Down to Earth promotes environmental awareness in schools EAST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

August 17, 1993|By NATALIE HARVEY

Down To Earth West is Howard County High Schools' cooperative environmental awareness club. Oakland Mills High School students Kelly Naylor (past club president) and Angela Menegey currently are working on a mentor project for the 1993-94 academic year with Grassroots Coalition for Environmental and Economic Justice.

Down to Earth representatives from county high schools are Ryan McAllistar, Jill Harris, Kelly and Angela of Oakland Mills; Code Wagner and Marie Sylla of Hammond High School; environmental science teacher Jane Geuder, Liz Fort and Teresa Barnes of Centennial High School; Jen Liang and Bonnie Hoffman of Mount Hebron High School; Cathy Chang of Atholton High School; Margot Buff of Wilde Lake High School and Alex Darnell of Glenelg High School.

The group waded into the controversial issue of "throw-away" lunch trays, urging the school board to do away with them in all county schools.

The Club also has suggested that since the schools' fossil-fueled hot water heaters need replacing, solar heaters be installed.

The group's youth and enthusiasm has carried over to other environmental efforts, including meetings with other environmental organizations such as St. John's Catholic Church Environmental Committee, the Sierra and Audubon clubs.

The final objective is two-fold: to speak to organizations and business groups and to distribute the DEW brochure, which is due to come off the press this month.

Interested businesses and organizations can call 964-3574.

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"Improving Howard County's Older Schools" will be state Del. Virginia Thomas' subject at Oakland Mills Village Board's meeting today at 7:30 p.m., The Other Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center.

Delegate Thomas has been working with PTA officers and school principals to present their case for an equitable share of the county schools' budget.

Dr. Sydney Cousin will represent the school board and will review safety, renovation and addition requests.

It is expected that parents, school administrators and faculty will also be present. The public is invited to attend the meeting.

Information: 730-4610.

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The Lutheran Church of the Living Word's Sunday School classes begin Sept. 12. Volunteers for teaching or planning events may call 964-1306 or 381-6412.

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Oakland Mills High School registration is tomorrow and Aug. 25, by appointment only. Please call 313-6950.

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On a strictly personal note: My vacation was spent on a tour of Ireland and it tugged at my heart to leave. The Irish are as beautiful and pleasant as their countryside -- which is as peaceful and as green as reported.

If any readers are planning a trip there, let me recommend an evening's meal and entertainment at Johnny Fox's (a pub on the highest point of Dublin, on a Monday evening.

It's a beautiful mountain drive up to the pub and my cousin Ray Kennedy is the lead singer of his group Platform.

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Kings Contrivance Community Association has announced the appointment of Barbara Seely, Shayna VanMeter and Ed DiCarlo to the village Architectural Committee.

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Howard County's MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) needs items for its September yard sale.

Many drivers tie the free red MADD ribbons to door handles and antennas to promote safe driving, especially during holidays. This is an opportunity to help the group raise funds for its projects.

Information: 465-5757.

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"Tales From The Land of the Rising Sun" will be presented at all Howard County libraries in September.

The stories and activities are designed for ages 6 and older.

Registration times and program schedules at the locations can be made in person or by calling, 313-7880 (Central); 313-1955 (Miller); 880-5978 (Savage) and 313-5080 (Elkridge).

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Students who will be entering Stevens Forest Elementary School this fall and their parents are invited to attend the school's orientation program a week from this Aug. 27, 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Returning students and their parents are invited to join the tour of the school from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to meet teachers and visit their classrooms.

Just a reminder: School opens this month, Aug. 30. Information: 313-6900.

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