Don’t miss Orioles players, John Means & Paul Fry, as they guest host at our Brews and O’s event!

The year-end rush has begun and won't end until New Year's Day NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE


The rush that begins with Rosh Hashana and continues to the New Year is upon us. End of summer, daylight savings time, Halloween, Election Day. Time to change clocks, vote, make costumes, give out candy, arrange Thanksgiving Dinner, weatherize the house, mulch the tulips (We have tulips? They never come up. Of course not, they're never mulched in time). Buy presents, join the choir, where's the egg nog recipe? (We gave up egg nog because of salmonella. We gave up egg nog for salmonella! No, no . . .). Penn. State vs. Notre Dame, Army vs. Navy, Redskins vs. Anyone, how much do we give the United Way?, chicken pox, chicken soup, suddenly I'm Chicken Little. The countdown is under way.

Congratulations to First Baptist Church of Savage.

This year the church celebrates its 75th birthday. Founded in 1917, the church has influenced many lives.

Wilbur Pickett, an early member, became a minister of another congregation. In his honor, his widow gave First Baptist $5,000 for its birthday Sept. 20. Again congratulations to Dr. Ernest Beevers and the members of First Baptist.


The new Forest Ridge Recreation Center, housed in Forest

Ridge Elementary is worth a visit. Apparently 400 or so people believed so, because that's how many came to the open house in September.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apparently helped pay for the improvements to the new school that would make it more useful as a recreation center.

So, the elementary school has a middle school-sized gymnasium with two courts and a screen that can be lowered to separate the two areas. The school also has a larger cafetorium, two music rooms, one for vocalists and one for instruments, an art room and a multi purpose room with a kitchen.

Brian Emelson the site coordinator passed questionnaires to those who attended the open house. He has designed next winter's offerings to meet the demands for more adult, after-school and weekend offerings.

The three programs that remain in the fall season are the Halloween party already mentioned, computer tots, a computer class for kindergarten and first-grade students that begins tomorrow and a bicycle rodeo and safety seminar Nov. 7.

Call Brian Emelson at 880-5855 or the recreation bureau at 313-2762 for more information.

The United Methodist Church of Savage at Baltimore and Foundry streets, holds its Fall Bazaar Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.

There will be crafts, a bake table, face-painting, balloon animals and beginning at 3 p.m., the Ham and Oyster Supper.

The menu includes fried oysters, baked ham, string beans, potatoes, coleslaw, applesauce, dessert and coffee. Dinner is $9 for adults and $4.50 for children 6-12. Takeout is available, and judging by last year, pretty popular. There are some great cooks in this town.

I don't think I'll cook Nov. 7. I'll just roam from church to church between shopping trips and Jiffy Lube.

* The United Methodist Church of Scaggsville, on Rt 216 is also holding its Fall Bazaar on Nov. 7. This one runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features a barbecued chicken lunch, crafts and baked goods.

* We're all adults here. I'm not going to exhort you to vote. Nope, not me. I'm afraid I'll turn out like my Uncle Fred. He was a very small cog in the city political machine.

Now though the Democrats had a 6 to 1 voter ratio, still Uncle Fred didn't like his district to record any votes to the opposition. So, the week before election day he'd go up to a registered Republican and complain about how he'd have to get up in the morning, wait in line forever at the polling site, probably be late for work, all to register a vote that would merely cancel the Republican's.

The victim began to think, "Hey, that's true for me too. I have to get up etc., just to cancel Fred's vote." So the victim and Uncle Fred would shake hands on it: neither of them would vote. And then, Uncle Fred. always a truthful man, but never an honest one, would make the same deal with 20 others.

Bollman Bridge Elementary School has decided to adopt a south Florida school this term. Right now you can bring extra school supplies such as the notebooks you bought on sale, rulers, markers, even old crayons. Why not clean out your desk drawer, but the stuff in a plastic bag and drop it off at the school. Houseclean and do some good at the same time. We'll keep you posted on new projects as the year progresses.

On Nov. 4 the Troll National Bank reopens at Bollman Bridge Elementary. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders can open a passbook account with Maryland National Bank through Troll.

Brownie Troop 650 will sell cookies at the Laurel Lakes Kmart on Nov. 7 from 3 to 6 p.m. Here's a chance to stock up on old favorites.

Steve Fulton, one of the last die-hard bachelors, surrendered this week. Until this week, Steve has refused to even pronounce the "M" word; this week he used it in a question posed to a young lady. How have the mighty fallen! Steve's trail of smoldering lipstick cases has ended.

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