Looking back, aheadTHREE MEN walk into the Pasadena office...

SCENE AND HEARD IN ANNE ARUNDEL

May 03, 1998|By Rosemary Armao Fostering school spirit

Looking back, ahead

THREE MEN walk into the Pasadena office of The Sun. They think an event they're helping to plan merits publicity: the 50th Anniversary Reunion Celebration for the Class of 1948 (and 1949) of Glen Burnie High School on Oct. 2-4 at the Rose Restaurant in Linthicum.

The editor agreed with them. "Whoa. 50th. That's a big one." "Oh yeah," said Ed Collison. "We figure this will be our last one. The next one will be at Glenhaven Cemetery." AS A WAY to stem the bomb threats at Lothian Elementary -- which has received more than its share -- a handful of students have been turned into ambassadors, serving as student representatives to their classes with the charge of raising school spirit.

Classes have elected one representative from every class, including first-grader Megan Piluk, 7, Kellie Foster and Bridget Anderson, both 9-year-old fourth-graders; and fifth-graders Michelle Emond, 11, and Caitlin Dowling and Chase Jones, both 10.

"We made a big list of ideas of how we can bring up our school spirit," explains Caitlin. They decided one class would adopt another and send encouraging notes to fourth- and fifth-graders who are taking the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program test this month.

"Also, we'll write a poem to them," wishing them luck, said Michelle.

Kellie was on the receiving end of similar letters when she took the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills (CTBS) this spring. "It made us feel a lot more comfortable," she said.

The representatives also planned the school's first track and field event for May 19 and 20. "We made sure the games were all safe before we decided to play them," Kellie points out.

The student council may be having an impact: the school has not had a bomb threat since the group began meeting.

Elaine Tassy

Insistent -- and arrested

IN THE guilty but mostly stupid department, we have a woman who insisted that police search her car for drugs after they stopped her in Freetown for a traffic violation.

She wanted the officer to "prove she was not in possession of drugs," a police report said.

The officer found a crack pipe and 18 capsules of Prozac that were not in a prescription container, according to police.

The woman was arrested and her car seized.

TaNoah Morgan

Suddenly, silence

THE YELLOW-and-white ambulance screams down Calvert Street as it runs toward Anne Arundel Medical Center. The sirens are so loud -- and for so long -- at the intersection with West Street that they shut off conversations.

Traffic obediently stops. The ambulance, still assaulting the ears, rocks its way across the intersection.

And then, like magic, the noise is gone. It is as if someone hit the "off" switch. And someone did.

An agreement with the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court House, across the street from the hospital and a block and a half from where the ambulance is, calls for turning off routine sirens to prevent court from chronic outside disruptions.

Andrea F. Siegel

Oops

DRIVING ALONG Mountain Road in Pasadena and looking for something to do? You might notice a sign outside the Armiger Volunteer Fire Company advertising a bull and oyster roast. It is posted in black letters on a white background. But don't get too excited. The date is March 28, and no one answers at the phone number on the sign.

Elaine Tassy Pub Date: 5/03/98

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