WITH THE opening of school only two weeks away, teachers and staff members are busy preparing classrooms, while students rush to fill the last of summer with fun.
At Hammond Elementary, returning staff members are glad to find that an addition has been finished. No longer will students and staff members have to walk to temporary classrooms.
The sloping courtyard that separates Hammond Elementary School from Hammond Middle School has been repaired. The steep, grassy slope had been supported by huge timber retaining walls. Unfortunately, the walls attracted insects that made using the courtyard unpleasant. No longer. Workers are putting the finishing touches on the renovation. The new retaining walls are built of interlocking concrete bricks, and the area is landscaped.
New teachers, PTA
Hammond Elementary welcomes the following new staff members to its roster: Denise Savarese, Deanna Godbout, Karen Mastiontoni, Sandra Stokes and Donna Mackin. PTA officers for the 1997-1998 academic year are Donna Merson, president; Dottie Balabon, and Darla Trigger, vice presidents; Connie Jones, corresponding secretary; Gail Adams, treasurer; and Nancy Trudel, recording secretary.
The Patuxent Area Junior Chamber of Commerce has released its tentative schedule for the coming year.
It is a balance of community-oriented projects and enjoyable activities. Plans for the fall include helping at the Ocean City Wine Festival and at Race for the Cure, a trip to Adventure World, a crab feast, horseback riding, helping residents put numbers on their houses, participating in a Save Our Streams cleanup and voter registration drives, cooking lessons and visiting seniors during the holidays.
This is a vital, busy crowd. At 4 p.m. Aug. 17, the group is holding a membership meeting at Lake Elkhorn. It is to be an afternoon of family fun for current and prospective Jaycees.
If fall is just around the corner, can the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks catalog listing of new classes be far off?
Among some of the more unusual and useful classes is a dog obedience course to be taught at Patuxent Valley Middle School, beginning Sept. 17. The six-week series runs Wednesday nights, beginning at 6: 30. By the end, Rover will be an obedient companion and a delight to the neighbors. Marianne Hein is the instructor.
Two repair classes will be offered at Hammond High School, beginning at 7 p.m. Sept. 29. A three-week basic home repair course will cover leaky faucets, drywall patching and minor electrical problems. Irv Hite is the instructor.
John Lyons will teach basic clock repairs. The six-week class will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 7 at Hammond High School. Participants are to bring in an old clock )) that needs work. Lesley Seplaki teaches the history and playing techniques of bagpipes. A set of pipes is not required, but a cassette and tape recorder are. These classes will be held at Hammond High for six weeks, beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 7.
The Department of Recreation and Parks offers other classes and activities. For details, directions or to volunteer: 410-313-7275.