HAPPY NEW Year! My family and I hope you enjoy the best of health and happiness in 1998.
The Vestry of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood has finalized a contract to purchase 10 1/2 acres "just a few steps from Union Chapel," according to Bob Pardoe, planning committee chairman.
The congregation plans to build a church on a site at Route 97 and Union Chapel Road.
St. Andrew's building-planning committee has formed groups to guide the project.
St. Andrew's holds services at Union Chapel and at Bushy Park Elementary School.
Several years ago, the church built an addition to Union Chapel for a parish house.
The new church building will become the main worship space and will supplement the space at Union Chapel.
St. Andrew's has grown under the leadership of the Rev. Harry E. Brunett.
Brunett has spent three years in an advanced studies program at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and hopes to receive a doctor of ministry degree in congregational development this summer.
He will write a thesis while on sabbatical from Jan. 25 through March 9.
Brunett's thesis, "An Outreach Ministry for St. Andrew's Church: A Seekers Ministry for the Next Generation."
For information about St. Andrew's, its adult forum, youth group, caregivers' support group, or schedule of services: 410-489-4035.
Coffee with the principal
To meet parents and give them an opportunity to speak informally with a school administrator, River Hill High School Principal Scott Pfeifer holds two principal coffees each month.
Each set of coffees includes a 12: 30 p.m. Saturday coffee, followed by a 7: 45 a.m. Tuesday session.
This month's coffees are Jan. 10 and 13.
Spring semester coffees are Feb. 14 and 17, March 14 and 17 and May 9 and 12.
Fulton Elementary School administrators, Principal Karen Moore-Robey and Assistant Principal Darlene Fila, invite parents for coffee and conversation at 6 p.m. Jan. 14, at 4: 30 p.m. March 5, and at noon April 28.
These coffees give parents a chance to talk with administrators about the new school in an informal setting.
Dealing with dragons
Register Monday for "Dealing With Dragons" -- a program of stories and activities for children ages 2 to 5 -- to be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at Lisbon Community Library.
Register in person or by phone, beginning at 10 a.m.
Take off pounds
After indulging in goodies since Thanksgiving, it's time to take off holiday pounds.
Join a Step To Fitness class from 9: 15 to 10: 15 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Howard County General Hospital's Wellness Center at Inwood Village Center.
Classes will also be held in the evenings on Mondays and Thursdays.
Pizza for the choir
Order Gianni's pizzas through Jan. 8 from members of the Glenelg High School Choir.
Students will deliver pizzas in time for Super Bowl Sunday.
Become a master gardener
Adult gardeners are invited to register for the Master Gardener ,, Training Program offered by the Howard County Cooperative Extension Service.
Receive training in botany, plant insect and disease problems, vegetable gardening, composting and environmental issues.
River Hill High School seniors Chanu Rhee and Sam Salganik qualified for the Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor Award by receiving grades of 3 or higher on four or more advanced placement examinations.
The students' average exam grade had to be at least 3.25.
Sam Salganik and Sarah Johnson won the 1997 National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Awards in Writing.
A high school and a college English teacher evaluated their writing and selected their work as superior.
Glenelg High School senior Erik Naber received a perfect score of 800 on the mathematics portion of the SAT exam.
Oberlin College in Ohio has offered River Hill High School senior Laura Zimmerman early acceptance.
The Highland resident, daughter of Larry and Sue Zimmerman, is considering majoring in psychology there, while she continues playing violin, programming computers, and participating in a host of other activities.
Recycle that tree
Five drop-off sites in western Howard County are accepting xTC Christmas trees from 7: 30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Jan. 15:
Kendall's Hardware on Route 108 in Clarksville.
Glenwood Park on Carrs Mill Road in Glenwood.
Glenwood Gardens on Route 97 in Glenwood.
Schooley Mill Park on Hall Shop Road in Highland.
Alpha Ridge Landfill residents' drop-off area on Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville. The landfill drop-off site is closed Sundays.
Trees left at drop-off sites are mulched and recycled.
Conserve our land
The Dayton Community Association continues its quest to reduce the number of houses in the proposed Big Branch Development.
The proposed development is on environmentally sensitive land, including wetlands, steep slopes, and natural forests.
The developer plans to build 100 houses on 200 acres between Triadelphia Mill and Howard roads.
Join First Sunday activities at Jennings Chapel United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Begin with a potluck supper, then listen to a presentation by Donald Stewart on his trip to Korea.
He will present slides, art work and pottery.
Stewart is district superintendent of the Washington West District of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church.
First Sundays are jointly sponsored by Poplar Springs, Jennings Chapel, Lisbon, Simpson, Daisy and Howard Chapel-Ridgeville United Methodist churches.
Pub Date: 1/02/98