Drop Everything, Read program wins rave reviews


August 05, 1999|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT DOESN'T TAKE long for some things to become happy traditions, and DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) is a tradition Northwest kids have been looking forward to each summer since 1993.

A brainstorm of Sulphur Spring Lions Club, the event's purpose is to excite kids about reading during August.

This year's program takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Aug. 12 at the New Windsor Middle School cafeteria.

It is open to children entering kindergarten through fifth grade. Kids can drop in, pick up a book (a gift to them from the Lions), sit on a bench in an air-conditioned space and enjoy a book.

About 75 children participate each summer.

The Lions furnish snacks and provide craft projects.

Projects are designed to reflect a book's theme, character or other concept that has grabbed a child's interest.

"It's rewarding to see how interested kids are in reading, and to see them take a book and create a character based on the book," said LaRue Sipes, club president. "It's also fun to see how excited they get when they realize they get a book they can keep. We try to vary the books and activities from summer to summer, so the kids have something new to look forward to."

This year, Sharon Schuster, a club member and Spanish teacher, is offering the children a beginner's lesson in Spanish.

Cindy Buble and Edie Faust chair the program. Their committee consists of Bonnie Seibel-Talbert, Edie Pfoutz, Evelyn Bowman, Lee Ogle, Ruth Keefer and Sipes.

Information: 410-751-0004.

Bible school in New Windsor

For many years, children in New Windsor have looked forward to another summer tradition -- Vacation Bible School at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

This year's program begins when the church opens its doors at 6 p.m. Monday for registration.

Children ages 3 through sixth grade are welcome.

No fee is charged for the program, but participants are asked to bring a white or light colored, prewashed T-shirt to decorate.

Co-directors are Tricia Rossig and Missy Marlin, who are excited about this year's theme, "Good News at Gospel Rock."

"There's even a Web site," said Rossig, "www.gospelrock.com, in case you want to look it up on the Web."

Activities include singing, making crafts that reflect the week's theme, hearing stories and watching a puppet show.

The event ends with a closing program Friday evening.

"The parents really look forward to it, and the kids love to share what they've done during the week," said Rossig.

Rossig and Marlin are assisted by Sandy Brothers, Jason Roop, Dona Alban, Missy Linkins and Marji Wainwright. The program runs from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Monday through Aug. 13.

Advance registration is encouraged but not required.

Information: 410-635-2442.

Goodbye to the general store

Neighbors decorated the shelves with bouquets of garden flowers. Lemonade and cookies sat on the counter.

Well-wishers filled the place all day and into the evening.

What may have looked like a party was Toots Devilbiss' last day running the Devilbiss store that had been in her family since before she was born and that she had operated with her brother Bob Devilbiss until his death this spring.

When we moved to Carroll seven years ago, the general store was one of the lures that brought us here -- our real estate agent didn't hesitate to point out the old village atmosphere that the store created, with its creaky screen door, worn wooden floors, and old-fashioned service. We were hooked.

The Devilbiss store also attracted Baltimore friends, who visited the store whenever they made the drive to Carroll -- and their kids always made sure they had "general store" money when they came for a visit.

Now Toots Devilbiss has begun a well-deserved retirement.

Her plans include doing "anything I want," she said.

We'll all miss the store, but the entire community wishes her a wonderful time off.

Judy Reilly's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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