Swansfield Elementary thanks workers who renovated school

Neighbors

October 01, 1997|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The contractors who completed the first phase of a major renovation project at Swansfield Elementary School were honored last week at a back-to-school night.

Principal Karen Ganjon presented certificates of appreciation to four employees of Phillips Way Inc., the general contractor: Phillip Martien, president; Armando Ravera Jr., vice president; Mark Armstrong, foreman; and Jack Bannon, superintendent.

Also honored were Hummy Khan, vice president, and Robert Lowe, mechanical designer, of Columbia-based Energy Applications Inc. -- as well as the architect, William Baltzer Fox of Fox Architects.

The school's custodians were recognized for putting in many extra hours during the renovation.

Honored were Sam Pratt, the day building supervisor, and Mae Yawn, the night chief.

Work on the $2,215,348 project began during spring break and HTC continued during summer vacation. The second phase will be done next summer.

One of Columbia's older schools, Swansfield opened in 1972, when the open-space concept was popular.

As part of the renovation, the media center and the third-grade pod were enclosed.

Phase two will include similar renovation of the first- and second-grade pods.

Phase one also included removal of floor tile containing asbestos, and replacement of some of the heating and air-conditioning equipment.

The kindergarten was moved to a larger space in a newly renovated area. The former kindergarten area now includes music rooms, office space and a small conference room.

Part of the office area was reconfigured to create a new teachers' dining room, an adult classroom and a larger health room.

A small lobby was created in the front foyer.

The improvements also included wiring for Internet access and a wheelchair lift for the stage.

"They did a wonderful job with the renovation," said Jane Holcomb, the school's PTA president.

She added, "All the work benefits the learning process of the children."

Artist works in glass

Denise Tarbell wasn't satisfied with her life, working as an administrative assistant, moving from state to state to follow her husband's job with the federal government.

So in mid-life she decided to make a change.

Now the Hickory Ridge resident is a full-time artist, working in glass.

Some of her pieces will be featured this month at the Artists' Gallery in the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle.

A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 10.

Tarbell observed that glass, as an artistic medium, "has become very popularized in the secular world in the last 15 years."

Before that, she said, it was more often connected with religious art.

"Now, it's a wonderful field," she added, "limited only by imagination."

Tarbell started her career as a glass artist by doing custom windows, but has moved into more decorative pieces.

While most of her work is on flat surfaces, some pieces are more like sculpture, with bits of glass glued together like a puzzle.

One of the works she will be showing at the gallery is a three-panel screen using glass and wrought iron.

Tarbell uses various types of glass in her work, including waste pieces from glass factories.

She noted that her work "often has a very highly textured quality."

For her designs, she draws inspiration from Art Nouveau and Art Deco pieces, and from artistic traditions as varied as the Celtic and Victorian.

Tarbell has shown her work at several area galleries, including a solo show at Gallery 44 in Ellicott City.

She has participated in the Columbia Festival of the Arts for the last three years.

Her work is also on display at the Wild Bird Center in Columbia.

The show at the Artists' Gallery will run from Oct. 6 through 31.

Watercolors by Bonita Glaser and works by other member artists are also on display.

Information: 410-740-8249.

Students on patrol

Eleven fifth-grade students at Longfellow Elementary School have been chosen to serve on this year's Safety Patrol.

The patrol helps with the morning arrival at and afternoon departure from school by greeting students, holding doors and reminding the children to observe safety rules.

Serving on the patrol are Marilyn Berchie, Robert Charles, Marcus Dumorin, Katie Elliott, Autumn Fonseca, Cindy Moe, Kyle Ridgeway, Michelle Rotolo, Brent Sokolowsky, Paul Teed and Nina Zanonie.

Ann Foltz, a special education assistant, is patrol sponsor.

She is aided by Chris Quinn, an instructional assistant.

Pub Date: 10/01/97

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