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January 11, 1998|By Cynthia Kammann | Cynthia Kammann,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SUSAN MARCH is the health assistant at Linthicum Elementary School, and I recently talked with her while I was volunteering for first-grade teacher Nanci Ostrosky. March is one of those people who really takes up the slack for those of us who just can't find the time to delve into community issues. She is one of those people who matter-of-factly and graciously finds resources and gathers information to resolve all sorts of community issues -- some of them unpleasant -- as they arise. She is president of the Linthicum Shipley Improvement Association, better known as LSIA.

I received a flier on my front porch the other day, and the phone calls I had made to find out more about it, had led me to her. The flier said: "Attention. Help Save the Andover Equestrian Center. Attend a community meeting! Lindale/Brooklyn Park Middle School on January 14, 1998, 7: 30 p.m."

I have never used the center, but I have known it was there and always thought it was marvelous to have such a facility available in north county. The Linthicum 4H Highriders use it, and there is a program for handicapped children.

During our discussion, March noted that LSIA membership always goes up when the community bands together to tackle major issues, and she is hoping it will happen now. March says, "Come to the meeting. Make the county accountable. Ask why the county is doing what they're doing. Ask why they need to close it. Ask what are their short- and long-term plans for the property. Let the county know the community fully supports the facility. The only way to show that is through involvement."

The county is managing to build parks in other areas and yet one of ours can't be kept open? Is there something wrong with this picture?

Meeting today

Citizens who want to do more than just worry or complain about crime in the community should come to a meeting at 1 p.m. today in Room 257 of Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School. County Police Chief Larry Tolliver and members of the local delegation will be on hand to talk about what citizens can do to take control over their streets. Information: Maj. Donald Blair, Arundel Village Security, 410-789-2442.

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Pub Date: 1/11/98

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