Linthicum Elementary pupils cut ribbon on a new place to play

NEIGHBORS

March 31, 2002|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EXCITED Linthicum Elementary School children filed outdoors Monday to participate in a brief dedication of their new playground equipment. The ribbon-cutting ceremony also was attended by faculty, parents and local dignitaries - state Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr., Del. James E. Rzepkowski, and County Council member Pamela G. Beidle.

Lynn Tippett, president of the Parent Teachers Association, led the ceremony, thanking everyone who supported the acquisition of the playground equipment, especially parents. "Sometimes the students don't always see what the PTA does. We wanted to do something tangible for them. With hard work, we were able to put together the funds for the equipment," she said.

Kelly Stachura, PTA corresponding secretary, said the equipment cost about $26,000, all of which was raised by the PTA. The sliding boards, fire pole slide, walkways and climbing equipment are all metal, she said, with no moving parts. The equipment is painted the school colors, a bright blue and gold.

Tippett said the school was notified about a year ago that the county would remove the old wooden playground equipment because of its age and condition, even though there was no money in the budget for a new playground. The parents knew the children enjoyed having something to play on, so they decided to raise the money themselves. Since September, they have added to the treasury's coffers by sponsoring fund-raisers, including bingo, a book sale and the sale of Entertainment books. Also, David Gormley, an attorney and Linthicum resident, donated part of his fee for wills he drafted for parents of schoolchildren.

Maureen Irion, Linthicum Elementary principal, said all 450 pupils in kindergarten through fifth grade will use the playground.

Roast beef on menu

The United Methodist Men will sponsor a Roast Beef Dinner from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church hall. Member Larry Nowell will cook the marinated roast beef and oversee food preparation.

The cost is $10 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger. The men's group is selling tickets, which can also be purchased at the church office.

Information: the church office, 410-859-0990 or Russ Holmes, 410-859-5939.

Historical society dinner

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society will celebrate its 40th anniversary dinner at Snyder's Willow Grove in Linthicum on April 12. A social hour at 6 p.m. will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The dinner is open to members of the society and their friends. Gregory Stiverson, executive director of Historic London Town and Gardens, will speak.

Stiverson has authored, co-authored or edited more than three dozen books and articles on Maryland history, including a high school textbook. He has taught at the University of Maryland and a number of other colleges.

Stiverson is chairman of the board of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau and serves on the boards of the Maryland Association of History Museums, Anne Arundel County Trust for Historic Preservation and the Maryland Center for Civic Education. He previously served 20 years as the assistant state archivist of Maryland.

Stiverson graduated with honors from the University of Washington, Seattle, and received master's and doctoral degrees from the Johns Hopkins University.

The cost of the dinner is $35 a person with open seating. Entree choices are filet mignon, broiled crab cakes or baked stuffed chicken breast. Reservations may be made until April 5.

Information: Nancy Gaston, 410-859-0711.

Falllingwater by bus

The Missions Committee of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church is sponsoring a bus trip to Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pa., on May 10, and seats are available. Fallingwater is an unusual home in the mountains designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936 for the family of Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann.

The $65 cost includes a smorgasbord lunch, tour of Fallingwater and all gratuities. The bus leaves the church at 7 a.m. and returns at 8 p.m.

To reserve a seat: Ruth Syme, 410-761-7672.

Auction at church Saturday

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church is sponsoring its third auction to benefit Arundel Habitat for Humanity on Saturday. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the purchase of food and inspection of items for auction. Bidding starts at 5 p.m.

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church is at 116 Marydell Road in Linthicum.

Information or to donate items to the auction: the church office, 410-859-5633.

Herb club to meet

Rosemary Easly of Garland's garden center in Catonsville, will speak at the Friendly Thyme Herb Club meeting Friday. Her topic, "Speak to Me Little Flower," will describe the growing habits of flowers and the locations in which they thrive.

A social time with refreshments will begin at 9:15 a.m., followed by the program and meeting at 10 a.m.

Joan Sarna will give a report on stevia, an herb used for sweetening recipes. A book report will be given by Thelma Jackson.

Guests are welcome.

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