Crofton's traditional Halloween parade to step off at noon Saturday

NEIGHBORS

October 25, 1994|By SUE HALLER

Saturday night was cool and crisp, just right for a bonfire and pumpkin-carving contest. More than 30 people turned out for the event at Hardy Field next to Crofton Elementary School. With luck, this will become an annual part of Crofton's Halloween celebration.

Don't forget the Halloween parade Saturday sponsored by the Crofton Kiwanis Club. The parade will form at Crofton Woods Elementary School and step off at noon down Crofton Parkway past the Village Green, where hundreds of youngsters dressed in their Halloween finest will join the parade and march to Crofton Elementary School. The Crofton Police Department will have "No Parking" signs on the inner loop of Crofton Parkway from Urby Drive to Duke of Kent Drive.

Information: Paul Truntich at 261-3178.

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Congratulations to local Dr. Howard K. Schultz, who has been recertified by the American Board of Family Practice. To be board certified a family physician must successfully complete an examination every seven years.

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The Crofton Chesapeake Toastmasters will meet at Crofton Middle School on Davidsonville Road at 7 p.m. Thursday. Toastmaster for the evening will be Tom McCabe of Bowie.

Speakers will include Marnie Fallon of Crofton, Warren Howes of Pasadena and Eric Smookler of Severna Park. Table Topics Master will be Karen Ryan of Millersville.

At the Oct. 13 meeting, Hersh Alexander of Crofton earned his "Competent Toastmaster" achievement.

Toastmasters strive to build communication and speaking skills. The Crofton chapter meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more information call 721-0595 or 621-7302. Guest are welcome to attend.

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Come one, come all to the first annual Crofton Athletic Council's homecoming festivities and football games the weekend of Oct. 28. Players, cheerleaders and coaches will be involved in the fun. The event will start with a pep rally from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday on the multipurpose field at Crofton Park.

The concession stand will be open with a menu that includes hamburgers, hot dogs and sodas. The games will start at noon Saturday when the 75-pound team kicks off. The 90-pound game will play at 2 p.m., the 105-pound team at 4 p.m., the 120-pound team at 6 p.m. and the 145-team at 8 p.m.

Local residents Cami Nolet, Andrew Publicover, Robin Birch, Brenda Birch, and Caroline Klocko will be on hand to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner." For more information, call Kathy Frye at 849-3926 or Melodie Roberson at 721-4524.

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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church will hold its annual fall dinner and holiday crafts bazaar Nov. 5 at the church at 1110 St. Stephen's Church Road. A dinner of roast turkey and dressing, vegetables and desserts will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 11. Carry-out dinners also will be available.

The bazaar, with a holiday theme, will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ornaments, creches, wreaths and handmade dolls, among other items, will be on display. Information: call the church at 721-2881.

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The Bowie/Crofton Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. today at Bowie City Hall. Jeff Edwards of Home Harvest Garden Supply will discuss "Hydroponics for the Home Gardener." A door prize is awarded and plant exchanges are held at each meeting. The group meets on the last Tuesday of the month and the public is invited.

Information: John McKenna at 464-2611.

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The Crofton Association of Retired Persons will meet at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 1800 Seton Drive. After the meeting, the group will be entertained by the "Pascal Go Getters," and lunch will be served.

The association also is planning a day trip to Sight and Sound Theater in Strausburg, Pa., on Nov. 30. The theater is presenting "Joys of Christmas" and a water show. Those on the trip also will tour an Amish house and eat dinner at the Plain and Fancy Home Restaurant.

The $50 cost will include transportation, show and dinner. The bus will leave Prince of Peace Church at 12:30 p.m. Information: Ed Laird at 721-5251.

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Help celebrate Children's Book Week from Nov. 14 to 20 at the Crofton library. Noted children's author Mary Downing Hahn will be at the library from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Nov. 16. Ms. Hahn, who writes books for children in upper elementary grades and young adults, lives in Columbia. A former children's librarian in Prince George's County, she is devoting all her time to writing. Her work ranges from realistic fiction to contemporary fantasy and has received much critical acclaim.

"Stepping on the Cracks" won an American Library Association Notable Childrens Book award and was named Best Book of the year by the School Library Journal. The book also won the Maryland Educational Media Organization's Black-Eyed Susan Book Award for grades 6 to 9.

Ms. Hahn will discuss her writing and answer questions. Copies of her books will be available for sale and autographing after the program.

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