`No smoking' vow wins pupils a pass to ballgame


May 03, 2001|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THEY SAY IT'S never too early to teach children right from wrong, and that's the premise of the county Health Department's Learn to Live cancer prevention program - getting the message to kids concerning the dangers of tobacco.

With the program, children at Broadneck Elementary School in Arnold are learning one of life's more important lessons: Don't smoke.

Broadneck's entire enrollment of 600 signed pledges this spring promising never to smoke cigarettes. Each child was rewarded with a free pass to Saturday's baseball game between the Bowie Baysox and Akron Aeros at Prince George's Stadium.

Louie, the fuzzy green Baysox mascot, visited Broadneck last week to present the children with their tickets for an evening of baseball that begins at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-game rally and on-field parade celebrating their pledge against smoking.

The Health Department will also have a presence at the stadium, distributing tobacco-education material, and children can enter drawings for free T-shirts featuring the "Smoking Stinks" skunk, mascot of the county's anti-cancer program.

For more information on the department's youth smoking prevention program, visit the Web site at www.smokingstinks-aaco.org.

Gardening glory

There's clearly some serious gardening going on around here. The Central County area has 19 garden clubs belonging to District II of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, one of five districts statewide. District II includes clubs in the counties of Anne Arundel, Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's and portions of Prince George's.

At the annual statewide meeting of the Maryland organization recently in Woodlawn, some of the local clubs were honored for community service - activities during the past year at both the state and district levels based on club membership size.

Chartwell Garden Club, founded in 1963, won several awards for clubs having 45 to 60 members. The women received the District II Garden Therapy Award for their monthly visits to the Woods Adult Day Care Center in the Cloverleaf Business Park in Millersville.

Thirty clients at the center, some elderly, some disabled, look forward to the arrival of the Chartwell members who bring armloads of cut flowers, plants and containers. Together, they make floral arrangements that the center's clients can take home.

The Chartwell club also received a District II community service award for a program it presented at the Severna Park Branch library, teaching children ages 3 to 6 about gardening, flowers and insects.

The children, who examined real ladybugs, listened to stories told by gardeners dressed as ladybugs, caterpillars and butterflies. The children took home marigolds and tomato plants.

The club maintains and is improving the memorial garden at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, where it meets. It is also helping to design a new garden to be planted at the base of the church sign.

Also at the annual meeting, the Moonflower Garden Club of Severna Park, a newer club in the category of 20 to 25 members, added to its ever-blossoming collection of awards. It received a silver platter commemorating a statewide Maryland Roadside Award for a water garden the club developed along the B&A Trail Park at Hatton-Regester Green in Old Severna Park.

The club also received a civic development award for its garden at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, where it meets.

For the second year in a row, Moonflower received the statewide yearbook award for clubs of its size. All winning yearbooks - clubs' scrapbooks of their gardening projects - will compete at the Federated Garden Clubs' national convention today through Sunday in Chicago.

Among incoming board members that will direct activities of Maryland's District II garden clubs for the next two years are several members of local groups. The new district director is Millie Sample of the Naval Academy Garden Club, while the assistant director is Doris White of the Charles County Garden Club.

The new corresponding secretary is Ann Christ of the Chartwell Garden Club; recording secretary is Evelyn Pizza of the Long Point Garden Club; and treasurer is Moonflower's Sylvia Smith.

Moonflower will hold its fourth annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 608 Thomas Way in Severna Park. Perennials, accent plants, ornamental grasses, ferns, herbs, hanging baskets, vegetables and annuals will be available. Information: 410-315-6986.

Old Mill reunion

In high school, were you the star of your senior class play or the game-winning quarterback? Or were you, like the rest of us, of less stature among your peers?

Whatever! That's why they invented class reunions - to show your old friends what a successful adult you've become.

If you were a member of the Old Mill High School Class of 1981, your moment of glory is almost at hand. Its 20th anniversary assembly is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Aug. 11 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor.

For reunion details, call Patti Clawson Cortina at 410-987-6312 or send inquiries by e-mail to erin_lee_omhs@yahoo.com or oldmill1981@yahoo.com.

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