That $30 thorn can't spoil a nice school opening

NEIGHBORS

September 02, 1994|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

The first frazzled week of school is history and, I must admit, this year's opening has been remarkably smooth.

No missed buses so far. My eldest has assumed the chauffeuring duties for her freshman sibling. Coordinating time in the bathroom at 6:45 a.m. has not presented a problem. Yet.

Most of the classroom supplies have been bought, but there is that running tab of extras -- lab fees, workbooks, notebooks and calculators -- required to get them through the first semester.

I grumbled to an old friend with children in college about the costs, but she scoffed at my whining over a piddling $30 tab and offered to swap it for hers, which seems to be rising as fast as the national debt.

I quickly ended that conversation.

Like I said, taking all things in consideration, it's been a good week.

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Straight Up Youth Ministries at the Chesapeake Christian Center, 7075 Tick Neck Road, hopes to raise money to help pay for youth mission trips and retreats by selling certificates for professionally done family portraits.

The $5 fee covers the cost of the photo session and a 10-inch-by-13-inch print that is part of a package of pictures you can purchase from Amy's Portraits of Cleveland, Tenn.

The photographer will be at the church Sept. 10. Appointments are available throughout the day. Ater your portrait is taken, you will receive the pictures in the mail. You can purchase the package in whole or just a part. Whatever you decide, the 10 x 13 is yours to keep.

For more information, call Amber, 437-6246, Terri, 360-1749, or .. the church office, 255-3168.

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Branch 9017 of the Aid Association for Lutherans will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at Magothy-Chelsea Community Lutheran Church, Third and Beach avenues.

The agenda will include discussion of a bazaar at Galilee Lutheran Church.

For more information, call Dale Bennett, 255-2060.

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Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, 4760 Mountain Road, is holding an organizational meeting for a new mothers and tots group at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Trinity Center.

The new group will offer mothers an opportunity to meet, mix and mingle, along with Bible study and prayer and discussion groups.

Baby sitting will not be available during the organizational meeting.

Call the church office, 255-8887, Monday through Thursday mornings for more information.

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Stoney Creek Democratic Club, 8123 Fort Smallwood Road, will have its final preprimary open house at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Tom Redmond, County Council candidate, will be the guest speaker.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Roich Ames, 437-9388.

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The Chesapeake High School Theatre Group is looking for donations of supplies to be used by students in productions at the school.

Items the groups always needs paint, lumber, hardware, electrical equipment, fabric, clothes, hats, gloves, costumes, accessories and furniture.

Information: 255-4722.

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