Class reunion participant finds age is relative


March 08, 2000|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MANY PEOPLE think they look younger than others their age. When my friend attended her 25-year class reunion, she wondered how well she'd compare to everyone else a quarter-century after their graduation.

When she and her husband arrived, they entered through a side door at the banquet hall. She noticed a sign, "Welcome Glen Burnie High Graduates," so this was clearly the right place. After reaching the center of the room, she did a slow, 360-degree scan of the guests. Then she turned to her husband and proclaimed, "I look younger than everyone."

Turned out that she not only looked younger -- she was younger. It was a Glen Burnie High reunion all right, but this particular class was holding its 30th. Her reunion was being held in another room at the hall.

Going for the silver

Speaking of reunions, the Glen Burnie High Class of 1975 is planning its silver anniversary gathering for 7 p.m. to midnight July 7 at Michael's Eighth Avenue. Tickets are $28. Disc jockey (and classmate) Ed Cashen will provide the music.

The party is months away, but the deadline for ordering tickets is April 15 -- just like the tax man's. Checks should be made payable to "Class of 1975" and mailed -- with a stamped, self-addressed envelope -- to Rita Warren, 8097 Phirne Road, Glen Burnie 21061.

Information: Rita Warren, e-mail at or voice mail at 410-761-RITA; or Susan Reiner, 410-768-5684.

The Class of 1980 will celebrate its 20th from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 13 at Michael's Eighth Avenue. The evening will feature a bull roast and shrimp feast with an open bar, and music provided by a disk jockey.

Tickets are $40, and seating is limited to 300. Reservations: Ron Marvel, 410-437-5910, or e-mail

Lenten events

Several services and events are planned at Glen Burnie area churches to mark Lent. The 40-day liturgical season preceding Easter is a time of special prayer and fasting for many Christian churches.

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church will continue a long tradition with its Lenten luncheons. Each Wednesday, a different Glen Burnie church takes on the role of host providing a simple lunch and a brief sermon. All sessions begin at noon in Holy Trinity's hall at 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

The Rev. Gene Nickol, Holy Trinity's pastor, will offer the reflection today. This year's theme is "Instruments of the Crucifixion."

Holy Trinity will also celebrate Mass today for Ash Wednesday at the church at 6: 30 a.m., 9 a.m. and noon, and in the Arthur Slade Regional School auditorium at 5: 30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Blessed ashes will be distributed.

Stations of the Cross will begin Friday and continue each week throughout Lent after the 9 a.m. Mass and at 7 p.m. with benediction. The stations at 7 p.m. March 17 and 31 will be geared toward children.

Information: 410-766-5070.

Marley United Methodist Church is sponsoring a weekly service at 7 p.m. each Wednesday during Lent. Tonight's will be a healing service. During the remainder of the series, special music has been scheduled.

On March 15, the Cornerstone Quartet will perform gospel vocals. The Hall United Methodist Church male chorus will be featured on March 22. On March 29, acoustic guitarists Larry Bowers and Tony Stramella will play. Gospel duo Patti and Bruce Neumann will perform on April 5, and Hall United Methodist's senior gospel chorus is scheduled for April 12.

No service will be held April 19.

The church is at the intersection of Second Avenue and Marley Neck Road. Information: Jackie Maxwell, 410-761-7612.

Messiah United Methodist Church has planned an Ash Wednesday service for 7 p.m. today at 7401 Furnace Branch Road.

The church's Worship Committee will have a corned beef and cabbage dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday in the hall. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 -- or $25 a family for parents and all their children. Green attire -- in preparation for St. Patrick's Day -- is suggested.

Proceeds will benefit the church's general fund. Information: 410-761-1944.

Employee of the month

Kudos to Cliff Colbert, a Marley Middle School permanent substitute who has been named Employee of the Month for March by the county Board of Education. Colbert, who has worked in education for 28 years, the last 15 at Marley, is popular among both children and staff.

"He's the most willing-to-work person I've ever met in my life," said Marley office receptionist Janice Stelmach. "And he always does it with a smile."

Pupils proclaimed him "easy to talk to," and "very friendly."

The Annapolis resident has an earlier claim to fame. Several years ago, he played the role of a bingo caller in a Maryland Lottery commercial.

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