This year, what with a long wet winter, and the sudden hot weather, the more or less orderly month's long procession of camellia, dogwood, apple and lilac flowers compressed into a two-week span.
I find myself showered by the blossoms. While relieved that each bush has flowered, will this spoil me for next year? Will I expect, next February when the camellia flowers, a brave show from the rest before March?
The Savage Volunteer Fire Company, one of six volunteer companies in Howard County, held its annual elections last week.
Jim Arndt was elected to his third term as president. A member since 1983, Mr. Arndt has previously served as a lieutenant, treasurer and twice president of the company. He is currently a firefighter III and an emergency medical technician.
Ernest Foster, a 20-year veteran, was re-elected to his third consecutive term as chief.
Other officers elected include Norman Wines, deputy chief; Frank Baker and Kevin Larkins as assistant chiefs; Monroe Feeser as captain; Ray Wines, Mark Thornton and Kris Sherman as lieutenants; and Paul Epstein as the EMS lieutenant.
TTC Alan Conway was elected vice president, Alan Grimes treasurer, Kimberley Hurley secretary and Doug Levy a board member. The chaplain is now Mary McNamee. Congratulations to the officers elect.
On Saturday, Oakland Mills Middle School sponsors the African-American Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics competition for county high school students.
ACT-SO, sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation's oldest civil rights organization, is the brain child of Vernon Jarrett, a Chicago Sun-Times columnist.
According to Annie Foster, the chairwoman of the 8-year-old Howard County competition, the purpose of these Olympics is to encourage, recognize and reward the achievements of African-American high school students.
So this Saturday, from 8:30 to 2 p.m., local students will compete for gold, silver and bronze metals.
The gold metal winners will represent Howard County in the national Olympics, held during the NAACP's national conference Indiana in July.
Last year, Jason Knight, a Centennial High junior, returned from the national trials with a bronze metal.
Among the 24 students entered in this year's local contest are: Michael Boswell and Phatima Madison of Hammond High; Jocelin Hines from Atholton; and Maya Angelou Thompson, Candice Burke, Nina Tucker, Anitra Moore and Brigitte Yuille of Oakland Mills High.
While the students get a chance at national glory and prize money, the adult volunteers and judges sacrifice their weekend for less visible rewards.
Among judges are Jocelin Johnson, who judges the music competitions; Walt Carr, who judges fine arts; Grace White, the dramatics and oratory judge; Aurora Trigg, Janice Davis, Pamela Culling, Minnie Crosby, Gloria Adams, Otyce Bird, Pickie Strothers, Lisa Robinson and, of course, Annie Foster.
The Howard County Library is changing its computerized catalog system next week to one called Dynix.
In the meantime, the computers are down, unavailable until Tuesday. Everything will slow down a bit, so please be patient with the staff.
When Dynix goes on line, not only will there be the previous week's backlog to slow operations but the new system is different enough from the current one to take some getting used to.
In fact the librarians will be wearing buttons that say "Be patient, I'm learning Dynix too."
I wonder whether they should have read "Don't shoot the librarian, she's typing as fast as she can" instead?
Anyway, the new system has some features that will make looking for books whose full name you've forgotten a lot easier. It's also easier to find books on topics related to the one you're looking for, a boon for researchers.
Some of Dynix's best features won't be fully available until later. These features include a way for patrons to find out what materials are on hold or currently out, a computerized dictionary and a community affairs file.
This last file may be the most important feature of the system. It will have listing of community and social issues organizations, with their services, addresses, contact persons and other pertinent information. There will also be a calendar of community events on line.
Do come in and try out the new system. The librarians will be delighted to show off the newest features of the system.
Care to recycle? The Bollman Bridge PTA is sponsoring a community yard sale on the school grounds Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The student government will have baked goods for sale.
( Call Chris Trainee (301)
776-9924 or Susan Poole (301) 953-3723 to reserve a table for $5.
Summer is coming soon, and with it graduation and vacation plans.
Members of several Baptist churches are planning to visit Choctow Indians in Oklahoma to hold Vacation Bible schools, youth activities and help with traditional revival meetings.
Those who plan to attend from the First Baptist Church of Savage include Margaret Willie, Jennifer Sagor, Sally and Quintessa Breedan, Beth Day, Kim Gifford, Cliff Norris, David Sagor, Eva Sherman, Kevin Tengesdal, Eleanor Witcher, John and Gail Salgado, Mitchell Young, and Bill and Jacky Waller.
Members of other churches attending include El and Judy Huber, Jon Waller, Bob Cremin, Carol Reed, Autin DesAutels and Vivian Phillips.