Help out flood victims with donation of blood ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

NEIGHBORS

August 09, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

The effects of the flood in the midwest will be far-reaching in our country for many years. One effect we may not consider is the loss to blood banks in that area. Not only are potential donors prevented from getting to the blood banks, but transportation of vital blood supplies is nearly impossible. And blood supplies are traditionally low during the summer months, when donors are on vacation or out of their regular routines.

Although we in Maryland can feel our good fortune in not having to deal with such problems, we can help in many ways. Amy Zundel, a senior at Howard High School, is doing her part by sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive at her church, the Church of Latter Day Saints, in Ellicott City.

On Aug. 18, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Red Cross representatives will be in the church's multipurpose room to accept donations of blood. Any area resident is urged to make use of this convenient location to give the gift of life.

Amy is working toward earning the Laurel level of her Young Women's Program, which is equivalent to the Eagle Scout award in the Boy Scouts. Amy asks that anyone who wishes to donate blood may call her home to set up an appointment and get directions. Her phone number is 796-8697, and she is at home in pTC the evenings. People without appointments are urged to donate, as well, but should know that they may have a waiting period before they can donate.

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All right, all right, I know that it was a long shot to guess that the "Frog Crossing" sign on Columbia Road in Ellicott City was caused by an environmental hazard for amphibians.

But little did I know that the sign was merely directing members of the Saint Andrews Saints Swim Team to Forest Hill Swim Club, a block away. The frogs were the Forest Hill Frogs, members of the swim team, who were crossing the parking lot to enter the pool area for their competition that day.

To my knowledge, Forest Hill Swim Club is the only place where members have the choice of swimming in one of three pools. There is a kiddie pool for the little ones, a large pool where swim meets can be held, and an adults-only pool, so Forest Hill adults don't have to wait for adult swim times.

Thanks to Mary Jane Fleck, a longtime member of the pool, and Diane Prokop, who has two girl frogs on the swim team, for teaching me the significance of frogs on Columbia Road.

"Lordy, Lordy! Guess who's forty?" greeted Elkridge resident Paul Louis McNelly last week as he celebrated his birthday. He was born on Aug. 4, 1953, so this is his year to hit middle age.

He celebrated his fortieth by visiting Cancun, Mexico, with his wife, Monica St. Jean, a dentist in Ellicott City.

His parents, Angeline and Paul William McNelly, left their home in Brookhaven, Pa., to care for their grandchildren, 4-year-old Erica and 9-month-old Brenden, while the parents were away.

Paul works in Washington for the Army Corps of Engineers. His mom, the family bean-spiller, notified Paul's buddies at work of his birthday and sent them a baby picture.

A very happy birthday to you, Paul. Having spent your 40th in Cancun, how will you top that for your 41st?

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As a freshman in Mt. Hebron High School, Jennifer Zimmerman found a new interest -- drama and musical theater. By her senior year, she was starring in "Mame," "Anything Goes," and other high school productions. Her interest in voice also influenced her school work. She got release time from school in order to study at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore.

After her graduation in 1990, Jennifer began studies at Boston Conservatory, where she returns as a senior in the fall.

And what is Jennifer doing on her summer vacation?

She's acting the choice part of Sister Robert Ann in the play "Nunsense" at the prestigious summer Zeiterion Theater, part of the New Bedford Festival Theater. She is also the understudy for the lead part in "Evita."

Congratulations to Jennifer for all her successes in the very competitive theatrical world. Keep up the good work!

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Jamie Kendrick, 1993 Howard High graduate, called me last Monday to introduce himself and to bid a temporary farewell to Howard County.

Jamie, you might recall, was elected student member of the Howard County Board of Education while still a sophomore in high school. Then, Governor Schaefer appointed him student member of the State Board of Education during his junior year of high school.

Being on two school boards enabled Jamie to finish high school with some rich experience in government and politics. It also caused him to miss seventy days of school in his senior year, teaching him the fine art of juggling the demands of studying and work. "Why throw your last two years of high school away doing all that political work?" asked his high school buddies. Jamie's answer: "It's something I enjoy."

He likes education and government so much, in fact, that he already has mapped out his college coursework at the University of Maryland. It's no surprise that he wants to get certified as a teacher, as well as major in government and politics.

Where did Jamie's interest in government begin?

Early in his high school career, he attended the Maryland Leadership workshops to gain the skills needed for the tasks ahead. Serving as the SGA president as a sophomore at Howard High also gave him practice.

Although Jamie plans to live at College Park during his years as a student, he'll also keep in close touch with Elkridge, his home town, and with events in Howard County. And we'll keep an eye out for him, too.

He's a young man who bears watching.

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