To enter Toomey's Bookshop in the Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center is to step back in time.
As the 50th anniversary of D-Day approaches, the owners of the shop, Dan and Carol Toomey, have dressed the window and outfitted their two-room shop with books, souvenirs, posters and other memorabilia from World War II.
The displays include a diorama made by Bill Wilson of Annapolis, depicting the 29th Infantry division in Normandy. The Maryland-Virginia infantry was one of the four divisions in Normandy.
A display table is covered with souvenirs from the war, such as a web belt with first aid kit, canteen, holster and ammunition pouch attached.
Of course, the store is filled with many books about the war.
The display case has military training manuals and a 1942 pictorial manual of the armored vehicles of the United States, Russia, Germany, Italy and Japan.
There are many artifacts and reproductions around the shop. For some they will bring back memories, and for others they help explain how Americans at home coped with the war. See the patriotic "V" symbol that was hung in windows, a unique Baltimore poster, and the poster depicting women's participation in the war effort.
Of all the World War II displays in the shop, Dan Toomey said there is one that he places above all the rest: mementos from his late father, Joseph Carroll Toomey, that are assembled in two shadow boxes.
One item, a basic field manual, contains handwritten notes by his father that chronicle his experiences from the time he was drafted and sent to Fort Meade until the time of his discharge.
"My father was not a war hero, but he went, he participated," Dan Toomey said.
The shop will display the exhibit until June 11, the Saturday after D-Day. The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
/# For information, call 850-0831.
The Linthicum Library is looking for a few good "Volunteens" to help
with the Summer Reading Program for younger children, from June 20 to Aug. 20.
Middle-school students, ages 12-14, will organize packets of materials for program participants, register children for the program, restock book displays and help with craft projects. Days and times for volunteering are flexible.
The Summer Reading Program, which includes readinrTC activities, prize drawings and special events, is free and open to children entering grades 1-6 in the fall. Activities also are available for preschoolers.
To be considered for the Volunteens Program or for more information, call the library at 222-6265.
Congratulations to David Vasquez, a junior at North County High School, who was inducted into the National Honor Society at a recent ceremony.
He is a 1991 graduate of St. Philip Neri Elementary School and is the son of Jose and Carol Vasquez.
The last Burger King Night of the year for Linthicum Elementary will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Burger King on Nursery Road.
Door prizes and "No Homework" passes will be given to all Linthicum Elementary students who attend.
Burger King donates 20 percent of the profits to the school. The
money raised will be used for the class picnics at the end of the year.
The Notables, the entertainment group of Chapter 3850, Patapsco Valley American Association of Retired Persons, will take their show to the Keswick Home, 700 W. 40th St. at 7 p.m. tomorrow.
The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights clubhouse on Hammonds Ferry Road sports a new cement sidewalk and turnaround.
Irene Newhouse, the club's house chairwoman, said two generous club members and E. L. Gardner Concrete Corp. of Crofton made the renovations happen. Randy Bolling, the contractor for the job, also donated material.
Theater-goers have until June 1 to take advantage of the discount season tickets offered by the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum.
Five performances for the 1994-95 season are available for $17. After June 1, subscriptions will be raised to the regular price of $20 each.
Already contracted for next season are, the Charlie Byrd Trio, the Warsaw Wind Quintet with pianist Michiko Otaki, and Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" by the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis.
Concerts are held in the new auditorium at North County High School and at area churches. Parking is free, well-lighted and handicapped accessible. Assistance for the hearing impaired is offered.
For more information, call 636-2579 or 766-7723.
To subscribe, send a check to: Performing Arts Association of Linthicum, Inc., P.O. Box 321 Linthicum 21090.