Ice rink open during school closure WEST COUNTY -- Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

NEIGHBORS

December 29, 1992|By SUE HALLER

Congratulations, Crofton, we made it through another holiday season. Now, there are only 82 days until the first day of spring and 175 days untill summer -- my favorite time of year. With all the cold, windy weather we have had, my thoughts have been dwelling more on beach locations than on just about anything else.

But, there's the subject of New Year's Eve and what my family may be doing to usher in 1993. Most likely, Kevin, Kassandra, Dave and I will be in Annapolis for the First Night celebration.

Whatever you choose to do, make sure it is safe and a lot of fun. Have a happy, healthy and great 1993.

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With five days left of winter vacation, are the kids driving you up the wall with the I-don't-have-anything-to-do blues? Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis has opened its ice skating rink for the season, which may prove just what you are looking for.

Skating hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday; and noon to 9 p.m., Saturday and days when school is closed.

For information on group rates, season passes, lessons and private rentals, call 268-7463.

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Crofton-based Parents and Children Together Inc. (PACT) will offer two support groups for parents of babies 8 to 18 months old. One discussion group will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Jan. 13 through March 3 at 1657 Crofton Parkway. The second group will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Jan. 15 through March 5 at the Anne Arundel Health Education Center in Annapolis.

Each group is designed to help mothers meet other moms and share information and concerns. Topics for discussion include socialization issues, sleep and nutrition.

For information, call 721-7719.

* Also offered by PACT, the Care and Share support/discussion group, for parents of young children (3 to 6 years), will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday mornings for eight weeks from Jan. 4 through March 4 at the Anne Arundel Health Education Center in Annapolis.

The group is designed to offer support for parents of children this age. They can meet other moms and share information and concerns. Child care is provided.

For information or to register, call 721-7719.

* Finally, a weekly discussion group for new and expectant parents runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., beginning Jan. 15 and running though March 5 at Anne Arundel Health Education Center, 140 Jennifer Road. Parents will discuss the emotional and practical aspects of raising an infant from birth though 8 months. Topics include adjustments for new parents, sleeping and feeding concerns, expectations, baby care, fussiness and the birth experiences.

Infants are welcome to attend with their parents.

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The YWCA has announced the start of the Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest for 1993. The contest is open to students in grades three to six. This year's question is, "What would Martin Luther King Jr. say to your class?"

Essays are due on or before Jan. 25 and can be mailed to the YWCA, 17 Cypress Creek Road, Severna Park, 21146.

In the past, Crofton students have entered and done quite well. For more information, call 647-1500 or 798-4040.

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Crofton's teen dance at the beginning of December was a big hit; around 285 people showed up. The dance at Crofton Middle School is funded by the county teen grant that Crofton receives each year.

Sharon Titcomb, who organized the event, would like to thank Domino's Pizza and the many chaperons who helped make the dance a fun and safe time for all.

Ms. Titcomb now is busy planning the next event, a trip to Ski Roundtop on Jan. 28. This will be an evening trip, with buses leaving Crofton Middle School at 2 p.m. and returning at midnight.

The cost of the trip will be $20, with the transportation covered by the grant. Space is limited. To reserve a spot or for more information, call Ms. Titcomb at 301-261-6542.

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Crofton Meadows Elementary School considers itself fortunate to have some of the finest volunteers anywhere. Some are seen on a regular basis; others never seen are nonetheless busy helping out with the day-to-day running of the school.

To help show how much they think of the work volunteers do, school officials have instituted Salute to the Stars. Each month a volunteer or volunteers will be honored.

January's honorees are the husband-and-wife team of Michael and Vicky Gohr. For the past three years, they have collected, tallied and keep track of all the Giant food receipts that the kids bring in each day. Without the Gohrs, the school would never have acquired printers, hard drives, software and speech capabilities for its classroom computers. This year alone, they already have submitted more than $100,000 in receipts and are still collecting and tallying.

The Gohrs have two children in the school: David, a fourth-grader, and Denise, who is in the second grade.

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