Route 97's danger points need to be studied and eventually fixed

NEIGHBORS

January 20, 1994|By SALLY BUCKLER

Last Thursday, as I traveled from my home in Dayton to visit Glenwood Middle School, I heard a radio report about an automobile accident at the intersection of Burnt Woods Road and Route 97. That intersection was on my route to the school, but when I arrived, only the ashes of flares were left to reveal the accident.

Sgt. Steve Keller of the Howard County Police Department reports that the accident occurred on Route 97 near Sycamore Valley Run, south of Burnt Woods Road. The flare remnants were left after police closed Route 97 to evacuate the injured by helicopter.

If you've ever turned onto Burnt Woods Road from the southbound side of Route 97, you know the intersection is dangerous. Route 97, a heavy commuter route used by school buses, is a state highway intersected by a county road.

Ed Walter, chief of the Traffic Engineering Division of the Howard County Department of Public Works, suggests that a change in the geometry of the road may solve the problem at Burnt Woods and Route 97. But he also says there may be a broader solution.

Citizens may ask the State Highway Administration for a study of a segment of Route 97. Maybe they should study the whole length of Route 97 through Howard County. Since the population that will use this road in 20 years will be much larger than the current population, the problems on the road will steadily increase.

Studying the road to identify problems and making plans to solve them now before the traffic builds higher is expeditious.

If you are interested in this problem, call Gene Straub at the State Highway Administration at 1-800-635-5119 to request such a study.

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Angelo Gatto of Glenwood will conduct the 88-member Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra in an anniversary gala at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Lyric Opera House.

The Hampton String Quartet and concert choirs from Atholton High School, Baltimore City College and Wilde Lake High School will join the orchestra for this performance.

The program includes "La Forza Del Destino" and "Te Deum" by Verdi, the Louis Spohr Qrartett -- "Concerto, Op. 121", and "Serenade to Music" by R. Vaughan Williams.

Tickets, which range in price from $10 to $25, are available through the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra 442-5645, the Lyric Box Office, Ticketmaster and all Hecht Co. stores. Former orchestra members are invited to attend a reception after the concert.

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Last fall Molly Regenitter, 11, modeled an outfit she made and won Maryland State Champion, the highest award, in the preteen age group in the Maryland Make It Yourself With Wool Contest.

Molly selected her pattern, chose her wool fabric, made her outfit, and modeled it. She used a royal blue and black plaid to make a baseball style jacket with a zipper closing, a shaped yoke and a collar.

Black wool was her coordinating fabric for her jacket and the fabric for her slacks with slash pockets. She topped off her outfit with a plaid baseball hat. Home Economic Extension Service Agent Madeline Green said that her outfit was "so appropriate for her age and beautifully done. The royal blue was dynamic with her flaming red hair."

Molly won a Pfaff sewing machine and a pair Gingher dressmaker scissors for her efforts.

Not to be left out of the competition, Molly's sister Ellen, 9, also entered the wool contest and was named Reserve Champion (second place) for preteens in the state. Ellen made a perfectly matched bold green and white plaid short skirt and a beret hat.

Ellen's prizes included a steam iron, $50 worth of wool fabric and a video on making a wardrobe in a weekend. Everyone who enters the contest receives a cutting of wool.

The Maryland Make It With Wool Contest, a prelude to the national contest for older participants being held this weekend, is sponsored by the Department of Agriculture Extension Service, the Maryland Sheep Producers Association and the Wool Festival.

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Congratulations to Bushy Park Elementary School's December Students of the Month. They are Anthony Police and Rashon Jackson.

Maryland Reading Month is in full swing at Bushy Park, where students are eagerly participating in "Name that Book" contests three times each week.

Youngsters hear quotes from famous books on the morning announcements, and they try to identify the book by title and author. Winners receive a small prize, and their names are announced on the public address system at the school.

By the end of the month, the Bushy Park Best Sellers' List will be announced. Students are voting on their favorite books, and staff members are reading selections from their favorite books to the students.

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Bushy Park Elementary School parents and students have two interesting events on their schedules. Monday at 7 p.m. is the annual Gymnastics and Jump Rope Show and Ice Cream Social.

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