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Happy birthday to the Linthicum Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons!

The group will celebrate its 18th year on Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church.

The party begins at 12:30 p.m. following the 11 a.m. board meeting and a brown bag lunch. The Pascal Go-Getters, under the direction of Ray Poss, will put on skits and lead sing-alongs. Helen Haslup and Joseph and Helen Del Brocco, three of the 34 members who started the chapter in March 1975, will be there.

Birthday cake, ice cream and punch will be served following the entertainment and presentation of certificates to 23 couples being honored.

Recognition will be given to couples in the chapter who have been married at least 50 years: Bill and Helen Blotzer; George and Pauline Bottinger; Bob and Adeline Bradshaw; Clarence and Helen Bryant; Edgar and Polly Buritsch; Albert and Helen Fowler; Norvin and Virginia Gilligan; Marion and Anna Graham; Michael and Viola Grammer; Frank and Gertrude Grunder; Al and Helen Heller; Fred and Marie Lang; Floyd and Mary Lang; Bill and Becky Meske; Efton and Marie Meridith; Neilson and Jane Sjoberg; Tom and Margie Tydings; Don and Audrey Volgeman; Stuart and Lillian Warnken; Warren and Dorothy Wilkie; Bill and Ella Wood; Karl and Evelyn Yates; and Bob and Roselind Yates.


Enjoy delicious strawberries served over ice cream or shortcake the annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday at the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

The festival, sponsored by the Evelyn Keller Circle, will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The fellowship hall is at 200 School Lane.

Barbecue, hot dogs, baked beans, chicken salad and rolls, potato salad, coleslaw and drinks will also be available. Baked goods and crafts made by circle members will be sold, as well as white elephant and items especially for children.


Food, relaxation, fellowship and door prizes await the Ferndale United Methodist Women at their annual June dinner at 6 p.m. June 8.

Instead of the regular business meeting, the group will share a home-style family buffet before breaking for the summer.

Fay Deli, publicity chairwoman, said, "The women have had a very fruitful five months under the leadership of Barbara Owens, president, and look forward to September and the rest of the year."

If interested in attending, please call the church office at 761-02880.

The annual Spring Fair at Peace Lutheran Church, 416 Wellham Ave., will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine.

Food, auction, bake table, country store and a rummage sale will beavailable. Bring the little ones to see Razzle the Clown and participate in the games.

The Friendly Thyme Herb Club is off and running on a potpourri of events this summer.

The club has already made a buying trip to DeBaggio's in Virginia and toured the herb gardens at the Washington Cathedral.

And Tuesday, 17 members and friends drove to the Stillridge Herb Farm in Woodstock for a lecture and lunch.

On Saturday, June 12, the club will be participating in Herb Day at the 1840 House in Baltimore, and the Strawberry Festival at Linthicum's Benson-Hammond House.

The club also expects to visit Longwood Gardens, Surrybrook Herb Farm, Ladew Topiary Gardens and the Rosemary House in Pennsylvania. Attending the Herbal Delights Symposium in Reading, Pa., is on the calendar for many members.

But, the highlight of the club's summer plans is a three-day bus trip to Caprilands Herb Farm in Connecticut. Other gardens and stops are included on the trip.

Herb club meetings take place the first Friday of the month. The next one is at 10 a.m. this Friday in the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center.

D8 For information, please call Mary Goode at 437-4120.

Would you like to have "Dinner With the Dinosaur" and help the county Teen Leaders 4-H Club earn money for a trip?

The purple dinosaur will be at the Burger King Restaurant, 718 Nursery Road, to greet you from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. this afternoon. A percentage of the profits goes to the club.

St. John's Cooperative Nursery School held ceremonies Friday for its 25th graduating class. Seventy-three 4-year-olds received diplomas from the Rev. William Gilroy. The four graduating classes were taught by Tammy Chilipko, Barbara Bernheimer and Jane Soverns.

Eloise Vaughan and Doug Childs, two of the founders of the co-op, were honored during the ceremonies. Mrs. Vaughan gave the graduation address to the children, one of whom is her grandson, Michael.

Adeline Bradshaw was the accompanist for the children's songs.

The final event for the nursery's 25-year celebration will be an outdoor Reunion Party from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

If you are interested in attending, please call Jane Soverns at 859-3827.

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