"Don't throw that out!"
My friend leaped across the table and snatched the receipt from my hand.
Six months of collecting receipts was drawing to an end and the competition for register tapes was getting fierce.
"My school is so far behind our goal. We need to at least another $100,000 worth to get a printer for the computer, six boxes of ditto paper and pay the art teacher's salary."
She looked haggard.
"I've been loitering at the pharmacy counter, hoping someone will drop a receipt for a major antibiotic." She shook her head. "Don't get me started on this whole $5 co-pay system."
Tears welled up in her eyes.
"Yesterday I raced someone's grandmother for a shopping cart because I thought there was a receipt stuck on the wheel. It turned out to be a keno ticket."
I hadn't realized it was so bad. What about my piggyback tax? Doesn't that pay for anything? What about the school board? Surely they understand the need for ditto paper.
"They recently approved funds for a study to determine what emergency funding would be needed in the event Giant relocates west of the Rockies," my friend says.
That's an A-plus for the school system, Glen Burnie.
You may not be able to tell by the temperature, but spring has arrived in Glen Burnie -- at least in the backyard of Joseph and
Joseph Brozik spotted the first pair of robins outside his home on Newfield Avenue at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 22. Folklore promises that the robins' arrival signals the end of winter.
The couple's fondness for birds is evidenced by the back-yard aviary they've been creating since they moved to Glen Burnie in 1973. Bird houses and feeders, scattered throughout the yard, provide food and shelter for their feathered neighbors.
Joy Wilburt may not want to look at another bowl of steaming vegetable soup for a long time. The aroma of simmering spaghetti sauce may cause her to give up pasta. The snap-krackle-pop of Rice Krispies could send her in search of a quieter breakfast food . . . until it's time for next year's "Shelter-A-Thon" at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Last Sunday, Joy and more than 200 adult and youth volunteers prepared soups, sauces, cookies and muffins to be donated to area shelters and soup kitchens.
As junior high administrator for Holy Trinty's religious education program, it fell to Mrs. Wilburt to organize the students, parents and teachers who volunteered for the daylong event.
"We had 14 teachers who worked from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.," said Mrs. Wilburt. "We also had 157 youth from the sixth- , seventh- and eighth-grade classes working in 4 1/2 -hour shifts."
The resulting bounty was impressive: 30 gallons of split pea soup, 38 gallons of beef vegetable soup, nine gallons of spaghetti sauce, 45 dozen Rice Krispie bars, 84 dozen cookies, 140 dozen muffins, 30 dozen Buck-Eye candies and 1,420 sandwiches.
The food will be shared with guests at Sarah's House, Christopher's Place, Our Daily Bread, Beans and Bread and the Salvation Army lunch program at Harundale Presbyterian Church.
Members of the Glen Burnie High School Dance Company have been invited to perform in the Maryland High School Dance Show, Friday at Stephen's Hall at Towson State University. Admission is $4.
This will be the fifth consecutive appearance of the dance troupe at the event.
Glen Burnie High dance department will be represented by Kalyani Fernando, Lia Green, Dezi Jim, Jeane Kim, Stephanie LeCompte, Ossai Miazad, Kristen Noe, Lisa Richmond, Carol Smigal, Lesley Townsend and Shaunda Villones.
Under the direction of Dianne Rosso, the company will perform a modern dance interpretation to "Searching," an original piece written by Mike Merros of the Beach Boys. Mr. Merros is a friend and former classmate of Ms. Rosso.
"This piece has a special meaning to me," said Rosso, who choreographed the dance. "And I think it will have a very significant effect upon others."
The company will perform the same piece at the county's high school dance festival March 9 at South River High School.
Parents are invited to an open house tomorrow and Friday at the Glen Burnie YMCA Children's Corner Pre-School, 8 Central Ave. The classes for 3-year-olds will be open for observation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday. Classes for 4-year-olds can be visited from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday.
As a state-licensed program, the "Y" specializes in four areas of child development: emotional, physical, intellectual and social.
Classes for 3-year-olds are on Tuesday and Thursday, classes for 4-year-olds meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There are two sessions to choose from: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or noon to 2:30 p.m.
For registration information, call 761-1251.
The gospel of Jesus Christ will be shared through the music of Carpenter's Tools International at a concert 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Abundant Life Church. An eight-member contemporary Christian gospel group will perform.
Currently touring the United States, the group has ministered to more than 1 million young people in 35 countries since 1982.
Sunday's concert is free and open to the community. A good-will offering will be taken.
Abundant Life Church is at 7305 E. Furnace Branch Road. For information, call the church office, 761-9075.
Handmade Easter bunnies, baskets and candy will highlight the Spring Bazaar and Bake Sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Messiah United Methodist Church, 7401 Furnace Branch Road.
Staged by the United Methodist Women, this annual event also offers home baked cakes, pies and goodies.
For additional information, call the church office, 761-1944.