Pre-school children can twist and shout at Savage Library NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE


The gremlins that come in late October have attacked my column. Gremlins have an appetite for newsprint. So, to reiterate, Twist and Shout, a half-hour movement and music program for two- and threeyearolds will be presented tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the Savage Library.

The Savage Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary is a group 22 or so dedicated women, most related to firemen, who aid the fire fighters during training and fires. Organized into crews of a driver and two others, the women drive a white step van with a fully equipped kitchen inside. These crews are on call on a scheduled basis.

Wanda Nichols, the treasurer of the auxiliary and a crew driver says that on call days, you stick more to home, and run shorter errands.

4 "These guys are really heroes,"said Ms. Nichols.

Mostly the van has been used during all-day firefighters training classes, which can run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

The auxiliary also conducts a fund-raiser to help finance Engine 63, a new pumper. The county usually buys the fire equipment the professional day staff and the volunteer night fire crew use. However, last year the volunteers bought a combination pumper and aerial ladder truck.

Designed to service industrial and multi-story fires, the new truck, Engine 63, has a 75 foot aerial device capable of delivering 1,000 gallons of water through a remote controlled nozzle.

Ms. Nichols seemed proud that no county money or tax dollars were used to pay for this engine. Of course, like any other $330,000 purchase, there is a mortgage.

The auxiliary has two fund-raisers. The first is weekly Thursday night Bingo games. The doors of the Fire Hall, 8925 Lincoln St. in Savage, open at 6 p.m. Prizes range from $10 to $500.

The second fund-raiser is a spaghetti dinner next Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This all you-can-eat dinner will be in the fire hall, or you can order take-out. The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children 6 to 12, and free for younger children.

There is some cosmic justice in the world for children. This year Howard County students returned to classes a week before Labor Day. First classes started in August.

But, this year Halloween is on a Saturday! That means n homework, staying up later, school parties and trick-or-treating. Well, the Department of Parks and Recreation has such a party planned at the new center in Forest Ridge Elementary on Gorman Road in Laurel.

From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30, there will be a costume parade a magic show by James the Feenominal (Fee-nominal; what a wretched pun) games and refreshments. The cost is $3 per child, to a maximum of $7 per family.

Admission includes a treat for each child. This means that, for once, adults are admitted for free.

Call Brian Emelson at 880-5855 or the Recreation bureau at 313-2762 for registration information. Please register by Oct 27.

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