Dorsey's Search women's group to sponsor consignment sale


October 15, 1997|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BARGAIN HUNTERS from as far away as Virginia and Pennsylvania are expected to converge on Dunloggin Middle School on Saturday for the 16th biannual Children's Consignment Sale.

Sponsored by the Dorsey Search Women's Foundation, the sale will be from 9 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m.

Admission is $1 a person.

Children's and maternity clothing, toys, books, juvenile furniture and baby equipment will be for sale.

The club splits the proceeds equally with sellers. The club's share -- expected to be about $4,000 -- will be donated to local charities.

Dorsey's Search residents Beth Torgrimson, Judi Smith and Sharon Bedke are organizing the sale, which usually draws such a crowd that strollers are not allowed in until 10: 30 a.m.

The nonprofit women's group accepts consignments from a maximum of 100 sellers.

All items must be clean and in good condition. The sellers price the items and drop them off at the school the evening before the sale.

Volunteers from the club sort the items and put them on tables arranged by size and appropriateness for boys or girls.

The volunteers are assisted by about 60 eighth-graders from Dunloggin Middle School.

Club members serve as cashiers, collecting the money and keeping track of each seller's profits.

At the end of the sale, sellers have the option of donating unsold items to charity.

"The sale benefits so many people," said Torgrimson, "those selling, those buying, those receiving leftover items donated by the sellers and of course the many worthwhile charities that we donate the money to."

Formed in 1982, the Dorsey Search Women's Foundation has about 40 members, about half of whom live in Dorsey's Search.

Last year, the group raised more than $10,000 for local charities.

Members also provide holiday baskets for needy families and respond to emergencies.

Meetings are held at 7: 30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in members' homes. Membership information: Lynne Vidmar, 301-490-9922 or Shelley McAuliffe, 410-461-0581.

Book sales to aid children

Teachers from several Howard County elementary schools will read popular children's stories Sunday afternoon at Junior Editions at The Mall in Columbia.

Called "Howard County Families Read Together," the event is being sponsored by the Howard County Reading Association.

Junior Editions will donate 15 percent of its profits from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to the association.

Proceeds will be used to buy books for the Children's Care Center at Howard County General Hospital.

Part of the money will go to "Books for Babies," a program to give a book to every baby born at the hospital in January.

Musical groups from Northfield Elementary School will perform at 1: 15 p.m.

Teachers Donna Streagle and Pattie Phillips from Manor Woods Elementary School will read a story about Arthur the Aardvark at 2 p.m.

Teachers Holly Smith and Donna Michel of Ilchester and Northfield Elementary Schools will present a Laura Ingalls Wilder story at 2: 45 p.m.

Fulton Elementary School teacher Sue Myer and author Fangette Willet will discuss "How Books Are Written" at 3: 30 p.m.

At 4: 15 p.m., Assistant Principal Peggy Dumler and teachers from Laurel Woods Elementary School will present an activity for children age 5 and older.

Merit scholars named

Wilde Lake High School Principal Roger Plunkett says the

following seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists for the 1997-1998 school year: Raymond Cheong, Ritija Gupta, Angie Hsieh, Michael Kayser and Kurt Mueller.

Students help needy

The student council at Longfellow Elementary School will collect canned foods for FISH of Howard County, beginning Monday.

The drive will run through Nov. 14.

Food may be dropped off at the school office.

The council, which also holds monthly "spirit days" for students, is sponsored by staff members Sonya Becton, Elaine Mezeivtch, Priscilla Andachter, Ann Foltz, Michell Salamony and Amy Snyder.

Student council members elected for the school year are Elana Donald, Laura Royden, Keri Eastridge, Taylor Procida, Maddie Burke, Brooke Hinton, Tommy Reeder, Alex Taylor, Angele Seriki, Sally Hudson, Chris Garrett, Richard Salisbury, Davia Procida, Elizabeth Sandridge and Autumn Fonseca.

Alternates are Caitlin Foarde, Patrick O'Keefe, Ben Tschirgi, Laura Shoemaker, Desiree Hernandez, Alex Scheltema, Scott Gandy, Chelsi Ichrist, Grant Vickers, Amanda Reeder, Courtney Teed, Patrick Rotolo, Andrew Marose, April Curley and Isha Agarwal.

Traffic calming update

Speed bumps in the Longfellow neighborhood are succeeding in slowing traffic, according to a report presented to the Harper's Choice Village Board by C. Edward Walter, chief of Howard County's Traffic Engineering Division.

The board invited Longfellow residents to its meeting last month to hear the report and discuss whether more traffic calming measures are needed.

Seventeen traffic bumps were installed on Eliots Oak Road, Hesperus Drive and Durham Road West in 1995, in response to residents' complaints about speeding.

Walter reported that speeds for the majority of vehicles have dropped from 36.2 mph to 30.3 mph, and overall traffic volume has decreased 16.1 percent.

A proposal to add speed bumps at two places where speeds have not dropped was opposed by residents and board members.

At this point, Walter said, no further improvements are planned.

Myrna Cardin to speak

Myrna Cardin will speak at the next meeting of the National Council of Jewish Women, Howard County section.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 7: 45 p.m. Monday in Kahler Hall.

Cardin is the wife of Democratic Rep. Benjamin Cardin and an advocate for services for children with special needs.

She will speak on "A Jewish Woman's Perspective of Life on Capitol Hill."

Cardin is executive director of the Maryland Association of Non-Public Special Education Facilities.

She also is president of the Baltimore Jewish Council.

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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