Mom finds gift to kids from her parents all wet SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

NEIGHBORS

April 27, 1993|By MAUREEN RICE

I plan to someday give my grandchildren the largest "supersoaker" water guns available. I'm living with the joys of supersoaking children, courtesy of their loving grandparents, and I want my children to have all the fun I'm having.

You just haven't lived until you've been sprayed with one. You're not wet -- you're WET.

And I just can't wait until those loving grandparents who gave their little darlings these mega soakers come for another visit.

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Arbor Day can be celebrated on several days here in Maryland. If you missed Maryland Arbor Day April 7, you still have a chance to plant trees on Friday, which is National Arbor Day.

M.O.R.E. (Moving On with Reading Enrichment) students at Eldersburg Elementary celebrated Maryland Arbor Day by planting an elm tree donated by the Forest Service. Fourth-graders Joseph Laney, Anthony Alcarese, Daniel Abbott and Brian Harrison, along with third-graders Jacklyn Jaeger and Scott Hollenbaugh, read poetry depicting aspects of Arbor Day to the students, M.O.R.E. volunteers and parents who joined the celebration.

All of the M.O.R.E. students participated in planting the tree, and enjoyed a speech about the significance of Arbor Day made by M.O.R.E. volunteer Roland Ferguson, a retired state forester.

The M.O.R.E. program encourages community volunteers to share reading skills and pleasure with students at the school.

"The volunteers really make the program work," said Joan McCann, an integrated language arts specialist. "They're very committed to what they do and know that they make a difference in the children's lives."

Celebrating Arbor Day can make a difference in your life, too. So, plant a tree!

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Sykesville police have a new home, and they're throwing a sort of "housewarming" party Saturday at 11 a.m. to celebrate. Chief Wallace P. Mitchell will cut a ribbon, the police chaplain, the Rev. Roland M. (Bud) Brown III of the St. Paul's United Methodist Church will say a prayer and everyone can tour the new station at 7547 Main St.

There will be coffee, cake and sodas. Junior police badges will be available for children.

The new police station, which used to be a maintenance building, is a lot more spacious than the one room the police force used to have in the Town House.

"We have a holding facility now," said Debby Onheiser, Chief Mitchell's administrative Assistant. "That's a lot nicer than having a prisoner chained and looking over my shoulder as I worked."

Ms. Onheiser said she is looking forward to greeting the next wave of scouts and school children who tour the Town House and police station.

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