Around Clear Spring

February 03, 2009|By CHERYL WEAVER / 301-842-0087

School custodial staff earns recognition

Congratulations to the custodial staff at Clear Spring Elementary School.

The staff was recognized at the Jan. 22 Board of Education meeting for earning the Golden Apple Award.

The award was presented by Elizabeth Morgan, superintendent of schools, to Krista Stotler, head custodian; Janice Paul, custodian; and Charles Cavender, custodian, at Clear Spring Elementary School.

The group earned the award for receiving a "Superior" building rating during the 2007-08 state school inspection.

Meeting reset

The Clear Spring Historical Association canceled the meeting scheduled for tonight. The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at Plumb Grove.

Soccer signup

Clear Spring Soccer Club is holding spring registration. Anyone between the ages of 4 and 14 can play. Forms are available at www.clearspringsoccer


The deadline for application without late fee is Feb. 15. Send in forms as soon as possible.

Food for thought

On Dec. 21, Annabelle Kayser enjoyed a surprise 80th birthday party given by her family. In lieu of gifts, the family asked for donations to the food bank where she is a volunteer. Her friends and family donated nearly $1,000 and food.

Library offering unique Valentine's Day

Hey teens, are you anti-Valentine's Day? There is an alternative to the typical hype surrounding this date. The Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Library will hold an evening of non-Valentine's Day activities on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 7 to 10 p.m. Games and an unromantic movie, a craft area (where you can make black duct tape roses), and a disgusting munchie will be part of the activities. To register for this event, call 301-842-2730.

Fourth-graders report on day at the museum

Fourth-grade students from Clear Spring Elementary went on a field trip to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Their teacher, Priscilla Howard, asked the students to act like newspaper reporters visiting the museum to investigate interesting works of art. Here are what some of the students had to report:

o "Hi, my name is Jordan Lesher. I am reporting to you today from the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. I discovered a great painting called "Connecticut Island," by William Richards. I loved the cows eating the orchards and the sailboats floating by the island. It was amazing. You should definitely go to the museum so you can see a lot of other beautiful paintings."

o "My name is Hannah Delaney and I saw a piece of artwork called "Portrait of a Noble Woman with Pearls" made by Charles and Henri Beaubrun. The background was dark and gloomy with darker colors so the noble woman was like the light in the night. Visit the Washington County Art Museum for a look at what I think is a great piece of artwork."

o "Hello, my name is Zane R. My opinion is great because I saw a magnificent painting called "Still Life with a Lobster" by Anne Schuler. What I liked about it is the texture in the painting with a realistic background. It was made in 1944. Now that's pretty old. I would be pleased if you would go to the Washington County Art Museum and see the painting."

o "My name is Perry R. and I went to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. I saw this amazing mola made by women in Panama. It would be fascinating to learn why she made this? And learn about her culture. I wonder what kind of materials she used? Why did she make this fantastic mola? Come see it for yourself."

A mola is a colorful fabric panel of Central American origin, sewn with a reverse-appliqu technique and used for decorative purposes, as on clothing or furniture or as a wall hanging.

Did you know?

Did you know that Clear Spring had a Cornet Band in the early 1900s?

It had about 20 members.

Directors of the band were Harry Tosten and Professor Brown. They met above Pop Jamison's "Chicken pie and Fried Oyster Sandwich Shop" on Main Street in the center of town.

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