West Arundel Chamber plans Community Day WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

NEIGHBORS

January 19, 1993|By VICKI WELLFORD

First impressions are often the ones that last.

Driving into a neighborhood can tell a visitor a lot about community pride and involvement.

That's why the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is trying to spark enthusiasm for projects to spruce up the major roads that serve our community and bring us all together.

The chamber is having a meeting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4 at Western District Police Station to outline its proposals for a Community Day and the landscaping of the Route 32 Extension/Route 175 corridor.

For several years, the chamber sponsored the May Day Spectacular, which featured games, entertainment, food and craft displays. The chamber wants to have a similar event that involves the entire community, and is looking for help from the participating groups to organize this event.

In addition, the chamber is working with the State Highway Administration and Delegate Marsha Perry to develop plans to make the new Route 32 Extension more visually pleasing.

The chamber will be looking for groups to adopt a small portion of the highway and plant trees or bulbs on designated days. The scope of this project will be determined by the level of community interest. Extending the project to portions of Route 175 also will be discussed.

The chamber and the Greater Odenton Improvement Association have adopted the stretch from the Odenton Shopping Center to the Route 32 overpass and schedule yearly cleanups of the area. The chamber plans to determine what else can be done to enhance the appearance of Route 175.

Community organizations interested in participating in one or both of the projects are asked to call Marcia Hall at the chamber, 672-3422.

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One of the county's busiest branch libraries will close for a week next month to get a sprucing up.

The Provinces Branch Library, in the Severn Square Shopping Center at Route 175 and Ridge Road, will get new carpeting and a minor reshuffling of its stacks during the week of Feb. 22. The branch will reopen at 1 p.m. on March 1.

No library materials will be due back to the branch while it is closed. But borrowers can return items through the book drop beside the main entrance.

Materials borrowed from the Provinces branch also can be returned to any other branch in the county library system.

The 12,000-square-foot Provinces branch opened in October 1986. Patrons borrow books and other materials from the branch some 26,000 times each month.

Library administrators say patrons should use other branches during the temporary shutdown. The Odenton branch is at 1270 Odenton Road, 222-6277. The Maryland City branch is in the Maryland City Plaza Shopping Center on Route 198, 725-2390. Both branches are open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Arundel Senior High School Band will hold a turkey shoot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at 980 Patuxent Road in Odenton.

Only 12-gauge shotguns will be allowed. Ammunition will be supplied for $2.50 per shot. All proceeds go to the band.

For more information, call 621-7559.

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Cub Scout Pack 269, sponsored by the Four Seasons Womens' Club, celebrated the holidays with caroling and a party at the December pack meeting at Four Seasons Elementary School in Gambrills. At the meeting each Scout got a Pinewood Derby Car, which will be assembled by the Scouts and raced on a Pinewood track for awards this month.

During the pack meeting, Cubmaster Mark Hagensick presented awards: Eric Scott, Webelos artist badge; John Hammrick Jr., soccer belt loop, pin and sports letter; Trevor Allen, Michael Hodgkiss, Jacob McNamee, Daniel Parmentier, Eric Scott, Daniel Sonntag, Clint Sullivan, Ultimate Frisbee disk belt loop.

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The Fort Meade Retired Officers' Wives' Club monthly luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 2, at the Fort Meade Officers' Club.

The National Sojourners, a group dressed in Early American uniforms, will present a patriotic program, "Building the Flag."

Reservations are required and must be made by noon on Jan. 28, by calling Althea Freeman, 410-551-8826, or Lucille Simms, 301-776-4048. The cost of the luncheon is $8.

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Arundel High School, home of the Wildcats, will hold a Baseball Card Show from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 6, at the school, 1001 Annapolis Road, Gambrills.

Denny Neagle and John Stefero are scheduled to hold autograph sessions. The fee for autographs is $1 for flat items and $2 for a ball or bat. Neagle played for Arundel from 1984 to 1986, then the Minnesota Twins in 1991 and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992.

John Stefero is from Odenton and played for Johnny's Baseball Club in 1978, and the Baltimore Orioles from 1983 to 1986.

Six-foot tables can be rented for $35 and 12-foot tables for $60. Admission is $2.

For more information, call Bernie Walters, athletic director at Arundel High School, (410) 674-6500, Ext. 252.

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