Sisters-in-law consider another trash cleanup NORTH COUNTY--Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey

NEIGHBORS

January 18, 1993|By ROSALIE M. FALTER

Pam Haley and Kelli Punte were tired of seeing trash piled along River Road. So they organized a cleanup in November. The sisters-in-law and 124 volunteers picked up 61,480 pounds of trash along 1.6 miles of River Road, which is part of the Patapsco Valley State Park. They called it the River Road Clean Up Recovery Project.

Now, the trash is back. But not for long, because the women are determined to keep the area clean.

"People seem to be angry that the place was cleared, and they are now dumping closer to the road," Ms. Punte said.

That's why they are considering another cleanup soon. But cleaning up the area is a big job, something the two women didn't consider when they began plotting the first cleanup. They were driven by the area's ugliness.

"We drove the road every day and hated to see the trash," Ms. Punte said. "We couldn't take our children there to play, and Pam's children couldn't fish in the pond or stream."

Their initial efforts were very small scale: using their own pickup truck and organizing interested neighbors and friends to help. But that changed after a story about their cleanup efforts appeared in this newspaper. Dozens of people offered to help. The two women prepared for three months, talking to state ranger Neil Harrick about the Adopt-a-Park-Program and arranging for 30 trash bins from the county.

Community Services Specialist Kathy Shatt closed the road to traffic for nine hours on cleanup day.

"A big thank you to everybody. They were all heroes that day," Ms. Punte said of the volunteers.

Several businesses and organizations also helped with the cleanup. Taubers Towing, for example, offered its off-road recovery truck. Park technician John McCarthy picked up trash with his front-end loader.

Three Boy Scout troops also provided assistance.

Neighborhood businesses and clubs pitched in to help in a different way, donating food, drinks and paper products for meals. The groups included Domino's Pizza, Whitey's Supermarket, McDonald's, Guest Quarters Hotel, Terry's II Restaurant, Chucks, and the Bass Masters Club.

Ms. Punte was surprised that so many people volunteered to help, including two people from Arbutus and Severna Park.

A sign on West Nursery Road that reads "K & P Recovery Team" honors their efforts.

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Members of the Patapsco Valley American Association of Retired Persons 3850 Executive Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Christopher's Church Hall.

The association's regular monthly meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 27 at St. Christopher's Hall.

For information, call Vivian Zold, 859-1724.

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The Linthicum Heights Homemakers will have its monthly meeting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church.

For information, call Gladys Schmidt, 766-1194.

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The Elkridge Chorus of Sweet Adelines has resumed regular rehearsals at Hilltop Elementary School, 6825 Melrose Ave. The chorus meets every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the school media center.

Any woman interested in singing barbershop-style, four-part harmony with this award-winning chorus of more than 100 women is welcome to stop by to find out more about the group.

A love of music and the ability to carry a tune is all that is required.

For more information, call 255-0607.

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A North County High School Band Parents meeting is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the school's band room. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Members will discuss spring events and fund-raising plans, as well as the Toronto trip in May.

The parents are selling 50-50 raffle tickets for $1. The drawing is scheduled for the Feb. 17 meeting. Last year's winner won more than $1,100. To purchase tickets, call a band parent or the school office, 859-5400. Leave your name and phone number.

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Before the holidays, the Linthicum Elementary School sixth-graders formed a new club called "Cards for Kids," directed by teacher Art St. Martin. The program is designed to help needy, handicapped or sick children in local hospitals have a nicer holiday, and enhance the students' enjoyment of collecting and trading baseball cards.

St. Martin contacted local hospitals and coordinated the program with staff social workers.

Club members sent 300 baseball cards to the following hospitals:

St. Joseph, St. Agnes, The Children's Guild School, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Harbor, Franklin Square, Union Memorial, North Arundel, Kernan, Mount Washington Pediatric and Johns Hopkins.

The club members who participated were Jeff Dayton, Jason Lancaster, Evin Palmisano, Eddie Jackson, Ben Pulz, Mark Cadarette, Nicole Propert and Henry Mack.

The club thanks Dan Miller, owner of the Line Drive of Linthicum Sports Card Shop, who contributed to the project by reducing the cost for the card sleeves. Dottie Eder, a sales clerk at Line Drive, and several store patrons also donated extra cards to the project.

The club is expanding its program by sending baseball cards to the hospitals for Valentine's Day and other holidays throughout the year.

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