations are requested as soon as possible. Crafters with children attending the school may send the money and information to school with their children.
For additional information, call Lynn Scmidt, 768-5216.
Sponsor sheets are still available for the Bike-Hike-A-Thon, conducted by the Glen Burnie Lionsand Lionesses Club, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail behind Harundale Mall.
Money raised from the spring jaunt will benefit the club's project for the visually impaired.
Sponsor sheets can be picked up at the following locations: the Bankof Glen Burnie, Crain Highway and First Avenue; the North County Library, across from Harundale Mall; and Wholesale Auto Parts, 1012 Crain Highway.
For additional information, call 761-8233 or 766-5340.