Miss Fire Prevention is about safety

NEIGHBORS

August 31, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

Her voice carried over the stack of black and white marble notebooks. People began to gather. I inched toward the front.

"Do you have any clue what I paid in property taxes last year?" Tiny beads of perspiration began to form on her upper lip. "How many candy bars, tubes of wrapping paper and pizza kits have you foisted off on friends and relatives who no longer take your calls? Yet the school system cannot afford crayons!!! They're half price at Giant!"

She waved a mimeograph list of school supplies above her head. The crowd began to sway with her rhythm.

"Year after year we venture forth in search of tabbed folders, metric rulers and protractors. I ask you, does anyone ever use a protractor in real life? Have any of you ever actually seen your child use one?" she asked.

As she moved on to the inherent danger of arming small children with a compass, I lunged forward and snagged the last remaining six-section, college rule, spiral notebook with perforated paper in our ZIP code.

The sudden movement broke the trance of the crowd. In the ensuing frenzy I lost one section of my notebook and my Power Ranger pencil sharpener. But I did manage to get 21 packs of half-price crayons.

Color on, Glen Burnie.

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It was a sweep for Glen Burnie at the Miss Anne Arundel County Fire Prevention competition last weekend when Stephanie Varner and Katy Agro won both the juniorand senior titles.

This is the third consecutive year a representative from the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company won a county title and the first time both representatives won.

Stephanie, 11, is a sixth-grader student at St. Phillip Neri. She was the junior first runner-up in the Glen Burnie competition in June.

A student at Chesapeake High, 16-year-old Katy will compete in the state pageant next June for the senior title.

Contestants are judged on poise and knowledge of fire prevention and safety says local coordinator and volunteer firefighter Jim Franklin. "This is not a beauty pageant, not a talent show."

Throughout the next year, the girls will work within the community spreading the message of fire safety.

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White-water rafting, hiking and camping are only a few of the activities boys ages 10 and older can enjoy as a member of Boy Scout Troop 873. The troop will begin a new year of fun at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Glen Burnie Park Elementary School.

For information call Scoutmaster Scott King, 760-0000 or Hawk, 761-3937.

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Parents of students of Glen Burnie High School are being asked to show they "Dare To Care" about their children's education by joining the Parents Teacher Association. The cost is $3 per family.

Officers for the 1994-'95 school year are: Nancy Cullison, president; Pam Robinson, vice-president; Rita Hemphill, secretary; John Cullison, treasurer; and Mary Ellen Mulliken, school liaison.

For information on joining the PTA, call the school office, 761-8950.

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Children missing immunization shots may be suspended from school if they do not comply with the state requirements.

To assist with the goal of every student protected through immunization, the county Department of Health has scheduled a clinic from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at Marley Middle School, 7730 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. No appointment is necessary. Parents should bring a copy of their child's immunization record.

Appointments may also scheduled at the Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A St., N.W.

While there is no charge for the shots, donations up to $5 are welcome.

For information, call the Glen Burnie Health Center, 222-6633.

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Mother's Day Out is a drop-in program operating from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at Messiah Methodist Church for preschool children ages 2 to 5. The program, which begins Sept. 8, operates every week public school is in session. Space is limited to 12 children.

The fee of $7 per child per visit affords parents the time to runerrands, volunteer or enjoy a morning of solitude. Parents can reserve a space by paying in advance.

For information, call the church office, 761-1941.

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Programs for the entire family -- and the dog -- are on the agenda for the fall session of the Glen Burnie YMCA, 8 Central Ave.

Registration is under way for country line dancing, fitness programs, gymnastics, beauty/image, karate and dog obedience.

/# For information, call 761-1251.

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