Mother Nature finds an answer to Bradford pear


April 17, 1997|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WE CAN remember a remote time when the No. 1 tree in Maryland was NOT the Bradford pear. It used to be that the early appearance of the pedestrian forsythia or flowering cherry or plum was a thrilling sign that winter was almost over.

Then somebody in the landscaping business unleashed the Bradford pear and, seemingly overnight, fluffy white lollipop trees stood along every walk and roadway and office entryway.

However, Mother Nature knows how to compete with businessmen. Check out the dogwoods blooming in lacy canopies along many thoroughfares in Greater Severna Park.

This is the time of year in Central County when residents normally gather in the yard and shake their heads in amazement. But my vote is that this is one of the most beautiful springs ever.

Summer jobs for teens

Teen-agers looking for a job for the next season -- summer -- should plan to attend the Job Fair and Job Hunting Skills Workshop from 10: 30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center at Woods, Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Cypress Creek Road.

The workshop is sponsored by Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce and the community center.

Young people can meet area employers such as McDonald's, Arnold Farms on Ritchie Highway and the Anne Arundel Community College bookstore.

"We hope that word will spread among teens that this is a way to get a job," says Linda Zahn, chamber executive director.

Registration: Barbara Birkenheuer, community center director, 410-647-5843.

Hospice retreat

Hospice of the Chesapeake is offering a retreat for children who must deal with the stress of having a family member or friend with a life-threatening illness.

The retreat is from 1 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m. April 27 at the Community Center at Woods. It is free.

Participants will be divided into age groups for an afternoon of swimming, fun and sharing.

Registration: Peggy Snow, 410-987-2129.

Honoring scholars

The Severna Park Branch of the American Association of University Women is honoring local public school scholars during Women's History Month.

The group asked each of the 12 county high schools to name its top female senior student in math and science.

The girls will be invited to the association's May 10 luncheon at Chartwell Country Club and receive a certificate and gift.

The students are:

Susan Berotti, Annapolis High; Vyl Chan, Arundel; Jennifer Darling, Broadneck; Alexis Hilloch, Chesapeake; Jessica Sweeney, Glen Burnie; Jeneen N. Manlangit, Meade; Kally Hardesty, North County; Rachel Bunn, Northeast; Angela Ward, Old Mill; Amy Chao, Severna Park; Amanda Hopkins, South River; and Jillian L. Williams, Southern.

Pub Date: 4/17/97

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