Drivers, cyclists can learn from police department's safety education

NEIGHBORS

July 07, 1994|By SALLY BUCKLER

The Howard County Police Department is making an effort to educate drivers and bicyclists about sharing our country roads. They want to prevent accidents and teach everyone about the rules and rights of the road.

On Saturday I encountered someone who needed this education. I was turning right onto Roxbury Road from the northbound lane of Route 97 when a helmetless adult cyclist charged down the wrong side of the road toward me. His companions, wearing helmets, signaled and made a safe left turn onto Route 97.

The offender scoffed at me and rode onto Route 97, as I applied the brakes of my Oldsmobile. Perhaps a bit of safety education might save that cyclist from a nasty accident someday.

Part of the bicyclist education should focus on organized cycling events. I'd like to see cycling groups place -- and later remove -- signs warning of their intention to close a road for a bicycle race.

One recent Sunday morning, people who lived on a road race route were stopped when they tried to leave their neighborhoods. They were told that roads on the route such as Triadelphia Mill Road belonged to the cyclists. Motorists would have to wait about 10 minutes.

We all need to be very careful on our winding roads that don't have shoulders. And we all need to know the rules and follow them. If your cycling group, community association, or other group would like to hear a program about road safety, please call the police department's traffic enforcement section at 313-2215.

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Have you seen the Snickers adstouting the candy bar company's support of youth soccer during the World Cup matches? Greg Allen and Todd Tedrow of Glenwood Middle School, Kevin Berberich of St. Louis School, Chris Clickner of Mount View Middle School, and Greg Hinkle of Clarksville Middle School know that the company means what it says.

The boys played in the Snickers Region I Championships last weekend. As members of the Maryland State Championship team for under-12 boys, the Laurel Wildcats, they traveled to Princeton, N.J., to be part of a field of 16 teams. Regional winners from four areas will play for the national championship later this summer in Chicago.

The regional tournament was patterned after World Cup play, so each team was assigned to a group for round robin play. Our local boys smartly beat Virginia and the New York State West team, but lost to Massachusetts, which effectively eliminated the Maryland team from the tournament.

Massachusetts went on to the semifinal round, where they lost to Delaware. A team from New Jersey will have the honor of representing the east in the national championships.

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St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church has a very active crafts group organized by Joy Parker. Monthly meetings give parishioners and their friends a chance to meet new people and learn a new craft. This month participants will begin Christmas stockings for the children of needy families that St. Francis sponsors at holiday times.

Often crafts the group members make become gifts for their families. Always the group shares friendship and welcomes new parish members of this small, very friendly church.

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Some school band students never quit.

This week and next, 25 band students are participating in the Summer Middle School Band, which will run each morning through July 13. That evening at 7:30 p.m. the students will wrap up this musical part of their summer by giving a free concert at Mayfield Woods Middle School.

David Smith is director of the band, helped by Kendall Davis.From Glenwood Middle School, Ken Henderson and Tom Buckler have added their talents to the band.

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Other instrumental music students who are not participating in the band are practicing their instruments each day and proving their proficiency to Mike Blackman.

Mr. Blackman directs the bands at Bushy Park, Lisbon, and West Friendship elementary schools. From 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Thursday mornings, he welcomes "former, current, and future" student musicians to play their instruments at West Friendship Elementary. He enjoys listening to the students and offering encouragement. It's all very informal and fun.

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Congratulations to the Pointers Run Elementary School Student Government Association! During the school's Winter Carnival, the SGA raised $88 to fulfill president Matt Cornelius' goal to get students involved in helping the community. Vice President Tonya Rutman suggested offering students a chance to do spin art.

She also volunteered her own spin art machines. With several class representatives, Matt, Tonya, co-treasurers Kristen and Michael Hood, secretary Rachel Feldman, vice secretary Jenny White and teachers Jackie Benner and Lisa Robbins, manned the spin art booth for five hours.

Later, a shopping trip produced a pair of backpacks and two adorable stuffed animals. Rachel contacted Linda Brown at the Chaselle Co., which donated school supplies for the backpacks.

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