Most children enjoy the first day of school WEST COUNTY--Clarksville * Highland * Glenelg * Lisbon

NEIGHBORS

August 26, 1993|By SALLY BUCKLER

Who will be first at the bus stop Monday? Even children who profess to dislike school are eager to attend the first day. Seeing friends, meeting teachers and finding out where you sit are all part of the first day of school excitement. Shined shoes, new notebooks and pencils, and a fresh start in a familiar setting add to the spirited mood.

I miss the thrill of the first day. I taught high school chemistry for 14 years, and I loved the anticipation of starting a new school year.

David MacPherson might miss the high emotions of back-to-school time, too. Mr. MacPherson, a county teacher and administrator, retired in June. In our area, he was principal of Bushy Park Elementary School for eight years, after a seven-year assignment as principal of Clarksville Elementary School.

For the past two years, he was principal of Thunder Hill Elementary School. Mr. MacPherson is a gentle man who touched the lives of hundreds of families in our area. He feels that each student is unique, talented and valuable. You could see that in the way he approached and worked with families and children. He gave a lot to our community. Now we hope he can enjoy his hobbies and his family, especially his new grandchild. We wish him well.

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Did you go the Howard County Fair? We loved it! A pleasant new addition was the petting zoo.

Children of all ages touched, played with and fed small animals, under the supervision of volunteers from the Catoctin Mountain Zoological Park.

The animals were friendly and just the right size for some smaller fair visitors.

Participation at this year's fair was high. Winners took home ribbons of all colors. Some participants were new at the fair, such as Nicole Coffey, 4, of West Friendship.

Nicole won ribbons with her horse. She also garnered ribbons in the household department for her flower arrangements.

Some families, such as the Fords and Seiberts of Glenelg, join the fair crowd every year.

Betsy Ford won a grand champion ribbon for her coconut lemon bars and a championship for her fancy pressed cookies. Her husband, Roy, received a ribbon for his smooth, natural wood finish sculpture of a swan. Daughter Kara took home a handful of ribbons for her rabbits, including a best of breed, and a first and second for her New Zealand Red rabbits.

Betsy's father, Murat Seibert, entered his vegetables. Perhaps most noteworthy of all is the fact that Betsy's mother, Elmira Seibert, entered the fair this year.

She has been ill and was afraid she'd break her string. But she exhibited her crocheting, making 48 consecutive years that she has entered the fair. That is every Howard County Fair ever held.

Is she the sole holder of this astonishing record, or do you know someone else who's entered every fair? Call me, please, if you know another record holder.

The Fords and Seiberts have a family tradition of helping at the fair. The enormous effort of fair week is almost entirely a job for volunteers. Betsy worked at the fair office, while her husband and parents helped with the gate and the parking. Murat Seibert volunteered at the Glenwood Lions Club booth, too.

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Glenelg's football teams started practices early this month. The first varsity home game is against South Carroll High at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18. The junior varsity has its home opener against Atholton at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 9.

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Glenelg High School's marching unit began rehearsals this week. They'll be ready to perform at halftime Sept. 18. Band director Barry Enzman and the band members thank all the hungry patrons who ate fried dough purchased at the band boosters' stand at the Howard County Fair.

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Homecoming at Glenelg High School is Oct. 16. Plan an afternoon of football and fun at the school. The marching unit will perform in the parade before the game and at halftime.

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Chapelgate Christian Academy will open its doors to 188 students Sept. 1. Since its opening in 1991 with grades six through nine, the school has added a grade each year.

Next year, the school will celebrate its first high school graduation, and it will be eligible for accreditation. The school is starting a new building to house the high school.

New student orientation at Chapelgate Christian will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

This year Chapelgate offers students an opportunity to participate in band. All students receive music education. Interested students may also choose the band program, which is offered in cooperation with the American Independent Music Association.

Libby Jackson of Glenwood is the new school secretary at Chapelgate Christian Academy. Many parents and children at Bushy Park Elementary School and Chapelgate know Mrs. Jackson as a tireless volunteer. Others know her as a warm and welcoming day care mother. Now she'll work at the school her daughters Jennifer and Amy attend. Daughter Lisa will be in third grade at Bushy Park Elementary School.

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Don't forget to mark Sept. 11 on your calendar. That is the day the Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church in Glenwood has its annual church fair.

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