WHEN Ed Peddicord returned from his military intelligence work in England in 1945, his high school sweetheart Doris Smith was waiting in Ellicott City for him. They married Sept. 21, 1945, and their life as a family began.
The Peddicords celebrated 50 years of marriage Sept. 24, joined 60 friends and relatives from the area. Special guests were Teresa Stigler Slade, Rosa Lee Moore Kerr and Mable Jones Tracy, Doris' girlhood friends, and Jack Waterfield, Ed's schoolmate.
In addition, newly found cousins Benita Peddicord Bradford, her husband, Ken, and father, Dr. Harper Peddicord II, traveled from Texas to the anniversary celebration.
Benita Bradford discovered the Howard County branch of her family tree while doing genealogical research, so the families met for the first time.
Plenty of family completed the event.
Doris' cousins John, Charles and Bill Klein and Arminta Klein Bloom and Ed's siblings Allen, Dick and Fred Peddicord and Elizabeth Peddicord Bridges, all Maryland residents, attended with their spouses.
Children Brent, Donna, Terri and Lisa also attended the anniversary, which was held at Snyder's Willow Grove in Linthicum.
On Saturday, Waverly Elementary School will hold its sixth annual Fall Festival, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the school grounds, Wetherburn Road in Ellicott City.
The committee of parents that has been planning the event since spring secured a day of activities and help from local businesses and parents.
"One-hundred is a low estimate for the number who have committed time to the fair," says Angela Liuzzo, the event's co-chairwoman.
"I'm new to the community, and I'm amazed at the outpouring of help. And the businesses have been so generous."
Events for children include five crafts or a scarecrow to make, grab bags, games, the Zoo Show, Kangaroo Kids and the Fossil Find, underwritten by Ellicott City's Shore Furniture.
Adults can enjoy crafts, chrysanthemums and bake sales.
Mount Hebron High School Marching Band will perform and a Sock Hop will be held with D. J. Bristol Sounds.
The committee that put this family day together is chaired by Kim Suarez. A short list of parents on her committee includes Lisa Angell, Sherri Levy, Debbie Vannoy, Carol Selawski, Shannon Fritz, Lynne Dore, Robin Aaron, Kathy Beavan, Kelly Lance and Stacie Dispenza.
Rain date for the Fall Festival is Oct. 21.
Last year, Worthington Elementary School held its own parents fair.
The first Parenting Workshop begins tonight at 7 o'clock at Worthington Elementary.
Principal Fran Donaldson was pleased with the idea and sent a grant proposal to the Columbia Foundation, requesting funds for more parents workshops.
This year, parents from Worthington Elementary, with their peers from Phelps Luck and Rockburn elementary schools, will be treated to three evenings of workshops led by local psychologists.
Workshops include "Communicating With Your Child About Sex" Peggy Schultz, "Understanding Children's Behavior" by Eva Skrenta, "Managing Your Kids and Loving Them, Too," by Milene Pettit, Barbara Epstein and Linda Martin, and workshops on conflict resolution, divorce and attention deficit disorder by the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center, the Children of Separation and Divorce Center and the Family Life Center.
Parents from the three schools will select three workshops to attend while their children will be entertained by an arts program.
This is Fire Prevention Week. Salute the people who provide rescue and fire services every day of the year.
This weekend, visit demonstrations and open houses held by Elkridge and Ellicott City's stations.
Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department will hold open house at the station from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and demonstrate equipment and skills Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at Elkridge Corners on U.S. 1.
Ellicott City Volunteer Firemen's Association will hold a demonstration from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Enchanted Forest Shopping Center.
Jim Payne, a Columbia Hills resident, is a vice president of Washington-based Bardon Inc., which supplies contractors with concrete and stone products -- and owns a street sweeper.
One recent Saturday at 8 a.m., the sweeper arrived in Columbia Hills to sweep the streets of unsightly gravel and sand that are dangerous to young bike riders.
Mike Flatley was the truck's navigator around the convoluted streets.
Show house work
I visited Historic Ellicott City's Show House last week and enjoyed Mount Ida as it should be: immaculately landscaped and imaginatively decorated.
Kudos to the committee of volunteers: general chairwoman Patricia Fleegle, decorators chairwoman Mary Zeigler, Patapsco Female Institute's Sally Bright, artist Michele Drury and chairwoman of the day captains Lorna Ozgun. Paul Miller lent Mount Ida to Historic Ellicott City to allow the make-over.