Fashion's vagaries can be ever so cruel SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber


Just when I thought fashion designers had discovered me, I read that they've forgotten. I'm talking about the reports of the latest fashion wave -- hip-huggers and bell bottoms. Slender, long-legged teen-agers can cheer all they want. The rest of us are on a diet.

We survived it once. Now, 20 years and several children later, our fashion nightmare has come true again. Showing navels? Banish the very thought. Are polyester pant suits next? Leather ties for men? Must we relive all the horrors of yesteryear?

Maybe it's because of the election. Hemlines go up when the economy is down. We've had that . . . So what do hip-huggers mean?


Great Pumpkin, keep up your guard. If the preschoolers missed you, the first-graders are older and smarter! Be forewarned. First-graders of Carrolltowne Elementary are visiting Larriland Farms Thursday as part of their study of "things that grow on farms." The program will be enriched by pumpkin picking as well as petting animals, hayrides, and finding the way through a hay maze.


The Freedom Construction Crew will hold its second meeting tomorrow from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the cafeteria of Freedom Elementary School. The "Crew" meets every other Wednesday at varying times to accommodate differing needs of parents who may participate.

Participants run dittos, cut out shapes and letters, put together journals and try to fulfill teachers' wish lists. "It's as much of a social hour as a work time," said Carol Meeks, a PTA member. "The kids have a great time playing together, too."

The ability to bring along younger siblings is a major reason for the program, said Ms. Meeks, because the younger children can't be brought into the classrooms when they volunteer in their older children's classes. That prevents many willing parents from participating in the normal volunteering routine.

The teachers loved the results of the first meeting and can't wait jTC until the next one, so if the enthusiasm continues the "crew" may start meeting weekly.

Scheduled Construction Crew meetings are as follows: tomorrow, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Nov. 4, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and Dec. 16, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For information call Robin Radoci, 549-6336, or Terri Howard, 781-6145.


Eldersburg Elementary students will be treated to several programs designed to improve self-esteem this week. Susan White-Bowden, author of books on teen suicide, will address the "Just Say No" club about self-esteem and peer pressure at 8:30 a.m. today in the fifth-grade suite.

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