James E. McCleary named top physical education teacher

NEIGHBORS

October 28, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

It's that time of year again, when summer has finally wound down. Soon, we'll all retreat indoors as darkness falls too early and it gets too chilly.

No wonder we have Halloween: we need one last blast of fun and naughtiness before we retire decorously to home. No running indoors, no playing ball, no loud music, no water battles: how boring life inside seems.

We have Christmas and Hanukkah to look forward to, but let's face it, we have to think to others then.

It's nice, but not the same as playing water tag with food coloring. We need a last fling, a last time to scare and be scared, to chase each other, to yell in mock terror, to torment and annoy harmlessly.

I've always loved Halloween, with its goblins and its legal extortion, its scary stories unredeemed by moral sentiments, and its hint of the macabre.

My family wonders why I volunteer to stay home and pass out candy that night. I don't get tired walking around town and terrorizing citizens that way.

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James E. McCleary of Bollman Bridge Elementary has just been named Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year for the Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

The Bollman staff is thrilled for him. This is just the latest in a series of awards Mr. McCleary has earned over the 20 years he's worked in the Howard County schools.

He's been named Teacher of the Year by the Elkridge Kiwanis for his efforts in 1982; awarded a merit certificate in 1985 by the Maryland Association; awarded a certificate of appreciation by the chairman of the county Board of Education in 1987; and recognized for his outstanding services to the PTA, the school and community by the Elkridge Elementary PTA in 1987.

Savage residents have seen the fruits of his efforts every fall as Mr. McCleary, the Bollman Bridge staff and assorted parent volunteers herd all 700 Bollman students through the town on a )) milelong Turkey Walk.

When not escorting children through town or teaching road safety in Scooter City, Mr. McCleary can be found coaching the Kangaroo Kids, a precision jump rope team, or one of the Jaguar basketball teams.

Bollman Bridge is privileged to have such a dedicated staff member. We always knew he was the best gym teacher. It's nice to know the association agrees.

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The Men and Boy's Group of the First Baptist Church of Guilford sponsor a tutorial every Monday night at Guilford Elementary for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

These volunteers help anyone who needs a little help getting through homework, understanding a math concept or writing papers.

Boys and girls can come in for help any time from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Extra tutors are needed so if you have two hours a week to give, call Rodrick McKinnon at (410) 799-7534.

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Savage United Methodist Church holds it's Fall Festival on Nov. 5, including it's eagerly awaited ham and oyster supper. Beginning at 4 p.m., the intersection of Baltimore and Foundry streets in Savage will be gridlocked as eager diners converge on the church.

In addition to ham and oysters, there's parsleyed potatoes, string beans, assorted desserts and coffee, all for $9 for adults, $4.50 for 5- to 12-year-olds and free to preschool students.

As always, there's a bake sale and craft sale for those who cannot get too much of a good thing. The Methodist church also does a thriving take-out business that day.

I've always suspected that people who want reputations as good cooks buy the platters, decant the contents onto china plates at home, and bask in the unearned praise. At least that's what I'd do.

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Century 21, H. T. Brown is sponsoring a gala art auction to benefit the Easter Seal Society on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Heisman Fine Arts Gallery. The sponsors expect about 500 attendees and hope to raise around $10,000.

Tickets to this auction are $5 each. The preview begins at 7 p.m. with the bidding beginning at 8 p.m.

There's complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres to calm the jitters of auction fever. Come out for an evening of artistic adventure. The Easter Seal Society and your heirs will thank you. Call Century 21 H. T. Brown in Laurel at (301) 725-8888 or in Columbia at (410) 730-8888 for tickets.

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Call Atholton High for tickets to this weekend's performances of "Dracula." Thrill and chill to the nameless horror of the undead.

Tickets are $5 per person. Performances are tonight, Saturday and Monday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Don't bring very young children; it really is too spooky for the elementary set.

Call the school at (410) 531-1263 for details and directions.

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Hidden Stables Equine Rescue Facility runs a Haunted Hayride this weekend to benefit the horses. Tickets are $5 per person for a ride through fields of gory.

Reservations are required for these tours so call the center at (310) 490-3558 for them. The center is at 9905 Gorman road.

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