Anti-drunken driving group plans yard sale ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

NEIGHBORS

April 19, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

A moose head, some mole traps, and a 40-year-old console TV: these are some of the items Mothers Against Drunk Driving collected and sold in last year's yard sale, says MADD coordinator Nancy Hoffman. The moose head was sold at 7 a.m. before the yard sale opened.

MADD is planning a repeat performance for September and is starting to accumulate items to sell. So when you are in your spring cleaning mood, don't throw those still-serviceable treasures away. Call MADD at (410) 465-5757 for information on delivery times or pickup for large items.

The funds generated will help underwrite such programs as victim impact panels at the high schools and at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church.

The panels, comprised of people who have been victims of drunken drivers, educate the public on its disastrous consequences. Activities include other educational programs such as DODGE, a car designed to simulate the conditions of driving while intoxicated.

MADD also is seeking volunteers. Volunteers may help the chapter by raising funds, speaking to groups, running projects or staffing a booth at the Columbia City Fair.

MADD is always seeking new members. Membership costs $40 per family, $20 per single, or $10 for seniors, and it's an excellent opportunity to keep up with activities by means of newsletters and other publications.

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Ellicott City will welcome a new middle school next fall in Marriottsville on Route 99. This spring, Mount View Middle School Principal Marion Payne is busy selecting her teachers, choosing furniture, talking with construction crews, and most important, meeting with her new students and their parents.

Four schools will feed students to Mount View: seventh- and eighth-graders will come from Glenwood and Patapsco Middle schools, and the new sixth-graders will come from Waverly and West Friendship Elementary schools.

Ms. Payne has met with parents of incoming seventh- and eighth-graders, and will meet with the students today and tomorrow.

Early May will see Ms. Payne conducting student orientations for sixth-graders, and parent orientations on May 11 at 7:30 for West Friendship Elementary parents, and on May 12 at 7:30 for Waverly Elementary parents.

Orientations will be held in the prospective schools.

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Pat Stackhouse, who works in the front office of Howard High School, won my admiration and gratitude last week. My Howard Community College English 111 student Joanne Lorch had a research paper due in a week and a half, and was unable to find appropriate research on her topic: the four-period school day in Howard County. After ransacking the computer bases at a couple of libraries and earning a few gray hairs, Joanne turned to me for suggestions.

I Suggested calling Howard High, which is instituting the four-period day next year. Joanne drove there immediately. She had one hour before the high school closed for spring break.

At the school, Pat Stackhouse played the part of hero, providing her with not only a student newspaper article on the subject, but also with a parent newsletter and clippings pulled from several sources.

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Do you have your house number clearly marked to assist emergency crews in case of fire or health emergencies? Local agencies have discovered that many people do not. During the month of May, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Service, the Howard County Police Department, and local volunteer fire departments are combining forces to combat the problem.

The Howard County Fire Prevention Task Force is starting a countywide campaign to get every home clearly numbered. They are seeking additional help from youth groups, service clubs, or concerned citizens.

Petra Walian is the volunteer who is a contact person for the Ellicott City area.

If you are a member of an organization that may be interested in this community project, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 313-6040.

This seems a likely project for the many active neighborhood associations.

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Kudos to Sandra Caffes, new volunteer, who successfully fielded 14 requests for assistance on her first day of service for FISH, a group that volunteers help for needy people.

Kudos also to Fran and Carroll Kitzmiller of Clarksville, Howard Schwartz of Elkridge and his relatives Frank Mack and Christina White, and Jim McDonald and John Michael, of Columbia.

This group made a food pickup in its trucks at 11 p.m. at the Columbia Mall and worked until 1 a.m. delivering the 11,000 cans of food Girl Scouts had brought to the mall during the annual Girl Scout sleep-over.

Two pickup trucks were needed to take the food to local food pantries.

FISH is still seeking people for its all-volunteer telephone service.

Call Joan at 730-5480 if you can spend one day a month fielding telephone requests of needy people.

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