Crafty friends see practicality where the rest of us see only trash GLEN BURNIE

NEIGHBORS

August 11, 1993|By BONITA FORMWALT

"What do you think you're doing?"

I stopped, hand poised above the trash can, ready to deposit the plastic rings that held my Coca-Cola together in a neat little six-pack.

My friend retrieved the plastic and placed it in a drawer with about 30 other plastic rings.

Had I committed a breach of recycling etiquette? Was this some kind of environment-friendly test that I had failed? Could these be returned for fast cash and big prizes?

"I'm making valances for the living room," she added as if that explained anything.

Leading me into the den she showed me her latest "window treatment" -- a pouff of something that resembled fabric-covered balloons.

"I saw it on one of those infomercials late at night. They were selling this valance-making kit for almost $20. I took one look at it and realized it was just a larger version of the six-pack plastic rings," she announced.

My friend is a craftswoman. Born with a special vision, she makes quite a bit of money for herself finding art in the practical. It's a gift.

For those of us gifted in other avenues, crafts offer us questions without answers. For example:

* Where in the instructions does it say my "Welcome To Our Happy Home" door wreath will one day self-destruct, catapult across the porch and impale my brother-in-law with a rogue pipe cleaner?

* How many people must be injured each year by the unlicensed use of hot-glue guns before we, as a nation, demand a seven-day waiting period before purchase?

* Why is my lint trap in my dryer always surrendering rhinestones, metal studs and glitter globs? Am I condemned to walk through life wearing just a plain, white T-shirt covered in glue spots?

A summer clearance sale is under way at the Community Advocates for Senior Opportunities and Services (CASOS) craft store. Located on the first floor of the Arundel Center North, the CASOS store features craft items made by area seniors.

Door pieces and other summer items have been reduced to make room for the holiday crafts, which are arriving daily.

L Stores hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Seniors are welcome to display their work for consignment sale.

For information on consigning a craft, call 761-1769.

Junior and senior crafts people are invited to participate in the St. Paul's Autumn Fair scheduled for Sept. 25, on the church grounds, 308 Oak Manor Road.

Tables can be rented for $20.

The annual fair includes games and activities for the entire family. Past favorites include pony and tractor rides, a dunking booth, flea market, country store, silent auction, scarecrow-making booth, face painting and a Moon Bounce.

Do you have a talent -- singing, dancing or perhaps a bit of magic? Talent shows for children and adults are also in the

planning stages.

For information on renting craft tables or registering for the talent show, call Pat Reese, 766-2283.

The Boy Scouts of Troop 780 have packed away the carnival stands. The stuffed Barneys are back in their boxes. The debate ("It's a dragon." "No it's a dinosaur.") abates for another year.

The Big Glen Burnie Carnival is over. Hundreds of volunteers pulled together and gave this community a week to shine.

But who won the car raffled by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association?

Helen Troxel of Ferndale is celebrating her birthday this week zipping around town in a teal green 1993 Oldsmobile Achieva, complete with air conditioning, automatic transmission, AM/FM stereo AND cruise control.

Another big winner was Tim Brady of Bowie. He won the 1993 Larson 17-foot All American inboard/outboard motorboat with a trailer raffled by the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Co.

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Steamed crabs, crab soup, hot dogs, baked beans, corn on the cob, watermelon. Add the ever popular beer and setups and we're talking end-of-the-summer fun at Glen Burnie Park Swim Club's crab feast, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturday at the pool, 500 Everett Road.

Tickets are $30 per couple and $17 per person. People who don't eat crabs pay $10.

Reservations must be made by 8 p.m. Friday by calling 766-7676.

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You can add National Champs to their long list of titles. They're the AA Gridiron Rebels 10 and Under Fastpitch Girls Softball team and they've beaten the best in the nation.

The national title was the icing on the cake for a team that has played at the top of its league for the past two years. For the second year in a row, the team has won several major competitions: the AA County Fastpitch Select tournament; the American Softball Association Maryland State Fastpitch Girls Softball title; Pony State Fastpitch title.

This year, the team won the Pony East Zone Championship, which propelled them to the national tournament in Marion, Ill.

Under the leadership of manager Ron Zaleski, the team swept the tournament with six straight wins. The final game was a 7-6 squeaker over a team from Heron, Ill.

The girls end their outstanding season with a 43-0 record.

"Up until the [national tournament] they outscored their opponents by an average score of 16 to 4," said Steve Kuczinski, athletic director for the Rebels.

Zaleski was assisted by coaches Joe Klingan and Bill Saunders. The team roster includes Megan Allan, Blyth Beall, Meghan Cowen, Christin Hunter, Jamie Klingan, Linda Parks, Heather Petryszak, Erin Riggins, Kristine Ryals, Jessica Saunders, Christine Simms, Nikita Wilson and Kristin Zaleski.

The trip to Illinois cost the team approximately $5,200.

"We're still trying to raise the money to cover all the expenses," Kuczinski said. "Any contributions would be appreciated."

Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the AA Gridiron Rebels, P.O. Box 283, Glen Burnie 21061. Please make a note that the money should be credited to the 10 and Under Girl's Select Softball Team fund.

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