I got my Christmas present early this year. I got mobility. Mobility comes in many forms: walking, bike riding, buses and cars.
But for a middle-aged woman with a toddler, effective mobility means only a car. And what a car I got. She is a 1973 Chevy Caprice.
Words are inadequate to describe her size. Built before the OPEC embargoes, she is large, heavy and thirsty. She is wonderful in my eyes, but less so to others.
The service man at the station I took her for inspection told me to be careful, because "the life raft is missing."
My sister tells me to dock at a bigger quay when I'm evaluating parking spaces at the mall. My husband wants to bolt an anchor on the fender. But all the jokes don't bother me.
I don't know if it's her size or her power or her scruffy looks, but I notice that I have no trouble merging on 295 any more. Through traffic courteously moves out of my lane.
Tonight, Matthew Cezar is the honoree at a Boy Scout Court of Honor. Mr. Cezar becomes an Eagle Scout tonight, reaching Scouting's highest pinnacle.
Among other requirements, the Eagle Scout designation requires that the Scout organize and carry out some community-enhancing activity.
Mr. Cezar chose to help the victims of the California earthquake by collecting toiletries and sundries for them.
He set up boxes for donations in the Savage United Methodist Church and in the Fire Hall.
But, after he had acquired a substantial cache of toiletries, the California quake victims no longer needed them.
The community donations were given to Our Daily Bread, a Baltimore support facility for the homeless.
A Hammond High graduate, Mr. Cezar had to hustle a bit to
finish all the requirements for Eagle Scout before his 18th birthday.
But tonight, all the hard work bears fruit: He is an Eagle Scout. Let's join Troop 424 and its leader Kent Miller in congratulating Matthew Cezar for his achievement.
It's always interesting to see what the artists at Forest Ridge Elementary are up to. A sample of their efforts cheers the walls of the Savage branch library.
For the past quarter, the students have all been reflecting on the natural world and interpreting it through different media.
First-graders Steven Callaway, Scott Templin, Simone Haviland and Danielle Sherry made collages with small leaves.
The second grade made the most colorful works: collages in the Matisse style. The bright organic shapes jump off the paper. See the works of Zachary Scienzo, Rachael Curry, Brian Stone, Mark Patrick, Kristen Machcinski and Katelyn Mauriello hung over the children's play area.
Some fourth-graders used textured papers and magazine prints to create natural scenes evoking the rough texture of bark and the play of light through high tree cover.
The works by Matt Patterson, Matthew Akins, Mandy Pruett and Cathryn Fuchs hang above the children's computer. (See the children's librarian for details on how to get your child to use the computer).
The fifth-graders explored printing with natural materials. Katherine Meyers wrote a poem, "The Peaceful Pond," to accompany her leaf prints. Alex Tsikerdanos green and yellow prints contrast vividly with Leroy Armstrong's red and blue ones.
But they all are lovely. Katie Linkous took a slightly different approach to leaf printing. She took leaf printed paper, cut it into the shape of a wart hog and called it "A Wart Hog Stepping on Leaves."
For sheer exuberance though, nothing beats the two Sumi paintings over the copier. The two Oriental-style brush paintings by fourth-graders Ragan Sasaki and Eric Lambert show red-crested birds and black monkeys cavorting on bamboo branches.
The Savage Boys and Girls Club's basketball season is under way, and already the action is fast and furious. In the Junior League, the Hawkeyes barely won over the Hoosiers, 33-31. Brad Stewart, Michael Frankos and Jason Davis turned in excellent performances for the Hawkeyes, as did Brian Brewer, Zack Floyd and Julie Bixler for the Hoosiers.
In the instructional league, the victory margins are all small: one to three points. The teams are evenly matched. The Blue Devils' Simran Aulakh, Brent Stewart and Jordan Kaupa led the 27-24 victory despite the great performances by the Terrapin's Brian Nagle, Tyler Annett and Nick Purdy.
The Tarheels won over the Wolfpack, 18-15. Tarheels Bryan Copperthite, Alex Magner and Chris Warwick worked hard for the victory over Wolfpack members Matthew Akins, Andrew Moore and Ron Curley.
The Tigers won their first game over the Cavaliers, 13-12. The narrow victory came from excellent efforts by Tigers Kim Myrick, Jason Strauss and Brian Briggs. The Cavaliers' Jimmy Rogers, Robby Exler and Kevin Cassella gave terrific performances.
The Bucks defeated the Lions 20-17 with David Lee, Erdem Mustafa and P. J. Puccio leading the effort.
The Intermediate League has older players. The Knicks beat the Hawks 62-41 in the opening game of the season. Earl Kelly, Todd Gledhill and Brian Hurford led the Knicks, while Ryan Leakan, Chris Polan and Jason Harriman turned in strong performances for the Hawks.
The Lakers came from behind to upset the Suns with a final score of 40-38. Karen Brownlie, Brent Machado and David Smith turned in notable performances. The Suns were led to the brink of victory by Keith Fanjoy, Scott Malczewski and Kevin Morton.