Conversion of Tipton Airfield on Odenton group's agenda

February 20, 1996|By Vicki Wellford | Vicki Wellford,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE CONVERSION of Tipton Airfield to a civilian airport, and taxes and assessments will be the topics at the Greater Odenton Improvement Association meeting tomorrow night.

The group will meet at 7:30 p.m at the Odenton Volunteer Fire Hall on Route 175.

Sam Minnitte, acting chief of staff for County Executive John G. Gary, and John Lucas, the Tipton airport manager, will give an update on the transfer of the Army airfield to a joint Anne Arundel-Howard airport authority.

Also, William Smouse, of the state Department of Assessments and Taxation, will speak on property tax assessments, and John Hammond, county finance officer, will answer questions on the property tax rate.

'Bunjo' to share tales

Storyteller Stanley "Bunjo" Butler will share his tales at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Crofton Branch Library in celebration of Black History Month.

Butler, also known as the "West Baltimore African Talkin' Drum," has been telling stories professionally for nearly a dozen years. He is a librarian and branch manager of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore.

His performance is enlivened by audience participation as he shares African and African-American stories, proverbs and songs.

President of the Griots' Circle of Maryland Inc., and member of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Butler has performed at schools, libraries, museums, and colleges and universities throughout Maryland, as well as at storytelling festivals.

The free program is recommended for children over 6 years old. Registration is not required, but seating is limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call (410) 222-6280.

Students to hear Stovall

Stan Stovall from WMAR-TV will be the guest speaker Friday at the Arundel Senior High School National Honor Society induction.

The annual induction, at 12:30, will be led by Rob Fannon, vice president of NHS.

The National Honor Society was formed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals to create enthusiasm for scholastics, stimulate service to the community, promote leadership and develop character.

To be eligible for induction, students must have a grade-point average of 3.5 or better, be a junior or senior, have attended Arundel Senior High for one semester and be nominated and selected by a faculty council.

Under the leadership of President Jen Squallare, the group collected more than $1,700 from classmates and faculty for the Holiday Sharing Program to prepare food baskets for the needy. Members also have collected Giant, Metro and Safeway receipts to purchase equipment and supplies for the school.

For more information, call (410) 674-6500.

Free talk on compost

The Flower and Herb Guild of the O'Malley Senior Center will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Speaker Richard Hood will discuss the best way to prepare and use compost material.

The program is free, but registration is required.

The center is at 1275 Odenton Road. Information: (410) 222-6227 or (301) 621-9515.

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