Students to offer poems at Valentine's reading NORTH -- Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro


February 10, 1993|By PAT BRODOWSKI

"I've always enjoyed writing about love," says Allison Fisher.

This young woman's poems of love and fantasy were chosen by members of the Poetry Forum for a Valentine's reading to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll County Arts Council, 15 E. Main St., Westminster.

Allison, 17, a student at North Carroll High School, entered a poetry contest last fall that was conducted by the Poetry Forum. She is is one of five poets who were invited to read their work. The other high school poets invited to the reading are Nicole Welsh of Francis Scott Key High, Jill Robin Sisson of Westminster High, Carolyn Scovich of South Carroll High and Susan Lantz of Liberty High.

Allison entered the contest after her poems of love and fantasy caught the eye of her NCHS English teacher, Tom Scanlan. He announced the contest during his "Survey of American Literature" class.

"I gave him my poetry, and he said it was pretty good and sent it in for me," Allison said.

She said writing poetry relieves stress. She finds moments to write between high school chorus, running track and her college preparatory courses. She's a junior now, thinking of a major in pre-med and minor in writing at the University of Maryland.

When she takes pen in hand, she writes a page or half-page of "what comes from my head."

"I like to be detailed, so the person reading can get mental picture," she said. She rarely revises and applies no title. The topic of love, she says, "is so wide that I haven't found any title, because there doesn't seem to be one that fits."

Saturday evening, she will read her work "about a dream of my boyfriend and myself on a picnic in a place unknown, a fantasy." She also is preparing a second poem.

Allison's mother and stepfather, Kathy and David Paskewitz of Manchester, will be listening, with brother Michael Paskewitz and sister Beth Fisher.

"They were really happy that I got into the reading," she said.

They've read Allison's poetry, but public readings are new to them all.

"Right now, I'm practicing for my family before reading in front of everyone else," she said. "I'm getting pretty excited."

Allison shares poetry and writing ideas with her friend, Nicole Welsh, who was chosen to read, too.

"That helps," said Allison.

* With a hop, skip and jump, 277 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders will be raising funds during the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart Feb. 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the gym of Spring Garden Elementary School.

"The amazing thing is, we have 308 kids in these grades and only 31 are not jumping," said physical education teacher Craig Walker.

School principal Larry Bair and several members of the faculty will hop over the ropes, too.

"I'm worried about how we're going to fit everyone into the gym," said Mr. Walker, who wants to include every parent and friend who'd like to watch.

"It's a fun afternoon," says Beth Hall, media specialist at the school. She's been helping sign up students for the event. Jumpers are divided into teams of six that rotate so each child jumps one-third of the time.

The jumpathon is held annually by the American Heart Association. To raise money, those who jump gather pledges from supportive parents and community members. Teams jump against the clock, with pledges measured in pennies per minute.

Expect your doorbell to ring soon with an eager, and healthy, student requesting your pledge.

"All of the funds stay in Carroll County," said Mr. Walker. "We raised over $6,000 here [at Spring Garden] last year. One kid has over $500 pledged already."

Put on those wading shoes. It's time we all joined the Reservoir Anglers Association to clean up litter at Liberty Reservoir.

The Anglers are cleaning the Nicodemus Road area at Liberty Reservoir on Feb. 28.

Referring to the December cleanup at Loch Raven Reservoir, spokesman Robert Standiford said they photographed the astounding 238-bag finish.

"When [you] see all those bags piled up that we got out of Loch Raven, it opens [your] eyes to the problem."

With permission of Baltimore, the Anglers are holding the Liberty cleanup one day before boats will again be permitted to be launched upon the waters.

"We're happy," said Mr. Standiford. "It shows you if you worwith somebody, you can get things accomplished.

"We worked with the city on this [renewing reservoir boating], and now we're back on the lakes. We're not going to stop."

The Reservoir Anglers Association will conduct a members-only meeting at the Owings Mills Fire Hall at 7 p.m. Feb. 25.

The meeting will discuss cleanup campaigns and a Carroll County committee to be formed.

Information: Anglers President W.T. Standiford, 374-5422.

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