Hospice dedicates first Tree of Lights as memorial to loved ones

NEIGHBORS

December 16, 1993|By JONI GUHNE

Beneath a brilliant rainbow that filled the sky above Old Severna Park last Sunday afternoon, Hospice of the Chesapeake dedicated its first Tree of Lights.

After two days of driving rain, the sun appeared to warm the little tree that stands in memory of loved ones who have died. A plaque near the tree, which is in front of O'Connor, Piper and Flynn Realtors on Old B & A Boulevard, lists the memorials.

With the purchase of a light, one receives an engraved silver star or bell tree ornament to keep or present to the honoree's family.

The ornaments, which make cherished mementos for many occasions, cost a minimum of $25.

The proceeds will help pay for next summer's Camp Nabe, an annual weekend retreat organized by Hospice of the Chesapeake's Bereavement Director Betty Asplund for children suffering the grief of a lost parent or sibling.

Information: 987-2003.

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Don't miss the live Nativity scene at Trinity Bible Church on Truck House Road tomorrow and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Information: 647-3350.

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The Severna Park Jaycees is looking for a few good men and women (ages 21 to 39) to represent this area in the 46th annual Outstanding Young Marylander competition.

Sponsored by the Maryland Jaycees, this statewide program recognizes young leaders in business, cultural achievement, and community and public service.

"The program has quite a prestigious alumni," says Doug McGettigan, president of the Severna Park group. The list includes Oriole Cal Ripken Jr., Washington Bullets coach Wes Unseld, U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes and entertainer Oprah Winfrey.

Nomination forms may be secured by calling 544-9068. Forms must be submitted before the end of January to: Eileen Lednum, Maryland Jaycees OYM Program Manager, 1220 Blair Mill Road, #105, Silver Spring 20910.

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At the top of the little-known, second set of Murphy's Laws -- the ones that apply only to children -- is this: Accidents and sudden illnesses occur only when the pediatrician's office is closed.

Help has come in the form of a new service at North Arundel Hospital called Evening Pediatrics. A pediatrician is now on duty in the hospital's Emergency Room every day between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Information: 787-4565.

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Last spring, more than 400,000 high school juniors took the annual college-level Advanced Placement exam, but only 11 percent scored high enough to be recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction, an AP Scholar with Honor or an AP Scholar.

At Severn School, a dozen students received these honors.

Four students qualified as AP Scholar with Distinction by earning grades of 3 or above on five or more exams, with an average of at least 3.5. They are: Brian Cha of Millersville, Christine Cole of Severna Park, Michael Doh of Annapolis and Edward Taliaferro of Arnold.

Qualifying as AP Scholar with Honor by earning grades of 3 or above on four or more exams, with an average grade of at least 3.25 were: Michael English of Severna Park and Sharon Israel of Pasadena.

Six students were named AP Scholars for earning grades of 3 or higher on three or more exams: Clifford Blackwell of Annapolis; Traci McPate of Pasadena; and Melissa Morlock, Daniel Odenwald, Sebastian Sassi and David Sobel of Severna Park.

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Here's a great last-minute gift for Benfield Elementary School parents. The PTA is selling custom imprinted sportswear, with the school name and bulldog mascot, to students, parents and teachers.

Information: 987-7783.

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After the holidays, kids at Belvedere Elementary School may be begging their teachers for homework.

Why? A new homework club meets every Monday afternoon under the guidance of three midshipmen from the Naval Academy.

More details, call 222-6582.

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