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Because of a production error, yesterday's Howard County edition of The Sun published an Ellicott City/Elkridge column written by Jean Leslie with the name and picture of North Laurel/Savage columnist Lourdes Sullivan.

The Sun regrets the error.

Ellicott City can toot its horn over resident painter/writer Ginny Baier, who has recently had articles published in three art magazines.

In the March issue of American Artist, her work is discussed and photographed in the article "Learning from the Italian Masters."

In the April issue of American Artist, she wrote the cover article, "The Visual Poetry of Gold Leaf," which features Renaissance-inspired gold leafing techniques.

Then, in the spring issue of Watercolor '95 magazine, she wrote a 20-page article, "The Color Blue," the most recent of a series of articles on colors she has written for the quarterly magazine.

Ms. Baier has worked at various jobs as a professional artist. She has free-lanced in Chicago and New York City and also worked in fashion illustration.

Recently, she worked as a graphic designer in Leesburg, Va. She now devotes herself exclusively to her own art and writing.

L Her watercolors are represented by 2nd Gallery in Frederick.

"I've always thought of myself as a painter, but now I'd better think of myself as a writer, too," she says of her recent publishing successes.

She is interested in writing an article on artists who garden. If this description fits you or someone you know, call me at (410) 461-4513.


All the recent governmental budget cutting has many agencies scrambling for dollars. Everyone is looking for ideas, so I'll propose one idea to help out Ellicott City's Miller Branch Library.

A couple of weeks ago at closing time, I was working on the SIRS computer when the lights started flickering, signaling us to leave.

Someone touched me on the shoulder, and there was Rosemary Fisher; we used to trade children when our now-adult sons were in elementary school. As we chatted, former neighbor Cindy McNemar walked by with her son Brian.

Then I heard a voice calling me two tables away; it belonged to cousin Betsey Barron and her daughter Marene from Cooksville.

As I greeted all my old friends, the librarians closed the doors around us.

The reference room and children's area are often abuzz with neighbors and friends meeting each other.

So here's the idea. (I'm sure the librarians won't mind.)

Library system director Melvin Thomas can order up a cafe to be added to the library, like the bookstore/cafe format.

Then, when we bump into our friends at the library, we can go to the cafe.

Not only would the library's cash flow improve, but the reference room would be cleared of socializing Ellicott citizens.

On Feb. 24, the Elkridge Area Jaycees held a beer tasting, where Sheryl Lincoln from Sam Adams Microbrewery taught members and guests about the fine art of beer brewing and tasting.

During this hands-on demonstration, the Jaycees spent some quality time with hops, yeast and barley. Then all 63 people there got a chance to taste the specialty beers.

The committee who put together this event included John McHale, Beth Niessner and Jaycee president Debby Metzler.

Three new Jaycee members this month are David Frost and Tim and Dianne Kvech, all of Elkridge.


If you live in Ellicott City, you may have used Department of Recreation and Parks' Ridge Road office to sign up for programs.

No more: That convenience now belongs to Oakland Mills residents in Columbia, because Rec and Parks moved Feb. 24.

Their new address is 7120 Oakland Mills Road in East Columbia.

Phone numbers are new, too.

For phone-in registration, call (410) 313-PARK, (7275); questions about recreation programs and park facilities are answered at 313-4700; to reserve a pavilion or field, call 313-4682.


Trinity Episcopal Church in Elkridge has just added a new organist, Anneliese Weibel, to its staff.

Ms. Weibel will work with musicians and choir to play for the church's 10 a.m. Sunday services.

The choir will practice with her Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Ms. Weibel is a doctoral candidate at University of Maryland Baltimore County. She is studying ethnomusicology and also works as a teaching assistant in the university's Musicianship Laboratory.

The church's women's group, Women of Trinity, sponsors Lenten studies Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday and continuing weekly through April 12.

The group will examine the topic of prayer.

Each meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall with worship, followed by a brown bag lunch and program.

8, All community women are welcome to join.


Here's good news for Historic Ellicott City shoppers and merchants: The county has purchased the Talbot Lumber Co. property to add much-needed parking to the town.

The parking lot is slated to open within a year.

However, the picturesque stone hardware store will be missed. You could usually find just what you wanted, and the store possessed an indefinable hardware-store smell: pine plus paint plus metal?


Tomorrow, Elkridge Elementary School is throwing a McPrincipal's Night" at the Elkridge McDonald's restaurant on U.S. 1.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the staff will be serving up the shakes, fries and burgers youngsters love to eat. The restaurant is donating a portion of the profits earned to the school.

On Friday, guidance counselor Dave Appleby has put together "Wellness Day," a day devoted to the students' fitness and health.

Former Baltimore Colt Stan White, now a talk show host on WBAL, will give the anchor presentation.

Area businesses and agencies such as the American Cancer Association, American Heart Association, Princeton Sports and Supreme Sports Club will also teach the children how to stay healthy.

Elkridge Fire Department will give the fifth-graders a demonstration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and a tour of the ambulance.

The day will close with a demonstration of basketball strategies.


Mount Hebron High School American Field Service Program is offering citrus fruit for sale.

This month, a half-case of pink grapefruit costs $9, a full case $15; Temple oranges, which have seeds but peel easily and are marvelously sweet, sell for $10 for a half-case, $16.50 for a full case.

The group must receive your order by Friday.

Pickup at the school is March 18.

For information, call (410) 750-9372.

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