Easters have changed, and not for the better GLEN BURNIE

NEIGHBORS

April 07, 1993|By BONITA FORMWALT

Trace it back to the first Easter Bunny in the mall. That's when it started to spiral out of control. Suddenly, small children had an option as to what to expect for Easter.

It used to be so easy. March arrived and Mom would hit the stores in search of the perfect Easter outfit -- a dress with a crinoline, a short polyester coat called a "topper" and a new pair of genuine leatherette shoes. (At our house the shoes were never white unless it was one of those years when Easter came after Memorial Day.)

Easter Sunday would arrive complete with a basket bursting with jelly beans, a chocolate bunny and three dyed, cracked Easter eggs.

Hard-boiled eggs dyed with some strange vinegar concoction were then scattered throughout the yard for the annual hunt. Months later, a renegade egg discovered by the lawn mower prompts another heated discussion. Just how many eggs were hidden?

Now children visit a mall and discuss Nintendo game cartridges and Barney video tapes with a fuzzy Amazon-like hare. Easter candies include miniature Snickers bars wrapped in bright yellow paper and pink M & Ms imprinted with little ducks.

Grandmother is no longer happy with a lily plant purchased at the 7-Eleven. She expects something wrapped. Why else would they be selling that attractive Easter gift paper at the card shops?

Easter egg dyeing no longer requires vinegar. The plastic eggs used for the hunt are reusable and will survive well into the 23rd century.

The only true constant? We're still vacuuming the exact same plastic Easter grass out of the carpets.

Happy Easter, Glen Burnie. May your baskets overflow with red jelly beans.

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Everyone involved with last week's art auction for the Glen Burnie Health Center Association had reservations. After all, the event had to be rescheduled because of inclement weather and the new date fell in the middle of the week. Would people still attend? Had everyone sent all their money to the IRS?

As the doors opened, organizers crossed their fingers, held their collective breath and waited. Four hours later, after $16,700 worth of art had been sold, the general feeling was that something wonderful had occurred and the people of Glen Burnie had made it happen.

Although final tallies aren't in yet, auction chairwoman Barbara Turner estimates total profits at over $9,500. This includes money raised through program ads and a percentage of the art sold.

One of the evening's highlights occurred when Mary Fisher was honored for her 22 years of service as secretary at the health center. A plaque honoring Mrs. Fisher will be on display at the newly renovated health center.

Dozens of volunteers assisted with the operation of the auction -- selling tickets, baking desserts, walking the art through the display process. Community organizations such as the Greater Glen Burnier Jaycees, the Glen Burnie Civitan Club, the Ki-Wives of the Glen Burnie Kiwanas Club and members of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association all assisted.

While the extensive renovations have been going on, the health center has been operating in a temporary location on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. The "new-old" building will be open for business as usual for an immunization clinic April 29.

If you already have your mumps-measles-rubella shot, you can visit the health center at the open house, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5. Tours will be given from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m, May 12 following the association's regular monthly meeting.

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Fifth-grader Gary Smith and third-grader Gregory Caudhill were the grand prize winners at Woodside Elementary School's recent science fair. Both students' projects were selected to represent Woodside at the countywide science fair.

Other winners in the fair were:

Kindergarten, Tina Furness, first place.

First grade, Amy Kim, first; Roseanna Colon, second; Heather Helmick, third.

Second grade, Laura Phillips, first; Beth Bente, second; Michael Quinones, third.

Third grade, Jennifer Pachucki, first; Chris Frye, second; Amy Kirby, third.

Fourth grade, Chuck Snook, first; Jessica Furness, second; Gary Station, third.

Fifth grade, Krystal Johnston, first; Jennifer Ecker, second; Cassie Kauffmann, third.

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Boy Scout Troop 911 is sponsoring a flea market/craft fair/bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24 at Messiah United Methodist Church, Furnace Branch Road at Country Club Drive.

Spaces are available for $6 while spaces with tables can be rented for $12. Spaces will be available both indoors and out.

The event will go on as scheduled, rain or shine.

Throughout the day, the scouts will sell refreshments and baked goods.

For information on table or space rentals, call Susan Shepeta, 766-0678.

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Several churches in the community are celebrating Easter with musical dramas.

* "Watch The Lamb" will be presented at Faith Baptist Church, 7378 Furnace Branch Road. The curtain goes up at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow evening.

Raymond Higgins, minister of music at Faith Baptist, will direct the story of a father and his two sons as they journey to Jerusalem to sacrifice a lamb for Passover.

Tickets are available free of charge at the church office, 761-5346.

* A union of the choir, orchestra, dance, drama, sound and lighting ministries of Abundant Life Church will perform "Son of God, Son of Man" 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday.

The church is at 7305 E. Furnace Branch Road.

Although tickets are free, availability is limited. For information call the church office, 761-9075.

* The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings on Calvary Temple's production of "Lazarus, Come Forth."

The church is at 649 Old Mill Road.

For information, call Darryl Hare, 987-4714.

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