Dayton letter carrier detailed to Clarksville for space reasons

NEIGHBORS

December 16, 1993|By SALLY BUCKLER

After a successful grass-roots bid to keep the tiny Dayton Post Office open, residents celebrated early last summer. Now folks are worried because letter carrier Tom Brown has been detailed to the Clarksville post office.

Here is why, according to Dayton Postmaster Dolores Moran: The volume of mail coming into Dayton increased so Tom Brown's route was shortened.

Carrier Patty Nylin-Becker, who has been Brown's relief, now delivers the mail to residents of Dayton Meadows.

Mr. Brown and Ms. Nylin-Becker will sort the Dayton mail in Clarksville, because the Dayton post office building is too small to hold two carriers and the post master.

All other services Dayton residents expect from their post office will still be there. If you request that your mail be held, or if you are not home to receive a package or registered mail, you may pick it up in Dayton. You may also mail packages, buy stamps, etc., in Dayton.

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Middle Schoolers are all invited to a party. It's the St. Michael's Church Christmas Extravaganza this Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the church.

The first hour you can play games at carnival booths. At 8:30 p.m., dance or just socialize to music. Sodas and snacks are included in your admission, and you may buy hot dogs and hamburgers all evening. Maybe you'll win a door prize. Admission is $3 with a can of food for the local food bank, and $4 without a food donation.

Call 489-7667 for more information and directions. St. Michael's is at St. Michael's and Hardy roads in Poplar Springs.

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Mount View Middle School students and staff wonder what's happened to the first few months at the new school. The pace of events is exciting, and the Mount View community is proud of its accomplishments in 1993.

Mount View physical education teacher Marlene Janis was named Coach of the Year by the Baltimore Sun and the Columbia Flier. Ms. Janis led the Glenelg High School girls' volleyball team to a Maryland 2A Championship.

Last Thursday, Mount View welcomed visitors from North Arlington, N.J. That community is developing a new middle school, and they wanted to see Mount View's program and facilities as a model.

Sixth graders at Mount View convinced the Howard County Board of Education that it must include a middle student representative on the county's 10-member committee charged with investigating year-round schooling.

Amy Brown, Jessie Goertler and Sara Keeton used the issue as an independent study investigation at the school. Ms. Goertler participated in an all-day conference sponsored by Gov. William Donald Schaefer Nov. 20. She amassed information on year-round schooling.

Mount View students are placing gifts under a "Giving Tree" this month. Needy Maryland elementary school students will receive the gifts during the holidays.

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Carols are in the air!

The St. Louis Church Catholic Youth Ministry in Clarksville will carol at the Harmony Hall retirement home Sunday. Youths will leave the church at 2 p.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. for hot chocolate and snacks.

The St. Louis Catholic Youth Ministry will hold its annual Senior CYM Christmas dance Saturday. This interparish event, called "Silver Bells," will be held in the gym at St. Louis from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The semiformal dance admission is $3 per person and $5 per couple.

My spies tell me that most of the kids come to the dance with friends, not dates, and the St. Louis CYM always welcomes young people who do not attend St. Louis to join in their fun.

How would you like to celebrate New Year's Eve and not have to stay up too late? The St. Louis CYM has a New Year's Eve party scheduled on Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. At noon, they will lower an apple, and they'll toast the New Year at 1 p.m. Sorry, my middle-aged friends. This is only for the kids.

On Dec. 23 at 3 p.m., the St. Louis Junior and Senior CYM will play host to its second annual "Yuletide Movie Marathon." Until 11 p.m., the group will watch movies in the Youth Room in the Parish Hall. They'll have pizza at dinner time. The cost is $3. Call Chuck Wible at 531-6668 to sign up for any of these events.

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Consider this if you are looking for an unusual holiday gift. "Murder at the Beach" is a weekend trip and murder mystery at Ocean City sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks for adults 21 and older. Van transportation will leave Western Howard County Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. and return Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. The fee for the weekend is $210 double occupancy or $235 single at the Coconut Malorie in Ocean City.

The adventure includes a champagne greeting, cocktail reception, accommodations for two nights, two continental breakfasts, dinner Saturday night, gratuities, the murder mystery, transportation and a stop at the outlets in Rehoboth Beach. You must register by Dec. 22. Call Barbara Patterson at 313-5421.

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