Pupils to present inspirational `Heroes'


April 13, 1999|By John Snyder | John Snyder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

STEVENS FOREST Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders will be presenting "Let's Hear It for the Heroes," a play produced by physical education teacher Barry Palmer.

Palmer has staged a play at Stevens Forest every year for the last 18 years. Now he has added "Heroes" to a revolving repertoire of seven plays presented by Stevens Forest students.

The story involves an imaginary basketball team called The Gophers. In a critical game, they are down 22 points at halftime. Going into the locker room, the coach is having a difficult time inspiring his team.

One of the players brings out a card collection of legendary sports heroes that includes cards for Vince Lombardi, Arthur Ashe and Babe Didrickson.

The characters in the cards come to life on stage, teaching the team about the strength, courage and discipline needed to persevere on the court and in life. The Gophers return to the court in the second half with new-found inspiration.

"Lets Hear It for the Heroes" will be presented at the school for staff members, pupils and guests at 9: 30 a.m. tomorrow and Thursday

The public is invited to see the play at 7: 30 p.m. April 22-23 at Oakland Mills High School.

Tickets are $2 for adults; $1 for children. Proceeds from ticket sales support Stevens Forest Elementary School programs.

Information: 410-313-6900.

Election reminder

Columbia's village elections are coming up this weekend. Residents can have a strong voice in shaping their community through the village board of directors and Columbia Council representation.

Proper identification is all that is needed to vote -- a driver's license or recent utility bill for homeowners, or a copy of the current lease for tenants.

The Long Reach Community Association will require tenants to have a valid copy of their lease on file and is providing a one-time free lease-copying service.

Some villages have additional activities planned to coincide with the election.

Long Reach will again sponsor the popular "Kids Clothes Swap" from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the front parking lot of the village center.

Kings Contrivance will ask children to vote on which animal to adopt from the Baltimore Zoo, and will have door prizes for voters.

After the polls close, a free dessert reception will be held for voters in Slayton House. Outside the building, a child safety-seat inspection will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with advance registration. Also in the parking lot, Hammond High School freshmen will be conducting a car wash.

Check with a village office to get up-to-the-minute details on candidates and polling information: Kings Contrivance, 410-381-9600; Long Reach, 410-730-8113; Oakland Mills, 410-730-4610; Owen Brown, 410-381-0202.

Community awards

The Howard County Police Department issued Citizen Volunteer Service Awards during its Police Awards ceremony at the George Howard Building on Thursday.

Among the countywide recipients were several east Columbians recognized for their participation in the Police Liaison Program.

The liaison program is a partnership between the police force and the community to exchange information that may help reduce criminal activity.

Liaisons work closely with neighborhood officers to spot trouble and are conduits for information from the police to be shared with the community.

June Cofield of Jeffers Glen has been a liaison for four years. Her experience on the job has taught her that police officers share many of the residents' concerns.

"We discovered we come from the same places," she said. "We want the same things -- a safe neighborhood and to know we are not alone, that someone cares about us."

Neighbors who received the Citizen Volunteer Service Award, along with Cofield, included Vicki Aefski, Debbie Carroll, Carol Curtis, John Maitland Janet Nuse, Loretta Foster, Jan Modee, Alan Pflugrad, Elliot Shefrin and Jean Singleton.

Officer Jason M. Kindel received the First Year Service Award.

Kindel came to Howard County from the Baltimore Police Department last year and has distinguished himself on his first beat in Long Reach Village. He became well-known to residents and merchants for his positive attitude.

He earned a reputation among the less law-abiding as a diligent and clever police officer with a clear sense of purpose.

He also was recognized for his outstanding performance in Christmas and Thanksgiving Holiday Safety Enforcement programs and for his dedication in apprehending violent criminals.

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