State trooper warns students to be aware, alert at all times BY JUDY REILLY

NEIGHBORS

April 17, 1997|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

YOU CAN never be too cautious. That's what children at Taneytown Elementary School are learning this week, and they're learning it from someone who should know.

Tfc. Gary Dorsey of Maryland State Police is the resident lawman at the school these days, and he is telling children in all grades to be aware and alert.

Dorsey is offering programs ranging from "Stranger Danger" to kindergartners and the woes of vandalism to fifth-graders. Other classes learn about personal safety, bicycle safety and latchkey children.

Artist works on home

Crystal Hansen might live in New Windsor, but for the past two months her heart and mind have been happily immersed in the fantasy world of a mansion in Phoenix, Baltimore County.

Hansen is one of 40 designers who have dreamed and executed their most creative ideas in hopes of transforming a neglected mansion into a home to remember.

The designers have volunteered their efforts to create the Baltimore Symphony's annual Decorators' Show House, which opens to the public Sunday.

The event raises money for youth programs sponsored by the Baltimore Symphony. It also offers budding and established designers a chance to showcase their work.

This is the second year Hansen has participated as a designer. Her idea of decorating the master bedroom's sitting area in the 1930s and 1940s Hollywood style won approval this winter, and she's been working on finding the right fabrics, furniture, paint and accessories to create a fantasy room.

"You're expected to do everything, from spackling, sanding and painting the walls to making the curtains and figuring out how volunteers can turn the lights on and off," she said.

She has enlisted help from her 17-year-old daughter, Heather Hopkins, and friends to fill dozens of nail holes, sand walls and paint them with glitter paint.

The designer's background as an art director in retail and publishing and six years in business for herself gave her the stamina for the task.

A Towson-area retailer is supplying a chaise and plump, cushy chair; she liberally used Hollywood's classic colors of black, white, gray, champagne and ivory in fabrics and accessories, enlarged photographs of Hollywood legends such as Clark Gable and Carole Lombard on canvas to hang on walls, and dubbed the area "Legends of the Silver Screen."

Show House information: 410-234-2420.

New Windsor Day

Mark your calendars: New Windsor Day will start at 6 a.m. May 3 at New Windsor Carnival Grounds.

Music, line dancing, food, a Civil War re-enactment and an antique tractor show will keep people amused throughout the day.

Benefit bingo

Support for the Tony Dougherty family hasn't lost its momentum. Starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Basket Bingo will be held at the Agriculture Center in Westminster to raise money for the family.

Information: 410-751-1203 or 410-876-2058.

Pub Date: 4/17/97

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