Everywhere, it was ACES as students exercised


May 18, 1994|By PAT BRODOWSKI

May 4 was ACES -- All Children Exercising Simultaneously -- day. At 3:10 p.m. that Wednesday, elementary school students all over the United States began to exercise.

Some left their classrooms to walk, jog or run. At Spring Garden Elementary, it was raining.

"We did it inside," said Principal Larry Bair. "We had a videotape and children did exercises in front of their television for 15 minutes.

"The purpose [of ACES] is that every student participates in exercise at the same time."

Spring Garden, he said, has participated in ACES every year since the school opened three years ago.

Last week the school got lucky. It was one of two in the country selected by random drawing to receive two gifts for participation.

"It came as quite a surprise to us," said Mr. Bair.

"When the schools enroll [in ACES], they are all put into a hat," he said. "They draw two schools. The first school was Sante Fe Elementary in Kansas City. We were the second school pulled out [of the hat].

"We'll get a $500 grant for physical education equipment."

The second gift is an enhancement to field day games. Spring Garden's annual Field Day has outdoor physical challenges for every grade all day June 9.

"The sponsor of ACES is YooHoo, the drink company," said Mr. Bair. "They are going to supply drinks for our field day, to students, teachers and parents who are attending."


Springhouse Crafts, north of Manchester, opens Saturday for weekends through June. It's one of those rustic treasures that folks usually pass along the grapevine.

For one thing, there's the car-stopping, camera-snapping farm country. From Route 30, you follow Tracey Mill Road past the verdant growth and bellowing animals of one sprawling farm. Then turn left for a rambling drive on Stoney Lane, which takes you through another working farm, past beef cattle and horses, and on to the farm at mailbox number 4932 and its craft shop.

The craft shop, newly painted in gray with a green roof and shutters, is in a working spring house, where spring water flows over several happy goldfish.

Spring in the Springhouse is an image of florals, and this shop has several floral designers.

Linda Plitt fashions arrangements of silk flowers. Hangings of dried flowers are the work of Linda Giles. Shop owners Patty Knott and Sylvia Pumputis add their own dried flower arrangements. There are also wreaths created from herbs and natural materials.

Mrs. Knott and Mrs. Pumputis began the craft shop to feature their ceramic works and to display quality handcrafts of an individuality not often seen at craft fairs.

Artisans at the shop include Jane Duke, who returns with her exquisite jewelry of Austrian crystal beads; and Terri and Keith Wentz, woodcrafters of furniture, shelves, quilt racks and more.

Bears and dolls have escaped the toy room to become collector's items. Joan Harris creates these collectibles and dresses.

Phena Carroll, in similar mode, creates block bunnies and dolls, and air freshener rabbits for country home decor.

A new feature will be Sandy Beant's sock bunnies. She also crafts scented candles and candle gift sets.

Also new to the shop are the works of Country Girls Creations, or Lisa Long and Cheryl Gereny. They fashion wooden boxes, wooden plaques and swags that enhance the door, window or mirror.

Springhouse Crafts is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Follow the large signs posted near Piper's Liquors in Melrose.

Information: Patty Knott, 374-5378.

Enjoy yard sales? Two community yard sales are happening soon.

On Saturday, residents of Wolf Hill will fill their spacious yards for their ninth annual community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date is Sunday.

Wolf Hill is opposite the E-Z Minit Market on Route 30 near Piney Branch Golf Course.

On June 11, the annual Robert's Field Homeowners Association Yard Sale will take place at Spring Garden Elementary school from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Members of the association may register for tables by calling Maureen Laderer at 239-7398.

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