People who share their interests can make some beautiful music


September 20, 1996|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE BEST PART of this job is the terrific and interesting people I get to meet. A few weeks back, I had occasion to get a flute fixed. My niece had joined the band.

Rather than rent an instrument, we took her mother's flute to be refurbished by Jim Tull, instrument repairer.

Now, I'm one of those people who almost cannot hear music. There's nothing wrong with my ears, just with that magical bit of soul that resonates to the music of the spheres.

That didn't make a difference to Tull and his wife.

There we were sitting in his workroom while he examined the flute. Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, had died recently. So Tull showed us pictures of Monroe's last birthday party while playing bits of bluegrass on the stereo and generally keeping us entertained.

Changing records was quite a feat in a room crowded with French horns and tubas. But to the Tulls, the room was almost empty. Last week, they crawled over the larger cases that were chest high to get to the record cabinet.

When we came the next day, the flute wasn't quite ready.

No problem.

Even though the Tulls were heading out later -- to a bluegrass jam he sponsors weekly -- he quickly finished our flute.

The best part of the afternoon came when Mrs. Tull showed me her pride and joy. Her husband had inlaid intertwining J's and wedding rings on a fiddle he'd given her for her birthday. It was the loveliest thing I'd seen in years.

And suddenly, I realized how interesting the people are who live here. I had just met two people who play bluegrass professionally, repair instruments by the truckload, run a continuing bluegrass jam Tuesday nights and inlay stringed instruments like the finest cabinetmakers.

Oh, and who were willing to share their passions with the woefully untalented.

Jim Tull can be reached at (301) 776-2869 for information about the weekly jam sessions.

Laurel Woods proud

Laurel Woods Elementary is proud that so many students completed the Howard County Library's summer reading game.

Congratulations to Katie Annett, Michael Blasko, Stephanie Faudale, Ellen Flynn, Rebecca Gridley, Cassi Larson, Zachary Marselle, Caylene Pillsbury, Steven Rogers, Joseph Watts and Christopher Walter-Sherbert.

Kudos to dedicated readers Aldon Blackwood, Elizabeth Brown, Paige Faughn, Michael Gridley, Maureen Harvie, Sean Musgrove, Emily Parker, Crystal Rogers, Rachel Taylor and Rachel Wilhite.

Happy wanderers

The FreeState Happy Wanderers return to our neck of the woods -- quite literally -- early next month.

This local chapter of the American Volksport Association is sponsoring a five-kilometer and a 10-kilometer walk through our park Oct. 12.

Anyone can participate, but walkers must register at the picnic pavilion between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Those who want to get volksmarching credit can do so; there's a $2 fee for that. But anyone can join the walk for free.

Leashed pets are welcome.

This is a terrific way to get to meet neighbors in an informal setting and to discover the beauty of Savage Park.

For details and directions, call Ruth McCoy at (301) 317-4549.

Free immunizations

A reminder for parents of children who may not have all of the required immunizations for admission to school: Hammond High will offer free immunizations from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 16.

Principal's breakfast

The next Hammond High Breakfast with the Principal will be at 8: 30 a.m. Oct. 8.

There's no charge for this, but please call to reserve a place. The school needs to know how much coffee to brew.

Call the school at 313-7615.

Kudos from Bollman Bridge

It's a truism that if you want to get something done, you should ask a busy person. The theory is that busy people have learned to organize their time and so can do your task.

Of course, if they are busy, that also means they are willing to help.

As a public service, then, to those of us -- like me -- who never get anything done because we're inept, here is a list of kind, efficient, busy people who volunteer their time at Bollman Bridge Elementary: Jessica Kemper, Mary Metzler, Denise Lancaster, Chris Traini, Judy Schemm, Marci Peri and Chris Szalkowski are all on the PTA executive board. These are the really organized folks.

An additional 20 people have taken over other assorted duties involved in running the PTA. So here's to Catherine Gouin and Valerie DiCarlo, who coordinate the parent education program.

And here's to Bonnie Grooms, who canvasses for more members. Here's to Vicki Gunther, who is in charge of the Safety Committee. Renee Plazak and Janet Schoenfeld search for new volunteers. And bravo to Donna Hager, who takes care of hospitality for the PTA.

Dave Bond and Matt McCoy are in charge of the cultural arts program. Berta Keeler makes sure kids are in school by running Safe-To-School.

Debbie Stvan and Martie Dyer run the Social Committee. Sandy Schrader coordinates the Memory Book. Genie Heer leads the Ways and Means Committee, and Suzie Frost runs the Market Day program, which generates revenue for the PTA.

Jenny Jones coordinates the school's partnership with area banks. Mary Ann Gardes coordinates with Savage Mill. Sherry Kennedy helps runs Kids Korner, the children's holiday store. Phil DeVito organizes the Hands on Science program. Judy Esposito and Martie Dyer make sure that the Bollman Bridge staff gets the recognition it deserves.

Chris Traini sorts the Campbell's soup labels and exchanges them for prizes. Norma Neimiller looks after after-school activities. Stephanie Angelo heads up the Wellness Committee, and Tracey Eberhardt leads the Inclusion Committee.

Of course, this isn't a complete list of all the school's volunteers.

Every class has homeroom moms. There are special helpers for each department. Parent volunteers chaperon field trips.

A rough estimate: About 10 percent of parents volunteer several hours each week at the school. Considering how busy we all are, that's a terrific turnout.

Pub Date: 9/20/96

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