The county government is offering us an opportunity to relive a childhood fantasy of peeking into area fire stations.
All next week, area fire stations hold open houses in honor of Fire Prevention Week. This is the one and only time to get answers to such time-honored questions as "Why do firemen wear red suspenders?" and "Where's the fire?"
The Savage Volunteer Fire Company holds open house Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There'll be tours of the fire station and rescue facility, videos, balloons for the kids and -- if the firefighters can get a derelict auto in time -- a mock accident and rescue demonstration.
This is a terrific opportunity to meet the dedicated men and women who protect us from fire, rescue our loved ones from car wrecks and save us during medical emergencies.
The fire station is at 8925 Lincoln St. in Savage. Call (410) 313-2306 for details and directions.
Fresh from its success with the September spaghetti dinner, the Savage Volunteer Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary will hold a turkey dinner Oct. 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Keep your calendar open for this delicious meal: no cooking that night!
It's Academic team
Hammond High will be on television Oct. 14. when its It's Academic team swamps the opposition!
OK, so I gave the ending away. Congratulations to team Captain Jeremy Nieporent, Brian Schulman and Aatif Hayat.
Alternates David Oliver, Anna Pfeifer, Matt Jacobson, Frank Sines, Jordan Tobin, Matt Green and David McLaughlin are very happy for their teammates.
The National Merit Scholarship Program announced the following Hammond semifinalists: Ralph Bodenner and Cayley Pendergrass. Among the commended students were Nathan Harris, Lindsay Koshgarian, Jeremy Nieporent, Anna Pfeifer, Alison Pflugrad, Kimberly Spalding, Kimberly Stetson, Andrew Stockham, Patricia Watson and Craig Williams.
Craig Williams is also a semifinalist in the National Achievements Scholarship Program. These awards are the result of years of concentrated efforts and studies by the students.
Alert for parents of 2-year-olds: The Savage library will open registration for Time for Us Oct. 18. Time for Us is the library's popular six-week story and activity series. Toddlers and parents jTC attend together.
The programs will run Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. from Oct. 23 to Nov. 29.
Toddlers must be 2 years old by Oct. 23 to enroll in the series.
For details and directions, call the library at (410) 880-5978.
'Why is God So ?'
Tonight is the first Friday of the month, so Countryside Fellowship Church is holding its monthly discussion and worship service.
There's baby-sitting and coffee provided. This month's topic is "Why is God So ?"
All are welcome to this Christian, nondenominational church. For details and directions, call the office at (301) 490-5737.
Ever wonder where the new Anne Tylers come from? Writers can come from anywhere. We're just lucky to have two here. Lindsay Koshgarian and Kimberly Spalding have received an achievement award presented by the National Council of Teachers of English. Having won this important award, the two ** Hammond High students are now considered among the best new writers in the country. Congratulations to the talented two and to their teachers.
PTA garage sale
Connie Malone, stalwart member of Hammond Middle School's PTA, reminds all bargain hunters to come to the annual fall garage sale at the school tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The rain date is Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.