Well, someone once said that losing weight can be torture NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE


We just joined a health club. Now I don't want to offend the makers of exercise equipment, but hasn't anyone noticed what this equipment looks like?

Maybe it's the product of a classical education, or too rich a diet of Vincent Price movies in my misspent adolescence, but don't they all look like torture devices? And they sport directions not only on use, but on which body parts you are about to abuse. As if I wanted to know.

It's like digital alarm clocks. Great, now I can document my

insomnia with electronic precision. Maybe I'm just not cut out for the modern age. Maybe for me, the slow leaden tolling of church bells is the best herald of the day. I could always sleep through bells.


Mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Savage Community Association board of directors on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Carroll Baldwin Hall.

This is the first meeting after the summer hiatus, so the agenda consists of the final report of the Savage Fest committee and a discussion of the plans for the fall.

There will be a general meeting Oct. 12 at the same location.

The tentative subjects for that meeting are an update on the progress at Freestate, and a discussion of the closing of the Route 32-Route 1 southbound ramp.

Those interested will have the opportunity to question state highway officials.


In better news, the new Gorman Road intersection at Route 1 is approaching the final stages of construction.

God willing and the creek don't rise, the new intersection should be open by Oct. 1.


The Ladies Auxiliary of the Savage Volunteer Fire Co. once again holds its well regarded all-you-can-stuff-down-your-gullet spaghetti dinners.

A measly $5 for adults gets you a crisp salad, warm garlic bread, as generous a serving of spaghetti as you wish, plus as many spaghetti seconds as you want, and a sweet dessert washed down with coffee.

Come one, come all to the Savage Fire Hall at 8925 Lincoln St. on Sept. 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Did I mention that pasta is good for you? It's also cheap: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 young children and toddlers free.


Most of us are just returning from our summer vacations but Linda Kreitlow, a mathematics instructor at Hammond High, has a trip to look forward to.

While her students are busy planning Halloween theme dances and homecoming festivities, Mrs. Kreitlow will be in Russia attending the first United States-Russian Conference on Mathematical Education.

The conference is being coordinated by Dr. Frances Curcio of Queens College in New York and by Dr. Alexander G. Asmolov of the Ministry of Education in Russia.

Conference attendees will spend time at working sessions at the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, visit schools and the Institute of Mathematics in Minsk, Belarus, and visit the main teacher training school for Russia, the Yeltsin Pedagogical Institute in St. Petersburg.

The general topics to be discussed at the conference center on the different methods of teaching the spectrum of math to high school students.

A teacher at Hammond for the last 10 years, and nominated last year for a presidential award for excellence in teaching, Mrs. Kreitlow currently teaches the breadth of the academic mathematics curriculum from general geometry to calculus, functions and statistics.

Mrs. Kreitlow's teaching methods must be working: there is a high enrollment in upper level classes at Hammond and this year three students reached the semifinals of the National Merit Scholarship program -- Meg Garber, Mark Paskin and Jen Haskell.

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