Community mourns principal, called ' ...a perfect gentleman'


August 30, 1998|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,Special to the Sun

THE NORTH COUNTY community was saddened by the death last week of Gerry VanAirsdale, the longtime principal at Ferndale Elementary School and a former president and corresponding secretary of the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum.

VanAirsdale, who also was active in St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Linthicum, "was the kind of guy who, if you needed something, he'd be the first one to raise his hand," said Jo Barker, president of the PAAL. "He was always willing to help, and he was a perfect gentleman."

Linthicum AARP meets

The Linthicum chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons will meet Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road.

The board meets at 11: 30 a.m. Refreshments will be available at noon, and the membership meeting begins at 1 p.m.

Art Cramer, one of the members, will explain "Operation Christmas Child," which provides gift packages for poor children throughout the world.

Information: 410-437-3897.

Herb Club plans lunar talk

"Herbs of the Zodiac" is the subject for the Friendly Thyme Herb Club at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center.

Joan Krammes, club president, said she will discuss gardening as it relates to phases of the moon, and 12 members will present a short summary about the important herbs of each sign of the zodiac.

Information: Joan Krammes, 410-969-3025.

Parish starts fall programs

Several fall programs are starting at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Parish.

Registration for St. Philip Neri's CCD (Confirmation of Christian Doctrine) classes for children who will be at least age 3 by Dec. 31 are being accepted in the Religion Center, at 6401 S. Orchard Rd.

Re-registration is necessary for all students returning to the program in the fall.

Classes for elementary school students with last names beginning with the letters A through K start Sept. 21; for last names L through Z, Sept. 23. Classes for preschoolers start Oct. 4, and classes for high school students start Oct. 7. To register, call 410-859-0249.

The church also is offering introductory Bible classes for adults at 7 p.m. in the rectory on two Wednesdays, Sept. 9 and 16.

Registration: Gloria Darling, 410-766-0984.

In addition, catechism and faith-sharing groups are open to parishioners, and non-Catholic family and friends.

Information: Gloria Darling, or Brigitte Carlson, 410-859-1628.

Flea market seeks vendors

If you have finished your housecleaning and have items to get rid of, consider selling them.

Overlook Elementary School, 401 Hampton Road, is having a flea market Oct. 17. There are two locations; spaces are available for $10. Reservations should be made by Sept. 19.

Information: Melanie Collini, 410-636-8020, Mary Topa, 410-789-8202 or Sylvia Scally, 410-636-1721.

Historical society plans sale

The Anne Arundel County Historical Society has scheduled a flea market Sept. 19 at the Benson-Hammond House, Aviation dTC Boulevard and Andover Road. Spaces, available for $10, must be reserved a week in advance.

To reserve a space, call Joan Cunningham at 410-544-4715 or Mary Calvert at 410-255-2729.

Information: 410-760-9679.

Pub Date: 8/29/98

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