3 Mount View Middle students testify for anti-smoking bill

Neighbors

March 31, 1997|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EARLY IN the school year, three sixth-grade students from Mount View Middle School -- Jeanette Curtis, Audre Leighton and Ashley Weedon -- expressed an interest in the tough issue of teen-age drug and cigarette abuse.

Their interest became an independent research project. With the help of the American Heart Association and Glenn Schneider, a member of Smoke-Free Maryland, the students researched their topic.

Because of their interest, the girls were invited to testify for Senate Bill 7675, which bans the sale of tobacco from vending machines. With teacher Lorraine Quinn, the three girls traveled March 12 to Annapolis, where Jeanette and Ashley spoke for three minutes to the Judicial Proceedings Committee.

Adopt-a-road

First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ellicott City is one of the first county organizations to participate in the Department of Public Works' Adopt-A-Road Program. Church members adopted a three-mile stretch of Frederick Road, as advertised by a new sign on the roadside.

On March 8, 10 church volunteers held the first cleanup. Gathering at the church at 9 a.m. to don orange vests and review safety procedures, the volunteers then divided into four teams.

Group leader Ed Zeigler notes that volunteers collected 44 plastic bags full of trash, recyclables and a considerable pile of junk that could not be bagged. Paul Miller ferried the stuff in a pickup truck to the church. The Department of Public Works took it to the dump.

A tip of the hat to Ed and his crew -- the Rev. Glenn Ludwig, Larry Rectonus, Hazel Rectonus, Richard Waagbo, Neal Ehler, Richard Fichen, Walter Fleischer, Ron Ritter, Tom Johannesen and Paul Miller -- who donated their Saturday morning to pick up junk from the side of the road.

Teen dance

From 8 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m. Friday, Greater Elkridge Teen Center will hold a high school dance, featuring a disc jockey, snacks, music and fun in a smoke-free, drug-free environment. An addition is the Java Corner, where teens may gather to talk and drink flavored decaffeinated coffee.

To ensure a safe environment, each teen and a parent will need to sign a contract. Buy a ticket for $5 at Grace Episcopal Church before the dance or for $6 at the door. Call the church at 410-796-3270 for ticket purchases.

Ice show

Columbia Figure Skating Club will hold its Spring Ice Show at 3: 30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. Saturday and at 1: 30 p.m. and 4: 30 p.m. Sunday at Columbia Ice Rink on Thunderhill Road.

The theme, "Fantasia on Ice," includes performances of "The Lion King," "Pocahontas" and the French classic children's story, "Madeline."

Skaters from Ellicott City and Elkridge include Robbie Auld, Allison Barber, Rebecca Bers, Brittany Boyle, Laura Burrows, Stephanie Burrows, Jenny Cheng, Sophia Chien, Claire Daniels, Elaine Duzor, Mary Kate Franchetti, Sarah Franks, Emily Hebeler, Samantha Huntt, Stephanie Jarrett, Amy Jordan, Katherine Khatibi, Kristie Khatibi, Lilli Khatibi, Erin Maskell, Katie Penyak, Caitlin Ryan, Kim Rzemien, Russ Rzemien, Allison St. Cyr, Emily Spiegel, Kaori Tanaka, Julie Tsai, Ashley Virtue, Lauren White, Jessica Whittington, Alicia Williams, Stephanie Wittbecker, and the entire Eddy family -- Kimberly, Sarah, Meryl, and Stephen.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for children or senior citizens and can be purchased in advance at the Columbia Ice Rink. Information: 410-730-0322.

Membership meeting

Historic Ellicott City Inc.'s annual membership meeting is scheduled for April 8. The organization maintains the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum and the Thomas Isaacs Log Cabin and sponsors the Decorator Show House as a fund-raiser.

If you're interested in joining, attend the meeting, which begins at 7: 30 p.m. at P. J.'s Restaurant on Main Street.

Friends of the Earth

Deep Run Elementary School held its Friends of the Earth Fair on Tuesday. Gifted and talented resource teacher Heidi Chapman's enrichment students planned and organized the fair as part of their schoolwork.

Schoolchildren were invited to come to the fair dressed as their favorite animal.

First, the band and string musicians played for the audience; then, the entire fourth grade performed in "135 Dalmatians," a version of the popular Disney story by Beth Koh, Rachel Lowenstein, Michelle Menner and Alison Schwartz. Josh Sachs and his father, Brad Sachs, wrote the original music for the production. The fourth-graders were the actors, with musical support by the chorus. Overseeing the event was program coordinator Joey Sharp.

After the play, 29 environmental organizations gave the school community hands-on education at displays and information tables.

Among the exhibitors were Animal Advocates of Howard County; Diane Brown of the Cooperative Extension Service's Master Gardeners; Patapsco State Park; and Moira Liskovec of Endangered Turtles.

The gifted and talented enrichment students organized games and activities to teach their classmates about preservation of wildlife.

Pub Date: 3/31/97

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