The lure of life along the water's edge has long been a tradition inour county. Many years ago, before the Bay Bridge unlocked easy access to the Eastern Shore, the creeks, rivers and bay shoreline of northern Anne Arundel County attracted hundreds of city dwellers seeking relief from the sweltering heat of summer.
Sunday trips to picnic at Fort Smallwood Park or swim at one of the small family-run beacheslike Kurtz's, Alpine, Maryland or Cottage Grove Park were part of summer's weekend ritual.
If you were really lucky, you knew someone who owned their own place on the water. The amenities at these summer hideaways weren't glamorous, but the cool water and relaxing pace made up for any lack of modern conveniences.
But that was a long time ago. I grew up and so did Pasadena, maturing into a bustling suburban area with shopping malls, booming developments and traffic jams. Increasing population has created strains on our waterfront areas. People helped create the problem; now people can help correct it.
The North County Tri-Creek Committee, in a cooperative effort with local businesses, communityorganizations and citizen groups, will be conducting a stream surveyof Cox, Nabbs and Stoney creeks from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. The one-day project is sponsored by the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.'s GovernmentAffairs Program, and Maryland Save Our Streams.
Volunteers will conduct the survey by boat, canoe and foot along 17 miles of waterways. They will look for exposed sections of sewer lines, pipe outfalls, overflow points, fish migration barriers, unshaded stream sections, evidence of erosion, unusual stream conditions and trash dumping.
While many people have already volunteered to help with the project, many more are needed, said Larry Velten, local volunteer recruitment chairman and Sunset Beach resident.
"We need more volunteers, not only from the local area but other communities interested in saving our streams," Velten said. "With the firsthand experience and knowledgelearned on this survey, interested volunteers can help spearhead stream surveys in their own communities.
"The tri-creek area can helpspearhead an adopt-a-stream survey in their own communities."
Volunteers will meet at Maurgale Inn and Marina on Nabbs Creek Road, where they will receive instructions on how to conduct a stream survey.
People who own property along the stream will be contacted in advance and asked to participate in the project by surveying their own area. No surveyors will enter properties where advance permission has not been secured.
Maryland Save Our Streams volunteers will tabulate the results and forward them to the state Department of Natural Resources, the Department of the Environment and the county Department of Planning and Zoning. Department officials will investigate and correct problems.
Community organizations and citizen groups also willbe asked to correct certain problems, such as cleaning up litter andplanting trees on unshaded stream sections.
Anyone interested in volunteering for this survey should contact Velten, 255-5863, or DyanMcGrath, 235-6421.
Kids and coaches in Riviera Beach will celebrate their season of dreams at noon tomorrow at the annual RivieraYouth Sports Parade.
Hundreds of youngsters will converge on Riviera Park, on Greenway and Meadow Road, at 11 a.m. to organize themselves for the parade.
Taking part in the community event will be teams from the Pasadena Clinic League, Riviera Girls Softball, Riviera Little League and St. Jane's Soccer; fire companies from Riviera Beach, Armiger and Orchard Beach; antique cars; and Sparky the fire dog.
The parade route will follow Meadow Road, turn left on Fort Smallwood Road, left on Riviera Drive, right on Jenkins Road and left on Arundel Road. Main roads along the route will be closed from about 11:45a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Get out of the kitchen tomorrow morning and enjoy hot cakes and sausages at the Lake Shore Rotary Club breakfast from 7 to 11:30 a.m. at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, 4760Mountain Road.
Breakfast is priced with families in mind. Adults are $3, children just $1.
Proceeds will benefit Rotary community projects.
The congregation of Galilee Lutheran Church, 4652 Mountain Road, will dedicate its new addition with a special service at3:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Rev. Richard Hinz, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Southeastern District, will deliver the message. The Rev. James Lange, circuit counselor and assistant pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie, will also attend.
Light refreshments will be served following the service.
The community is invited to attend.
For more information, call 437-3864.
Come one, come all to the biannual Aspen Park Homeowners Community Yard Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow in the
commons area on Meadow Wick Court.
More than 20 tables loaded with great bargains will be featured.
The sale will take place rain or shine.
Downs Park Happenings: Tomorrow at 1 p.m., Ranger Dave Devault will lead a Wild Flower Walk in search of pink lady's slippers, jack-in-the-pulpits, buttercups, moccasin flowers and quite a few more.
"This is the month for wildflowers, so break out those field guides and load your camera and join us," the ranger advised.
Advance registration is required.
Volunteers will help with an Earth Day Beach Cleanup at 2 p.m. Saturday. Data collected from the cleanup will be used by the Marine Conservation's National Marine Debris Database to help develop solutions to stopping marine debris.
The Dr. Seuss classic "The Lorax" is the featured flick at 7 p.m. Sunday evening for Movie Night at the park.
Bring the kids and the popcorn and meet at the information center. A cartoon will start at 7 p.m., followed by the Dr. Seuss movie at 7:20.
Seating is limited; advance registration only.
To reserve your spot in any of these weekend events, call thepark at 222-6230, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.