Glenelg High, a community centerpiece, needs help


November 19, 1998|By Geri Hastings | Geri Hastings,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SINCE GLENELG High School opened in 1958, the school has been an important part of our community life.

Glenelg is a center for community activities. Many Howard countians have attended plays, concerts and sports events at the school.

Nearby residents use the school's tennis courts. They walk or run on its track and watch their children play on its fields.

We are proud of the school's graduates and its staff.

Now the school needs our help.

Glenelg needs a decent place for students to work out. The weight room is in need of an aesthetic makeover -- and a new ventilation system.

New equipment is needed to replace antiquated pieces, some of them at least 30 years old.

Says Boosters Club member Tony Tvarkunas, "The room's a pit. There's no ventilation. Consequently, any buildup of moisture and humidity in the room results in paint peeling from the ceiling.

"And the room stinks to high heaven!" he added.

On Oct. 1, Tvarkunas' daughter, Lori, spoke on behalf of Glenelg High School at the Howard County school board's budget hearing.

The Glenelg senior asked the county to finance the weight room renovations.

In response to her request, Sidney Cousins -- who is associate superintendent of finance and operations services for Howard County public schools -- visited Glenelg and toured the weight room with members of the Boosters Club.

An architect has been retained, Cousins said, and renovations will be done next summer.

Planned changes include lowering the ceiling, improving air circulation and upgrading the room's appearance.

The Boosters Club will have to raise the money for new equipment -- estimated at about $20,000.

The weight room is used by students in fitness and aerobics classes as well as the school's athletic teams.

The room is also used throughout the year by students working with seven teachers who are certified conditioning specialists to achieve personal fitness and athletic goals.

In letters sent to parents asking for contributions to help purchase the equipment, Boosters Club members point to the successes of Glenelg's sports program.

During the fall 1997 season, they say, Glenelg's teams won two state championships, came in second in twice and third twice.

Last spring, they point out, the baseball team added another state championship to the list of Glenelg honors.

This fall, the junior varsity football team finished its 10-game season undefeated.

Jean Dickey of Sykesville -- grandmother of Glenelg senior Jason Johnson and freshman Travis Johnson -- and the Dickey Farm Trust have pledged to match every dollar donated to the weight-room fund, up to $10,000.

So far, $4,000 has been donated, most in response to the letters to parents.

Next month, Susan and Richard Kain, owners of the Triumph Health and Fitness Center at Circle D Tennis and Fitness Club in Woodbine will donate $5 from every new membership to the project.

For information about membership, call 301-854-6646 or 410-489-2901.

The Boosters Club is also soliciting the support of alumni and their parents. Contributions are tax deductible.

If you would like to help, make a check payable to the Glenelg Boosters Club Weight Room Fund and mail it to Glenelg High School, 14025 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg 21737.

Information: Dianne Tvarkunas, chairwoman of the Boosters Club weight room improvement campaign, 410-489-7691.

'Harvey' returns

"Harvey," the endearing comedy by Mary Chase made famous by a Hollywood movie starring Jimmy Stewart, will be presented by the Glenelg drama department at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 2: 30 p.m. Sunday in the school auditorium.

Eddie Fee will play Elwood P. Dowd, the man with the delightful delusion.

His sister, Veta Louise -- who has had enough of Elwood's 6-foot-plus-tall imaginary rabbit -- will be played by Kelly Frey.

The unfortunate daughter, who can't bring a gentleman to the house, will be Susanna Simpson.

Others in the cast include Brian Rice and Sarah Cummings as the young doctor and nurse at the sanitarium; Gene Granger and Steven Fleming as Dr. Chumley and Judge Gafney; and Josh Hough as Wilson -- the rough and loyal assistant.

Tina Cohen, Coreen Dwyer and Chris Greco round out the cast as Mrs. Chauvenet, Mrs. Chumley and the taxicab driver.

To set the mood for Harvey's antics, three modern-day comic fables by artist and writer James Thurber will be presented before the play begins.

Entertainment between acts by singers and swing dancers will take the audience back to the 1940s.

The show is directed by Ron Oaks, Glenelg High's drama teacher.

Volunteer Linda Simms is the costume coordinator.

Tickets cost $6. They will be sold at the box office or can be purchased by calling 410-313-5528.

Art auction

River Hill High School's committee for a chemical-free graduation will hold its Art Show and Auction at 7: 30 p.m. Saturday.

The auction, which the committee hopes will help finance a safe and memorable graduation party for this year's seniors, begins with a preview hour from 6: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m.

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