Graduation not a reliable threshold for youth's passage into adulthood GLEN BURNIE

NEIGHBORS

June 09, 1993|By BONITA FORMWALT

Car windshields emblazoned with "Gophers '93." Cardboard signs nailed to telephone poles directing visitors to Mandie's party. Parents queuing up at the photo developing kiosk in the parking lot.

Glen Burnie High School's Class of '93 has graduated. A major step in the seniors' lives. Enter stage right as a child, exit an adult.

Yeah, sure.

Trust me, this adult thing does not occur on a specific day or even following a specific event. It is much, much more subtle.

So when are you an adult? I offer the following quiz as a guideline. Score one point for each yes.

1. Do you have any idea when your car insurance is due? One bonus point for the name of your agent.

2. Have you plastered over your Hammerjacks' bumper sticker with one that reads: "My child is an honor student at Marley Middle School"?

3. Can you fix a meal from scratch -- without having to run to the 7-Eleven for ingredients?

4. Did you receive your last five new tapes or CDs as gifts because it would never occur to you to spend good money on something so frivolous?

5. Do you have possession of your birth certificate? Lose one point if your mom still has it.

6. Have you ever begun a sentence with, "When I was your age . . ."

7. In the event of a power outage, do you know the emergency phone number for the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.?

8. Do you avoid shopping in malls on Fridays and Saturdays because marauding teen-agers alarm you?

9. If there aren't any clean socks in your drawer, do you wash, dry, fold and put away a load of laundry?

10. Do you buy the pet food in your house?

A score of 8 or more, adult; 4 to 7 points, on your way; less than 4, you probably live at my house.

Age on, Glen Burnie.

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Do you need a fur? A rowing machine? Has your Price Club membership expired and you need a new one?

These are just a few of the items being offered at an auction sponsored by St. Alban's Church, 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association Hall, 19 Crain Highway.

Dozens of community businesses have contributed gift certificates for everything from dinner and an evening at a hotel to pizza and a movie rental.

One church member has donated a mink stole and another has offered a beautifully framed Andrew Wyeth print.

Some of the items will be bid on through a silent auction. Others require a loud voice and a little more assertiveness to purchase.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the church's general fund.

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Two cousins won the titles at the Miss Glen Burnie Fire Prevention Pageant on Sunday.

Jennifer Weedon, a 16-year-old sophomore at Chesapeake High School, captured the senior title. She is the daughter of Hunter and Vicki Weedon.

Her cousin, Statia Mauler, a sixth-grader at Chesapeake Middle School, won the junior title. Statia is the daughter of Pam and Mike Mauler.

Missy Sanford was the first runner-up in the junior division.

Jennifer and Statia will represent Glen Burnie in the county competition Aug. 22.

Each girl was judged on her knowledge of fire prevention and safety. Judges for Sunday's competition were: Chrissy Mudd, 1991 Miss Anne Arundel County Fire Prevention; Ken Harrison, volunteer chief at Avalon Shores; and Butch Brewer, chairman of the county Volunteer Fire Department Prevention Committee.

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A starry, starry night recently found a group of children exploring the universe outside their classrooms at Point Pleasant Elementary School.

The fourth-graders and their teachers, Terry Brown and Donna Redmond, gathered to watch the Big Dipper, Jupiter and Hercules appear in the evening sky.

The students are studying stars, the constellations and planets in class. To help the children put their information to practical use, Brown invited them to visit the school after hours.

"We did it as a family night. Each child came with a parent. It was a chance for the children to share what they had learned with their families -- to get them involved," Brown said.

Telescopes were provided by the county science department. The students practiced during daylight hours to enhance their focusing skills.

Later that night, they put their newfound skills to the test, instructing their parents on how to locate a specific star.

The best part of the evening? The challenge of the vastness of space? The intimacy of a parent and child learning together?

One young man, Billie Jankowski, summed it up: "We got to see the stars. And if we came, we didn't have to do any homework."

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Do "The Stroll" on over to the Church of the Crucifixion this Saturday night. Rock around the clock -- or at least from 9 p.m. through 1 a.m. It's a '50s dance for adults sponsored by the church's youth group.

Admission is $10 per couple, $5 per person.

Proceeds from the dance will be used to help finance the group's trip to Denver for World Youth Day in August. Approximately $10,000 is needed to make the journey.

Other fund-raisers include a craft fair at the church June 19. Artisans are needed. Spaces can be rented for $20 and tables for an additional $5.

For information on the dance or the craft fair, call Mary Jordan, 768-2115.

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Pet owners take note. The county Department of Health has scheduled a dog and cat rabies clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Arundel Center North.

Vaccinations for pets under 1 year that have never been inoculated are good for one year. Older pets that have been vaccinated will receive a vaccine that lasts three years.

These shots are acceptable in all 50 states.

Animals brought to the clinic should be on a leash or in a pet carrier.

For additional information, call 222-7008.

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