Work crews smooth lanes on rutted Mountain Road


August 13, 1999|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ROAD CREWS have been burning the midnight oil this week repaving the new lanes on which traffic flow reverses direction at designated times on Mountain Road. What a change. The tire-jarring, rutted roadway has been transformed into a sleek patch of open road with bright yellow lane lines.

Driver response has been fantastic, especially along the section of Mountain Road where I live. Motorists speed by, as if not noticing the 40-mph speed limit.

I call it the NASCAR syndrome. Give them a straight stretch and watch out, they're all going for the checkered flag.

It should be interesting once school buses start to roll in two weeks.

PTA fund-raiser

Bodkin Elementary School's PTA is gearing up for its annual pledge fund-raiser, the 5K community foot race and one-mile fun run/walk, to raise funds for the school's computer laboratory.

The event will be held Oct. 16. The one-mile race will begin at 8 a.m., and the 5K (3.1-mile) race will begin at 8: 30 a.m.

The nonrefundable entry fee is $12. Fees must be received by Oct. 8. Entries received after then will be $15. Bodkin Elementary pupils who collect $15 in pledges will not have to pay a fee. Pledges are due Oct. 13.

Race-day registration is 7 a.m to 7: 45 a.m.

Awards will be presented to the top finishers of the 5K run in age groups.

Gifts will also be given to the four Bodkin pupils raising the most money. Those entering have a chance to win one of several prizes. Prize winners must be present to win.

No wheelchairs, baby joggers, strollers, roller-skates, bicycles or pets will be permitted in the race.

Information: Kris Lines, 410-255-2953, or Colleen Gresham, 410-360-5415.

Blood drive

The health and welfare committee at Pasadena United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22 at the church, 61 Ritchie Highway.

Donors must be 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, and have not gotten a tattoo in the past year.

The Red Cross requires at least 60 days between blood donations.

Walk-ins are welcomed, but appointments are being accepted.

Information: church office, 410-647-3090 or 410-766-0637.

Summer youth programs

The evangelism ministry team at Magothy United Methodist Church has put together an end-of-summer series of programs for youths in the Pasadena area.

You can be a participant or watch and cheer on the sides at any or all of three competitions. Two will be held this month, and one next month.

At 7 p.m. Aug. 24, a Beautiful Batons Majorette Contest will be held, with Diana Smith as host.

The contest is open to majorettes ages 4 to 14. Participants must do a routine of 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, with their choice of music. A cassette player will be provided.

Registration starts at 6 p.m.

Take your Karate Kid to a Karate for Christ demonstration at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the church.

A demonstration of the arts of strength, endurance, speed, self-discipline, body control and power will be performed.

Andy Culp will be the host, with music provided by Tim Spirty.

If you have the Yo, you can prove it to the world at the Masters of the Yo-Yo contest at 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

A demonstration of the latest tricks and spins will feature local experts.

Dick Stohr, Magothy's yo-yo guy, will be host. Then it's on to the main event.

Contestants must do a routine of 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Music will be provided.

Winners in several age categories will be judged on their skills.

All programs will be held in the church fellowship hall.

Admission to all events is a nonperishable food item or canned good.

All food collected will go to Magothy DoorStep Mission for needy families in the Pasadena area.

The church is at 3703 Mountain Road.

Information: 410-255-2420.

Stoney Creek open house

Trish McGarty from the county Department of Aging will be the speaker at an open house at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Stoney Creek Democratic Club on Fort Smallwood Road.

McGarty will discuss property tax credit for seniors and offer handouts on other seniors programs available in the county.

Refreshments will be provided.

Information: 410-255-4611.

Entertainment books

The Laureate Lambda chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority is selling Entertainment 2000 books featuring coupons that can be used to save thousands of dollars at local businesses and restaurants.

The coupon books cost $35.

Proceeds will be used to fund sorority community service projects throughout the year, including the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

Orders: Rosemarie Briggs, 410-255-7101, evenings.

Downs Park concert

Take the clan to Downs Park in Pasadena Sunday evening for a rousing concert of toe-tapping Irish and Scottish folk music performed by Iona at 5 p.m. at the bay-side amphitheater.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating.

Admission is free but there is a park entry fee of $4 a car.

No alcohol is permitted in the park. Pets are welcome in restricted areas.

No bicycles, skateboards or roller-skates are permitted in the concert area.

Information: 410-222-6230.

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