Students, businesses help Floridians NORTH--Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

NEIGHBORS

January 20, 1993|By PAT BRODOWSKI

"This school has been fantastic about supporting student service to help other people," says Sheryl Davidson, PTO president of North Carroll Middle School.

Last fall, North Carroll students decided to help South Miami Middle School, one of many devastated by Hurricane Andrew, where students were left without school supplies and other essentials.

"Rec nights are held depending upon need," says Mrs. Davidson, so one was held in October. It attracted 325 seventh- and eighth-grade students who donated supplies and money as admission to the night of fun.

Then Mrs. Davidson and school secretary Melinda Sprinkle went shopping for "a lot of school supplies. Spiral notebooks, pencils, pens, paper, erasers, chalk. A lot of office supplies, too. And underwear, socks, T-shirts, for different age groups of men, women, and children, with combs, brushes and soap," she said.

Students wrote letters and one class made a video to enclose. More than 50 boxes -- more than 1,500 pounds of requested items -- were packed.

With three-quarters of a ton of stuff to send, Mrs. Davidson said, the students learned that shipping would cost a minimum of $350.

"I tried to be patient, because we didn't want to spend the money," Mrs. Davidson said.

She had heard of Carroll Countian Cindy DeBrose taking campers to Florida. Mrs. DeBrose's truckers offered to put North Carroll's donations into one of the campers, but they needed fuel for the trucks.

"It was three months we were waiting," Mrs. Davidson said, trying to find a solution. Then representatives of USAir, who were contacted to support the truckers with fuel assistance, "said they would pay for air freight. They'd take our packages because they could go on a plane -- if we put them on at the airport. They were fantastic!"

Principal N. Richard DeLong helped load Mrs. Sprinkle's pickup truck and drove to the airport.

"USAir took care of loading the airplane, and taking them from the airport to South Miami Middle School, free of charge. The school got everything," Mrs. Davidson said.

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"I'm grooming on my scooter now, a 250 Honda, and I whiz down the road in the summer to clip my dogs," says Diane Glass. Diane's Grooming Service, on the road about four years now, goes to the dogs in Manchester, Westminster, Reisterstown and all areas close to home in Hampstead.

The scooter is a summer toy. Otherwise, Diane's travels by pickup. Small to medium size dogs, from Shih Tzu to Springer spaniels under 50 pounds, form her clientele. That's because larger dogs are harder to handle in an owner's home.

"The real little ones we wash in the sink, put on the washer-dryer and stand up to do 'em. There's very little mess. Just a little hair might drop; we put that in a bag," she says, saying "we" to include herself and the dog.

"I do as many as five a day. Dogs are smart. They always know that when they get on the washer, I'm coming."

"Within an hour and a half I'm all done. They're well-behaved, too, as long as we keep the parents out of the room," she says. "We ask for total privacy unless a problem comes up. Like a child . . . as soon as they see the owner, they get all wiggle-wiggle."

Mrs. Glass, 45, has always worked with animals. As a horse trainer and a veterinary assistant in the '70s, she learned to groom dogs and picked up insight about their nature.

"You have to know how they think and react to things," she said, noting that's why some dogs respond to her so well.

She suggests grooming every six to eight weeks to keep a dog's coat in good condition. Some folks book their dog's grooming a year ahead.

Taking clippers to the customer "is really good for people who don't drive, the elderly, or for the highly nervous dogs that don't want to go any place in a car," Mrs. Glass says. The dog is freed from the typical all-day stay at a pet grooming shop, as well, and "what's nice is they get to see the same person all the time."

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