Rusting car has charms not all can see

Neighbors/ Glen Burnie

September 02, 1992|By Bonita Formwalt

I'm not sure if it's the same guy. Perhaps he's following me. Perhaps it's all just a coincidence and there are lots of these people in Glen Burnie. Perhaps they all genuinely want to help me. Perhaps.

All I know is that five times in the last month or so total strangers have approached me asking if I want to have any repair work done to my car. They have yelled at me across two lanes of traffic on Ritchie Highway. They have accosted me at the drive-in window of my bank. They leave business cards on my --board of the car when it is parked outside Chuck E. Cheese, minding its own business.

I'm offended.

I'll give you that maybe the car has seen better days. But it also has a few positive things going for it, not the least of which is that it's paid for. It is all a matter of your perspective. For example:

* Maybe the rusting is actually a science experiment in progress. It could be that as a family we are studying oxidation in the Atlantic coastal plains and its effect on Buicks. Go ahead and smirk at my car, but when my sons graduate from MIT we'll see who's giggling then.

* Somewhere in that car is an opal earring that my husband gave me in 1987. I know it's in there and one day it will resurface just like those Happy Meal toys that always seem to appear from nowhere years after they were purchased.

* The car has not one, but TWO windshield wiper motors. We have an extra wiper motor that my husband bought for $72 only to discover the car really only needed a 49 cent fuse. (We keep the spare motor in the trunk in the space normally reserved for a spare tire, which is sitting in the garage because we don't exactly have all the parts to attach it to the car if the need arose).

* Our school list marches on this week with a look at what's new in the classrooms around town.

Students at Glen Burnie Senior High will find several new teachers in the classrooms this fall.

Principal Midgie Sledge has welcomed the following new teachers to her staff: Kathi Foley and Cindy Clift, Outreach Program; Lisa Kump and Susan Griesmyer, English; Bernice Kosia and Anthony Berard, social studies; Lynette Ware, math; Sharon Brugger, foreign language; Janet Winter, business; Arthur Cogswell, industrial arts; K. Christine O'Neill, art; Vicki Plitt, physical education; Taileia Ramsey, special education.

Parents of GBSH students will have the chance to meet their child's teachers at the annual Back to School night at 7 p.m. on Sept. 22 in the school's auditorium. Information: 761-8950.

On the other side of town, Corkran Middle School also has a few additions to the faculty: Connie Hurt and Margaret Ternblacer, language arts; Dana Sturman, math/science; Linda Alban and Kathleen Taylor, art; Donna Unterman, home economics; Elizabeth Bardell, special education; Karen Berger, media aide; Marcia Morgan, speech.

Principal Robert Kubatko has invited parents to visit the classrooms and meet the teachers at Back to School Night at 7 p.m. Sept. 15. PTA President Elaine Sangkavasi will be there.

Other PTA officers at Corkran for the 1992-93 school year are: Leslie Marfani, first vice president; Richard Kubatko, second vice president; Sharon Rauser, secretary; Freida Stephens, treasurer. Information: 222-6493.

* There were only a few changes at Woodside Elementary this fall two teachers and a new phone number.

Joining Principal Frank Rocco and the faculty at Woodside are Nancy Wilson in the music department and Linda Day as a special education level IV aide.

LouAnn Boyd is the PTA president this year.

Information: 222-6910.

* Some of the most obvious changes at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School involve the school building itself. The completion of the soundproofing has given the school a brand new look.

One of the new faces at Slade belongs to Patty Hoffman, who has joined the administrative staff as assistant principal.

Darice Binfield has also joined the staff at Slade, in charge of the school's new Spanish program for seventh- and eighth-grade students.

For more information, call the school office, 766-8614.

* The next meeting of the South Glen Burnie Coin Club is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at VFW Post 160 on Dorsey Road.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. so that members can examine the items available for auction.

Information: Jim Osborne, 766-2574.

* The Glen Burnie Park community is preparing for a September-Fest Picnic, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19, at the recreation area between Glen Burnie Park Elementary School and the Glen Burnie Park Swim Club.

The event is being organized by Barbara Lawton, Wanda Harding and Brian Kirby of the Glen Burnie Park Civic Association, to re-create the feel of an old fashioned picnic with a parade, relay races, baking contests, pet shows and a dozen or so other activities.

There are several activities that require registration, including the best-dressed bicycle, bike rodeo, dog show, baking contest, pie-eating contest and the chicken imitation contest.

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