School is open again, so keep in touch with activities


August 31, 1999|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BRIGHT YELLOW buses filled with excited children could be seen nearly everywhere yesterday as the 1999-2000 school year began.

Soon calendars will be filled with school events, meetings and other noteworthy activities.

I would like your help in making sure that those events and important activities make it into this column if it concerns Southeast Carroll. Most students enjoy seeing their names in print.

In past years, I have made an effort to call each school in our area and reintroduce myself to principals, secretaries and PTA members in hopes that they will inform me of important news at their schools. This has been fairly successful, but I think we can do better.

If you will be serving on a publicity committee for a PTA or PTSA during this school year, please make note of my name and telephone number, 410-795-9406. I would love to hear from you during the year so I can help get the word out about the great things going on at your school.

If your school publishes a monthly newsletter, I would like to receive a copy so I can contact you with questions and maybe attend events at your school. I would be happy to provide my address and fax number to receive your news.

The schools in the southeast are: Carrolltowne, Eldersburg, Freedom, Linton Springs, Mechanicsville and Piney Ridge elementary schools; Oklahoma Road and Sykesville middle schools; and Liberty High.

I look forward to hearing from as many schools and groups.

Piney Run programs

Registration has begun for some fall programs at the Nature Center at Piney Run Park. New for this fall is the option of enrolling for the entire year for the Mother Nature, Mom & Me and Babes in the Woods programs.

These 45-minute programs, for children ages 4 to 5 and 2 1/2 to 3, respectively, offer indoor and outdoor activities, crafts, songs and stories once a month for three months. A different topic is presented each month.

You may choose to participate on either a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday Sept. 14-17; Oct. 5-8; Nov. 4, 9, 10, 12; Dec. 7-10; Jan. 11-14; Feb. 8-11; March 14;-17; April 4-7 and May 9-12.

The cost for each session is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

Registration is also being accepted for Build a Butterfly Box from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 14. Adults and families may participate and should meet at the large pavilion and bring their own hammer. Cost is $15 for members, $20 nonmembers.

Youngsters ages 10 and older can join the Ecology Club for Nature's Harvest and learn about the wild edible fruits and nuts that were available to the Native Americans and colonists. This program will take place from 4: 15 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Sept. 16. Cost is $3 for members, $4 nonmembers.

Information: 410-795-6043.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help with water quality monitoring to assess the health of streams that feed into Piney Run Reservoir.

Twice a year, volunteers meet to collect samples of aquatic insects from several locations within the Piney Run Reservoir watershed. The group also helps assess the quality of the stream habitat. A pair of knee boots and the willingness to get a little wet are all that's required.

An interest or a degree in the biological sciences is helpful but not required.

Information: Steve Nelson, 410-386-2145.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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