I found her pacing on my front porch, distraught over yet another gaff that could endanger our community's social standards.
"What can we do? They're everywhere." Shoving a calendar in my face she sputtered, "White shoes! And it's not Memorial Day yet!"
Yes, I had noticed more than a few pair of the pristine pumps in recent weeks. I had just assumed there was another sale at Pic-n-Pay.
"First there was that whole bell-bottom resurgence. Now this." She slumped into a chair. "Fashion anarchy in my lifetime."
I wondered aloud why a woman who had marched in Washington in support of various personal and civil liberties was so obsessed with her neighbor's footwear.
"It's the rule," she said simply. "White shoes: Memorial Day to Labor Day. No exceptions."
None? Do tennis shoes count? How about color combinations -- is the entire Catholic school saddle shoe situation at issue? Is off-white acceptable or is that a variation on the theme? Which Memorial Day are we talking about, the real one or the three-day weekend one?
"I thought you would be more sympathetic. Particularly since that fit you threw at Pinland over communal bowling shoes," she sniffed.
By the time she left she had softened her hard-line stance: Saddles got year-round approval.
Happy feet, Glen Burnie.
It is no longer typing, it's keyboarding. Files are now data and the ability to change the toner cartridge on the fax machine is highlighted on a resume.
Secretaries are moving toward the 21st century.
The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce salutes the secretary with a luncheon and fashion show at 11:30 a.m. April 27 at Michael's Eighth Avenue.
Models from the chamber and the YMCA will take to the runway wearing fashions from Casual Corner, David's Bridal Warehouse and Carol's Western Apparel. For the formal finale, the women will be escorted by police officers and firefighters who have been honored by the chamber in recent years.
The models' attire will be coordinated by Professional Wardrobing by Talbots, with hair and make-up tips provided by Jeffrey's Salon.
Greg King of Samuel Miesel & Co. will reprise his role as the master of ceremonies.
The evening's entertainment will have a Western theme, as Jay White and Kelly Matsudaira show off some country two-steppin'.
Tickets are $20 per person. Profits from the event will benefit the Glen Burnie's YMCA program center.
For ticket reservation, call the chamber office 768-8282.
Members of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society are preparing a comprehensive reproduction of an 1878 atlas of the county.
The heart of this project is found in the efforts of the volunteers committed to producing a professional atlas: Murray Combs, Betty DeKeyser, Rosemary Dodd, Barbara Grempler, Samuel Hopkins, Jack Mellin, Mary Keysor Meyer, Mark Schatz and Carl Shrader.
With a tentative publishing date of August, the committee is seeking the support of patrons to offset initial costs.
Individual patrons contributing $100 or more will receive a hardbound, personally embossed edition with their name listed inside as a contributor.
This detailed collection of maps offers local history enthusiasts the opportunity to invest in the heritage of a community.
Schools, churches, roads, railways and individual property owners are clearly identified and located. An index will compliment the new edition, allowing easier location.
For information on making a contribution, call 760-9679.
Perhaps the most important gift we share with children is time: to listen, to guide or to encourage. A group of volunteers was honored last week for the time they gave to a group of students at Marley Middle School.
Students in the Marley mentor program had a dinner last week for the teachers, administrators and volunteers who have helped them in their struggle to succeed in school and in life.
Mentors are matched with students early in the school year. Throughout the year they work with the students in many ways: helping with homework, sharpening study skills, encouraging every effort.
It was perhaps Glen Burnie's most unusual egg hunt; hundreds of residents chasing clues around town in search of plastic eggs. In the end, two sisters -- Barbara Scotten and Leah Smith -- found a dinosaur with a $500 prize.
The idea for the hunt was conceived as an Easter treat for the community by local dentist Bill Gallagher and son Brian. Participants were given clues to locate five eggs at area businesses in two days.
Saturday, hundreds of treasure hunters swarmed Gallagher's Chesapeake Square office to trade their eggs for the final clue to locate Dinobite, Glen Burnie's own toothbrush-a-saurus.
The final clue led to Brown's Honda, where the two sisters beat the crowd to win the prize.
The South Glen Burnie Coin Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the VFW Post 160 on Dorsey Road. The doors will open 1 hour earlier to allow members to examine the items scheduled to be auctioned.
For information, call 766-2574.
The Knights of Columbus Holy Trinity Council is having its annual charity ball from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Columbian Center on Ritchie Highway.
Dinner, an open bar and dancing to the sounds of the Bayside Big Band are included in the $16 ticket price.
All profits from this event will be distributed to the various charitable organizations sponsored by the council.
B6 For ticket information, call 766-4724 or 647-3413.