Youth softball, baseball teams take to the field on Saturday WEST COUNTY -- Clarksville * Highland * Glenelg * Lisbon

NEIGHBORS

April 22, 1993|By SALLY BUCKLER

"Baseball," said Mark Beltaire, is "almost the only place in life where a sacrifice is really appreciated."

Baseball season begins in western Howard County on Saturday, and hundreds of families will enjoy leisurely games as players, coaches and spectators. Through mid-June, youth teams will play baseball and softball nearly every evening, as we will welcome spring with our national sport.

If you want to be part of the excitement of opening day, head over to the fields at Glenwood and Bushy Park almost any time Saturday. You'll see waves of players in colorful uniforms, and you can join cheering families on the baselines.

Games begin every hour or so, and you're sure to see someone you know, for more than 1,100 boys and girls from our community are playing this year.

The Western Howard County Baseball and Softball League has formed a new booster council. The council's task is to promote parent involvement and to support the league financially.

Teresa Logan is the league board member who is developing the booster council, and she is looking for volunteers. The council needs geographical coordinators to serve on the booster council, a team parent for each team and other adult volunteers.

You don't have to coach or manage a team to help. Just use your own unique skills and your interest in the youth baseball program.

To join the boosters council and lend your talents to the league, call Mrs. Logan at 531-3362.

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Former Glenelg High School Principal Walter Caldwell Sr. died April 14 after suffering a heart attack. Those in our community who had the good fortune to know or work with Mr. Caldwell held him in the highest esteem.

Glenelg teachers, students and parents trusted Mr. Caldwell. When he asked teachers to work on school projects that took extra time and effort, the teachers were pleased to try to do the work, because it was "for Walt Caldwell."

Current Glenelg principal Jim McGregor said, "He knew the essence of living. He was known for his kindness, his warmth and his caring. He exemplified that type of principal who is truly an advocate for students. He will be remembered as a caring person who really went out of his way to help students who needed extra encouragement and support."

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Zach Tropf of Highland became an Eagle Scout recently at a ceremony at Clarksville Middle School. He is the 69th Eagle Scout of Troop 737, which is sponsored by the Clarksville 5th District Volunteer Fire Department.

Zach, who is a ninth-grader at Atholton High School, has been an active Scout since elementary school. He is an outstanding student and stellar athlete, particularly in cross country, basketball and track.

Zach earned 51 merit badges on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. He completed a complex project at Schooley Mill Park to attract birds to the nature area.

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Mother's Day is a little more than two weeks away, on May 9. If you're looking for a unique gift for Mom, stop by the Glenelg Country School to purchase a decorative house pin. The school's National Honor Society is selling the attractive little pins for $10.50, and proceeds will go to help homeless women find housing.

You can pick up your pin May 3-7 at the school from 8:20 a.m. until 3:25 p.m. For information, call Hannah Pickworth at 531-5778.

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Visits end, but new friendships linger. Glenelg Country School hasacted as host to 10 ninth-grade students and two faculty chaperones from Traunstein, Germany, since April 12.

The German guests head for home tomorrow after an engaging visit. The students attended some classes at Glenelg Country School, enjoyed distinctive luncheons, dinners and parties with Glenelg students and faculty, and toured Washington, Baltimore and the Eastern Shore.

Families who played host to the visitors and others at the school take great pleasure in their international friendships, which they hope will last a very long time.

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It's not too late to get tickets to the 17th annual Bull Roast and Auction, sponsored by the Parents and Friends Association of Glenelg Country School. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the school. Call 531-2229 for tickets to this spirited event.

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Flea markets are great fun for bargain hunters and crafters looking for imaginative ideas. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Spring Flea Market from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at the fire station on Route 108 in Clarksville. There will be more tables than ever this year. Admission is free.

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Spring Clean for the Spring Fling is the motto of the PTA organizers ofClarksville Elementary School's flea market. Clarksville's very successful annual Spring Fling is coming to the school May 1. The outdoor flea market will offer crafts and attic treasures.

Call April Tayman at (410) 730-2715 to rent a space at the flea market.

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Sunday morning breakfast at the American Legion Gold Star Post 191 in Mount Airy promises to be tasty. From 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. the Sons of the American Legion will serve pancakes, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, bacon, sausage, toast, sausage gravy, and beverages. Admission is $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for children. Proceeds benefit the community and youth projects of the Sons of the American Legion.

Information: (301) 829-9161.

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