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Still bowling at 91, Louise Slack knows the score [West Friendship]

Louise Slack, 91, a league bowler at Normandy Lanes, has a high score of 190.
Louise Slack, 91, a league bowler at Normandy Lanes, has a high score of 190. (submitted photo)

Dessie Moxley refers to her long time friend as "remarkable". And her fellow league members are quite simply "bowled over".

That's the consensus on describing lifelong Howard County resident Louise Slack, who at 91 years of age, and with serious vision problems, still manages to make the Monday morning bowl time at Normandy Lanes each week.

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Friends and fellow bowlers like Charlotte Mullinix, Meredith Ward, Carol Curlett, Pat Chaconas, Leah Smith and Mary Edmondson say that Louise keeps up the pace and always knows the score. A recent rainy morning did not deter the lively Louise, who is mother of two, grandmother of five and great grandmother to 13.

The West Friendship resident has been a 71-year member of St. James United Methodist and can still recall the days when she was a teletype setter at the Ellicott City Times on Main Street in historic Ellicott City.

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"I just saw 'Back in Time' on HCC television the other day and I was in the film of the old newspaper office," Slack said with a laugh. Not only did she work for Stromberg Publishing, but also in the records office of the Clerk of the Court in Howard County. She's been bowling for 28 years and can tell you her best game.

"I bowled a 190 two months ago," she said. "Best game ever." As a standing member of the Ten Pin Bowling League dubbed the "Pin Ups", Louise is a sort of mascot for the gang.

"Her enthusiasm is so electric," Dessie Moxley said. "I want to be just like her when I grow up," said Pin Up member Leah Smith. "She's our best bowler," said Pat Chaconas.

Kingdon Gould Jr. is another nonagenarian whose life is so remarkable it could fill a book. The founder of Glenelg Country School, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, found time in his busy schedule to address a forum of students at Glenelg Country School on Veteran's Day.

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Gould spoke of his experiences during World War II for which he received both a Purple Heart and a Silver Star Medal of Valor. It is we as a community who are honored and grateful to have such fine long time and active community members as Louise Slack and Kingdon Gould, Jr.

Reminders of more "buy local" and nearby holiday happenings galore in the community and all within a stone's throw of home.

Mark the calendar for Dec. 7 and 8 when historic Waverly Mansion will be decked out with holiday greens compliments of the garden clubs of Howard County. Discoveries in Gardening President Betsy Grater is part of the green thumb brigade which transforms the already lovely historic manse into a holiday splendor. Proceeds from the two-day traditional event assist in the restoration projects at Waverly Mansion.

Tours are Dec, 7, 1-4 p.m., which also includes Dulcimer music and storytelling for children. The tours on Dec. 8 include 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. sessions, followed by a candlelight tour beginning at 6:30 p.m. and also to include Dulcimer music. Sale of greens, holiday crafts, and complimentary refreshments of cider and cookies are part of the festivities. Waverly is at 2300 Waverly Mansion Drive in Marriottsville. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children.

Sally and Shannon Stevens, the team behind Sunroom Studios, invite the community to a Holiday Open House on Nov. 29, noon until 6 p.m., at 3556 Lakeway Drive. The artisans will showcase and sell a variety of artisan jewelry and components for making your own jewelry. Questions? Call 410-531-9624 or go to the website at http://www.sunroomstudiosonline.com.

The community is invited to a Family Fall Festival on Nov. 29, 1-5 p.m., on the grounds of the Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road. Hay rides, snacks, apple cider, Advent wreath making, gingerbread-house-making and even a bonfire. No admission for this community event. Questions? Call the Shrine at 410-531-2800.

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