School alumni revive spirited tradition

NEIGHBORS

October 14, 2001|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FOR MORE THAN 50 years, the students of Brooklyn Park High School chose two members from each year's senior class who best exemplified school spirit. When the school closed in 1990, this tradition, like so many others, seemed gone.

But the tradition was recently renewed when Dan Mangum and Linda Schools were named King and Queen Bee for 2001 at the school's all-class reunion.

In long-overdue recognition for their participation in school activities, they were presented with crowns and souvenir bricks from the original school by Rick Arnold, secretary of the Brooklyn Park High School Alumni Association.

Mangum, a 1966 Brooklyn Park graduate, didn't receive the honor when he was a student, even though he played football, basketball and baseball all four years at the school.

And Schools, a 1967 graduate, was always full of school spirit and willing to help out in the classroom, but was limited in student activities during her senior year.

"My mom was ill when I was in school, so I went home after class to take care of her," she said.

Both said they were surprised at being chosen.

"My son was chosen at Brooklyn Park in 1987, and my son Chris was chosen at North County High. When I told them, they said that it had to have been fixed!" Mangum said.

For Schools, the selection made her once again feel ties to Brooklyn Park High.

"I had no idea that this was going to happen," she said.

As wonderful as it was to be chosen, Magnum seemed more excited about simply attending the reunion.

"It brought back a lot of memories," he said. "I really hated to leave. Next year you are going to need a bigger hall."

"It was great fun," Schools said. "It was a great concept to have all the years involved and get to see everyone and mix with the lower and upper classes, my brothers and friends."

Both are looking forward to another reunion next year.

"I'll come again," said Schools, "but you're not going to get my brick back."

Polish wedding feast

Imagine a wedding reception without the wedding. No searching for the perfect dress, no vows to take and no reason to be nervous.

That's what will happen Oct. 21, when St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church holds a traditional Polish wedding feast at the church, 4708 Prudence St.

Guests can enjoy traditional Polish delicacies - including golabki, pierogi and kielbasi - and chicken, ham, sauerkraut, vegetables and desserts. There will be two seatings, the first from noon to 2 p.m. and the second from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets for adults are $13 in advance or $15 at the door, $6 for children ages 7 to 12, age 6 and younger will be admitted free.

Information: 410-360-2833 or 410-789-3013.

Neighborhood association

The Old Brooklyn Park Improvement Association will accept nominations for officers at its meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, 14th Avenue and Morgan Road.

"We will also try to reorganize committees," said association President Arlene Hodges. "Former committees were beautification, planning and zoning and traffic. It is also time to join or renew memberships." Dues are $5 per family.

Information: 410-636-3269

Library Fall Book Fair

It's time to starting thinking about what to do on those cold evenings. People can watch television or curl up with a good book.

The Friends of the Brooklyn Community Library will have all the books one could want on sale at its annual Fall Book Fair, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Brooklyn branch of Enoch Pratt Free Library, 300 E. Patapsco Ave.

Hardcover books will be sold for 50 cents apiece or five for $1. Paperbacks will be sold for 10 cents apiece or 12 for a $1. Baked goods and crafts also will be sold. Proceeds will go to the library. Information: 410-396-1120.

Stories, classes at library

"Babies in Bloom" story time will be offered Oct. 24 at the Brooklyn Park Library with stories, songs, rhymes and finger plays. The activities are designed to stimulate early infant development. The program is free, but seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Adults who are unfamiliar with the Internet are welcome to attend "Click-It," the library's Web training class. A beginners class is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. Adults with little or no computer experience will learn to use a mouse, place book requests and find information in the library's online catalog, and learn to find Internet sites.

The Brooklyn Park Library is at 1 E. 11th Ave. Information: 410-222-6260.

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