Becoming 'a little messy' leads to a cleaning 'intervention'

NEIGHBORS

April 27, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

Opening my door, I was surprised to find several of my friends assembled on the front porch. My nostrils twitched, assaulted by an overpowering aroma of lemon, ammonia and pine.

"Hi, hi! We were just in the neighborhood and thought we'd stop in," said my friend Sharon. As she spoke, a can of Country Fresh Pledge fell from her pocket and rolled down the steps. She ignored it.

Inviting them in, I apologized for the clutter. In the battle of laundry vs. vacuuming, clean socks win every time.

"Sit down. We need to talk," she said, removing three days' worth of newspaper from a chair.

Exchanging knowing glances with my friends, she took out a dogeared copy of "Mary Ellen's Household Hints, Volume 9" and began to read aloud.

Suddenly it hit me. This was an intervention -- a cleaning intervention! My friends felt the need to confront me with my cleaning weaknesses. Granted, I had become a little messy lately, but did that require a visit from the Handmaidens of Heloise II?

I rose and coolly told them this wasn't necessary.

"Yes, it is." Sharon took my hands. "At first you were just a social slob -- no coaster for your drink, chips left out overnight."

She reached between my sofa cushions and withdrew 63 cents, the Super Bowl edition of TV Guide and a lint-covered candy cane.

"There are Rice Krispies permanently attached to your kitchen counter. I count 23 assorted shoes, boots and sandals in the living room alone . . . Your dog is dusty."

Hours later they left. We had compromised. They had cleaned while I watched an infomercial on the Big Green Cleaning Machine.

Dust on, Glen Burnie.

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They managed to build miniature vehicles that travel around curves, across bumpy terrain, and up and over ramps. Now they must find a way to get from Glen Burnie to Iowa.

Last weekend Corkran Middle School students took first place at the state level Odyssey of the Mind brainstorming competition. The win earned them the opportunity to compete on an international level at the University of Iowa in June.

Team members include Michael Bowen, Brandon Bruce, Nicki Bounelis, Stella Hwang, Robert Rauser, Bryan Sangkavasi and Brian Tokarcik. Sans Sangkavasi is the parent coach.

Competing in the Mini-Terrain Vehicle division, the students were required to build small vehicles that could traverse a variety of obstacles and challenges. The team has been working on this project since September. They were rated on their spontaneous responses to questions presented at the competition.

To help raise the approximately $5,000 needed to send the students to the weeklong event, a variety of fund-raisers are being planned.

To kick things off, supporters can purchase $15 T-shirts sporting an Odyssey logo. Designed by eighth-grader Bryan Sangkavasi, this logo was chosen for use on the cover of the program at the state competition.

Corporations, individuals and civic organizations who wish to help sponsor the students' trip may call Sans Sangkavasi, 969-0230.

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A cleaner community is the goal of the members of Boy Scout Troop 780 during their curbside pickup activity from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Neighbors living within the Glen Burnie Improvement Association's limits are encouraged to schedule an appointment for household and yard refuse removal.

Donations are welcome to help them for their scuba diving trip in August to the Florida Keys.

"It's going to cost around $6,300 for the troop to take this High Adventure trip. With other fund-raisers we have had we're almost halfway there," said assistant scoutmaster John Kohlhepp.

To schedule a pickup time, call Mr. Kohlhepp, 761-2649.

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The spring cleanup bug is catching with other Scouts as well. Boy Scout Troop 672 is having a car wash from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland National Bank on Crain Highway and Hospital Drive.

Donations will be accepted to help offset the cost of sending the boys to summer camp in Hawk Mountain, Pa.

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It's games, food and fun for the whole family as students from Glen Burnie Senior High plan the second annual May Fest, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the campus courtyard.

The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association, and 25 school clubs and organizations are expected to participate, said Courtnay Moore, SGA faculty adviser.

"Throughout the day we'll have 100 or so kids running the booths and helping out," said Ms. Moore.

One of the day's highlights promises to be an auction, with the girls lacrosse team auctioning the services of . . . the girls lacrosse team.

"The girls will auction themselves off to do housework or yard work," explained Ms. Moore.

Members of the Foreign Language Club will operate a "Bastille," where, for a fee, friends or foes will be arrested, convicted and jailed.

Throughout the day, restored classic cars will be displayed by members of the Street Survivors car club.

Other activities scheduled include carnival games for all ages and skill levels, photos and a bake sale.

Tickets will be sold for 25 cents, with each attraction requiring a different number of tickets.

"This gives us a chance to interact with the community and show them what great kids we have at Glen Burnie," Ms. Moore said.

The rain date is May 14.

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Sunday is the deadline for nominations for the Richard H. Carter Memorial Award. Sponsored by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, the award is presented for outstanding volunteer effort.

The winner will be honored at the Memorial Day parade, May 22.

Nominees must live in either the 21060 or 21061 ZIP code. Their volunteer work must benefit the Glen Burnie community.

For information, call Kathy DeGrange, 766-8596, Barb Moeller, 766-1920, Gary Falls, 766-2238, or Pat Kasuda, 768-1581.

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An abundance of attic treasures will be available for the bargain hunter at a flea market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Marley United Methodist Church, 30 Marley Neck Road.

Refreshments will be sold all day.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the church's OutReach Programs.

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