Children visit Camden Yards, meet Cal Jr. PASADENA

NEIGHBORS

February 26, 1993|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

Thirty super sales kids from Jacobsville Elementary School got the tour of their dreams on Tuesday and a chance to hang out with a baseball legend, all thanks to that little candy bar with the magical name, Cal.

It's hard to imagine that some chocolate, caramel and peanuts could create such a buying frenzy, but that's what happened when the school's PTO became the first group in the state to sell the Cal Bar, named after the Orioles' shortstop.

"The public response was unbelievable. We sold over 680 cases of candy and raised a ton of money for our school," Jacobsville PTO President Jane Riedy said. "As a thank you to the high sellers, Morley Candy arranged a tour of Camden Yards and for the students to take part in a press conference with Cal Ripken Jr. The day was just fantastic."

The kids had lunch, walked in the outfield, sat in the dugout and visited just about every nook and cranny of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. But the real excitement was meeting Cal.

Each top seller submitted a question for Cal and two were chosen. First-grader Bobby Ketterer asked what was the best thing about having a candy bar named after him. Cal jokingly replied that he could eat as many of them as he wanted. But the best part was helping groups raise money.

Fourth-grader Melain Switala's question went a little deeper.

"What impact did your education have on your career as a superstar Oriole?" she asked. "Some of my friends believe that if you are planning to grow up and be a pro athlete you don't need a good education. They think you just have to be outstanding at what you do."

As a youngster, Cal said he learned that he wouldn't be a `D baseball player forever and getting a good education was important.

"You have to be book-smart, too," he said.

Other top sellers who visited Cal are: kindergartners Jeffrey Kaminski Dustin Riley and Shawn Skipper; first-graders David Difabio, Amber McKeldin, Collin Riley, Ashley Rozanski and Jesse Thomas; second-graders Melissa Dicus, Sammy Farber, Kelly Peterman, Adam Surgeon, Holly Yeager; third-graders Erin Burfield, Brendan Byren, Nicholas Johnson, Meaghan Meyers and Katie Riedy; fourth-graders Lynnea Dodson, Jennifer Homan, Keith Reese and Erica Yeager; fifth-graders Danny Bates, Ian Calvert, Dominic Grelli, Michelle Imbach, Samantha Muhl and Kelly Riedy.

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Pasadena Boy Scout troops will kick off the national community service project "Scouting for Food" this weekend.

Starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Explorers will distribute donation bags to households in several communities. Residents should place nonperishable food items in the bags and place them outside the front door or on the front porch on March 7.

More than 75,000 pounds of food was donated last year in the district, which includes Anne Arundel County north of U.S. Route 50, said Four Rivers District Director Kevin Lescallette.

Seven local scout units are involved in the project:

Cub Scout Pack 346 will collect food from the communities of Pasadena Manor and The Dales; Pack 512 from Ventnor, Cedarwood Cove, Sillery Bay, Hunters Harbor and Mount Carmel; Pack 478 from Elizabeth's Landing and Pine Grove Village; Pack 770 from Chelsea Beach, Beachwood Forest and Indian Village; Pack 773 from Greenhaven, Armiger, Cambridge Crossing and Pinehaven; and Pack 785 from Pasadena Beach, Bayside Beach, Springdale and Hampton Chase.

Boy Scout Troop 412 will collect food from Linwood Village, Sillery Bay Forest, North Shore, Milburn and Long Point.

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United Methodist churches in the Pasadena Cluster will present their eighth annual Lenten Choir Concert and Hymn Sing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway.

Participating choirs are Asbury Town Neck, Community, Faith, Hall, John Wesley, Glen Burnie, Magothy, Magothy U.M.C. of the Deaf, Mount Carmel, Mount Zion and Pasadena.

Admission is free. An offering will be taken to help two foreign students.

For more details, call George Fauth, 255-8338.

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Mark your calendar: the hottest show around for young and old alike will hit Pasadena in a few weeks. It's the Chesapeake High School Band Boosters' sixth annual Clown, Magic and Illusion Shows on March 20 in the school auditorium. Showtimes are at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The matinee show is especially geared for the youngsters.

"We've added this afternoon show in response to parents' request and have tailored it to hold the younger kids' interest," band boosters spokeswoman Linda Veri said.

The carnival midway, offering food and games for all ages, will begin at 3:30 p.m. McGruff the Crime Dog and a special purple dinosaur also will make appearances.

The 6 p.m. show will feature performers from Free State Clown Alley 30.

Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children under age 12. Tickets can be purchased from band and booster members.

"Last year we sold out and had to turn away many unhappy people at the door, but this year we've set up two chances for families to purchase tickets at the school," Veri explained.

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