Several times a year, Chartwell resident Dennis Lunsford dresses in his 19th-century military uniform, packs his antique rifle and bedroll and steps back into history as a Civil War soldier.
Lunsford, a civilian, and military colleagues Lt. Col. Leo Florick, Major Tom Hamil and Capt. Jim Bresette presented a daylong series of Civil War re-enactments on Monday for Lynetta Darby's eighth-grade history classesat Severna Park Middle School.
Representing both sides of the battle, the men used their uniforms and equipment to give the 13-year-old students a taste of what lifewas really like when their ancestors fought one another.
The war takes on new meaning when the youngsters feel the scratchy wool uniforms and try to lift the heavy rifles, says Lunsford, who works for the Department of Defense.
Although there are several Civil War organizations in Maryland, these buffs are members of the 44th Virginia Infantry Regiment.
Each regiment selects its favorite battle to research and re-enact. Lunsford says that where you live does not dictate the battle you choose. His favorite example: the 2nd South CarolinaRegiment based in Boston, Mass.
Observers learn about the cavalry, artillery and signal corps, and how chaplains and surgeons carried out their duties.
For the first time, Lunsford's son, Michael, an eighth-grader at SPMS, has followed in his father's footsteps (and maybe those of his ancestors). He accompanied his dad to an encampment in Pennsylvania, serving as a message-runner for the general staff.
Dennis and his wife, Linda, have another son, Jeffrey, 10.
If your spirits have been warmed during this very cold spring by the sight of daffodils and flowering trees along Benfield Road, you can thank the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce and its Benfield Beautification Project.
Last week, Boy Scout Troop 993 and Scoutmaster Charles Berger were out in force, helping to weed and mulch the street-side gardens.
On hand were Cam Shinaberry, Craig White, JasonCochrane, Sam Campbell, Jimmy Matiaiewicz and Matt Hudson.
To contact the chamber, call Linda Zahn at 987-6625.
Students at Severna Park High School who work hard enough to earn a spot on the Principal's Honor Roll (all A's) or the Honor Roll (all A's and B's) found out this week they have more than a good report card to show for their efforts.
The Parents Teachers Students Organization, under the leadership of parents Kathy Briggs and Pat Cain, has worked with the local business community to create an Honors Coupon Book, filled with discounts and freebies for the dedicated scholars.
Marley Station stores participating are Sbarro, Arby's, Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, Boardwalk Fries, Original Cookie, Merry Go Round, Great Cookie and Friendly's; in Severna Park, Little Caesar's, Baskin Robbins, Arthur's Clothier, Differences II, Bill's Barber Shop, Front Row, Ledo's Pizza and Park Plaza Subway; and in Pasadena, Dakada Sports.
The coupon book was presented to honor roll recipients this week and should encourage classmates to work harder for report card time next November. (Not included in the program are June report cards that are mailed after school is over).
Anne Arundel Community College has some interesting non-credit classes beginning in May.
A state grant allows the college to offer "School-Age Child-Care Training," free of charge. The course, which meets from 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, May 11-July 8, will investigate child and adolescent growth and will show how to develop a positive self-concept. The 45-hour program meets the new state training requirements.
A new class, "Operating aSuccessful Child-Care Facility," which meets from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 11 and 13, will include information on licensing regulations, types of centers, advertising and staff management. The cost is $32, anda second section is planned for August.
"Health Issues in Child Care," meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 16, will cover contagious diseases, precautions for children and adults, emergency situations and understanding HIV infection. The cost is $32.
For further information on all three classes, call 541-2325.
Professionals and family members of individuals who suffer memory impairment will want to attend the all-day symposium "Memory Retraining -- What Works," from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 at AACC.
Leading the program is Rick Parente, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Towson State University and a neuro-psychology consultant.
The symposium is sponsored by thecollege and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The cost -- $60 for the general public and $45 for Maryland state employees -- includes the program, lunch and refreshments.
For further information, call 541-2784.
Sixteen years ago, the Wee Center opened its doors at Severna Park Baptist Church.
To celebrate,the center is planning a reunion from 3 to 5 p.m. June 14 for all present and past students, staff and directors.
If you can attend, call the church at 647-0765 by May 18.