The doors opened on time, buses ran on schedule and teachers had the classrooms ready. But the bigger question is, were parents ready for the first day of school?
I'm happy to report that things at my house were not too terribly hectic. Minor problems presented themselves, the first being that I did not want to get out of bed, Kevin could not find a shoe and Kassandra did not like what I had picked out for her to wear. But we all survived. Just think, only 180 days, give or take a few, until summer vacation.
Now that the kids have gone back to school, fall is not far behind -- and with fall comes the fall bazaars, crafts shows and yard sales. In the case of the Community Methodist Church, it's time for their trash and treasures sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 12 in the church's fellowship hall.
This is one of the church's big fund-raisers, and those of you who drive by Reidel Road know that they've been adding on and making the church just a little better.
Items for the sale will be accepted on Sept. 11. If you have been cleaning out your home and have things to get rid of, this is an excellent way to recycle such usable items as dishes, linens, books, records and toys.
Call Charlotte Barlow at 721-9398 for details.
* The church would like to welcome Carole Sloane, a second-year divinity student at Wesley Seminary, as CUMC's first minister to youth and children. Carole's home church is Asbury United Methodist in Washington. A president of the Young Adult Council, liturgist, president of the choir, certified lay speaker, UMW member and handbell choir member, she has a strong interest in working with youth and children.
At CUMC, Carole's chief responsibility will be the ministry to youths and their families. She will also work with the children's church service. She has been hired to work 20 hours a week, mostly on the weekends, and if time allows would like to develop a lay visitation program. The Church welcomes Carole, her husband, David, and their children, Angela and David, to its family.
* The Arundel Band Association's raffle for four tickets to the Aug.
Orioles game was won by fellow Croftonian Bob Cook. The raffle proceeds of $1,000 were added to the Arundel High School Band uniform fund.
That brings the fund to $8,000, but $35,000 is needed. Any individual or business wishing to purchase a band uniform will have their name put on a label inside. The cost of one uniform is $250. To make a donation, call Steve Ligon, uniform fund chairman, at 721-3665 or Ken Smith at 261-0918.
The band hopes to have new uniforms for the 1992-'93 season.
* A look Good/Feel Better program is set for 6:30-9 p.m Sept. 14 at the American Cancer Society Office in Crofton. Women undergoing cancer treatment can learn to deal with the physical changes that may occur as a result of chemotherapy and radiation.
For information, call 721-4304 or 261-6000.
* The Greater Crofton Newcomers will hold a New Members Tea at p.m. tomorrow, at Sly Horse Tavern, on the Village Green off Crofton Parkway. The meeting is open to members and those interested in learning more about the organization.
The club has activity groups that meet throughout the month including gourmet, book club, and moms and tots. For information, call Anna O'Kelly at 721-6435.
* Elections for new Crofton Athletic Council board members are scheduled 8-8:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Crofton Town Hall. Four three-year positions are open, as well as a one-year position for secretary. Twenty members must vote for this to be a valid election.
Earl Worthington, Dorie Folstein, Jerry Emmart, Bill Wheat and Andy Putnum are running for election to the board.
Weekly support and discussion groups for parents of infants and preschool children have been scheduled by Parents and Children Together (P.A.C.T.) to begin the week of Sept. 21. at 1657 Crofton Parkway.
A group for new and expectant parents will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays. The group will discuss the emotional and practical aspects of raising an infant from birth through 8 months.
A second group, for parents of children aged 8 to 18 months, will meet Wednesday mornings. A third group for parents of children 18 months to three years will also meet 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays. Parents of children ages 3 to 6 years will meet 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays.
Supervised play is offered for children while parents attend. Topics include discipline, sibling rivalry and preschool experience. For information, call 721-7719.